Innovation in Canada’s Resource Sectors

When: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 08:30 - 14:45

Where: The Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Calgary

Canada's resource industries contribute nearly $150B to the Canadian economy, roughly 12% of GDP. As a central pillar of the Canadian economy, the natural resource sectors must maintain a globally competitive position, while also addressing new challenges including environmental sustainability and growing expectations from civil society for public engagement. In order to meet these emerging challenges, developing an innovation strategy for the natural resource sector must be considered an essential goal for both the resource industries, and for the Canadian government. On October 22, the Public Policy Forum convened a one-day conference in Calgary to discuss approaches to innovation in the resource sectors.

This gathering brought together senior representatives from the mining, forestry, oil and gas, and agricultural resource sectors in Canada, as well as leaders from the public and academic sectors. The goal of the conference was to better understand where innovation is currently occurring in the resource sectors and to identify new areas of opportunity. Participants sought to identify specific actions that can help make Canada's resource sectors more creative, competitive, and resilient. The insights gleaned from this conference can be found in our report, Innovation in Canada's Resource Sector.

Avrim Lazar, President & CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada provided a keynote luncheon address on Innovation in Public Engagement - bringing together stakeholders in new and provocative ways.

His keynote provided insights into one of the many different shapes that innovation can take, with the example of innovation in public engagement. His speech highlighted a new stakeholder engagement strategy in the forestry industry, which forms the basis of the Boreal Forest Agreement. This Agreement, explicitly non-governmental in nature, has the potential to advance innovation on multiple fronts – economic, social, and environmental. Lazar’s speech explains the importance of a fundamental reconsideration of the roles and relationships between stakeholders in the sector, and how this reconsideration is essential to creating a more innovative and sustainable forestry sector.

Avrim Lazar's speech

In the media

The Globe and Mail - Resource sector may lack flash, but it stars as an innovator

 

Thank you to our partners

                          Naural Resources Canada

            
    Barrick Gold Corp      

 

    Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers    

 

  Cenovus Energy

Ernst & Young LLP

           RBC Financial Group             TransAlta