Media Advisory - Panel discussion: Adding more value in Canada's energy industry


EDMONTON, April 21, 2015 /CNW/ - Unifor and the Parkland Institute will co-host a panel discussion on opportunities for creating more jobs in energy-related industries by promoting more domestic content at all stages of the energy value chain.

"Energy can be an incredible driver of jobs and prosperity, but only if we are strategic and deliberate in maximizing the spin-off linkages from energy production into the supply, machinery, service, refining, and manufacturing industries," said Jim Stanford, Unifor Economist, and one of the panellists.

"Given the role that natural resources play in all aspects of Alberta's government and economy, it is critical, especially in the midst of a provincial election, that Albertans have these conversations to ensure that the development of our energy resources is done in our long-term interest," said Parkland Institute Executive Director Ricardo Acuña.

The panel is being held in conjunction with a conference of Unifor delegates from across Canada to kick off the union's triennial energy pattern bargaining. The panel is open to members of the public and the media.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 3–5 p.m. (reception to follow)
WHERE: Salon A, Chateau Lacombe Hotel, 10111 Bellamy Hill Rd NW, Edmonton
WHO: Siobhan Vipond, Secretary-Treasurer, Alberta Federation of Labour (Chair); Ricardo Acuna, Executive Director, Parkland Institute (opening remarks); Jim Stanford, Economist, Unifor; Walter Petryschuk, Associate, Bowman Centre, Sarnia; Sylvain Martin, Assistant to the Quebec Director, Unifor.