Adapting to the new energy reality – challenges and opportunities in Alberta’s oil and gas sector

Jan Gorski, Pembina Institute

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 5:30-7:00 pm

The Metropolitan - Private Dining Room (150, 318 – 8 Avenue S.W.)

Free for IAIA-WNC members; $10 for non-members ($5 for students)

The International Association for Impact Assessment - Western and Northern Canada Affiliate (IAIA-WNC) is pleased to announce the return of our “Pubinar” series of talks for another season. Come on out to The Metropolitan in downtown Calgary to hear great speakers and get involved in some lively discussion. Drinks and food are available for purchase from The Metropolitan’s excellent menu (happy-hour pricing before 6pm). Admission is free for IAIA-WNC members, or $10 for non-members ($5 for students). Yearly memberships can be purchased at the door, or on the IAIA-WNC website (

The Talk: The global oil and gas sector is in the midst of profound change, something that has been acutely felt in Alberta. The world’s energy systems are also undergoing game-changing technological and political shifts due to cheap renewables, a boom in US oil and gas production and increasing carbon awareness among consumers, investors, and governments. There is a movement to low carbon energy sources driven by economics, climate, and air quality issues. Alberta’s future as an energy provider is directly linked to its ability to demonstrate a demand for its products in a low carbon world. In this talk we will explore the new energy reality and how Alberta can set itself up for success through innovation and decarbonization.

About the speaker: Jan is an analyst with the responsible fossil fuels team at the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading energy think tank.  Prior to joining the Pembina Institute, Jan worked in consulting on oil and gas emissions. Through this work he gained a thorough understanding of the technical challenges associated with quantifying emissions.

He holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering and a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, both from Carleton University. His graduate research was focused on alternative fuel combustion. He also completed an internship in Stuttgart, Germany, assisting with research at a carbon capture test facility.

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