Senate Statement: Lessons Learned on my Energy Literacy Tour

Posted May 27th, 2015 in Statement by Doug Black
As you may know, I’ve been travelling across the country with the Economic Club of Canada to hear from Canadian leaders on issues of Aboriginal engagement, environmental innovation, and market access for our energy industry. Resolving these issues are fundamental to our prosperity, and they are all intrinsically linked.
We’ve learned some crucial lessons about these issues, and I am excited to explore these lessons more as my tour continues.  We know that we must have Aboriginal peoples at the decision-making table when it comes to energy issues, and we must make the risk of oil spills and their cleanups at the top of our priorities. You can listen to my entire statement below to hear more about what we’ve learned so far.



Upcoming stops on my tour:
June 4: Ottawa
Fall 2015: Halifax, Regina, Calgary, and Washington DC

Media Roundup: The Edmonton and Toronto stops on my Energy Literacy Tour

Posted April 29th, 2015 in Event by Doug Black

I had a great time in Toronto and Edmonton last week speaking and listening to panelists on my energy literacy tour. As I’ve been touring around, I’ve been able to speak with a number of media outlets, and I’m pleased to see that others have been recognizing the work we’re doing. You can see some of the coverage we’ve had from these events below.

My most recent interview with BNN:

The Toronto Star: Oil industry to push back against ‘fear’

660 News: Senator Doug Black stops in Alberta during his cross country tour on energy resources

630CHED: Alberta senator talks energy

Q99: Senator Doug Black expresses frustration over Keystone XL pipeline


Canada’s Energy Agenda: Getting it Right in Toronto and Edmonton

Posted April 21st, 2015 in Event by Doug Black

The second leg of my energy literacy tour with the Economic Club of Canada starts this week, and I’m thrilled to be working alongside such fantastic speakers. The tour, called Canada’s Energy Agenda: Getting it Right, is in Toronto on Wednesday, April 22, and Edmonton on Friday, April 24. It’s going to be a fantastic couple of events, and I’d encourage anyone with an interest in the future of Canada’s energy economy to come hear from these energy and business leaders.

It is time that we change the conversation about energy, and this series is helping to lead the way. With a focus on Aboriginal involvement, carbon pricing, environmental innovation, market access and much more, these upcoming events will help to kick-start that conversation.

Toronto’s event, from 7-9am at One King West Hotel on April 22, will focus on Canada’s energy picture, carbon pricing and market access. Moderated by Bill Morris (Senior Managing Director and Canada President at Accenture) the Toronto event will see panelists discuss some crucial energy issues. The Hon. Brian Tobin (Vice-Chair of BMO and Newfoundland and Labrador’s former premier), as well as Malini Giridhar (Vice President of Gas Supply and Business Development at Enbridge) will speak about why Canada’s current energy picture matters to Canadians. Ian Anderson (President of Kinder Morgan Canada) and Brian Lee Crowley (Managing Director of MacDonald Laurier Institute) will discuss how to ensure market access for Canada’s energy. The keynote speaker, Dr. Jack Mintz of the University of Calgary, will discuss carbon pricing in Canada, an important aspect of clean energy. Tickets have already sold out for Toronto.

Edmonton’s event takes place at the Westin Hotel from 7-9am on April 24. Moderated by Dan Gagnier (Chair for the International Institute for Sustainable Development), the panel’s key topics of discussion will be Aboriginal engagement, environmental innovation, and market access. Art Sterritt (Executive Director of The Costal First Nations), Brian Lee Crowley (Managing Director of MacDonald Laurier Institute), and Christopher Henderson (President of Lumos Energy) will discuss how to work together with business, government, and communities to ensure meaningful aboriginal engagement and to advance energy projects. In the second panel, Eddy Isaacs (CEO of Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions) and Bob Mitchell (Partner, PURE Reserve and former Senior Director of Innovating For Sustainability) will discuss how Canada can become a global leader of environmental innovation. To purchase tickets for this event, please click here.

This is a very exciting series, and it is my hope that we begin to see productive dialogue about our energy resources and that Canada can move toward being a leader in energy. I look forward to seeing you there.

Media Roundup: My Energy Literacy Tour Across Canada

Posted March 24th, 2015 in Interview by Doug Black

I’ve been touring around the country with the Economic Club of Canada in an effort to encourage energy literacy in our country. During the tour, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with a few media outlets about the challenges we are facing and how I think we can stimulate action in our energy sector. We have great opportunity to develop progressive energy projects in Canada, but we are at a stalemate. In order to take advantage of these opportunities, we must engage in a positive dialogue with environmental groups and First Nations. You can hear my thoughts at the links below.

My chat with Ryan Jespersen of 630 CHED:


My interview on The Early Edition about my efforts to change the conversation around the energy sector:


My interview on CBC Eyeopener about restarting our energy conversation:


My article in the Financial Post about creating a template for new energy projects:


My interview on Edmonton AM—future-of-energy-in-canada/


My Energy Priorities

Posted June 10th, 2014 in Article by Doug Black

From my seat in the Senate and as a member of the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, I have the opportunity to lend my voice to the energy conversation.

For more information on my energy priorities, I encourage you to visit