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At the 2014 North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS), the U.S. and Mexican presidents and the Canadian prime minister proposed to enhance cooperation on key elements of North American competitiveness, including energy and trade-related infrastructure. One year later, as Canada prepares to host the 2015 NALS, what progress has been made on these two issues?
The oil sands in Canada, the shale revolution in the United States, and energy reforms in Mexico have repositioned North America in global oil and gas markets. Integration of energy systems is critical to achieving the full potential of North American resource abundance, as it increases regional competitiveness by lowering costs and facilitating flow of both physical and human capital. Crossborder energy coordination is beneficial to all three countries; but, expansion of resource development activities will stress existing infrastructure. Therefore, the challenge is to identify siting and financing mechanisms for energy infrastructure investment. This forum will explore these issues in the context of trilateral cooperation at the NALS.
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8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:45 – 8:55 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
- Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, Director, Rice University’s Baker Institute
- Rob Mosbacher, Chairman, Mosbacher Energy Company
8:55 – 9:45 a.m. Opening Keynote
- Zin Smati, President & CEO, GDFSuez North America
- Rob Mosbacher (introduction)
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Panel: North American Energy and Opportunities for Coordination
- Gaetán Caron, Executive Fellow, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
- Tania Ortiz Mena, Chief Development Officer, IENova
- Walker Moody, Managing Director, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
- Kenneth Medlock, Senior Director, Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies (moderator)
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel: North American Energy Infrastructure and Trade
- Felipe Ochoa, President, FOA Ingeniería y Servicios
- Gerónimo Gutiérrez, Managing Director, North American Development Bank
- Bob Broxson, Managing Director, Navigant Consulting (PI) LLC
- Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas (moderator)
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speaker
- Martin Houston, Chairman, Parallax Energy
- Francisco Monaldi, Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy, Baker Institute for Public Policy (introduction)