Canada’s Energy Agenda–Getting it Right in Montreal

Posted May 12th, 2015 in blog by Doug Black


I am excited to be visiting Montreal tomorrow for the next leg of my energy literacy tour with the Economic Club of Canada. Our tour, called Canada’s Energy Agenda–Getting it Right, focuses on helping Canadians understand how we can work toward ensuring market access for Canada’s energy resources. These are issues crucial to Alberta and Canada’s prosperity. Below, I talk about why we’re taking this tour, what I’ve learned, and what the next steps are.

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 Interview with the Business News Network

Posted January 29th, 2015 in Interview by Doug Black

I was happy to speak with Andrew Bell yesterday about my thoughts on the steps we can take to ensure Canada’s prosperity in light of the recent drop in oil prices. We discussed how we can encourage market access while gaining meaningful involvement from the Aboriginal community and ensuring that Canada is known as a leader in environmental protection. You can watch my interview the Business News Network’s program, The Commodity, below.

Canada being left behind: My interview in the Lloydminster Source

Posted January 26th, 2015 in Interview by Doug Black

I recently spoke with Christopher Brown at The Lloydminster Source about my thoughts on market access for Canada’s energy and the dropping price of oil. Alberta and Canada are facing some big problems with the price of oil, and it is my hope that we can work together to make sure future generations can enjoy the prosperity my generation did. You can read my thoughts in the article below.

Canada being left behind: Black

Alberta senator not confident that Keystone pipeline happens under current U.S. president

By Christopher Brown

Published January 22, 2015 in Lloydminster Source

If the country doesn’t get off the dependence of the United States for oil exports, Canada could be in for troubling times, according to Alberta Senator Doug Black.

In a one-on-one interview, Black said that by being dependent on the United States for oil exportation for so long, he doesn’t see a end in site for the low oil prices that Canada is seeing right now.

“The price of oil has fallen effectively 50 per cent in six months,” said Black. “That is a big problem for Alberta, and that is a big problem for Canada.”

With the boom and bust that the oil industry sees on a regular basis, Black is encouraging the premier of Alberta (Jim Prentice) to restructure how revenue is raised in Alberta.

“We have to have an open discussion about this,” he said. “We have to have to have a really hard look at the expenses in the province as well.”

Black said that what is good for the provinces is also good for the country, so he thinks that the government will have to cut spending in the next budget expected out in the coming months.

“I think it will happen,” he said. “Canada is not as dramatically affected by the fall in oil prices.”

Black said making those cuts is one of the reasons why federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver announced last week that he would be tabling the 2015 budget in April, rather than in March when most budgets are tabled.

“We need to understand how far this stone is going to fall,” Black said about falling oil prices.

With the falling oil prices, Black is setting out on a cross-country tour meeting with economic clubs to discuss what the country could do to offset the falling prices of oil.

“It’s now a matter of national imperative,” Black said of moving forward on the three pipelines in Alberta.

Keystone XL Pipeline, which would bring crude oil from Alberta to the Gulf Coast in New Orleans; Energy East, which would bring oil to the east coast of Canada; and Northern Gateway, which would send crude oil to the Pacific Ocean.

“Canada is being penalized,” according to Black. “Like I have been saying for the past year and a half, it’s the generation below mine, that I want to enjoy the prosperity that my generation enjoyed.”

Black bluntly said, “If we do not get this right it’s not going to happen.”

The current price of oil is at a level that Black thought he would never see, “I would of never thought I would of seen it.”

Black said that time for action is not on Canada’s side, “We have to got to ensure that we get ahead of aboriginal engagement, market access, and doing what is required to ensure that we are the global environmental leader.”

The senator has hopes that the country can do it, “but we have to get together as a country and do this.”

Asked directly if Canada has seen the bottom of the oil price drop, Black didn’t want to speculate, “I only know what I read, and currently Goldman- Sachs says to look for the bottom of the drop to be around $40 per barrel.”

Black said he doubts the oil prices to reach the highs of $150-160 per barrel any time soon.

“The world is awash in oil and gas, and that is the reason why Canada was having troubles with market access for oil.”

Black said that the United States have become self sufficient in oil and gas, and no longer needs to rely on Canada as a supplier for oil.

“They need our product, but they don’t need it like they have in the past,” Black said.

Asked if that means the state of the Keystone pipeline will be pushed back further, Black said he doesn’t expect it to be passed till after the 2016.

“I do not see a light at the end of tunnel when it comes to Keystone, I don’t expect to see a light until the a new president is sworn in, and I really hope I’m wrong on that.”

Black said that as Canada diddles around on the energy file, “the world is moving ahead without us.”

Black was appointed to the Senate in 2013 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He currently sits on the Senate Committee of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environment.