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Haskayne speaker series: Pipeline industry invites dialogue, counters false claims

UToday HomeMay 2, 2013

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association CEO Brenda Kenny was the first speaker in the Research in Action Speaker Series. Photo by Mark SkogenCanadian Energy Pipeline Association CEO Brenda Kenny was the first speaker in the Research in Action Speaker Series. Photo by Mark SkogenThe Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability at the Haskayne School of Business hosted the first event in its Research in Action Speaker Series on Wednesday with a talk by Canadian Energy Pipeline Association CEO Brenda Kenny, on pipeline challenges for Alberta energy.

A capacity crowd of 250 from industry, academia and environmental groups attended the luncheon presentation at the University of Calgary downtown campus.

A University of Calgary alumna with a PhD in sustainability, in her presentation, Enabling Society's Triple Bottom Line, Kenny gave an overview of the 60-year history of pipelines in Canada covering the size, scope and safety record of the industry, and its contribution as an economic driver. With that context, she turned to greenhouse gas with comparative data on coal vs. oil sands, suggesting that critics were missing the elephant and chasing the mouse. She also addressed disruptive myths, innuendos and false claims about the pipeline industry, inviting more open, honest and transparent dialogue from detractors to truly solve issues.

As the voice of the industry, Kenny spoke of the regulatory environment and the responsibility to ensure safety. She said the current industry focus is emergency management and the use of technology; and that dialogue, innovation and technology are the keys to improving performance and building public trust.

The next Research in Action session takes place May 31, with a panel comprised of recently retired energy CEOs Pat Daniel (Enbridge), Charlie Fischer (Nexen) and Steve Snyder (TransAlta) in a candid discussion of current energy challenges and frustrations. Event details at:

The Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability was launched at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business in 2012, with a gift from Enbridge of $2.25 million over 10 years. Its objectives are to enable graduate student and faculty research, fund post-doctoral fellows, and support the Enbridge Research in Action Seminars. With its seminar series, the centre provides a neutral ground for discussion of important issues related to sustainability and the advancement of the triple bottom line.


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