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Holly Ransom, CEO of Emergent (a company specialising in disruptive strategy), opened the inaugural Energy Disruptors Unite event last week as host and moderator with “listen with the intent to understand, not with the intent to reply” and set the tone for two days of energy-driven collisions. Not your average energy conference.

Designed to ignite action, Energy Disruptors Unite also sparked curiosity and a calling amongst the 1,500 global citizens brought together for the pursuit of unmatched energy excellence. With speakers ranging from the ever-impactful Sir Richard Branson and Quiet Revolution CEO, Susan Cain, the world’s boldest energy trailblazers were tasked with turning the biggest challenges of the energy sector into the greatest opportunities.

A proud sponsor of this game-changing event, here are some of our key takeaways from the two-day event:

We all want safe, abundant, reliable, environmentally-responsible energy sources for today and for the future
We are all in this together; it’s not wind or solar or coal or oil. We need to utilize different energy sources and push for superior ways to produce, transport and use them. We need to unite and stop villianizing one energy source against the other.

Energy producers are part of the solution, not the problem
Billions are being invested in technologies to find new ways to provide the world with reliable, environmentally responsible and economically diverse energy. Let’s give credit where credit is due and support producers to continue being the best they can be on behalf of all Canadians and the world.

There are really smart people from other countries willing to help us
Every country is at a different stage when it comes to energy transition and deploying new technologies. We don’t have to figure this all out by ourselves and can pilot and adopt technologies already yielding impressive results in other markets.

We need to continue having more unified conversations about energy
True innovation will come from cross-fertilization across the entire energy value chain (and beyond) including agriculture, tech and life sciences. Silos only benefit to contain, not expand.

We need to acknowledge current narratives in order to move to a place of constructive, solution-focused outcomes
As Sir Richard Branson joyfully put, “I discovered that Canada has the best regulated oil and gas industry on the planet, and that all sites have to be fully restored to nature after use. You guys really have to work on your PR!”



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