Suncor Presents

The Walrus Talks Energy

Montreal 6 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, October 1, 2013



  • The Energy Conundrum by Peter Calamai, Institute for Science, Society and Policy
  • Political Climate by Sophie Cousineau, Globe and Mail
  • Finding Efficiency by Philippe Dunsky, Dunsky Energy Consulting
  • Aboriginal Power by Chris Henderson, Lumos Energy
  • Visualizing Canadian Energy Systems by David Layzell, University of Calgary
  • Lighting the Way by Zetian Mi, McGill University
  • Pricing Energy by Bryne Purchase, Queen’s University
  • Mobilizing for Change by Kali Taylor, Student Energy

Peter Calamai is a fellow at the Institute of Science, Society, and Policy. He was a founding member of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association in 1971, and he served as the Toronto Star’s national science reporter from 1998 to 2008. He is the adjunct research professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa and a contributing editor at Cosmos, a science magazine published six times a year in Australia. He is also a member of the editorial advisory committee of the Science Media Centre of Canada.

Photograph courtesy of Sophie Cousineau

Sophie Cousineau is the Globe and Mail’s chief Quebec correspondent. She has been working as a journalist for more than 20 years, and was La Presse’s business columnist prior to joining the Globe in 2012. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from McGill University. Her columns appear weekly in the Report on Business.

Photograph courtesy of Philippe Dunsky

Philippe Dunsky has over twenty years of experience advising clients in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable energy policies. His clients span Canada and the US, and include federal, provincial, state, and local governments; leading electric and gas utilities throughout the continent; non-profit groups and associations; large energy consumers; and energy solution innovators. He has also served on numerous policy commissions and blue-ribbon panels, and brings to his work a passion for bridging the gap between economic growth and environmental sustainability. Philippe studied economics with the University of London (UK).

Photograph courtesy of Chris Henderson

Chris Henderson is head of Lumos Energy. Through long-standing relationships with First Nations Communities, he works to make hydro, wind, and biomass projects a reality that can fuel sustainable prosperity for First Nations Peoples. He is a mentor for Aboriginal clean energy leaders country-wide through platforms he has established, including the 20/20 Catalyst program, the Canadian Aboriginal Fund for Energy, and the Aboriginal Clean Energy Network. He is the author of a new book, Aboriginal Power: Clean Energy & the Future of Canada’s First Peoples.

David Layzell led the University of Calgary’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economy from 2008 to 2012. Between 1998 and 2008, Layzell established and led Biocap Canada, a national research foundation focused on developing biology-based solutions to climate change and issues relating to energy security. He is also the co-founder of Qubit Systems Inc., a university spinoff company that designs, builds, and markets instruments for research and teaching in the biological and environmental sciences.

Photograph of Zetian Mi

Zetian Mi is an associate professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an associate member of the Department of Physics at McGill University. In 2009, he was awarded the position of Hydro-Quebec Nano-Engineering Scholar by McGill for his outstanding achievement in nanotechnology. He is the founder and director of the nitride epitaxial growth facility at McGill University, and has authored over ninety peer-reviewed technical papers and book chapters related to his research.

Dr. Bryne Purchase is an adjunct professor at Queen’s University’s School of Policy Studies. He is a former Ontario deputy minister of finance, revenue, and energy, science, and technology, and he has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Toronto. His most recent book is Navigating on the Titanic: Economic Growth, Energy, and the Failure of Governance (McGill-Queen’s University Press).

Kali Taylor is the founder of Student Energy, which works to create a global movement of students committed to bringing about a sustainable energy future. During her undergrad, Taylor chaired the planning committee for the inaugural International Student Energy Summit, which brought 350 students to Calgary. She has been awarded the Premier’s Citizenship Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Citizenship Medal, the National Millennium Leadership Scholarship, and the Action Award and Most Outstanding Graduate Award at the Haskayne School of Business. She was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 by in 2011.

The Walrus Talks Energy

The Walrus Talks is a national series of events produced by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation as part of an educational mandate to provide forums for conversation on matters vital to Canadians. The Walrus Foundation produces The Walrus magazine, the most awarded publication in Canada, as well as producing content at, on Walrus TV, and on stages from coast to coast to coast.

The Walrus Talks format features eight speakers for seven minutes each on various themes relating to a single topic. Each event offers lively, thoughtful, inspiring, riveting, smart, new thinking from scientists, writers, performers, scholars, and leaders of business and the arts. Each Talks event is followed by a spirited reception with attendees and participants.

The Walrus Talks delivers fresh ideas and new ways of looking at big issues. The Walrus has no “wings.” Our speakers are chosen to reflect a range of experiences and viewpoints, but they all have one thing in common: the desire for real conversation about issues that affect the future of Canada. Our goal is for audience members to think “I never thought about it that way” when the Talks are over.

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