Oil Sands and the City

How does urban energy demand impact Canada's oil sands?

Much of the controversy surrounding the Alberta oil sands focuses on supply and more specifically the transportation of crude to market via pipelines, rail and tankers. But with over 80 per cent of Canadians living in cities and approximately 60 per cent of fossil fuels globally being consumed by urban areas, demand from growing metropolises such as Toronto has arguably an even bigger impact on oil sands production — and profound implications for our economy and environment. So what is being done, and can be done, to reduce demand for oil and gas in Canadian cities? Moreover, how will the relationship between fossil fuels and Canadian cities have changed by 2025?

The Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) at Ryerson University and Future of Canada's Oil Sands (FoCOS) brings together a diverse panel of experts to discuss the extent to which shifting urban energy demand affects Canada's reliance on —and relationship with— the oil sands.


Cara Clairman, President and CEO, Plug'n Drive
Linda McQuaig, New Democratic Party Candidate (Toronto Centre)
Tanzeel Merchant, Executive Director, City Building Institute, Ryerson University
Sarah Van Der Paelt, Director of Business Development Strategy and Accounts, Union Gas

The discussion will be moderated by Jessie Ma, IESO Distinguished Research Fellow at Ryerson's Centre for Urban Energy. The event will also feature an audience Q&A.

Light refreshments will be served.


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  • Farah Ahmed
    is hosting. 2015-04-06 16:18:03 -0400
  • Farah Ahmed
    published this page in Other Toronto Climate Events 2015-04-06 16:18:03 -0400