Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr are flying down to the energy capital of the world next week, where they'll have the opportunity to address and rub shoulders with oil industry VIPs.
Trudeau is scheduled to deliver the keynote address next Thursday at a giant energy conference, CERAWeek, underway in Houston, Texas, between March 6 and 10. His speech will focus on "Canada’s strategy of strongly linking economic and resource development with environmental leadership and renewable energy innovation,” according to a press release from his office.
Trudeau will be sharing a platform with Saudi Arabia’s energy minister, Khalid A. Al-Falih, and CEOs from almost two dozen oil and gas companies.
Themes of climate policy, environmental policy and sustainability are on the agenda, and Trudeau is set to receive an award, called the Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award, “in recognition of his commitment to sustainability in energy and the environment.”
Among other key themes at the conference are, “Oil industry in transition: Where are we in the cycle?” and “U.S. energy policy in the Trump era: New directions.”
Trudeau will also meet with Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of the information services company IHS Markit, which is running the conference, as well as participate in a roundtable discussion with executives.
Carr is scheduled two days earlier to take part in a panel called "Canada’s changing oil and energy policy landscape," according to the CERAWeek website. That panel features TransCanada Corp. Chief Operating Officer Alex Pourbaix, Cenovus Energy Inc.'s executive vice-president for business innovation Judy Fairburn, and Pembina Institute executive director Ed Whittingham.
The next day Carr is slated to share the stage with Hirohide Hirai, a director-general in Japan's economy, trade and industry ministry.
(Editor's note: This story was changed on March 3 at 10:33 AM to fix a typo. Mr. Pourbaix is the COO, not CEO of TransCanada. The full title has also been added instead of the acronym.)