SESSION 3:   EMERGING INDUSTRIES & THE FUTURE OF WORK:   RENEWABLE ENERGY

On November 29, APEX Alberta, with the support of Alberta Labour, will be hosting a full day session at the Medicine Hat College. This session is the final of a 3-part series entitled “Emerging Industries & The Future of Work”. Each session has been designed to help increase awareness and knowledge of emerging industries developing in our region, with a focus on the impact to the local workforce, economy and community.

CBC News reported on June 2, 2016 that Alberta and Saskatchewan will spend up to $50 billion on renewable projects over the next 14 years.  Currently, renewable sources such as wind, hyrdo and biomass make up only 13% of Alberta’s energy, according to Provincial and Territorial Energy Profiles, Alberta. The Province of Alberta has set a goal to obtain 30% of Alberta’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.  With a shift to renewable energy, our region will begin to reap the benefits of job creation and growth. It is timely that this final session in the series will center around Renewable Energy, helping prepare our region for the jobs of tomorrow. 

The full-day seminar will be structured into 4 sessions.  The day will begin with keynote speaker, Gianni Kovacevic. Mr. Kovacevic is an investor, author and sought-after strategist in the energy divestment movement. Drawing from over 20,000 hours of research in incumbent and modern energy themes. Through artful storytelling and finely illustrated analysis, he engages audiences about the fusion between technology and energy. He will share how this will impact your life, your business and your future.

A variety of subject matter experts have been invited to speak about Alberta as a national leader in wind energy.

Evan Wilson from the Canadian Wind Energy Association will be on hand to discuss this transition as well as the opportunities that will be derived from this planned development in the province of Alberta

Local developer, Barclay Tanner, Senior Operations Manager of Vestas, will discuss the transformation to a modern grid resulting in a new form of wind energy. His talk will provide a picture of what work within wind energy looks like, how it impacts the community around it and what the future may hold for southern Alberta.

Finally, the day will end with a panel discussion featuring the days’ speakers, who will answer questions about the topics discussed.

The main event will take place in the Eresman Theatre at the Medicine Hat College.  If you would like to order a ticket, please go to the APEX website: apexalberta.ca

For more information about this session, please call our office 403-528-2824.

Elizabeth Blair is the regional innovation network coordinator for APEX Alberta.  APEX Alberta supports the growth of innovative and technologically-oriented businesses in Southeast Alberta.  APEX Alberta is a collaborative initiative between three core service providers: Community Futures Entre-Corp, Medicine Hat College and Alberta Innovates.