Deep listening, reflection and connecting with others defined our participation at GLOBE Forum 2018, held March 14 to16 in Vancouver.
GLOBE Forum is the largest and longest-running leadership summit for sustainable business in the world. It brings together over 2,000 decision makers from government, business and non-governmental organizations to share insights and discuss solutions to current environmental and social challenges so we can pursue a cleaner, more prosperous world.
This year’s conference included Suncor chief operating officer Mark Little participating on a panel entitled Energy Futures Collaboration: Indigenous Partnerships to Drive Social, Economic & Ecological Impact, moderated by Melissa Quesnelle (traditional name Naatoi'Ihkpiakii), executive advisor, Indigenous Sustainable Structures Collaborative and Energy Futures Lab Fellow. Mark joined Chief Boucher from Fort McKay First Nation, JP Gladu, president and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Judith Sayers (Kekinusuqs), president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council for a conversation on the increasingly active role of Indigenous governments and communities in energy development.
“GLOBE allows us to listen, learn and have a conversation about Indigenous participation in energy development with a different audience. It was a great opportunity to talk about the journey we have been on with First Nations partners across our businesses, learning how to move forward together, and balancing the impacts of social, economic and environment holistically,” says Mark.
Ginny Flood, VP, government relations, also participated on a GLOBE panel and workshop event entitled Energy reimagined: Rethinking our strategies to navigate the transition. There, the audience explored strategies for adapting to an evolving energy ecosystem including what technologies might shape our energy in the future and how the transition might be financed.
“During the panel and workshop, we heard from some audience members that our industry isn’t stretching ourselves enough,” says Ginny. “Events like GLOBE give us a platform to share the innovation we’re undertaking at Suncor and seeing within our industry. For example, of all research and development spent in the energy sector in 2016 (including electric, energy efficiency, nuclear), fossil fuels was responsible for 75 per cent of this and I think some people were surprised to learn that.”