At the 2014 North American Leaders' Summit (NALS), the presidents of the United States and Mexico and the prime minister of Canada proposed enhanced cooperation on several key elements of North American competitiveness, including energy-and trade-related infrastructure. One year later, as Canada prepares to host the 2015 NALS, what progress has been made on these two issues?
The oil sands in Canada, the shale revolution in the United States, and energy reforms in Mexico have repositioned North America in global oil and gas markets. Integration of energy systems is critical to achieving the full potential of North American resource abundance, as it carries substantive benefits for regional competitiveness by lowering costs and facilitating flow of both physical and human capital. Cross-border energy coordination is beneficial to all three countries; but, expansion of resource development activities will stress existing infrastructure. Therefore, the challenge is to identify siting and financing mechanisms for energy infrastructure investment. This forum explored these issues in the context of trilateral cooperation at the North American Leaders' Summit.
The event was sponsored by the Center for Energy Studies and the Mexico Center at the Baker Institute, and the Council of the Americas. Support for this conference generously provided by Sempra International.
8:00 a.m. — Breakfast and registration
9:00 a.m. — Opening keynote address
12:30 p.m. — Lunch and keynote address
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