NED Talk: Jumping to Energy 2.0

9 September, 2017 – Georgian Room of the British House at Spruce Meadows, Calgary

The ‘Jumping to Energy 2.0‘ event consisted of 5 powerful and inspiring 10-minute talks by renowned Dutch and Canadian leaders on the energy transition towards a decarbonized economy. These high level presentations focused on innovation and were a strong call to action highlighting collaboration opportunities between The Netherlands and Canada. An interactive panel discussion followed the presentations and gave audience members an opportunity to share comments and ask the experts questions.

This event was organized in partnership with the Consulate-General of the Netherlands.

Testimonials (click to expand)

I really enjoyed participating with you all on the interesting panel about “energy transformation” this Saturday. Barry of the Consulate General of the Netherlands and Florent of thank you for the invite and your excellent organization.

Wal van Lierop
President & CEO of Chrysalix Venture Capital 

(Event Speaker)

A great event at Spruce Meadows for Holland Day – Jumping to Energy 2.0 led by the Dutch Consulate and A tremendous line-up of energy and environmental thought leaders, including the University of Calgary’s Dr. Harrie Vredenburg. An important discussion on the current state of play as well as ideas for how we can work together to build a stronger Alberta and Canada.”

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon
President & Vice-Chancellor of The University of Calgary 

It was a great privilege to be invited by the Consulate of the Netherlands to Holland Day at Spruce Meadows on September 9th, 2017. Not only is the BMO Nations Cup a world class jumping show, but the morning discussions about the current energy and climate change challenges facilitated by was quite enlightening. Thanks to all. It was a great event!

Jean-Michel Gires
CEO of NexTier Energy Solutions

“Thank you to the Dutch Consulate and for hosting such a wonderful event, everything was clearly well thought out from the speakers and venue to the delicious cuisine. I found the speakers very insightful regarding how the Alberta energy sector is adapting to the social push for renewables, while at the same time showcasing how innovative our technology sector is. I truly enjoyed being able to network while watching the Spruce Meadows Masters and enjoying the various delicious appetizers and lunch selection, all in all a wonderful day and I would be privileged to attend this event again.”

Koleya Karringten
President & CEO of Absolute Combustion International

“Terrific job hosting the NED Talks at Spruce Meadows. A great example of how Canada and the Netherlands can build stronger relationships and collectively succeed in the clean energy transition.”

Jason Switzer
Executive Director of the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance (ACTIA) and Senior Advisor at the Pembina Institute

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  • 9:00am: Welcome & Networking
  • 9:45am: Opening remarks by Barry Nieuwenhuijs, Consul of the Netherlands in Vancouver
  • 9:50am: Welcome by Linda Southern-Heathcott, President & CEO of Spruce Meadows
  • 10:00: NED Talk Introduction by Harrie Vredenburg, Professor, Global Energy EMBA Director & Suncor Chair in Sustainability, University of Calgary
  • 10:20: “Our Energy Diet Challenge” by Michael Crothers, President & Country Chair of Shell Canada
  • 10:35: “Why Does Innovation Matter in the Oil and Gas Industry?” by Ginny Flood, VP Government Relations at Suncor Energy  & Chair – Outreach, Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN)
  • 10:50: “The Transition to a Low Carbon Society Will be Fraught with Winners and Losers” by Wal van Lierop, Chairman & CEO of Chrysalix Venture Capital
  • 11:05: Networking break
  • 11:20: Shifting Winds: Renewables then and now” by Connie van der Byl, Associate Professor at Bissett School of Business & Director at the Institute for Environmental Sustainability, Mount Royal University
  • 11:35: “Transform to Transition”  by Esmée van Veen, Sustainability Manager at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • 11:50: Moderated panel discussion + Q&A
  • 12:30: NED Talk ends + Official announcement of Holland Day by Gert Heijkoop, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vancouver
  • 1:00pm: Buffet lunch
  • 2:00pm: Afternoon reception with show jumping

Featured Speakers

Michael Crothers

President & Country Chair

Shell Canada

See Bio | Read Michael’s Speech 

Ginny Flood

Vice President Government Relations, Suncor Energy &

Chair – Outreach, Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN)

See Bio

Connie van der Byl

Associate Professor, Bissett School of Business &

Director, Institute for Environmental Sustainability, Mount Royal University

See Bio | View Connie’s Presentation

Wal van Lierop

Chairman & CEO

Chrysalix Venture Capital

See Bio | View Wal’s Presentation

Esmée van Veen

Sustainability Manager – CSR & Environmental Strategy Team

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

See Bio

Harrie Vredenburg (moderator)

Professor, Global Energy EMBA Director & Suncor Chair in Sustainability

University of Calgary

See Bio | View Harrie’s Presentation

Media Coverage

“Improvements Needed In Translating Technology Into Commercial Ventures, Says Shell Canada Head

Article summarizing NED Talk event and its main findings.

Read here


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