Our region has one of the most diverse mixes of energy in North America and we stand on the threshold of a market that is 14 times larger than we have in our four provinces. The energy sector will lead Atlantic Canada in opening new markets, developing new technologies, and welcoming new people to the region. It is an investment in our communities and our people that will pay dividends for years to come.
The purpose of this discussion paper has been to share why our region is uniquely positioned to serve as the Energy Hub for the International Northeast, with is diverse mix of energy related assets, while at the same time the papers key object is to build awareness that unless project proponents, governments and the community begin to take meaningful action now, the labour supply challenge is potentially a crisis “on our doorstep” that could detrimentally affect the major Energy Hub projects.
Moncton-based economic development consulting firm Jupia Consultants was commissioned by the Atlantica Centre for Energy to write a discussion paper on the role of natural resources as an economic driver and opportunities for growth. The paper also considers the broader role of community and government partners in ensuring that resource development can be achieved in an environmentally sustainable way.