Public Education Meeting — From Coal to Renewable Energy: Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Ontario

February 11, 2013 - 9:00pm to 11:00pm

Speakers: Lois Corbett & Dr. Tim Weis 

  • 2-3pm: Public Education Meeting (Room 210)
  • 3-4pm: Discussion (Room 402) - limited to 20 participants, first-come, first-served 

On January 10, Ontario announced that by the end of this year, it will become the first jurisdiction in North America to shut down its coal fleet. This marks the conclusion of a successful transition in just over a decade – ahead of schedule – from relying on coal for 25 per cent of Ontario’s electricity supply to ending entirely its use of coal, while committing to cleaner electricity.

  • What were the factors that led the Ontario government to phase out coal?
  • What conditions facilitated the development of the Green Energy and Economy Act as a platform for the development of the renewable energy industry in Ontario?
  • What are the lessons learned from the Ontario experience, and how can these best practices be translated into the Alberta context?

Lois Corbett and Dr. Tim Weis will address these questions and provide an inspiring and instructive overview of the Ontario story, and how we in Alberta can benefit.

About the Speakers

Lois Corbett was a key leader in the phase out of coal as an energy source in Ontario, and in preparing the way for the Green Energy and Economy Act, which facilitated the success of renewable energy in Ontario. She also worked as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (2003-2010) as well as to the Environment Minister (2003-2009) in the areas of environmental sustainability, green economy, and renewable energy.

Dr. Tim Weis is a professional engineer and the director of renewable energy and efficiency policy at the Pembina Institute. Tim holds a PhD in environmental sciences. Tim specializes in clean energy policy design, research and strategic decision making. He has written extensively on sustainable energy technical and policy issues at national, provincial and municipal levels, as well as opportunities specific to First Nations’ and northern communities. He has assisted more than 20 communities at various stages of development of renewable energy projects and has also worked as a renewable energy consultant examining wind energy challenges in Northern communities.


Room 210, EEEL (Energy, Environment, Experiential Learning) Building
University of Calgary (campus maps at
Calgary , AB