March 2017

Innovation and the Energy of Tomorrow

11:30am-1:30pm | Fairmont Pacific Rim - 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver

Innovation will help drive sustainable energy for future generations. But the energy of tomorrow may not be what you think. Marcius Extavour from XPRIZE and Dan Wicklum of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) discuss a better energy future through low or no-carbon emitting oil and natural gas as part of the diverse energy mix that can help meet the world’s growing energy needs. They discuss how new models for innovation, from globalized, incentivized competitions to intra-industry collaboration are making a difference in how we think about energy today and the possibilities for tomorrow.

The conversation will be led by Jeff Gaulin, Vice President, Communications at Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 + GST&PST
Table (seats 10): $800 + GST&PST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 + GST&PST
Table (seats 10): $990 + GST&PST

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Dan Wicklum, PhD

Chief Executive
COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance)

Dan Wicklum, PhD

Prior to joining COSIA, Dan occupied various senior positions for Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada including Director General of Wildlife and Landscape Science, Director General of Water Science and Technology, and Director of Strategic Alliances. Dan has a vast range of experience in sustainable development. He was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Canadian Federal Minister of Natural Resources and the Government House Leader, and he launched and was the Executive Director of The Canadian Forest Innovation Council.

Dan has a BSc. in Biology (University of Guelph, 1990), a MSc. in Aquatic Ecology (University of Calgary, 1994) and a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology (University of Montana, 1998). After completing his graduate education, Dan took a faculty position as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Montana. Dan is a Board member of the Canada Water Network (NCE) and the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation, and serves on the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producer Responsible Canadian Energy Advisory Committee.

Dan’s initial career was as a linebacker in the CFL, playing with both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1988) and the Calgary Stampeders (1989-91).

Marcius Extavour, PhD, MSc, BASc

Director, Energy
XPRIZE Foundation

Marcius Extavour, PhD, MSc, BASc

Marcius Extavour comes to the XPRIZE with more than 6 years experience working at the intersection of science, energy policy, education, and technology development. As the Director of Technical Operations for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, Dr. Extavour combines his experience in partnership building and strategy with his training in physics and engineering to help lead the transition to a clean energy future.

Before joining XPRIZE Dr. Extavour served as Director of Government and Corporate Partnerships in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. In this role he brought together academic researchers, industry labs, and public sector leaders to build research and educational partnerships.

Dr. Extavour is active in science and energy policy more broadly, having held positions at the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resource as the OSA/SPIE/AAAS Congressional Science & Technology Policy Fellow, and at the Council of Canadian Academies, a science policy consultant to the Government of Canada. In the private sector, Dr. Extavour has developed risk management software for North American electric power markets at Ontario Power Generation, and designed and fabricated optoelectronic devices at Nortel Networks Research Labs.

Dr. Extavour received a PhD and MSc in physics from the University of Toronto, where he explored the quantum mechanics of light and matter near absolute zero. He also holds a BASc in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, where he built a pancake-making robot and combined nanomaterials with solar cells. Outside of the office and the lab, Dr. Extavour loves teaching, and is active in engaging youth and young scientists interested in careers inside and outside of academia.

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