Aboriginal Edge: Confrontation OR Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships

Posted by Don Richardson

on Aug 19, 2015 2:14:00 PM

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce says collaboration with Aboriginal communities is key in natural resource development.

 

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce recently published a report on one of the most critical issues facing Canada's natural resources sector: engaging and involving the First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities that live near or on the land where projects operate.  The report is titled Aboriginal Edge: How Aboriginal Peoples and Natural Resource Businesses Are Forging a New Competitive Advantage.  

Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships

There is a strong trend toward collaborative Aboriginal and industry partnerships.  It's not always easy to move collaboration forward, but the trend is real.  Despite much of what we may see and hear in the media about confrontational relationships between industry and  First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities, the reality behind the scenes is that there is a trend toward constructive dialogue, efforts at collaborative planning, and successful collaborations.  The Canadian Chamber of Commerce Report will help make it clear that constructive dialogue, collaboration and partnering is the "new normal" in Canada.  We couldn't agree more.

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Traditional Knowledge in Environmental Assessments, Mining, Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Studies, Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships, Aboriginal Energy Projects, Pipelines

Five Game-Changing Ontario Natural Gas Innovations On the Horizon

Posted by Don Richardson

on May 3, 2015 9:56:49 AM

 

In Quebec, natural gas is fast becoming the fuel of choice for large transportation, long-haul fleets, thanks in part to provincial incentives for vehicle refits and a growing network of "Blue Road" refueling stations.  Will Ontario be next?

 

Background: Why is Natural Gas Innovation Happening in Ontario? 

Before jumping to the Five Game-Changing Natural Gas Innovations discussed below, it's good to get some background on how Ontario got into the position to see these innovations in the first place, where they fit with Ontario's energy future, and why they should matter to you.

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario

$230 Million Rural Ontario Natural Gas Economic Development Program

Posted by Don Richardson

on May 2, 2015 11:37:00 AM

Turning on the Natural Gas in Rural & Remote Ontario!

New $200 million Natural Gas Access Loan and $30 million Natural Gas Economic Development Grant

In the summer of 2014, Ontario's Premier Wynne announced a series of mandates for her ministers, including a set of mandates for low cost natural gas.  Now with the recent Ontario budget, the announcements are rolling out.

Ontario has now announced a new program that combines a $200 million Natural Gas Access Loan with a $30 million Natural Gas Economic Development Grant.  Both initiatives are targeted to rural Ontario natural gas access - for areas of the province that are not currently served with increasingly low cost natural gas, especially rural and remote areas and agri-business.

Ontario says the program is designed to expand the spread of natural gas and  natural gas pipelines in rural Ontario, attract new industry, make commercial transportation and agriculture more affordable, help to create jobs, provide more energy choices and lower electricity prices for businesses and consumers of rural ontario natural gas.

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario

Energy Pioneer's Legacy Injecting Billions into Ontario's Economy

Posted by Don Richardson

on Apr 2, 2015 11:49:00 PM

Who is the Energy Innovator Who Helped Inject $4.2 Billion into Ontario Construction, Putting Many Ontarians to Work While Generating Serious Environmental Issues?

  • His grandfather was a goat herder in Greece.  His father ran a shoeshine and pressing shop in Texas.  
  • Very late in his life he produced an energy innovation that reshaped the North American energy industry
  • His innovation has reshaped global geopolitics and the global economy  
  • He's also responsible for helping inject at least $4 Billion into Ontario Construction in the next few months.

 

Note: This Post is part of our "Sustainability Innovation for Ontario" and "Unconventional Oil and Gas" series.  We’re strategic environmental assessment practitioners and we're keen on sustainability innovation in Ontario, so we believe in the importance of accurately understanding the impacts of change, harnessing change appropriately, and acknowledging and addressing negative impacts.  We recognize that there are potential positive and negative impacts to the changes in natural gas infrastructure and use across Ontario.  To really “get gas” you need to look closely at the benefits, trade-offs and potential negative impacts. You can keep track of recent developments at our Natural Gas Innovation for Ontario on our LinkedIn Group


 

Meet George Mitchell

Most people have never heard of George Phydias Paraskevopoulos - better known as George Mitchell, the Greek-American businessman, real estate developer and philanthropist from Texas.  Certainly, most people in Ontario have never heard of him, but everyday he touches our lives.

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario

Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships - Investors Speak Loudly!

Posted by Don Richardson

on Jan 29, 2015 12:09:00 PM

Investors are speaking up - loudly - on the need for meaningful First Nation, Inuit and Métis partnerships in Canada

 

This quote from the Globe and Mail speaks loudly:

“Address us with an opportunity.  The global investor would like to be approached with a joint venture [involving industry and Aboriginal communities]... You have to be world leaders [on social engagement]”

- Rick Rule, Chairman of Sprott US Holdings

 

Now it's time to act.  Firms like Shared Value Solutions Ltd. are busy executing innovative and mutually beneficial Aboriginal and industry partnerships across sectors.  But some companies, and some sectors, like the mining sector, has been slow to respond to the opportunities.   

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Mining, Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships

Good News for Ontario Climate Action: Six U.S. Methane Emission Steps

Posted by Don Richardson

on Jan 14, 2015 1:34:00 PM

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Ontario Climate Action, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario

We Want You to ‘Get Gas’ in 2015! Natural Gas Innovation for Ontario

Posted by Don Richardson

on Jan 3, 2015 1:41:00 PM

We Want You to ‘Get Gas’ in 2015!  Natural Gas Innovation for Ontario

Several of our clients in Ontario are involved with gas related infrastructure projects - pipeline infrastructure, biogas methane initiatives, or city-wide district energy systems and regional energy stewardship initiatives.  2014 was definitely a year we spent “getting gas” – learning about changes in natural gas infrastructure and use across Ontario. 

What we find most fascinating is how so many others don’t “get gas”.  Most of us use it every day to heat homes or cook meals, but we don’t know much about where it comes from, how it can be used, how it’s priced or how it’s changing our economy.  Much our energy consumption in Ontario is natural gas - about one-third of the overall energy mix (according to Union Gas).  

Most people in Ontario are unaware of the massive natural gas infrastructure changes happening, the influx of low cost natural gas to Ontario from U.S. shale gas sources, the changes in the natural gas market, and how those changes will connect with economic, social and environmental aspirations of people who live in Ontario.  In 2015, we’re on a mission to help others in Ontario “get gas”

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Ontario Climate Action, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario

Ontario Energy Strategy: Nine New Unconventional Oil & Gas Pipelines

Posted by Don Richardson and Emily Ferguson

on Nov 25, 2014 8:44:00 PM

Unconventional oil and gas in Ontario can be hard to see if you don't know where to look, but it's all around the province.

This is the second in a new series of posts by Don Richardson and Emily Ferguson on how "Unconventional Oil & Gas are Reshaping Ontario’s Energy Landscape"  Sign up for our newsletter to stay in touch!
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Where are the other NINE new pipeline projects in Ontario?

The premiers of Ontario and Quebec recently teamed up on energy, climate change and strengthening economies.  They've agreed to work together to fight climate change and build a stronger and more competitive low-carbon economy.  These two Canadian climate change leaders also agreed to work together to ensure that the Canadian Energy Strategy being developed by the provinces and territories takes climate change objectives into account and works to strengthen economic development.  We're getting more optimistic about Ontario's energy future, but there's work to be done enhancing Ontario's energy strategy.

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario

Six Hot Ideas for a New Ontario Energy Strategy

Posted by Don Richardson and Emily Ferguson

on Nov 10, 2014 9:21:00 PM

 

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Energy East, Ontario Climate Action

Ontario Climate Action: North America's First City-wide District Energy Network

Posted by Don Richardson

on Oct 2, 2014 10:26:00 AM


GUELPH INNOVATES ONTARIO CLIMATE ACTION:

The City of Guelph is building North America's first city-wide district energy network and leading Ontario climate action.  Guelph is the first community in North America to establish a plan for an interconnected thermal grid to serve industrial, commercial and residential buildings across an entire city.  

Starting with low-cost, clean energy, natural gas fuel - but branching to renewables over time - an underground network of pipes installed alongside water, electricity, and other utilities will allow multiple buildings to share energy for heating, cooling, and hot water. Building operators benefit from lower fuel and equipment costs, reduced space requirements, lower building and maintenance costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The system is owned and operated by Envida Community Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Guelph Hydro Inc. Guelph's goal is to use its district energy network to supply at least 50 per cent of the community's heating needs in the next 30 years. Energy efficiency is a big part of this initiative - Guelph will soon be launching GEERS – Guelph Energy Efficiency Retrofit Services – to help retrofit existing buildings for energy efficiency.  

Guelph has also partnered with Project Neutral to help local residents address climate change at the household level.  Launched on October 1st, 2014, Project Neutral, in collaboration with the the local not-for-profit organization eMerge, the project is a web-based platform that allows homeowners to calculate their household carbon footprint based on food, water, waste, energy and transportation. Once residents discover the size of their own footprint, they can set personal goals to bring it even lower, or just brag about it to their neighbours.  Karen Nasmith, co-founder and director of Project Neutral, said the program "takes a new slant on keeping up with the Joneses."

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, B Corporations, Ontario Climate Action, Local is the New Black