Last month, Canada's first hydrogen HUB launched in the Edmonton Region backed by an alliance of government, Indigenous, academic and economic development leaders.
Hydrogen and Alberta's Energy a panel that brings together diverse perspectives to discuss this opportunity for the Edmonton Region to kickstart a low-carbon hydrogen economy as the world shifts towards a low-carbon future to address climate change. We will also explore the Edmonton Region’s roadmap to implement a hydrogen as a fuel economy just as countries around the world set net-zero targets and identify hydrogen as a vital low-carbon fuel.
We'll host three members of the Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB leadership team including Chair and Sturgeon County Mayor Alanna , Vice-Chair and Enoch Cree Nation Chief William Morin and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, with our incoming President & CEO Jeffrey Sundquist moderating the panel.
This panel event will highlight the future of our energy economy, and how we’re working to capitalize on new clean energy opportunities in our oil and gas sector. Canada has long been an energy powerhouse. As one of the largest producers in the world and with innovative companies who are keeping us at the leading edge, we’ll continue to enhance our global position as the supplier of choice for environmentally responsible and ethical energy products.
Please confirm your attendance by Wednesday, June 16th @ 4 PM.
About our Speakers:
Alanna , Chair, Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB and Mayor of Sturgeon County
Mayor Alanna was elected Mayor of Sturgeon County in the 2017 election and is currently the Chair of both the Alberta Industrial Heartlands and Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB as well as Vice Chair for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board. Mayor has been a Sturgeon County resident, as well as an active participant and volunteer in the community for nearly 20 years.
She shares her life with husband Rob and two children. Mayor comes from four generations of has spent most of her adult life as a small business owner in the oil and gas service industry. Her focus is on leadership that has an open door to its residents and an open mind while looking for innovative solutions to current challenges.
Mayor is committed to playing an active role in strengthening regional relationships and developing a prosperous future for Sturgeon County. Her goal is to support diversification in industry and agriculture and support small business. There are many opportunities in Sturgeon County to chart a course for responsible, sustainable development. When not attending to the business of the County, Mayor enjoys time horseback riding, golfing, downhill skiing and teaching Yoga.
William Morin, Vice-Chair, Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB and Chief of Enoch Cree Nation
In 2015, Chief William (Billy) Morin was elected as the youngest Chief in the history of Enoch Cree Nation Maskekosihk at the age of 28. Now in his third term, his most important accomplishments in Enoch include revitalizing Cree language and culture, prioritizing youth education, and exponentially growing Enoch’s economic development.
Some of his other accomplishments as Chief of Enoch Cree Nation include:
• Raised $98m to invest in $1.5b Cascade Power Project
• Designated 600 acres of land for commercial and industrial development
• Negotiated $91m Land Claim
• New primary school ($22m)
• Building new waterline ($14m)
• New commercial buildings ($40m)
• Casino Expansion ($12m)
• First Enoch Solar Farm
In 2020, Chief Morin was appointed by the other 16 Chiefs of Treaty Six to represent them as Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations for a one-year term. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Edmonton Hydrogen HUB and serves as a Board Director for Explore Edmonton and the Indian Resource Council-Canada. Chief Morin believes that balancing traditional First Nation values with innovative business strategy can ignite economic prosperity while strengthening First Nation sovereignty. His belief in the spirit of sharing and partnership, a principle of Treaty 6, has helped him attract significant capital investment into Enoch as the Nation becomes an economic driver in the Alberta Capital Region. Prior to serving Enoch as a Councillor and now Chief, he held various positions with the City of Edmonton and Government of Alberta. Chief Morin has a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Technology Management, and Honourary Bachelor of Business Administration from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Don Iveson, Mayor, City of Edmonton
Since his election as Edmonton’s 35th Mayor in 2013, Mayor Iveson has led Edmonton’s transformation into a more uplifting, resilient and globally competitive city. Alongside his remarkable partner Sarah, they both serve their city while raising two young children. Mayor Iveson’s guiding leadership principle is to make things better for the next generation.
Despite tough economic headwinds, he works every day to connect to collaboratively make progress on Council’s four strategic priorities: building a healthier and more inclusive city; building a more prosperous and economically diverse region; responding to the climate emergency; and building a more urbanized place, a cost-effective and sustainable City as we grow to 2 million people — all while working to strengthen integrity and performance at City Hall.
Mayor Don Iveson has served on Edmonton’s City Council for 13 years — he was first elected a city 5 in 2007. Prior to entering public life, Iveson studied Political Science at the University of Alberta, then served as president of Canadian University Press in Toronto. He returned home to a city that appeared to be exporting young, smart leaders, thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs faster than it could attract them. The challenge of attracting and retaining more people inspired Iveson to run for City Council in 2007. As a result, one of his key performance indicators – as both a father and as Mayor – is to build the kind of city where, when the time comes, his kids will decide to stay and build.