Maximizing Oil Partnerships in North America
Friday, Oct. 21, 2-3:30 p.m.
America runs on oil and like it or not, the nation will continue to do so well into the future. While technological and cultural shifts impacting U.S. dependence on oil are steadily gaining ground, the country consumes more than 19 million barrels of oil each day with half coming from imports; Canada and Mexico are two of the U.S.'s largest energy partners. To boost energy security, create jobs and lower the price at the pump for consumers, the U.S. must work with its continental neighbors to maximize North American oil production. This session will explore current and future partnerships across the Northern and Southern borders and new ways the three countries are cooperating to ensure a more secure and reliable resource future.
Dr. Brian Lee Crowley
Director of Government Relations, Western U.S.
Dr. Miriam Grunstein
Associate Professor of Law
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)
Hatch Advisory Board
D. Rick Van Schoik
North American Center for Transborder Studies
Brian Lee Crowley has headed up the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) in Ottawa since its inception in March 2010, but he has a long and distinguished record in the think tank world. He was the founder of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) in Halifax, one of the country’s leading regional think tanks. He is a former Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. and is a senior fellow at the Galen Institute in Washington. In addition, he advises several think tanks in Canada, France and Nigeria.
Crowley has published numerous books, including two bestsellers: Fearful Symmetry: the fall and rise of Canada’s founding values (2009) and MLI’s first book, The Canadian Century; Moving Out of America’s Shadow, which he co-authored with Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis.
Crowley has twice won the Sir Antony Fisher Award for excellence in think tank publications for his heath care work and in 2011 accepted the award for a third time for MLI’s book, The Canadian Century.
From 2006-08 Crowley was the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist with the federal Department of Finance. He has also headed the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), taught politics, economics and philosophy at various universities in Canada and Europe.
Crowley is a frequent commentator on political and economic issues across all media. He holds degrees from McGill and the London School of Economics, including a doctorate in political economy from the latter.
Scott Farris is director of government relations in the western United States for TransCanada, one of North America's leading energy infrastructure companies. TransCanada owns and operates more than 40,000 miles of interstate natural gas pipelines, 19 power plants involving gas, wind, nuclear, and hydro that have nearly 11,000 MW of generation capacity, and the Keystone oil pipeline that is capable of delivering more than 1 million barrels per day of oil into the United States. TransCanada is in the process of obtaining permits to expand the Keystone system. Farris is a former journalist who has worked as a policy and communications advisor for the governors of Wyoming and California, a U.S. senator from Wyoming, and the mayor of Portland, Ore., where he now resides. Farris is also the author of Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race But Changed the Nation, which is being published this fall by Lyons Press.
Dr. Miriam Grunstein attained her law degree from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and a Masters and Ph.D. (summa cum laude) from the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Her experience in the energy sector initiated nearly a decade ago as personal advisor to the commissioner of the Mexican Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) where she participated in important work teams dedicated to the analysis and drafting of energy regulations, directives, orders, resolutions and model contracts.
Today, Dr. Grunstein is an associate professor of Law at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) where she leads the research area of energy law. She has a vast number of publications regarding energy topics and has participated in many energy forums and conferences, domestic and internationally.
Smith is a member of Energy Advisory Board of TD Securities Inc. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Hatch, a Canadian based global engineering firm with over 9000 employees. He is president of Murray Smith and Associates, which provides strategic advice to clients in the North American energy sector. Clients include major electrical generators, upstream producers, the U.S. National Energy Research Laboratory and the University of California at Berkley. Murray has served as an expert for the Audit Review Panel for Canadian Hibernia Corporation.
Murray has given presentations on Alberta’s oil sands and energy sector in London, Geneva, Beijing and throughout North America. He is a frequent commentator for energy analysis for print and electronic media. Murray is a frequent presenter and speaker to investor organizations, conferences and numerous seminars.
He is a director of Surge Energy (SGY.V), Critical Control Solutions (CCZ) and a number of private companies including N--‐Solv, a solvent oil sands extraction technology.
Murray was the first official representative of the province of Alberta to the U.S.. He established the Alberta Office in Washington, D.C., and served until the fall of 2007. Prior to his diplomatic posting, Murray was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada (winning three consecutive elections in Calgary--‐1993--‐2004) and served in four vabinet portfolios–Economic Development, Labour, Gaming and Energy.
As Minister of Energy (2001to 2004), Murray was responsible for gaining global recognition of Alberta’s 176 billion barrels of established oil reserves. In Alberta’s electricity sector, he guided the $5 billion market move to a competitive wholesale generation market. As Minister of Economic Development (1994 to 1996), Murray initiated the largest industrial tax reduction in the province’s history. Murray was a member of the cabinet Committee Treasury Board and a main contributor to the province’s debt retirement plan, which led the province to become the first debt--‐free jurisdiction in Canada. As Alberta’s representative in Washington D.C., Murray was a congressional nominee for Securing America’s Future Energy, a Presidential Commission. Murray guided a partnership with The Smithsonian Institution that featured Alberta on the National Mall in Washington D.C. The Folklife Festival attracted over a million visitors. During his tenure in Washington D.C., Murray testified in Senate and vongressional vommittees and spoke across the country on Alberta’s energy resources.
Before running for elected office in 1993, Murray was an independent businessman, owning a number of Alberta--‐based energy service companies including drilling fluids, service rigs, oilfield contracting and consulting.
Murray is the recipient of numerous awards, including being named as one of the Top 40 Alumni in the past 40 years at the University of Calgary (where an endowment exists in his name). Murray was recognized as one of Alberta Venture newsmagazine’s 50 most influential Albertans (2006). Murray was also recognized for his work with First Nations in Alberta and given the name “Seven War Bonnets Man”. Murray is a past director of the Calgary Stampede Board and presently a member of the TELUS community Giving Board.
A graduate of the London Business School’s Senior Executive Program, Murray also holds a B.A. (Economics & Political Science) from the University of Calgary. He is a graduate of Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan and a past president of the College’s Alberta alumni association.
Mr. Van Schoik serves as the first director of the North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS). His three decade-long experience in developing, funding, managing, and interpreting international programs enables NACTS to pursue complex, multidisciplinary, trinational research and policy work.
He was previously the director of the Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was a SEAL until returning to graduate school at the California State University at San Diego.
He resides on the beach in California.