Exclusive launch event: CanREA’s 2050 vision

November 17, 2021

9 to 9:45 a.m. ET

As Canada sets out on a transformative journey to reach net-zero GHG emissions by 2050, we need a powerful boost from wind energy, solar energy and energy-storage technologies. But what does this mean? How will it work? What must change to make it possible? And is the industry ready? Participants found out exactly how the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) sees things at this exclusive launch event for “Powering Canada’s Journey to Net-Zero: CanREA’s 2050 Vision.”

CanREA launched its new 2050 Vision document at the Opening Plenary session of Electricity Transformation Canada, Canada’s largest renewable energy and storage industry conference and exhibition. CanREA’s President and CEO, Robert Hornung, presented CanREA’s vision for the future, including the role wind, solar and energy storage must play to achieve Canada’s net-zero journey, the scale of the effort required, and the actions that need to be taken immediately to drive success.

Following Hornung’s presentation, stakeholders representing a range of interests, including speakers from Microsoft, National Bank of Canada, QUEST Canada, Greengate Power and the Pembina Institute, discussed the relevance of CanREA’s Vision for their communities of interest, and for Canada as a whole.

CanREA’s 2050 Vision is a call to action, calling on Canada to dramatically accelerate the deployment of wind, solar, and energy storage as the core element in a massive expansion of clean electricity production to meet this country’s legislated target of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.



  • Robert Hornung, President and CEO, Canadian Renewable Energy Association

Panel Discussion:

  • Moderator: Michelle Chislett, CanREA Board Chair and Managing Director, Canada and US Development, Northland Power
  • Patrick Taylor, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Dan Balaban, Chief Executive Officer, Greengate Power
  • Isabelle Turcotte, Federal Policy, Pembina Institute
  • Brendan Costigan, Director, Power & Utilities Investment Banking, National Bank of Canada
  • Tonja Leach, Executive Director, QUEST Canada