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THE UNITE VISION

Energy Disruptors: UNITE is a profit-for-purpose summit with a bold ambition; to UNITE the entire spectrum of the energy industry around the common goal of accelerating pragmatic and profitable solutions to the world's biggest energy challenges.. 

We believe time of exponential transformation is a time ripe with possibilities. One where combining sustainable energy with economic growth is possible.  Leveraging exponential technologies will advance us along the path to solving global air pollution, meeting the increasing demand for energy and eliminating energy poverty. It will shift humanity into the age of abundance, but only if we work together.

THE MISSION

IT IS OUR BELIEF; WHEN YOU UNITE AN ABUNDANCE OF BRILLIANT MINDS, THE POSSIBILITIES ARE INFINITE.

In order to shift the needle on energy transformation,  we must UNITE stakeholders from every part of the energy value chain.  Energy Disruptors aims to do this on an unprecedented scale by creating the preeminent global network of future energy thought leaders. An inclusive, technology agnostic and apolitical global community that unites previously disparate and disconnected entities and cultivates collaboration across disciplinary, industry and geographic boundaries. 

We have built a centralized hub where the most progressive leaders in traditional energy can join forces with the influencers at the forefront of energy transformation.  A place where policy, finance, technology, and social forces collide.  A cornucopia of data, bleeding edge technology, financing, and resources.

Big change takes a united front. By igniting broad-spectrum collaboration, we can drive the acceleration of exponential energy technology on a global scale.

NOBODY IS SMARTER THAN EVERYBODY! 

UNITING THE WORLD'S BOLDEST ENERGY TRAILBLAZERS

Now is the time to think differently.

Now is the time to act boldly.

Now is the time to UNITE.

Energy Disruptors: UNITE is a catalyst for bold, game-changing solutions to the world’s biggest energy challenges.   For two full days, the Oil and Gas industry joins forces with the influencers at the forefront of energy transformation in Calgary, Alberta, in order to redefine future energy.

 

To date, we have brought together global thought-leaders like Sir Richard Branson, Dr. Vivienne Ming, Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Bloomberg's Michael Liebreich, Sir Ken Robinson, and Formula-E World Champion Lucas DiGrassi to ignite conversations and collaborations that drive transformation in the energy sector.

Together we will shatter industry barriers, break restraints on thought, and harness the powerful potential of human ingenuity to accelerate game-changing energy solutions on a global scale.

 

Most events start a conversation. Energy Disruptors: UNITE is a high-impact event designed to ignite action!

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WHAT TO EXPECT

The UNITE summit provides insight into our global energy future and boldly addresses the opportunities and challenges presented by game-changing technologies, global trends, disruptive innovations, and cross-industry collaborations. The inspirational content is uniquely presented in the form of: 

Talks - Succinct and entertaining presentations by global thought leaders 

Interviews - Fireside discussions with top executives and industry leaders 

Panels - Honest and open panel discussions on pressing issues and compelling topics 

The Hive - Gather for relaxed and informal discussions while enjoying food, drink and the delights of our Partners' innovation 

VIP and Speaker Lounge - Network  with VIPs, sponsors, and speakers in Bar 1912 then dive deeper into mainstage content by participating in intimate break out sessions with our world-class headliners

VIP dinners - Enjoy informal discussions over dinner at Murrieta's Bar & Grill with VIPs, sponsors, prominent Calgarians, and summit speakers

 

Energy Disruptors: UNITE is an event like no other.  It is an inspirational idea exchange where participants can forge new relationships across multiple countries and industries.  It is an opportunity to unite with over 2000 global industry leaders in the name of improving our global energy future.  Last year, we united individuals from the entire energy value chain.  The connections made between key energy stakeholders led to new businesses, unprecedented collaborations, and a year-long dialogue.  

 

Leave your tie at home and join us for two full-throttle days of innovation, creativity, entertainment, and, above all else, collaboration.

 

THE FOUNDERS

GRAEME EDGE

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CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF INSTIGATING OFFICER

HOLLY RANSOM

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CO-FOUNDER, HOST &  CURATOR

MICHELLE EDGE

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CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER

RACHEL MAXWELL

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CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

THE ADVISORS

DAVID 

WALMSLEY

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EDITOR IN CHIEF,

THE GLOBE & MAIL

CHRISTINA

LAMPE-ONNERUD

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FOUNDER & CEO,

 CADENZA INNOVATION

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PETER TERTZAKIAN

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,

ARC ENERGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

OLIVIA RESHETYLO

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GLOBAL COMMUNITY MANAGER,

 STUDENT ENERGY

MARTHA HALL FINDLAY

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PRESIDENT & CEO,

CANADA WEST FOUNDATION

NEAL ANDERSON

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PRESIDENT & CEO,

 WOOD MACKENZIE

IRENE RADCLIFFE

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CONSTRUCTION BIM SALES ENGINEER, FARO TECHNOLOGIES

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DWAYNE MAURER

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EVENT PRODUCER & TEAM LEAD,

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ROGER ATKINS

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FOUNDER,

 ELECTRIC VEHICLES OUTLOOK

KEN

WILSON

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SENIOR ADVISOR,

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GORD ANDERSON

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FOUNDER & CEO,

ANCHOR WEALTH ADVISORY

KENT

KAUFIELD

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MANAGING PARTNER, ENERGY,

EY CANADA

THE FAQS

IS THIS AN ANTI-FOSSIL FUEL INITIATIVE?

 

No.  Our goal is to engage the very best of the oil and gas industry because we believe in pragmatic and profitable solutions to the world’s greatest energy challenges.  We believe the oil and gas industry will continue to play an important role in future global energy and this is why it is so important we harness the powerful potential of breakthrough technology to improve profitability and efficiency and to reduce our environmental footprint.  Hydrocarbons are an immensely useful and valuable commodity.  We want to showcase the best of the Canadian oil and gas industry with respect to ingenuity on a global stage.

 

IS THIS JUST ANOTHER OIL AND GAS INITIATIVE?

No.  We believe our future energy mix will be broad and eclectic.  This is why we are working together with the key individuals from all sources of energy.  It is also important to recognize the energy challenges we face today stretch way beyond fossil fuel extraction and consumption.  The entire energy spectrum – including food security, transportation, clean water supply, air quality, and accessibility to electricity and safe cooking fuels – needs to be addressed.  There is no silver bullet.  We need to work together on pragmatic solutions. 

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Everyone.  Energy Disruptors are apolitical, collaborative, transparent, inclusive, and technology agnostic.  Whether you are an innovator or an investor, professor or student, working in the electric racing world or invested in improving the efficiency of SAGD, we need you.  We are democratizing energy solutions because we believe energy prosperity needs a broad and diversified meeting of minds and resources.  Our challenges are not just the responsibility of large corporations and Governments – big change takes a united front.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

The possibilities are infinite.  Our aim is to connect solution accelerators with resources, financing and each other.  What you, as an individual, get out of that experience, is up to you.  We are giving you the tools to help make a difference in the world, and we think that is kind of cool.

 
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Sir Ken Robinson, 

World Leading Expert on Education & Creativity

Energy Disruptors is a unique gathering of leaders and innovators in the critical fields of energy generation, distribution, and consumption. It brings together wide-ranging industry expertise with global leaders in many other fields, including AI, social enterprise, education, politics, and the environment to look at present issues and alternative futures, all in a fast-paced, high-energy environment of debate, ideas, and information.  Personally and professionally, it was a great pleasure to be part of this event. The program was punchy and wide-ranging, the other speakers were world-class; the host/facilitator, Holly Ransom, was superb and an expert in the issues and the whole team was welcoming, highly professional and a delight to work with.

Sir Richard Branson,

Business Magnate, Investor, Author, & Founder of the Virgin Group

A wonderful conference.

Michael Liebreich,

Founder Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Two things stood out for me about EDU. First the breadth of participants – from clean energy to oil and gas, from data scientists to social scientists, from climate zealots to climate-sceptics. Second, the vibe, the buzz, the energy in the room, the willingness to have fun and take risks. The combination was very refreshing. 

EDU2019 Delegate

I have been in conferences around the world and have seen some amazing events. By far you beat all of them hands-down.  Well done!  Extremely professional and you had the right audience.  This will continue to grow.  Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this fantastic event.

Susan Cain,

Author & Speaker

Energy Disruptors: UNITE, hosted by the amazing Holly Ransom, was a well-organized event with an engaged audience, electric atmosphere and countless opportunities for networking with international thought-leaders and business gurus.

Michael Pawlyn,

Biomimicry expert 

It’s no exaggeration to say that the energy transition is critical to the future of humanity. Energy Disruptors Unite is one of the most constructive forums I’ve ever seen for progressing this crucial debate. Brilliantly curated with a great diversity of speakers the event was both inspiring and informative and will, I’m sure, lead to a range of positive initiatives within the energy industry

Bonita Chan, 

Commercial Relations & Marketing Officer at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Thank you to the EDU team for an inspiring, energetic, and meaningful summit! It was such an honor to participate and speak at the event. I’m still getting an overwhelming number of positive messages from people that attended our panel and how much they enjoyed it!  Totally exceeded my expectations with the level of engagement we got and the impact! 

EDU2019 Delegate

You four have literally ‘invented’ a whole new platform of human discourse on a range of tightly interconnected fields of human accomplishment, behavior, and exploration.  Just amazing.  You have provided a fertile hotbed for many of the world's best thinkers and doers to come together and meet and who knows what wonderfully positive things that will generate in the months and years to come.   Most of all, you have given Calgarians, Albertans, and Canadians a mirror in which they can see themselves being much bigger and more capable than they ever dreamed.

Christina Lampe-Onnerud, 

Battery-Inventor & Entrepreneur

The Energy Disruptors conference brings together a thoughtful, powerful community of entrepreneurs, innovators, policymakers, investors, and global executives all dedicated to being actively engaged in charting the course to the new energy paradigm. With great urgency towards sustainability, it is in forums like this where dialogue and collaboration enable data-driven decisions for improving energy deployment.

Santiago Antonio Espinosa de los Monteros Harispuru,

Student Energy

Energy Disruptors is one of the most challenging events in the global energy ecosystem. Attendees -representing a powerful share of the global sector- share and hear some of the boldest ideas around satisfying growing energy demand in a sustainable way. The kind of conversations that are non-polarising and will elevate the industry's consciousness happen here. I intend to never miss it.

Mark Little, President & CEO Suncor

It was a real pleasure to be part of the thought-provoking and inspiring conversations at Energy Disruptors 2019.  To have key people come together from across the energy spectrum to discuss and debate the critical dimensions of energy transition and disruption was unique.   This event provides an ideal forum for that dialogue to take place

Jennifer Holmgren,

CEO LanzaTech

Strong and diverse speakers, a hugely engaged audience and an impressive program for all participants. All these factors make for an ideal location for like-minded individuals to come together and discuss paths forward in the energy space. Energy Disruptors stands out as an event that needs to be on everyone’s calendar.