University of Calgary

Celebration of Innovation Symposium

Health, energy and innovation symposium at the University of Calgary

Oct. 15, 2013

The worlds of health and energy may seem far apart, but a symposium at the University of Calgary will explore the unexpected connections between them.

The "Celebration of Innovation Symposium" takes place today and is presented by the University of Calgary and the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation. The symposium takes place the day before the national awards gala.

Keynote speakers include the university's Marc Strous, Campus Alberta Innovation Program (CAIP) Research Chair, Reservoir Biogeoscience and Mark Blackwell, fund advisor, Cenovus Energy.

Strous is a microbiologist and a chemical engineer. He says his aim is to contribute to greener energy ecosystems, renewable energy sources and mitigation of greenhouses gases.

Blackwell (BComm '11) works for Cenovus Energy. As a University of Calgary student, he founded the Institute for Sunstainable Energy, Environment and Economy Students' Association, spearheaded the university's participation in the Alberta Solar Decathlon Project was inducted into the Order of the University of Calgary. He was also named a Top 20 Compelling Calgarian by the Calgary Herald and a Canada Top 20 Under 20.

WHAT:    Celebration of Innovation Symposium                                
WHEN:    Opening remarks at 1:00 p.m. with keynote speakers to follow       
         Energy Environment Experiential Learning Building, Room 161, Main  
WHERE:   floor, 750 Campus Drive N.W.                                       
WHO:     Marc Strous, keynote speaker, University of Calgary                
         Mark Blackwell, keynote speaker, Cenovus Energy                    
         Ed McCauley, vice-president (research), University of Calgary