Energy Security is No Longer a Luxury: Canadian and European Perspectives
This event was live broadcast on our YouTube channel, and a recording can be viewed here.
This webinar addressed the new geo-economics of energy production and consumption with special attention to Canada, Europe and their roles in global energy markets. The panelists considered the unexpected, increased reliance on oil and natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) and Canada’s energy future. Within a broader perspective, the webinar also addressed the present situation and likely future of Europe’s oil and natural gas sectors. It considered such questions as: What are the geopolitical implications, for Canada and Europe as a whole, of the planned transition to a carbon-neutral economy by mid-century? Will renewables still have the role planned for them, before the the recent government-imposed economic lockdowns and Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine? What future is there for hydroelectric power and nuclear energy, including small modular reactor (SMR) nuclear technology? A panel of four world-class experts on the relevant geopolitical, economic and energy issues joined the NAOC Energy Security Program to address these and other questions in what was first-rate discussion.
Dr. Robert M. Cutler
Senior Research Fellow and Director, Energy Security Program, NATO Association of Canada
The panel moderator, Dr. Robert M. Cutler, is Senior Research Fellow and Director Energy Security Program, NATO Association of Canada. Educated at MIT (Sc.B.) and The University of Michigan (Ph.D.), he is an expert analyst and consultant in international energy diplomacy and geo-economic security, focusing on Europe and Eurasia. He has advised the private sector, governments, international institutions and NGOs while teaching and researching on three continents. He maintains an active profile in leading policy reviews, academic journals and the press. He is also Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and Practitioner Member at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Complexity and Innovation, as well as Past Chairman of the Montreal Press Club’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Ellen R. Wald
Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
Dr. Ellen R. Wald is Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council. She is president of Transversal Consulting, an energy consulting firm, and co-founder of Washington Ivy Advisors. She is the author of Saudi, Inc.: The Arabian Kingdom’s Pursuit of Profit and Power and has written for such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post and Barron’s. A graduate of Princeton University, she holds the Ph.D. from Boston University and has taught international relations and Middle Eastern history at Cambridge University as well as at several universities in the United States.
Founder, For a Conscious Experience (FACE)
Velina Tchakarova is the founder of the Vienna-based geopolitical consulting company For a Conscious Experience (FACE). She is a former director of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES), an instructor at the Nassim Taleb’s Real World Risk Institute (RWRI) and a member of the Strategy and Security Policy Advisory Board of the Scientific Commission at the Federal Ministry of Defence in Austria. She earned the M.A. in political science from the University in Heidelberg with a concentration in South Asian studies and also holds the Bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of World and National Economy in Sofia.
Founder and CEO, Hilltower Resource Advisors
Tracy Shuchart is Founder/CEO and Chief Market Strategist for Hilltower Resource Advisors LLC, a boutique research firm focusing on global energy/metals markets and global energy policy. She started her career at the Chicago Board of Trade, where she managed a trading-floor desk for an exclusive futures, options and OTC energy brokerage, working with such major investment banks as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Société Générale across all commodity sectors. She is a principal go-to person for energy-market analysis amongst the media, contributing regularly to Bloomberg, BNNBloomberg, Fox Business, CNBC and others. She likewise has an extensive presence in the podcast universe and is frequently invited for long-form interviews by think tanks and research firms. Her original training was in political science and international relations at the University of Southern California.
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