Calgary is at the centre of Canada’s shift towards a clean energy economy, and as a global energy hub, the city is taking a leadership role in energy transformation and delivering net-zero solutions.

The city is hosting the 24th World Petroleum Congress from September 17–21, 2023. And as planning for the event progresses, the excitement surrounding the Congress and its theme of ‘Energy Transition: The Path to Net Zero’, continues to build and participation continues to grow.

Just recently, The Canadian Organizing Committee for the Congress (OCAN) announced several milestones ahead of the congress, including initial industry and government sponsors and partners, and the selection of keynote speakers among others.

Confirmed sponsors include Accenture, QatarEnergy, Repsol, Cenovus Energy, Suncor Energy, Pathways Alliance, BP, Chevron, Petrobras, Bennett Jones, Hatch, MEG Energy, Shell Canada, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and Stikeman Elliott.

The Government of Canada’s agency, PrairiesCan, has also provided critical funding support in addition to a material partnership with the Government of Alberta. The City of Calgary has also committed to providing important in-kind contributions for the Congress, which will make this world-class event a success.

"We are pleased to be both a supporter and the host city of the 24th Congress and look forward to welcoming the world to Calgary," says the Mayor of Calgary, Jyoti Gondek.

Meanwhile Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan, has stressed collaborations and partnerships for building a cleaner and more sustainable economy.

He says: "Achieving a net-zero economy by 2050 requires all orders of government working together in partnership with industry leaders, creating new investment opportunities for clean technology firms in Alberta and across the country. By hosting the 24th World Petroleum Congress in Calgary, we will showcase to the world how Canada is leading the way in clean energy innovation and a great place to invest."

WPC’s recently completed global call for technical papers received nearly 1,300 abstracts for 17 forums from over 50 countries, demonstrating the strong interest in the Congress’ theme and ensuring the event will deliver a high-quality technical programme focused on innovation to meet the world’s collective energy challenges.

"We will have an outstanding group of industry, government, and thought leaders participating in the Strategic Programme," says Dr Pierce Riemer, Director General of the WPC.