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Life After the Gulf: A Paradigm Shift?

July 22, 2010 • Toronto, Ontario


The tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill has led policymakers and regulators to pause, review, and reconsider oil and gas development in North America. While off-shore drilling is under the most scrutiny, not only in the United States but also in Canada, shale gas technology/development and other new and complex technologies are being placed in a similar basket. We are in the midst of a “game-changing” shift in the trust of and attitude towards energy companies by the public and governments.

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute in conjunction with Global Public Affairs and the Canada West Foundation are convening a forum that will examine the circumstances that brought us to where we are today and assess what the current situation means to industry, regulators, and policymakers—now and in the future. What effect will this “game-change” have on each of these groups? Furthermore, what impact will this evolution have on markets and insurance, on the outcome of regulatory review and re-invention?

T. Boone Pickens is the luncheon speaker.

Kyle Parker will be a presenter on the regulators perspective of "What does this paradigm shift mean to us?"

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