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Nov 04

Achieving Net Zero by 2050 in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities

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At the upcoming COP26 summit in Glasgow, many countries – including Canada – will reiterate their pledge to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Join Heather Chalmers (GE Canada), Sherry Evers (Imperial Oil) and Tiffany Vass (International Energy Agency) for a discussion on the challenges and opportunities of achieving this ambitious climate goal in Canada.

C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

Please contact Tammy Trepanier, Senior Event Planner, to register: ttrepanier@cdhowe.org.

Heather Chalmers, President and Chief Executive Officer, GE Canada

Heather Chalmers is the President and Chief Executive Officer for GE Canada, and President for GE Healthcare Canada. The world’s foremost Digital Industrial company, GE Canada has produced industrial solutions for over 129 years and employs thousands of Canadians across multiple sectors.

Heather Chalmers is passionately committed to leading businesses that consistently deliver Canadian innovation and outcomes to customers in Canada and globally.

Heather leads GE Canada as they work to serve customer needs in the Aviation, Healthcare, Power and Renewable Energy Sectors. She heads GE businesses that partner with business and government leaders to reposition the Canadian economy for the future with a focus on climate change, digital, AI and Additive Manufacturing.

Throughout her extensive 25-year career with GE, Heather has consistently developed and led high performing teams that are industry leaders in bringing innovative technology and digital solutions to solve complex challenges in both Canadian and global markets.

Heather first joined GE Plastics where she took on multiple commercial roles. In 2007 she took a leadership role at GE Healthcare and was promoted to President of the Healthcare business in 2014.

She holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Queens University, an MBA from the Rotman School of Business and is a director on the C.D. Howe Institute Board, Business Council of Canada Board, Ontario Brain Institute Board and St. Elizabeth Health Foundation Board. She is also member of the Rotman School of Management’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Advisory Council and is part of the GTA United Way Cabinet and former Director of the Medtech Canada Board.


Sherri L. Evers, Vice President, Commercial and Corporate Development, Imperial Oil Limited

Sherri L. Evers was appointed vice president, commercial and corporate development at Imperial on January 1, 2021.

Ms. Evers has worked for Imperial for over 23 years in a range of positions within the downstream, beginning in 1998 in the Edmonton marketing office. Within the downstream, Ms. Evers held various assignments, including sales, logistics, pricing and analysis within refining and supply. Ms. Evers worked as the marine manager in 2006 and moved into the role of Canada pricing and logistics manager a few years later. In 2012, Ms. Evers began a series of global assignments with Exxon Mobil Corporation in Fairfax, VA and in Houston, TX as manager of business planning center of excellence, the integrated business team lead for the Midwest northeast U.S. fuels business, and then as the Americas exchange and analysis manager for the third party business.

In 2018, Ms. Evers returned to Canada as the Eastern Canada Fuels Manager for the Downstream.

Ms. Evers is Canadian and holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Marketing and General Business.


Tiffany Vass, Energy Analyst, Energy Technology and Policy Division, International Energy Agency

Tiffany is an energy analyst in the Energy Technology Policy Division at the International Energy Agency in Paris. Her current work focuses on deep emissions reductions in the industrial sector, through energy systems modelling and analysis of technology and policy options. Recent publications she has contributed to include the Net Zero by 2050 Roadmap and technology roadmaps for the steel and ammonia industries. She is a Canadian national and has a Masters degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

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