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UToday HomeMay 18, 2012

By Leanne Yohemas

University of Calgary BBCThe BBC's Katty Kay (left) moderates a panel discussion on Canada’s role in a world of energy. The panelists include: Andrew Leach, University of Alberta professor in the Centre for research in Energy and Environment; Harrie Vredenburg, professor in the Haskayne School of Business; Peter Tertzakian, chief energy economist and managing director, ARC Financial Corp; and Brenda Kenny, president, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association. Photo by Jae KyunWhat is Canada’s role in a world of energy? The BBC was on campus last week to explore our country’s energy industry with a panel of experts. The discussion be a feature online at bbc.com/canadadirect today, Friday May 18.

“Whenever you get the words oil and politics in the same sentence, let alone right next to each other, you know you are going to get a lively discussion,” said panel moderator Katty Kay, lead anchor of the corporation’s flagship U.S. newscast BBC World News America.

The panel was asked to put Canada’s oil industry into a global context, touching on its challenges and opportunities. The panelists included: Brenda Kenny, president, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association; Peter Tertzakian, chief energy economist and managing director, ARC Financial Corp; Andrew Leach, University of Alberta professor in the Centre for research in Energy and Environment; and Harrie Vredenburg, professor in the Haskayne School of Business.

“When most people around the word think of Canada, they think of mounties, maple syrup, possibly Montreal, the three Ms, but they rarely think of oil, and what we see here in Alberta, this booming oilsands industry,” Kay told the audience.

“Even for people who are aware of energy, in the United States they might be aware of it in terms of the Keystone pipeline issue but they are rarely thinking about themselves as consumers of oil and where that oil has to come from.”

University of Calgary BBCEd McCauley, vice-president (research) at the University of Calgary introduces Katty Kay before the event. Photo by Jae KyunThe discussion, which was recorded in front of an audience of nearly 70, is part of a new season of programming for the BBC about Canada that will be broadcast both in Canada and globally on the BBC World News channel.

“The teaching and research that takes place here at the University of Calgary has a direct impact on industry in Calgary, Canada’s most enterprising city, as well as the rest of Alberta,” says Ed McCauley, vice-president (research), University of Calgary, who introduced Katty Kay before the event.

“The University of Calgary is working hard to meet the demand for skilled graduates in the energy industry,” says McCauley.

“We are the leading authority on in-situ energy production and the home of the Alberta Innovates Centre for In-Situ Energy. Researchers are working on the 3D visualization of resource reservoirs, improving pipeline design and safety, cleaning up industrial water, carbon capture and storage, and environmental policy.”

BBC World News is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and in over 300 million households.