Current Projects

Energy Pathways Project

Clean energy innovation is an issue that is of critical importance for the future well-being and prosperity of Canadians. In March 2002, responding to the challenges being faced by the global energy industry, including regional instability, depleting conventional resources, climate change and price volatility, the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) released a study titled, Energy and Climate Change – A Canadian Engineering Perspective. It concluded that, “A long-term, sustainable energy strategy needs to be developed, which will necessarily require a larger choice of energy sources and technologies than [are] presently available”. The Report noted that the CAE could play an important role in the assessment of technologies that are already available or entirely new energy technologies.

With support from a group of eight Sponsors: Alberta Research Council; Natural Resources Canada; Suncor Energy; Petro-Canada; EnCana; AECL; Hatch; and the Alberta Energy Research Institute; a Task Force was formed in 2006 under the leadership of  Dr. Clem Bowman, FCAE, to continue the work of the Academy on this subject. The specific goal of the Energy Pathways Task Force was to define the barriers that are preventing the development of economic and environmentally acceptable energy sources and carriers in Canada and to identify the technologies that can overcome these barriers. The focus of this project has been on technology options that would permit Canada to achieve its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets, while continuing to provide an adequate supply of energy, at competitive rates, to meet the growing demand for energy.

Trottier Energy Futures Project

The Trottier Energy Futures Project (TEFP) will chart a course for Canada to cut its energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

The project is overseen by a board comprising the President of the Trottier Family Foundation, the Chief Executive Officer of the David Suzuki Foundation, and the President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

The Executive Summary and Project Summary for the TEFP describe the methods and results of the project, as well as recommendations for potential transition paths for the Canadian energy supply and demand systems.

This Presentation of the final results was made on 5 April 2016 at Ecole Polytechnique.

Final Report

Task Force on Engineering in Canada’s Northern Oceans

This task force will be led by Ian Jordaan, Ken Croasdale, Bob Frederking and Peter Noble. They mean to study the development and transportation of resources, accounting for sovereignty, understanding & protecting the environment, and human safety. The study aims to recognize the potential effects of climate change on developments and engineering design, and identify technology gaps and objectives to address them.

Final Report

Resilient Infrastructure Project

This project is co-chaired by Andreas Athienitis and Andrew Pape-Salmon. In March 2019, the CAE assembled Thought Leaders from the professional community, construction industry, academia and three levels of government to begin to work on a national “Roadmap to Resilient, Ultra-Low Energy Built Environment with Deep Integration of Renewables in 2050”, with an aim to achieve at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in new and existing buildings and associated community infrastructure.  The final communiqué from the meeting can be found here.