Memorial University's vice-president (research) addresses long-term, sustainable energy opportunities for Canada

Aug 18th, 2014

Krista Davidson

Memorial University's vice-president (research) addresses long-term, sustainable energy opportunities for Canada

A publication addressing Canada’s massive energy resource endowment and the opportunities for both economic growth and carbon footprint reduction was launched June 26 at the Canadian Academy of Engineering’s Annual General Meeting and Symposium in St. John’s.

Canada: Becoming a Sustainable Energy Powerhouse is co-edited by Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research), Memorial University, and president, Canadian Academy of Engineering; and Clement W. Bowman, chair, Energy Pathways Task Force.


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.”

“A network of east-west pipelines, supporting the upgrade of our non-renewable and renewable energy resources, is an urgent need to capture the value from these resources,” said Dr. Bowman, currently associate of Ontario’s Bowman Centre at the Sarnia/Lambton Research Park.

“A national grid with the ability to transmit large blocks of power east-west and north-south represents another major near-term Canadian opportunity.”

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.



Richard J. Marceau was born and grew up in North Bay, Ontario. He graduated from McGill University in December 1977 and began his career at MONENCO Inc. as an electric power engineer in 1978. He joined Hydro-Quebec as an operations engineer in 1982, entered the Hydro-Quebec Research Institute (IREQ) as a researcher in 1984, and became a planner of research and development activities in 1987.

After spending twelve years in industry, he entered a Ph.D. program in electric energy transmission at McGill University in 1990, successfully obtaining his degree in 1993. The same year, he joined the Electrical Engineering Department at École Polytechnique de Montréal, and was elected Chair in 1998. In 2001, he became Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the Université de Sherbrooke where he led ground-breaking initiatives in both undergraduate education and graduate research capacity-building. In 2005, he became Provost and Vice-President Academic of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), then Ontario’s newest university, where over a period of eight years he grew its academic operations from 1,800 to nearly 10,000 students, and initiated the unprecedented growth of master and doctoral programs of any university in Ontario. In 2013, he became Vice President (Research) of Memorial University. An active member of his community, he has participated on numerous local, provincial and national committees and boards. From 2009 to 2013, he was President of the Parkwood Foundation, one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, and from 2012 to 2014, he was President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Quebec.


Dr. C. W. (Clem) Bowman has worked in the energy industry for the past 50 years, in various research, management and executive capacities, including vice-president Esso Petroleum Canada, founding chairman Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority, president of the Alberta Research Council, and presidents of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and Chemical Institute of Canada. Bowman’s career contribution to energy technology development led to the 2008 Global Energy International Prize, awarded by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. In 2010 the University of Western Ontario established the Bowman Centre at their Sarnia-Lambton campus to expand energy technology development. Included in a list of his awards and recognition is his induction into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame in 2013 and the granting of an honorary degree by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 2013.




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