A Message from the President and CEO of CGA (Issue 2, 2017)

Timothy M. Egan - President

This second issue of Energy was being compiled as our country was marking its 150th birthday, July 1st, 2017. A focal point for festivities on that day was Parliament Hill, and a focal point on Parliament Hill is always the eternal flame. At CGA we are particularly fond of this Canadian symbol, all the more so on the occasion of our sesquicentennial.  The flame is a steady and reliable reminder of the value proposition of our product and our industry. From its early start as a source of lighting for streets in cities before Confederation, to its current status as the premiere clean and affordable energy solution for heating, cooking, power generation and more, natural gas has remained an essential element  in Canada’s energy mix.  More importantly, it offers the promise of reliable, sustainable, cost-effective energy for decades to come.  This is an enormous competitive advantage for Canadians. Maintaining this advantage is part of the rationale for this magazine and the articles in it.

This issue features articles on a variety of topics that provide insight on important issues we face today. Chris Sands and Jesse N. Barnett discuss the potential of the Pacific for Canada and the U.S. LNG industry – a piece all the more relevant given the recent cancellation of the Pacific NorthWest LNG mega project by Malaysian national energy giant Petronas. Our political commentators then offer their views on why energy prices are pushing businesses to leave Canada, and what the federal and provincial governments can do to provide affordable energy solutions for companies to operate in the country. The federal government is currently pursuing its election promise to improve and expand infrastructure, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak with the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure Canada. A transcript is included here in which the Minister discusses the government’s priorities and how the natural gas delivery industry can help. Finally, our regular columnist Dina O’Meara offers two note-worthy articles. The first profiles two recently announced Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF) projects (by G4 Insights and iGEN Technologies), and the second explores the impact of the Fort McMurray wildfires and lessons learned from ATCO’s perspective.

Here’s hoping you enjoy this issue. And here’s hoping that our next 150 years offer Canadians the continued benefits of clean and affordable energy.

 

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