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Iqbal Ahmed Public Policy Expert Vancouver, British Columbia

Growing up in Alaska and Western Canada, Iqbal learned first-hand how important the industry is for both Canada and our nearest neighbour, and now number one energy competitor, the United States.

As the Manager of Public Policy Development with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, he sees that protecting the environment and developing our energy resources are not mutually exclusive. His work in Vancouver and Calgary has shown him how invested the energy companies are in environmental innovation, and how connected each provincial economy is to the industry. As a result, he knows that all Canadians benefit from a strong oil and natural gas industry.

Also, thanks to various internship positions with the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C., Iqbal understands the important role the energy sector plays in Canada’s place in the world. With the United States quickly changing from our biggest customer to our biggest competitor, he knows that Canada needs to open up access to new markets for our valuable resources. “We are an exporting nation, driven by natural resources. We need to embrace our strengths in both energy development and environmental stewardship if we want to build a stronger economy, and be able to take advantage of global opportunities” he says.

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