Energy Innovations

Together, we will create energy innovations for today and tomorrow

The University of Calgary is located at the core of Canada’s energy industry. It has unparalleled access to corporations, decision-makers and technology receptors.

This access gives rise to a unique opportunity and responsibility for our university to be the leader in Canada — and one of the few leaders in the world — in high-impact energy research. 

Our primary goal is to advance knowledge creation, applications and translation that will address major energy system challenges.

By 2035, the world will require energy at a level 1.5 times greater than in 2010.

Meeting this global demand is a daunting challenge. It calls for innovative energy research to dramatically reduce carbon emissions and minimize environmental impacts.

The university’s Energy Research Strategy, Energy Innovations for Today and Tomorrow, will deliver world-leading research results and technological innovation to achieve lasting economic and environmental benefits for Canada. 

Research outcomes to benefit society

Fuel transformational change

$650 million

Graduates earn dual JDs with energy law emphasis

The International Energy Lawyers Program (IELP) is a joint juris doctor program between the University of Calgary law school and the University of Houston Law Center.

It allows students to earn both Canadian and American law degrees in four years.

Last year, the first three graduates of the law school partnership earned dual JDs with a degree emphasis in energy law. Students considered complex issues in the energy and environment sectors. 

Calgary and Houston are the two largest energy hubs in North America.

Dual degree, countless opportunities

In 2015, Calgary’s Barrett Schitka was among the first graduates of the innovative, newly minted International Energy Lawyers Program. Schitka, who holds undergraduate degrees in Spanish and chemical engineering, says the dual law program offered him the unique chance to deeply explore his varied specializations.

Beyond his own passion and drive, however, the opportunity called for financial assistance — a gift he received in the form of a $15,000 scholarship from Nexen Inc. “The experience requires an extra year and more money,” says Schitka. “What really made the IELP possible for me was the funding support.”

World-leading researcher appointed

One of the world’s leading experts in nanotechnology joined the Schulich School of Engineering in October of 2014.

As part of the Institutional Energy Research Strategy, Steven Bryant and his team are researching ways to improve the efficiency of in-situ oil recovery in the oilsands using advances in nanotechnology.

The goal is to use less steam, recover more oil, and reduce — and ultimately eliminate — the carbon footprint of unconventional hydrocarbon extraction.

Focus on oilsands and innovations

The Alberta oilsands are the third largest established reserve in the world and have gone through decades of innovation. The University of Calgary has built a reputation as a global leader in energy research and innovation.

We bring industry leaders together to discuss oil resources, innovations and key issues in events such as the Schulich School of Engineering’s Distinguished Speakers Panel.

With a focus on a low-carbon future, diverse teams are assessing the effects of energy-related processes while harnessing unconventional hydrocarbon resources.

Schulich School of Engineering celebrates research

A sustainable energy sector, cleaner air and water and more renewable power — that’s what a team of world-class researchers at the Schulich School of Engineering is working to achieve.

Our scholars in the Schulich School are addressing some of the biggest energy challenges of our time.

The engineering school is celebrating the work of eight prestigious Industrial Research Chairs dedicated to finding energy and environmental innovations that can transform our society for generations to come.

Industrial Research Chair partnerships

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and a team of partners — including Alberta Innovates, the City of Calgary and dozens of engaged industry stakeholders — have come together to make research possible.

The NSERC Industrial Research Chairs program is one of Canada’s key innovation instruments.

NSERC and industry each provide matching funding to support a major research endeavour in an area of critical importance for the entire country. The shared research results help drive innovation from coast to coast.

Together, we will create energy innovations for today and tomorrow

Contact information

Kim Kadatz
Associate Vice President, Development