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Spring / Summer 2012



The Canadian Mining Innovation Council is searching for an Executive Director to be based in Ottawa.

Click here for more information.






The latest Academy publication, entitled “Canada: Winning as a Sustainable Energy Superpower”, is now available electronically and consists of two volumes (i.e., Volume I provides a summary of the details found in Volume II). This book has been prepared by a group of volunteers who are members of the Academy’s Energy Pathways Task Force, in close collaboration with Dr. Clement Bowman and Dr. Richard J. Marceau.

Volume I          High resolution pdf (2 MB)              Low resolution pdf (1.6 MB)

An overview of the challenge and the opportunities. A review of 12 past Canadian big projects that created the nation, and a proposal for 9 new big projects for implementation in the first half of the 21st Century.

Volume II         High resolution pdf (20 MB)             Low resolution pdf (15 MB)

A ten chapter analysis of the energy opportunities for Canada:

Chapter 1 – Canada's Big Projects
Chapter 2 – The Energy Superpower Vision
Chapter 3 – Canada's Energy Assets and Capabilities
Chapter 4 – Hydroelectricity
Chapter 5 – Interconnecting Canada 
Chapter 6 – Nuclear Energy
Chapter 7 – Alberta Oil Sands
Chapter 8 – Coal and Biomass Gasification
Chapter 9 – Bioenergy
Chapter 10 – Imagining Our Energy Future

Hard Copy Books

A hard copy edition of the book is available for a fee from the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Click here for the order form.

Globe & Mail Insert

Special eight page Sustainable Energy insert to the Globe & Mail, Friday, May 25, 2012 (7 MB)



In 2011 the presidents of the Council of Canadian Academies, the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences worked cooperatively to develop a joint Statement of Common Understanding to guide their future collaboration.

Click here to read the statement



Michael A. Ball, FCAE, FEC, P.Eng., who had been the Executive Director of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) since 2006, stepped down from his position on December 31, 2011. The Academy’s new Executive Director is Kevin Goheen, Ph.D., P.Eng., who assumed his duties on January 1, 2012.

News Release




Clean energy innovation is an issue that is of critical importance for the future well-being and prosperity of Canadians.  In March 2002, responding to the challenges being faced by the global energy industry, including regional instability, depleting conventional resources, climate change and price volatility, the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) released a study titled, Energy and Climate Change - A Canadian Engineering Perspective. It concluded that, "A long-term, sustainable energy strategy needs to be developed, which will necessarily require a larger choice of energy sources and technologies than [are] presently available".  The Report noted that the CAE could play an important role in the assessment of technologies that are already available or entirely new energy technologies.

With support from a group of eight Sponsors: Alberta Research Council; Natural Resources Canada; Suncor Energy; Petro-Canada; EnCana; AECL; Hatch; and the Alberta Energy Research Institute; a Task Force was formed under the leadership of  Dr. Clem Bowman, FCAE, to continue the work of the Academy on this subject. The specific goal of the Energy Pathways Task Force was to define the barriers that are preventing the development of economic and environmentally acceptable energy sources and carriers in Canada and to identify the technologies that can overcome these barriers. The focus of this project has been on technology options that would permit Canada to achieve its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets, while continuing to provide an adequate supply of energy, at competitive rates, to meet the growing demand for energy.

Energy Pathways Project webpage



Engineers, environmentalists and philanthropists are joining forces to develop solutions for Canada’s energy future. The Canadian Academy of Engineering, the David Suzuki Foundation and the Trottier Family Foundation have launched the “Trottier Energy Futures Project”, named for entrepreneur, engineer and philanthropist Lorne Trottier, whose family foundation is providing major funding for a multi-year project.

Trottier Energy Futures Project website 

TEFP launch

Dale Marshall (David Suzuki Foundation), Michael Charles (The Canadian Academy of Engineering), Lorne Trottier (Trottier Family Foundation) and Tom Gouldsborough announced on September 15, 2010 in Montreal the launch of the Trottier Energy Futures Project, a unique partnership with the goal of helping to build a clean and sustainable energy future for Canada.  

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