Toronto 2014 Communicating Energy Conference



Some of our upcoming conference sessions will include:

  • Oil Sands, Energy, & You: The Art of Difficult Conversations
  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
  • Fracking, Documentary-Making, and Crowd Funding
  • Global Astrology: Can the UN, EPA, and Governments Really Control the Weather?
  • Canadian Media in 2014: A realistic look at the landscape, challenges, and opportunities in mainstream media




Ezra Levant

ezra-levantAs Canada’s best known conservative pundit, Ezra Levant provokes discussion and debate wherever he appears. Whether it’s taking a hard look at human rights, political correctness, the ethics of oil, or the political events of the day, he has something insightful to say, and he encourages everyone to think critically-and skeptically, about what’s going on around us. He’s the host of Sun TV’s The Source, bestselling author of Ethical Oil, and the author of the new book, Groundswell: The Case for Fracking.


Alex Epstein

alex-epsteinAlex Epstein is an expert in energy and industrial policy. His writings on energy and energy policy have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, and more. He has become the leading free-market energy debater, having debated Bill McKibben, Greenpeace, Occupy Wall Street, and other environmentalist groups. He is a Principal blogger for MasterResource, the leading free-market energy blog. Mr. Epstein’s work on philosophy, business, and energy has been featured in 10 books, including, most recently, Why Businessmen Need Philosophy. He is an alumnus of Duke University, where he studied philosophy and computer science, and a former fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute.


Phelim McAleer

phelim-mcaleerPhelim McAleer is a filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has produced documentaries for CBC and RTE (Ireland) and two independent feature length documentaries. Before becoming a filmmaker, Phelim was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in Eastern Europe. He also covered Romania and Bulgaria for the Economist. Before that he covered Ireland for the UK Sunday Times. He has worked in Romania, Uganda, Madagascar, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Canada and China. In 2009, he directed and produced Not Evil Just Wrong, a film which examined and critiqued current concerns about global warming. The film highlights the tragic consequences of the first triumph of the environmental movement, the ban on DDT, which has resulted needlessly in the deaths of more than 40 million children and adults in the developing world. Phelim also created the documentary FrackNation, which was the most successfully crowdfunded film project on Kickstarter. 


Janet Annesley

janet-annesleyJanet Annesley is Vice President of Communications for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). CAPP represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP’s member companies produce about 90 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and crude oil. Together CAPP’s members and associate members are an important part of a $110-billion-a-year national industry that provides essential energy products. Janet joined CAPP in 2009 from Shell Canada Energy where she was Senior Manager of Stakeholder Engagement and Major Projects Communications for Shell’s oil sands business. 

A native Calgarian, Janet volunteers with several area community organizations including the Canadian Centre for Energy Information and the Friends of Kananaskis, where she is board chair. She resides in Calgary with her husband and dogs. 


Marc Morano

marc-moranoMarc Morano is the executive editor and chief correspondent for the award-winning, a global warming and eco-news center founded in 2009. Morano was named one of only five ‘criminals against humanity, against planet Earth itself’ in 2009 by the eco-magazine Grist. Morano has held both White House and Capitol Hill Press credentials and was a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has attended and reported on numerous international eco-conferences and the 2002 UN-sponsored Earth Summit in Johannesburg.

 Morano was the investigative reporter for Cybercast News Service in Washington, DC. His reporting has made international news, including appearances and coverage on CNN, Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, and Hannity & Colmes, BBC TV, The New York TimesThe Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, and others. Morano was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in McLean, VA. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at George Mason University.


Peter Foster

peter-fosterPeter Foster was born in London, England. Following an economics degree from Christ’s College, Cambridge, he worked as a journalist for the Financial Times of London until 1976, when he immigrated to Canada to write for the Financial Post. He became a senior editor in 1977. He left the Post in 1979 to write his first book, The Blue-Eyed Sheiks. He has written nine books and is currently a columnist with the National Post. His latest book, published in April, 2014, is titled Why We Bite the Invisible Hand: The Psychology of Anti-Capitalism.