(Ottawa, ON) Canada’s Gas Energy industry is pleased to announce the launch of Energy for a Secure Future (ESF). ESF is a non-partisan civil society initiative that brings together Canadian business leaders, Indigenous peoples, organizations, and experts to implement a new vision for Canada’s gas energy and infrastructure. ESF seeks to: advance reconciliation, reduce global emissions, and help our allies, all while building a stronger, more resilient and prosperous Canada.
ESF’s Advisory Council include key business representatives, industry groups, and civil society organizations. To date this includes:
Indigenous organizations (including the Indian Resource Council, the First Nations LNG Alliance) and industry groups (including Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Canadian Gas Association, Canadian Chemistry Industry Association).
Many prominent individuals from across Canada have also lent their names to the initiative including:
- Crystal Smith, Chief Councillor, Haisla Nation
- Ricardo Prosperi, President-Canada, Tenaris
- Sean Strickland, Executive Director, Canada’s Building Trades Unions
- Victor Thomas, President and CEO, Canada-India Business Council
- Chief Billy Morin, Managing Director, Axxcelus.
“The past twelve months have provided new insight into how Canada should think about our energy future. Our natural gas, other gaseous fuels, and the infrastructure that moves them can play a key role in reducing global emissions, advancing reconciliation, supporting our international allies, and creating prosperity at home. We have a tremendous opportunity, and we want to come together to make it happen.”
– Shannon Joseph, Chair, Council for a Secure Energy Future
“On behalf of Canada’s Building Trades Unions, I am pleased to join the Council for a Secure Energy Future, to take part in important discussions around a new vision for Canada’s gas energy and infrastructure. Canada’s skilled trades workforce has the training, experience and expertise to support the transformation of energy systems to deliver reliable, low emission and affordable energy to Canadians and our allies around the world.”
– Sean Strickland, Executive Director, Canada’s Building Trades Unions
“First Nations have a major role to play in getting gas to international markets and this requires conversations regarding regulations, support for capital and ownership by Indigenous communities in economic corridors. The business case exists for Canada to play a big energy and environmental role in the world and Indigenous communities want to be at the forefront, including in new technologies like carbon capture and sequestration.”
- Chief Billy Morin, Managing Director, Axxcelus
“Having taken many trips overseas since the war on Ukraine, it is clear that around the world countries are focused on increasing the supply of high-density, low-cost energy that supports economic growth and higher living standards, with lower environmental impacts. Countries are looking to Canada; we have what the world needs.”
– Victor Thomas, President and CEO, Canada-India Business Council
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About Energy for a Secure Future:
Energy for a Secure Future is a non-partisan civil society initiative that brings together Canadian business leaders, Indigenous peoples, organizations, and experts in a new conversation about energy and building a secure future for Canada and our allies around the world.