Jackie Forrest

Executive Director, ARC Energy Research Institute & Managing Director, ARC Financial Corp.

Jackie actively monitors emerging strategic trends related to energy. She is an author and sought after public speaker with over 25 years of experience in the energy industry. She is the co-host of the ARC Energy Ideas podcast, a weekly show that explains the latest trends and news in Canadian energy and beyond.

Jackie is a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA). She is a former board member of Longshore Resources Ltd. and the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC).

Prior to joining ARC, she was the leader of North American crude oil research for IHS CERA (now S&P Global). Jackie has published 20 public papers on energy issues. She has co-hosted over 180 podcasts and written numerous columns in national publications, spanning all energy systems from oil and gas to clean energy, including electric vehicles, renewable power, and biofuels.

Jackie was the recipient of the 2022 Schulich School of Engineering Canadian Engineering Leadership Award. The award recognizes pioneers of progress in engineering for their achievements, leadership, generosity in sharing their experiences & role model qualities. She is currently a member of the Schulich Industry Advisory Council (SIAC), the group provides input to the engineering school to help to ensure that programs and initiatives align with industry needs. She is also a Special Advisor to the Business Council of Alberta.

Jackie attended the University of Calgary where she received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. She also has an MBA from Queens University.

Speaker Sessions

Bridging the Climate Divide: Idealism, Pragmatism and Realism on the Road to Net Zero

  • Ensuring Water Security
  • Reaching Destination Net Zero
  • Restoring and Protecting Nature
  • Building Resilient Communities
  • Intersectional Track
  • Government Policy and Corporate Governance
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Session Date
Wednesday, Feb 14 2024 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Justin Bull Academic Director, Centre for Climate and Business Solutions, UBC Sauder School of Business
Jackie Forrest Executive Director, ARC Energy Research Institute & Managing Director, ARC Financial Corp.
Merran Smith President, New Economy Canada
Fellow, Simon Fraser University
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