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REF NO.: 141

SUBJECT: Publication addresses Canada's massive energy resource endowment and opportunities for economic growth and carbon footprint reduction

DATE: June 26

A publication addressing Canada’s massive energy resource endowment and the opportunities for both economic growth and carbon footprint reduction was launched today, June 26.
 Canada: Becoming a Sustainable Energy Powerhouse, co-edited by Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research), Memorial University, and president, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Clement W. Bowman, chair, Energy Pathways Task Force, was launched at the Canadian Academy of Engineering’s annual general meeting and symposium in St. John’s.
The book proposes three objectives for Canada:
• Add value to Canada’s energy exports, extending our country’s value chain and strengthening our innovation ecosystem
• Contribute to reducing North America’s carbon footprint, such as being the lowest cost producer of low-greenhouse gas electricity; and
• Contribute to the increasing global energy demand, recognizing Canada’s huge energy resource base.
“Canada has an abundance of unique energy resources, both renewable and non-renewable, that present incredible opportunities for innovation, economic growth,
job creation and lowering carbon footprint,” said Dr. Marceau. “Canada: Becoming a Sustainable Energy Powerhouse builds on Canada’s historically successful “big project innovation strategy” to point the way forward for unleashing its economic potential across the nation, while building a foundation for a more sustainable long-term energy future.”
The book is the latest initiative undertaken by the Canadian Academy of Engineering’s Energy Pathways Task Force, which has published a number of important reports since 2005. It brings together contributions from national experts and leaders in the fields of energy, resources and economic strategy.
To obtain a copy of Canada: Becoming a Sustainable Energy Powerhouse, visit

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