Oil Price Differential: Causes, Consequences and the Challenge Ahead

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11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

Alberta has been through tough times before. That’s the reality of a resource economy — booms and busts. Low world prices and lack of market access, in combination with others factors, have pushed Western Canadian oil prices to all-time lows. This prompted strong calls for government action, while others say the government should leave the market to sort itself out.

On December 2nd, the Government of Alberta announced mandated production curtailments to reduce supply and increase the price of Canadian crude. Was this the best approach to take? How long should curtailments last? What other policy action is warranted or helpful?  We need a serious conversation in Alberta about the pros and cons of government action.

The School of Public Policy is hosting that serious conversation at our monthly Current Affairs luncheon. Our panel of experts will discuss what is going on and what options are on the table

Panelists include:

  • Grant Bishop, Associate Director, Research, C.D. Howe Institute
  • Dr. G. Kent Fellows, Research Associate, Energy and Environmental Policy, The School of Public Policy
  • Marla Orenstein, Natural Resources Director, Canada West Foundation
  • Dr. Trevor Tombe, Assistant Professor of Economics, The School of Public Policy
  • Dr. Jennifer Winter, Scientific Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, The School of Public Policy



Fairmont Palliser Hotel
Alberta Room
133 9th Ave SW
Calgary, AB


11:30 a.m. Registration
11:45 a.m. Lunch and program
1:30 p.m. Event concludes


Please share this invitation with colleagues who may be interested in attending.

For questions or more information, please contact us at sppcomm@ucalgary.ca