Alberta’s carbon tax—Its impact on the economy and the need for policy certainty

Event Details

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  • 11:30-1:30pm MDT
  • $79 members, $99 non-members
  • Hyatt Regency Calgary
    700 Centre Street SE

Energy Future: Alberta’s carbon tax—Its impact on the economy and the need for policy certainty

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This event is part of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Future series. 

The carbon tax has been one of the most hotly debated policy changes in Alberta politics. Even with the extensive media coverage, it remains one of the most misunderstood policies. It seems that for every person arguing that the costs will be barely noticeable, there is someone else arguing that the carbon tax will spell the end for Alberta’s economy.

One thing remains clear: there are still a lot of important questions. How will the carbon levy affect the economy? How will carbon pricing transform our industries, especially the energy sector? Will a carbon tax in Alberta actually combat global climate change? And what policy certainty is needed for business to do long-term planning?

Join us in this edition of the Energy Future series, as we try to shine some light on an inherently complicated issue. To do this, we are bringing some of Alberta’s high-level CEOs and biggest names in business to provide their perspectives on one of the most important policy changes in recent history. This power packed line up will discuss their organization’s long-term planning for the policy, and what short-term impacts the carbon tax has already had on their businesses.

Don’t miss your chance to get your tough questions answered from industry experts on Alberta’s new carbon tax.



Adam Legge

President and CEO, Calgary Chamber

Adam Legge joined the Calgary Chamber as the President + CEO in September of 2010. He is the youngest president in the Chamber’s history, and continues to build on the 120 year history of those before him.

Adam is a well respected individual in the community, with expertise in the local economy, urban economics, and the needs of business. Adam is a strong believer in a vibrant and healthy business community and the role that it plays in the overall prosperity of the city. His aim and focus at the Calgary Chamber is to ensure that the environment exists for all businesses to be successful, and that Calgary is recognized as a location that offers businesses the chance to be healthy and well established, thereby supporting local economic and community development.

Before joining the Calgary Chamber, Adam held the role of vice president and chief economist with Calgary Economic Development. There he became recognized as an authority in local economic performance and conditions, and delivered many economic analyses including an annual economic outlook which became the largest economic outlook event of its kind in Canada. He also served as the project manager for the Calgary Economic Development strategy on behalf of the Office of the Mayor. Adam is actively engaged in a multitude of community activities, including chairing the board of WordFest, a member of the board of Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation, and serving on multiple committees and task forces for the United Way of Calgary and Area and others. He is a regular speaker at community events on topics of the local economy, the business environment and business issues.

Adam is an alumnus of the University of British Columbia where he obtained his honours Bachelor of Commerce in Land Economics, and of the University of Calgary where he obtained his Master of Environmental Design (Planning).

Expert Panel


Brian Ferguson

President & Chief Executive Office, Cenovus
As President & Chief Executive Officer, Brian is accountable for overall leadership of Cenovus’s strategic and operational performance. He is also a Director of Cenovus. Brian joined a predecessor company in 1984 and became a member of the Management Team in 1994. His business experience spans a variety of areas including finance, business development, reserves, strategic planning, evaluations and communications.

Brian earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree, from the University of Alberta, and has completed the University of Western Ontario’s Executive Management program. Brian is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (FCPA).

Brian sits on the TD Board of Directors and is a board member of the Business Council of Canada. He is also a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and was appointed to the federal Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth. Brian has served on several other boards, including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Board of Governors. He continues to serve on CAPP’s Oil Sands CEO Council.

Brian is also active in supporting the community. He became Chair of the Calgary Police Foundation in 2011 and, a year later, he was named Calgary’s first Honourary Deputy Police Chief.


Chris Ragan

Chair, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission
McGill University, Department of Economics
Christopher Ragan has been teaching economics at McGill University since 1989. He is also a Research Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute where from 2010 through 2013 he held the Institute’s David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy, and for many years was a member of the Institute’s Monetary Policy Council. From January 2009 through June 2010, he was the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at the Department of Finance in Ottawa, where he served as a senior advisor to the Minister and other senior Finance officials. During 2004-05, he served as the Special Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada. Ragan is the author of Economics (formerly co-authored with Richard Lipsey), which after fourteen editions is still the most widely used introductory economics textbook in Canada. Ragan also has a regular column in The Globe and Mail. During the mid-1990s he was the founding Editor-in-Chief of World Economic Affairs. Chris Ragan received his B. A. (Honours) in economics in 1984 from the University of Victoria and his Master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University in 1985. He then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where he completed his Ph.D. in economics at M.I.T. in 1989.


Scott Thon

President & Chief Executive Officer, AltaLink

Mr. Thon has served as AltaLink’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2002. For over 30 years he has held a variety of senior positions in the electricity industry, from operations and engineering to market design and financial management.

Mr. Thon is current chair of the Canadian Electricity Association Board of Directors. He sits on the boards of Alberta Blue Cross and the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee. Mr. Thon is also a trustee with Northview Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust and the Canadian Athletic Foundation.

In 2013, Bow Valley College awarded Mr. Thon their Distinguished Citizen Award honouring his commitment to the College. In 2011, Mr. Thon was recognized by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce for his business and community leadership with the Sherrold Moore Award. In 2005, The Government of Alberta presented

Mr. Thon with the Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta.

Mr. Thon is a registered Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a graduate of the Executive Program from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business. In 2015, Mr. Thon completed the Institute of Corporate Director’s Directors Education Program receiving his ICD.D designation.


Suzanne West

Chief Executive Office, Imaginea Energy
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