Good afternoon, everyone.
I'd like to call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 17 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee is continuing its study of creating a fair and equitable Canadian energy transformation.
Today is our second meeting with witnesses on this study. Note that until to 4:30 today we'll be meeting in public to hear our witnesses.
The meeting is taking place in a hybrid format pursuant to the House order of November 25, 2021. Members are attending in person in the room and also remotely using the Zoom application.
I'd like to take this opportunity to remind all participants that now that we're in session, taking screenshots or photos of your screen is not permitted. Today's proceedings will be televised and made available via the House of Commons website.
For those attending in person, we encourage everyone to wear a mask when they are away from the table, and we encourage anyone joining us on the periphery to also wear a mask.
As we get under way today, I'd like to ask that you wait to speak until I recognize you by name. For those participating by video conference, you need to click on the microphone icon to activate your mike, and please mute yourself when you are not speaking.
Interpretation is available for those on Zoom. You have the choice, at the bottom of your screen, of floor, English or French. For those in the room, you can use the earpiece that's provided to get the desired channel.
I remind everyone that all comments should be addressed through the chair.
For anybody who is new at committee, we ask that you talk at a normal pace so that our interpreters can keep up with the conversation.
If anyone in the room wishes to speak, please raise your hand. For anybody on Zoom, please use the “raise hand” function.
The clerk and I will do our best to manage the speaking order and we ask for your patience as we sort through this hybrid format that we've been operating in.
In accordance with our routine motions, I'm informing the committee that all witnesses have completed the required connection tests in advance of the meeting.
With that, we are going to get into some opening statements.
I would like to welcome Mr. Morrice here. Mr. Shipley, I believe, is either online or will be joining us. Otherwise, we have our regular members here.
On the study of creating a fair and equitable Canadian energy transformation, we have our witnesses, and it's a very exciting day. We actually have witnesses here in person. I think this is a first for this Parliament.
We have, from Canadians for Nuclear Energy, Christopher Keefer, president.
From the Nuclear Innovation Institute, we have Chad Richards, director, new nuclear and net zero partnerships.
Online, we have, from the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, Mark Kirby, president and CEO.
Also online, from Electric Mobility Canada, we have Daniel Breton, president and CEO.
Maybe we'll go to our online guests first for their opening five-minute statements, and then we'll go to our guests in person. We used to like to do that in case there were issues with the technology. We have that better figured out in this Parliament, but it's still always good just to make sure our online guests get in there.
Mr. Breton, would you like to start?
Just so everybody knows, I use a card system. When I give you the yellow card, there is 30 seconds left. The red card means time is up. Don't stop mid-sentence, but wind up your thought and then we'll move on to the next person. That applies when we're doing the questions-and-answers round as well.
Mr. Breton, it's over to you. I'll give you five minutes.