Suncor Presents

The Walrus Talks Energy

Toronto Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6 p.m.



  • Visualizing Energy by David Layzell, University of Calgary
  • Seven Things We Don’t Need to Do About Energy by Andrew Coyne, Postmedia
  • Building Community by Ken Coates, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
  • The Sustainable Idea by Marianne McKenna, KPMB Architects
  • Getting Closer to the Sun by Andrew Heintzman, Investeco Capital
  • Seven Ideas that Will Change Everything by Tom Rand, MaRS Discovery District
  • Financing Innovation by Vicky Sharpe, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
  • Mobilizing for Change by Kali Taylor, Student Energy

Reception to follow.

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 spin-off company that designs, builds, and markets instruments for research and teaching in the biological and environmental sciences.

Andrew Coyne is a National Post original. He has also worked for Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail, and the Southam newspaper chain, and has contributed to a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Time, and Saturday Night. Coyne is a long-time member of the CBC’s popular At Issue panel on The National.

Ken Coates is a senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and a faculty member at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in Regina. He has previously worked at universities in British Columbia, New Zealand, and New Brunswick, and he served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. He has published widely in such diverse fields as northern Canadian history, Aboriginal rights and society, and science and technology.

Marianne McKenna is a founding partner of the award-winning practice of kpmb Architects. Prior to forming kpmb, she was an associate at Barton Myers. She has been responsible for many Toronto buildings, including the Royal Conservatory Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, which earned kpmb its eleventh Governor General’s medal. Her architectural designs have appeared across the globe. In 2010, the Women’s Executive Network named McKenna one of Canada’s hundred most powerful women, and in 2012 she was made an officer of the Order of Canada.

Andrew Heintzman is president and co-founder of Investeco Capital, the first Canadian investment company to be exclusively focused on environmental sectors. He is also currently a member of Ontario’s Clean Energy Task Force and an adviser at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Heintzman is the author of The New Entrepreneurs: Building a Green Economy for the Future, and was co-editor of Fueling the Future: How the Battle over Energy is Changing Everything, Feeding the Future: From Fat to Famine, and Food and Fuel: Solutions for the Future. Heintzman was the chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel for the Province of Ontario from 2008 to 2012.

Tom Rand is the managing director of the MaRS Cleantech Fund, he is a senior advisor at MaRS Discovery District, and he sits on the board of several energy organizations. After years as a successful software entrepreneur, he is now focusing his efforts on carbon mitigation. He is active in cleantech venture capital, technology incubation and commercialization, and public advocacy. He is the author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World.

Vicky Sharpe is the president and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada. With her twenty-five years of experience in the energy industry, she is helping shape the Canadian clean-technology landscape. She provides strategic advice to policy-makers as a member of the Ontario Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel. She also sits on the steering committee of the unep sef Alliance, and the board of directors for Alberta Enterprise, Carbon Management Canada, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and the bioWaste to Energy for Canada Integration Initiative.

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 Sutdent Energy Summit, which brought 350 international students to Calgary. She has been awarded the Premier’s Citizenship Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Citizenship Medal, the National Millennium Leadership Scholarship, the Action Award and Most Outstanding Graduate Award at the Haskayne School of Business, and she was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 by in 2011.

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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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