A Message from the President and CEO of CGA (Issue 3, 2017)

Timothy M. Egan - President

Welcome to our third issue of 2017. With cold weather settling in across Canada, we are reminded of the important role natural gas plays in keeping our homes and businesses warm. Natural gas is the most reliable and affordable energy option for customers,   giving them peace of mind on the coldest of days. A large part of our system’s reliability and affordability is due to the extensive and robust infrastructure. An important part of that infrastructure is Union Gas’ Dawn Hub natural gas storage facility. As is stated in our feature piece, this storage site is a “critical but largely unheralded innovation that ensures Ontarians have a reliable source of affordable energy to get through cold winters”. With the facility celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, we thought it appropriate to illustrate its benefits to our industry’s wellbeing in North America. On a similar topic, our political commentators offer their opinion on how energy infrastructure development in Canada can help Canadians access more clean and affordable energy solutions for their homes and businesses and what role the Infrastructure Bank can play in this regard. Christopher Sands, our regular Canada/U.S. affairs columnist comments on the NAFTA renegotiations and the implications for the energy sector. From there, we go to a submission by Allan Gregg, Principal at Earnscliffe, entitled “The False Dichotomy – Economic Growth versus Environmental Protection” which looks at the public debate on the interaction between environment and the economy. Finally, two new firsts for CGA and ENERGY are featured in this issue. Dina O’Meara profiles a new CGA affiliate member – Utilities Kingston, and we introduce a new section, SMC Profile. This will give readers a quick overview of a supplier company to the natural gas delivery industry. Once again, thank you for taking the time to read ENERGY, I hope you enjoy this edition and I welcome your feedback!


To submit a letter to the Editor or story ideas, please contact us here.