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ESG and the Canadian Energy Sector

November 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) is a hot topic in the financial market and many Canadian energy companies have incorporated ESG reporting in response to this global investment trend. The rise of ESG coincided with increasing public demand for climate and environmental justice and tightening government regulation but ESG focus goes beyond emissions. ESG covers a wide range of topics from land use, water use, indigenous relationships, board diversity, emissions, labour practices and much more. The Canada West Foundation and Canadian Energy Climate Nexus released a report in August 2021 on ESG and the Canadian Energy Sector:


David Milia

David is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Energy and Climate Nexus, a Canadian non-profit that aims to guide Canadians towards an all-inclusive and progressive energy and climate future. David has worked at various engineering firms such as All-Can Engineering and Excelsior Engineering as a designer and team lead, corporate companies such as Encana and Cenovus in a variety of management and specialist roles and served as advisor to several boards and sub-committees before transitioning to academia. He served as the Academic Chair for the B. Sc.in Construction Project Management at SAIT, the Chairman of the Canadian Coalition for Green Finance, and the Director of Strategic Centre Initiatives at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary which included leading the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Energy and Environment Initiatives to name a few. In that time, he oversaw many entrepreneurial and sustainability initiatives and seminars, informed by more than 20 years of experience in oil, gas, and clean technology.  David is also a sessional Instructor for the MBA program teaching the “Business of Oil & Gas” and “The Business of Cleantech”.

Marla Orenstein

Marla Orenstein is Director of the Natural Resources Centre at the Canada West Foundation, a public policy think tank. She spends most of her time looking at how Canadian business can prosper as the world transitions to cleaner forms of energy, and the policy and regulatory contexts that support or hamper development, commercialization and success. Marla is also President-Elect and Past President of the International Association for Impact Assessment and a Fellow of the Energy Futures Lab.

Dinara Millington

With almost 20 years of experience in energy and environmental research and leadership, Dinara Millington is a recent Founder of 17Insight and contributor to CECN.  As a former Vice President of Research at the Canadian Energy Research Institute, Dinara was responsible for leading research programs, liaising with a Board and senior management, assisting in fundraising, and managing various committees.  Her effective communication skills and ability to work with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders are evidenced through publication of numerous research reports and appearances in articles and televised interviews with local, national, and international media. Dinara holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Economics from the University of Calgary.

Caralyn Bennett


Caralyn is GLJ’s Chief Strategy Officer and an Executive VP, bringing 35 years of experience to her mandate advising clients in sustainability practices, energy diversification, emerging technology, business collaboration, strategy and governance. Caralyn can’t help herself from serving on multiple boards and committees; she is the President of the CHOA and a Co-chair of CSUR and participates on both the Petroleum Advisory Committee to the Alberta Securities Commission and the Industrial Curricular Advisory Board to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo. Caralyn advises the Dean of the McPhail School of Energy at SAIT, the CECN plus a number of cleantech companies.

Please join David Milia, Marla Orenstein, Dinara Millington and Caralyn Bennett to discuss the importance and impact of ESG on the Canadian energy sector.




November 30
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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