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IT'S ON! Talk Energy Week 2016 examines Canada's energy future

From February 20 to 27, the third annual Talk Energy Week will engage more Canadians than ever before in a national conversation about energy.

This year, Talk Energy Week's Speaker's Series will engage Canadians from coast to coast, with talks taking place in every Canadian province and territory. Twenty-one schools will host talks, with over forty-five speakers representing all areas of Canada's energy sector. By inviting students to participate in discussions with experts working in industries such as hydro, oil and gas, solar, wind, and biofuels, Talk Energy Week will foster understanding of the vital role science and technology play in managing global energy challenges, including climate change. Moreover, Talk Energy Week invites the leaders of tomorrow to address the question: How can Canada move towards a prosperous and sustainable energy future?

As part of Talk Energy Week, museums and science centres across Canada will offer visitors numerous opportunities to take part in hands-on activities and learn about Canada's energy future. These institutions have partnered with the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation's Let's Talk Energy initiative to offer onsite activities and programs throughout Talk Energy Week. Visitors to eleven of these sites will be able to learn about the energy impact of heating and cooling through interactive demonstrations featuring thermal cameras from FLIR.

In addition, Canadians from coast to coast can take part in Talk Energy Week through a webinar hosted on February 24, 2016 at 1 p.m. (EST) featuring Master students from the University of Ottawa's Collaboratory on Energy Research and Policy , as they lead a discussion on Canada's energy future. Log in here to take part.

"Energy and climate are two of the most important issues facing Canada and the world. I encourage all Canadians to consider the importance of energy to our everyday lives, and to join in conversations about our energy choices," said Alex Benay, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. "This third annual Talk Energy Week is an ideal opportunity to understand how the energy choices that we make today will affect our own lives and those of future generations."

Canadians can also engage in the energy conversation online and via social media. Visit talkenergy.ca, @enertweets on Twitter, or our Facebook page to find out how you can join the conversation.

Talk Energy Week is a national energy awareness week devoted to encouraging people to learn and talk about energy systems, sources and use. Talk Energy Week is part of Let's Talk Energy, an initiative of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC). Let's Talk Energy aims to increase energy literacy across Canada, while engaging Canadians in conversations about our energy future. The Let's Talk Energy initiative has received support from several partners, including the Imperial Oil Foundation, Encana, the Suncor Energy Foundation, Cenovus Energy, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Canadian Nuclear Revitalization Partners, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and the University of Ottawa School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. 

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