MEDIA ADVISORY: Media, public invited to WWF-Canada and University of Saskatchewan panel discussion on the future of renewable energy

Scientists and experts to discuss opportunities and considerations for communities and wildlife

Saskatoon, May 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- World Wildlife Fund Canada and the University of Saskatchewan invite media and the public to attend a panel discussion on May 28 at the University of Saskatchewan, where experts will discuss where and how new renewable energy projects should be deployed in the province.   


In 2015, provincially operated SaskPower set the ambitious target of doubling the percentage of renewable energy by 2030, which would include at minimum 60 megawatts of solar power and an increase in wind power capacity to 30 per cent of the electricity grid. WWF-Canada and University of Saskatchewan are hosting this panel to discuss how projects can be situated to best benefit conservation and community values, and then move toward development co-operatively as we make this urgently needed transition to renewable energy. 


When: Monday May 28, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Room 46, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan Campus

What: Panel discussion, with media availability

Event Speakers:

  • Tony Chung, NSERC/SaskPower senior industrial research chair in smart grid technologies, professor, and SaskPower chair of Power Systems Engineering.
  • Guy Lonechild, CEO, First Nations Power Authority
  • Douglas Opseth, director of generation asset management and resource planning at SaskPower
  • James Snider, vice-president of science, research and innovation at WWF-Canada, director of WWF-Canada’s 2017 Living Planet Report Canada.
  • Farid Sharifi, lead specialist, renewable energy at WWF-Canada, leading initiatives to support the development of habitat-friendly renewable energy in Canada

This event is being hosted by University of Saskatchewan professors Dr. Greg Poelzer, School of Environment and Sustainability, Fulbright Scholar and Dr. Bram Noble, department of Geography and Planning.


About habitat-friendly renewable energy

Habitat-friendly renewable energy is essential to reducing the major landscape and climate impacts of fossil fuel production, transportation and use in Canada. WWF-Canada is developing tools to help developers and communities build renewable energy projects that consider nature at the outset, to maximize energy production while minimizing conflicts with wildlife and subsequent costly delays.


About the Renewable Energy in Remote and Indigenous Communities Flagship Program

The University of Saskatchewan has established the world's first multi-sectoral partnership of utility and industry, Indigenous communities and academic institutions to tackle the policy challenges and barriers to renewable energy deployment in remote and Indigenous communities.


About World Wildlife Fund Canada

WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. For more information, visit

To request an interview, contact

Rebecca Spring, senior communications specialist, WWF-Canada, +1 647-338-6274


Jennifer Thoma, media relations specialist, University of Saskatchewan, +1 306-966-1851


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