A Message from the President and CEO of CGA (Issue 2, 2016)

Timothy M. Egan - President

Dealing with government on energy files in 2016 has meant engaging in the various consultations on ways to reduce emissions and drive innovation. CGA and our member companies have been keen participants, staying focused on our ongoing objective: the provision of clean and affordable, safe and reliable energy. This issue of Energy picks up on many key points in the submissions we are making. Growing cooperation on natural gas is key to deliver on a global environmental agenda, a point taken up by our international columnist, Diane Francis. She sits down with Rafael Barak, Israel’s outgoing Ambassador to Canada, to discuss the opportunity for natural gas in Israel. Still on the international side in “The Mexican Energy Opportunity for the Reluctant Amigo,” Chris Sands and Jesse Barnett describe how that country’s rising energy demand and environmental objectives has prompted a focus on the natural gas opportunity there. The piece underscores how natural gas will play a key role in ensuring a more sustainable energy future across North America. That future will demand innovation, and we are delighted to have an Op-ed from the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, where he discusses the important role innovation plays for Canada’s energy sector. Canadian gas utilities are already leaders in innovation and efficiency programs and want to build on our work to date – we are working closely with Minister Bains and his officials on this and appreciate his comments here. A sustainable future also means, for many, a stronger emphasis on renewables – an area where the natural gas sector is very active. Dina O’Meara looks, in her article, at the various renewable natural gas (RNG) projects currently in place in Canada and how deployment of this innovative technology will help reduce emissions and support economic growth. And finally, I note the thoughts of our political commentators. At CGA we talk a lot about affordability of energy – a longstanding and key Canadian advantage that is not a universal reality. Sustainability starts with addressing fundamental concerns like energy poverty; our political commentators expound on what the federal government can do to contribute to addressing this global challenge. We hope you enjoy these articles as much as we do, and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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