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Energy Security Forum


Energy security entails a wide array of political, economic, social, environmental, and trade-related factors. The CGAI’s Energy Security Forum highlights the multi-faceted and ever-changing landscape of energy security in Canada. This forum is a space for CGAI fellows, staff, and other commentators to discuss the increasingly salient and timely issue of global energy security.

Table of Contents

CGAI Papers

Canadian Energy Security in an Age of Existential Threat
by Joseph Ingram, September 2020

Energy in Canadian Foreign Policy: Missing the [LNG] Train
by Jean-Sébastien Rioux, May 2019

More Hydro Power in Canada: Tapping Our Potential
by John Haffner and Jim Burpee, July 2017

Energy as a Service: Going Beyond Energy Supply
by Normand Mousseau, May 2017

Understanding the Shift in Energy Security
by Petra Dolata, April 2017

2019 LNG Series Papers

2017 Energy Series Papers



The Future of Canadian Energy
June 18, 2019

The Geopolitics of Oil & Gas: A Discussion with John Foster
October 1, 2018

Energy Series Episode 3: Carbon Taxes and Energy Supply from a National Perspective
May 17, 2017

Energy Series Episode 2: The Shifting Tides within Canada's Energy Industry
May 4, 2017


Media Links

Crude consumption rebounds from April lows despite concerns about peak oil demand by Geoffrey Morgan (feat. Kevin Birn). Financial Post, August 25, 2020

Capital spending in Alberta’s oilpatch expected to fall by 30% this year by Tony Seskus (feat. Kevin Birn), CBC News, August 12, 2020

Varcoe: Government cuts to monitoring undermine oilsands companies’ work to reduce emissions by Chris Varcoe (feat. Kevin Birn), Calgary Herald, August 6, 2020

Oil-Sands Emissions Intensity Inching Down Amid ESG Headwinds by Kevin Orland (feat. Kevin Birn), BNN Bloomberg, August 5, 2020

Canadian companies may double down on oilsands after Total writes off $9.3B in assets: analysts by Joel Dryden (feat. Kevin Birn), CBC News, July 31, 2020

Regardless of COVID, the outlook for the oilsands gets dimmer year after year by Kyle Bakx (feat. Kevin Birn), CBC, July 29, 2020

Oilsands production expected to rebound after pandemic-linked 2020 slump by The Canadian Press (feat. Kevin Birn), Toronto Star, July 28, 2020

Longer-Term Outlook for Canadian Oil Sands Changes Little Despite “COVID-19 Shock” and Largest Annual Production Decline in 2020 by IHS Markit (feat. Kevin Birn), Associated Press, July 28, 2020

A Pipeline is Quietly Ordered Shut in New Signal of Shale’s Woes by Catherine Ngai (feat. Kevin Birn), BNN Bloomberg, July 20, 2020

Varcoe: A trio of pipeline problems arrives – including new setback for Keystone XL in U.S. by Chris Varcoe (feat. Kevin Birn), Calgary Herald, July 7, 2020

What the Trans Mountain challenge dismissal means for Alberta by Elise von Scheel (feat. Kevin Birn), CBC News, July 3, 2020

After years of angst, Canada’s oil pipeline problem may be over by Kevin Orl and Robert Tuttle (feat. Kevin Birn), Toronto Star, June 23, 2020

Ovintiv lays off staff as fears rise for delayed oil industry recovery by Dan Healing (feat. Kevin Birn), Global News, June 18, 2020

What U.S. shale’s woes mean for Canada’s oil and gas industry by Tony Seskus (feat. Kevin Birn), CBC News, June 3, 2020

The World Oil Market, COVID 19, and International Politics by John StewartMcGill Maxwell School of Public Policy, April 16, 2020

Liberals have stifled reconciliation with their politicization of resource projects by Ron WallaceThe Calgary Herald, February 22, 2020

It Is Time To Place Energy At The Heart Of The U.S.-Europe Security Relationship by Ike Brannon and Eric Miller, Forbes, September 10, 2019

Kenney government takes new approach on energy: will it work? by Monica Gattinger, Daily Oil Bulletin, May 7, 2019

NAFTA 2.0: Drilling Down – The Impact of CUSMA/USMCA on Canadian Energy Stakeholders by John Weekes, Darrel Pearson, Lawrence Smith, and Margaret Kim, Energy Regulation Quarterly, April 10, 2019

Canada’s energy future and the perils of dangerous optimism by Monica Gattinger, Daily Oil Bulletin, March 11, 2019

Durable energy policy in Canada: Waiting for Godot? by Monica Gattinger, Daily Oil Bulletin, February 11, 2019

When it comes to Arctic resource development, Russia is on fire while Canada is cold as ice by Ron Wallace, The Hill Times, January 25, 2019

Market (in)access for Canadian oil: lessons for other resource sectors? by Monica Gattinger, The Hill Times, December 12, 2018

Alberta sits on more cost-competitive oil than ever, but still can’t move it by Kevin Birn, Financial Post, October 30, 2018

Ottawa is blowing up energy regulation at the worst possible time for pipelines by Ron Wallace and Rowland Harrison, Financial Post, September 12, 2018

Canadian Energy – between an economic rock and a progressive hard place by Monica Gattinger, Daily Oil Bulletin, September 6, 2018

Government regulation is going to put the energy industry into the ground by Ron Wallace and Jack Mintz, Calgary Herald, July 28, 2018

Here’s why a shortage of pipelines hurts Canada by Kevin Birn, Calgary Herald, February 15, 2018


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