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Quebec-Calgary brainline

 

Presentation

The Quebec-Calgary Brainlaine is a knowledge exchange platform on the global political economy of non renewable natural resources. It has been crated by HEI, with the Centre de recherche en économie de l’environnement, de l’agroalimentaire, des transports et de l’énergie (CREATE) at Université Laval and the School of Public Policy (SPP) at University of Calgary.

 

The Brainline’s objectives are those of FORAGE, applied to the Quebec and Alberta relation.

 

Why such an initiative now?

The discovery of oil and gas deposits in Québec, the development of mining potential in Québec’s north, and the pipeline projects intended for the transportation of larger volumes of Alberta oil to Québec for refining and consumption, are all developments that have raised the awareness of a common destiny and interests between Quebecers and Albertans to a new level.

This is happening at a time when Albertans and Quebecers are unfamiliar with each other and the channels of cooperation among governments, universities and municipalities are not at the level where they ought to be:

  • Québec City and Calgary have been twin cities since 1957, but their exchanges do not go much further than the Stampede and Carnival festivities, even though they are two of Canada’s most economically dynamic cities.
  • Université Laval and the University of Calgary are proud opponents on the football field, but cooperate relatively little at the academic level, even though they are both members of the select club of Canada’s top ten research universities.

Lastly, the Premiers of the two provinces, when they concluded an agreement on the creation of a joint working group on interprovincial oil transport in 2012, acknowledged the need for greater exchange of information and expertise between the two governments. 


Themes to be covered

  • Foreign investment. The natural resources sector is a favourite among new global economic players. Multinationals based in emerging countries (China, Brazil, India, Russia) – often state owned – invest massively in resource development. The takeover of the Alberta company Nexen by the Chinese company CNOOC and the establishment of Jilin Jien Nickel Co. in northern Québec highlight the importance of understanding the new geopolitics of investment, where State capitalism and the free market, emerging powers of the South and energy powers of the North, cross paths.
  • Royalties and benefits. The strategic choices that governments make about the type and level of royalties they impose on extractive companies are solely based on the size of the revenues generated; these choices, however, are made against a backdrop of global and jurisdictional competition, which must be analyzed.
  • Regulatory and social responsibility standards. The environmental and social acceptability of natural resource development and transportation projects are highly controversial global issues: governments and companies are trying to set international standards for regulating the activities of extractive companies; movements in defense of the environment and human rights are organized transnationally; regulatory and audit agencies cooperate in international organizations such as INTOSAI.


Projects

International Summer School on the Geopolitics of Natural Resources : first edition was hold at Université Laval in june 2014. The second edition will be hold at University of Calgary, in May 2015. More information

 

Brainline's collaborators

At HEI, Université Laval 

  • Olivier Boiral
    Département de management, Faculté des sciences de l'administration
    Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur les normes de gestion du développement durable
  • Yan Cimon
    Département de management, Faculté des sciences de l’administration, Université Laval
  • Charles-Emmanuel Côté
    Faculté de droit
  • Patrick González
    Département d’économique, Faculté des sciences sociales
    Directeur du Centre de recherche en économie de l’environnement, de l’agroalimentaire, des transports et de l’énergie (CREATE)
  • Paule Halley
    Faculté de droit, Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en droit de l’environnement
  • Markus Herrmann
    Département d’économique, Faculté des sciences sociales
    Directeur de l’axe Environnement et énergie du Centre de recherche en économie de l’environnement, de l’agroalimentaire, des transports et de l’énergie (CREATE)
  • Frédéric Lasserre
    Département de géographie, Faculté de foresterie, géographie et géomatique
  • Richard Ouellet
    Faculté de droit
  • Michel Roland
    Département d’économique, Faculté des sciences sociales
  • Zhan Su
    Département de management, Faculté des sciences de l’administration

At School of Public Policy, University de Calgary :

  • Jean-Sébastien Rioux, director, Master of Public Policy et directeur associé International Policy
  • Brian Livingston, membre chercheur
  • Jennifer Winter, professeure

(others to come) 

 

Partners

The following have been partners of the International Summer School on the Geopolitics of Natural Resources :

Major Partner

 

 

 

 

 

Silver partners

 

Partners

 

Information

G. Daniel Caron, diplomate in residence, coordinator of the Brainline at HEI

gdaniel.caron@hei.ulaval.ca 
418 656-3860

 

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