Energy Futures Lab Leadership Bootcamp

November 22-24, Edmonton


Energy Futures Lab

Gain the tools and the connections you need to play a leading role in Alberta’s energy transition with The Natural Step Canada's three-day intensive in-person workshop. Learn more at

What is the Energy Futures Lab Leadership Bootcamp?

Energy Futures Lab (EFL) is a world-class platform that builds leadership skills for collaboration. The EFL facilitates constructive dialogue around Alberta’s energy future and enables real-world experimentation and learning while identifying, testing, and scaling new initiatives.

The EFL Leadership Bootcamp is an intensive learning and leadership development experience to enable and empower innovators and influencers to play a role in the emerging transition in the Albertan energy system. The state-of-the-art tools and techniques are tested and refined in the Energy Futures Lab and we want to share them with you.

Who should apply?

The Bootcamp is open to anyone interested in playing an active and leadership role in Alberta’s energy system and its future.

Complete the brief application form here

The cost to attend is $1299 for the three day workshop.

What Does it Offer?

  • A dynamic, interactive, and intensive three-day in-person workshop, including lunches

  • A set of facilitators’ guides with materials, e.g. slides, worksheets for those wishing to use the materials with their own organizations
  • An award-winning e-learning course
  • A follow up coaching call as you apply the workshop teachings


Building systems that are fit for the future means beginning with the end in mind and working together with unlikely allies. Our greatest challenges can only be addressed if we learn to do so. Chad Park lays out an approach that aligns diverse perspectives towards a shared understanding of what the future requires: backcasting from sustainability principles. He also introduces the groundbreaking initiative that is putting these ideas to the test: the Energy Futures Lab. Chad Park is Chief Innovation Officer of The Natural Step Canada and director of the Energy Futures Lab. The Alberta-based Energy Futures Lab is a multi-interest collaboration, bringing leaders together to identify, test, and scale initiatives that tackle climate change, energy security, and sustainable development. Chad has advised dozens of businesses and communities in Canada and internationally, including the Co-operators, Nike, Rio Tinto Alcan, and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. In 2012, he received the Clean 50 award, recognizing fifty individuals in Canada who have advanced the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Bootcamp Agenda & Objectives*

Day 1

  • The Newtonian Shift Energy Transition Simulation

Day 2

  • Energy Narratives

  • Energy Trends Cafe

  • Energy System Mapping

Day 3

  • Backcasting from Success

  • Vision 2050 and Innovation Pathways

  • Stories from the Innovation Edge

*Subject to change

Here is what you’ll experience in a Leadership Bootcamp.

Day 1

  • Gain insights about how you personally react to transition.
  • Experience the challenges and opportunities of an energy stakeholder you’re unfamiliar with.
  • Clarify strengths and gaps in your knowledge of the energy system in times of transition.

Day 2

  • Reflect on the importance of narratives in energy transition.
  • Brainstorm and map narratives held by those in the energy system.
  • Discuss the relevance of a range of energy trends to Alberta’s future.
  • Map a shared understanding of Alberta’s energy system.
  • Identify high-leverage opportunities to intervene in the energy system.
  • Review a framework to incorporate sustainability into strategic planning.

Day 3

  • Brainstorm key characteristics of the gap between success and current reality for Alberta’s energy system.
  • Review an outline of the opportunities and challenges in the upcoming energy transition
  • Explore the relevance of the lab’s signature initiatives.
  • Experience rapid prototyping as a way to experiment and learn in uncertainty.
November 22nd, 2017 9:00 AM   to   November 24th, 2017 5:00 PM
Edmonton, AB

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