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[AGENDA] Session 1: Exploring our Region’s Energy Future


[Presentations available here]

10:00     Opening Remarks
              David Chaundy, President, APEC
              Colleen d’Entremont, President, Atlantica Centre for Energy

10:05     Panel: Exploring our Region’s Energy Future
              Moderator: David Chaundy

  • Herb Emery, Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics, UNB
  • Rachel Samson, Clean Growth Research Director, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices
  • Charlene Johnson, CEO, NOIA
  • Larry Hughes, Professor, Dalhousie University

10:30     Moderator & Online Audience Questions

11:00     Conclude

About the panelists

Herb Emery
Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics

Herb Emery, economist and public policy scholar, holds the Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics. Emery came to the University of New Brunswick from the University of Calgary, where he has been Full Professor in Economics and Research Director for The School of Public Policy.  He has previously been the Svare Professor in Health Economics, a joint position in the Department of Community Health Science in the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Economics. From 2010-2015, he served as managing editor of Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques, Canada's foremost journal examining economic and social policy. 

Rachel Samson
Clean Growth Research Director
Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

Rachel Samson has worked on climate change policy, and the intersection of environmental and economic policy, for over 20 years. Rachel has experience at various federal government departments, including as an economist at Finance Canada and as Director of Current Analysis and Economic Research at Environment and Climate Change Canada. Between 2014 and 2019, Rachel worked as a consultant, undertaking research, analysis, policy advice and report writing for clients such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Rachel holds a Master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University, with a specialization in environmental economics.

Charlene Johnson 

Charlene Johnson was a Member of the House of Assembly, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, from 2003 to 2014. She was a senior cabinet minister in several departments including, Finance and Human Resource Secretariat, President of Treasury Board; Innovation, Business and Rural Development; Child, Youth and Family Services; and Environment and Conservation. She was also the minister responsible for the Status of Women and parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources. Prior to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Charlene worked as a policy analyst for the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. 

Following her time in provincial politics Charlene lived in Brunei. During her time overseas, she completed a Master of Business Administration (with Distinction) from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. This complements her Bachelor of Science in forest engineering from the University of New Brunswick and Master of Applied Science in environmental engineering from Memorial University. Charlene recently received her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Charlene became Chief Executive Officer of Noia on January 9, 2018.

Larry Hughes 
Dalhousie University


Dr. Larry Hughes is a professor at Dalhousie University where he teaches undergraduate Computer Engineering courses and an interdisciplinary graduate course in energy systems analysis. His research interests focus on the means by which a jurisdiction can identify, quantify, and mitigate the risks to the energy security of its energy system while transforming to a low-carbon economy.

He has written reports on electric vehicles for Nova Scotia Power and been an intervener at several UARB hearings on electricity rates and the Maritime Link.

Dr. Hughes has published in academic journals including Applied EnergyEnergy, and Energy Policy, and the mainstream media, such as the Globe and Mail and Policy Options. He is often quoted in the media and his research has influenced energy policy in Nova Scotia. Dr. Hughes has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the U.K.

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