HALIFAX, Canada – September 27, 2018 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) and the Economics and Technology Research Institute of China National Petroleum Corporation (ETRI of CNPC) held a second joint meeting of the non-governmental (Track II) Energy Dialogue from September 25 to 26 in Halifax, Canada.
Canadian and Chinese experts continued their discussion from the first joint meeting in Beijing within the Canada-China energy relationship and further developed a set of recommendations that would support enhanced bilateral energy trade and investment. The Dialogue covers a full spectrum of energy subsectors including: renewables, energy efficiency, Indigenous inclusion, oil, natural gas, and nuclear. The initiative was highlighted in the Canada-China Joint Statement on Climate Change and Clean Growth issued on December 4, 2017 in Beijing.
The ongoing Track II Energy Dialogue follows up on a commitment made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in September 2016 to develop and reinforce bilateral co-operation in the field of energy. APF Canada and ETRI of CNPC are acting as the Secretariats for Canada and China, respectively. APF Canada President and CEO Stewart Beck is the Canada Co-Chair; Jiang Xuefeng, Vice-President, ETRI of CNPC, is the China Co-Chair.
“This Dialogue provides a platform to advance Canada-China collaboration on energy and to promote increased co-operation and trade between both countries,” said APF Canada President and CEO and Canada Co-Chair, Stewart Beck. “Canada and China have a strong historic relationship in the energy sector and have a lot to build upon; it is my hope that the recommendations we identified at our second joint meeting will ultimately be taken on by both governments in the interests of enhancing trade in energy commodities, technologies, and services.”
Canadian Track II Committee Members include: John Barrett, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Association; Bernd Christmas, CEO, Gitpo S.T.O.R.M.S. Corporation; David Keane, President and CEO, BC LNG Alliance; Martin Luymes, Vice President, Government and Stakeholder Relation, Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and Chair of the board, Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance; and, Elisa Obermann, Manager, Atlantic Partnerships, Sustainable Development Technology Canada. Experts participating in the second meeting also included: Terry Abel, Executive Vice President, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers; Gordon McIntosh, Deputy Minister, Department of Natural Resources, Newfoundland; Jim Keating, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services and Offshore Development, Nalcor Energy; John Stewart, Director of Policy and Research, Canadian Nuclear Association.
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About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada:
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is dedicated to strengthening ties between Canada and Asia with a focus on expanding economic relations through trade, investment and innovation; promoting Canada’s expertise in offering solutions to Asia’s climate change, energy, food security and natural resource management challenges; building Asia skills and competencies among Canadians, including young Canadians; and, improving Canadians’ general understanding of Asia and its growing global influence.
The Foundation is well known for its annual national opinion polls of Canadian attitudes regarding relations with Asia, including Asian foreign investment in Canada and Canada’s trade with Asia. The Foundation places an emphasis on China and India while also developing expertise in emerging markets in the region, particularly economies within ASEAN.
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