Creating space for transformative conversations

SFU Centre for Dialogue leads first ever citizen dialogues on Canada’s energy future

October 04, 2017

The SFU Centre for Dialogue, with funding from the Government of Canada’s Department of Natural Resources, will host the Citizen Dialogues on Canada's Energy Future – the first ever cross-Canada deliberative dialogue where randomly selected citizens will advise on energy policy.

Energy is profoundly important in the lives of Canadians, but the country is facing a significant challenge. Presently there is a high degree of polarization and little agreement around the country's energy future. Given these and other challenges, how can Canada balance the needs of different regions across the country with respect to energy, jobs, environment and international competitiveness?

The Citizen Dialogues on Canada’s Energy Future are an attempt to approach the conversation differently. It will bring together 150 randomly selected Canadians who represent the country’s diversity to take part in a deep conversation on energy.

The initiative will include regional dialogues in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Halifax, kicking off on September 10. Citizen Dialogues on Canada's Energy Future is part of Natural Resources Canada’s Generation Energy process, which asks, “What does Canada's energy future look like in the long-term?”

A subset of participants from each regional citizen dialogue will attend Natural Resources Canada’s Generation Energy pan-Canadian forum, which takes place from October 11-13, 2017 in Winnipeg. Here citizens will have an opportunity to interact with stakeholders and present their shared reccomendations.

An interim report will be available following the regional dialogues at the end of September and a final report will be available in November. For more information, see or follow the initiative on Facebook or Twitter.