The Government of Canada published its Regulatory Framework for an Oil and Gas Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap in December 2023. While its implementation remains subject to uncertainties, there is widespread concern across industry, academia, and provincial policymakers regarding its economic and fiscal impacts at a time of prolonged weakness in Canadian productivity growth. Beyond its immediate economic effects, the cap’s interaction with other policy priorities such as energy security, global supply chain resiliency, and indigenous economic development and reconciliation, pose further uncomfortable questions. With twenty years of experience working on economic development and natural resources issues – especially as they relate to Indigenous and northern communities – Heather Exner-Pirot will join ESNA to discuss the federal government’s proposed emissions cap and its ramifications.
February 26, 2024 | Virtual | Noon - 1:00 pm

Speaker: Heather Exner-Pirot

Heather is a Senior Fellow and Director of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environment at the McDonald-Laurier Institute (MLI). She has published on Indigenous economic and resource development, energy security, Indigenous workforce development, First Nations taxation and own source revenues, distributed and distance education, Arctic human security, regional Arctic governance, the Arctic Council, and Arctic innovation.

In addition to her role at MLI, she is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, a Special Adviser to the Business Council of Canada, and a Research Advisor for the Indigenous Resource Network. She has formerly held positions at the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of the Arctic Undergraduate Studies Office.

Heather holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Calgary.