ISES is a global movement that empowers the next generation of energy leaders to facilitate the transition to a sustainable energy future. ISES 2011 will gather 400 passionate student leaders from 35 countries around the world in Vancouver, Canada from June 9-11, 2011.

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To connect with ISES 2011, please contact:

Alexandria Mitchell, ISES 2011 Communications Manager

Email: amitchell@studentenergy.org  Tel: (604) 308 1677



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FortisBC Community Energy Challenge encourages students to think outside of the box


SURREY, B.C. – June 9, 2011: FortisBC is hosting the FortisBC Community Energy Challenge at the

International Student Energy Summit (ISES), which opened today at the University of British Columbia. The Challenge will give student competitors a high-level overview of the process involved in developing a community energy system, which can help address climate action goals.  “We want to share with students some of the innovative energy solutions that are available today and how they can be applied to real-world scenarios,” said Doug Stout, vice president, energy solutions and external relations, FortisBC. “I strongly believe that by helping these future energy leaders think outside of the box, together, we will
be able to find new and innovative ways to help meet customers’ energy needs for tomorrow.”
Teams of students selected by FortisBC and ISES organizers will simulate companies bidding on a district energy project, and create a mock community energy system complete with innovative energy sources such as waste water treatment facilities or pulp mills. Finalists in the FortisBC Community Energy Challenge will then present their community energy system to a panel of judges made up of experts on sustainable energy, who will then select the winning team for a cash prize of $4,000.  “We are excited to have FortisBC as a partner hosting the Community Energy Challenge. With their support, students from around the world will be able to learn about the different energy solutions that will continue to power
our world in the future” said Rosie Pidcock, chair of ISES. “Globally, we are seeing a mass migration of people into cities, so through the Challenge, we hope to show students the importance of innovative urban energy solutions in the rapidly changing world of the 21st century.”
ISES, which takes place from June 9 to 11, 2011 at the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, is a forum for post-secondary students to discuss global energy issues and is being organized by a team of post-secondary students through the University of British Columbia’s Sustainability Initiative. This year’s summit is the second in a series of biennial conferences to take place in different cities around the world. The previous conference was held in Calgary, Alberta in 2009. FortisBC is a “Founding
Sponsor” of ISES and has also awarded bursaries to five students from across the province to attend ISES.
Additional information on the FortisBC Community Energy Challenge can be found at:

Media Contacts:
Marcus Wong
Corporate Communications Manager
Phone: 778-571-3263
Follow us at: www.twitter.com/FortisBC

Alexandria Mitchell
Communications Manager
International Student Energy Summit
Phone: 604-308-1677
Follow us at: www.twitter.com/studentenergy

Global leaders in business and sustainability to join 400 students to tackle ‘unsolvable’ energy problems

Event: International Student Energy Summit

Date: June 9 -11

Time: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily


Life Sciences Building, 2350 Health Sciences Mall
Forest Sciences Building, 2424 Main Mall


Media are invited to attend the International Student Energy Summit (ISES), where world energy scholars, business leaders, government and 400 students from 35 countries will gather to explore practical solutions for a more sustainable planet.

From Thursday to Saturday, delegates will tackle the world’s most pressing “unsolvable energy problems,” as voted by global youth and experts on social media, to accelerate society’s transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future.

Media highlights include:

• A keynote address by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rajendra Pachauri, U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chair, hosted by CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge. June 11, 10:30 a.m.
Expert panels on the future of the Alberta oil sands, the economic outlook of global energy markets, the impacts of Middle East unrest on energy markets, deepwater drilling and emerging clean energies and technologies. Various times, June 9-11
• Recent Harvard graduates will demonstrate sOccket, a soccer ball they invented that harnesses kinetic energy to produce clean electricity. Media availability starts June 10, 12:30 p.m.
• Students will simulate stakeholder negotiations of Enbridge’s controversial proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline to explore win/win economic, social and environmental solutions. June 10 1:45.
• The FortisBC Community Energy Challenge, a $4,000 student competition to design the most sustainable community. June 10, 1 p.m.

To arrange advance media availability for weekend/evening speakers, contact Alexandria Mitchell, ISES, at 604-308-1677.

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Read “Students fuel sustainable solutions,” a UBC Reports article on ISES at:www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2011/06/02/students-fuel-sustainable-solutions

ISES, sponsored by the UBC Sustainability Initiative, will be one of world’s largest and most international student energy conferences. UBC student organizers have raised more than $300,000 in sponsorships and assembled an advisory board of major national and international energy leaders.

Event: International Student Energy Summit 2011

Date: Thursday, June 9th- Saturday June 11

Time: 8am- 9pm daily

Location: Life Sciences Center, and Forest Sciences Building

Map: http://bit.ly/aA882a


Vancouver, Canada- June 6, 2011

Comprised of university students from around the globe, the International Student Energy Summit June  9-11 In Vancouver, will host a Student Assembly Team.  The 9 members of the Student Assembly will engage stakeholders within their home regions from the Middle East, South Asia, South America, Europe, Australia, North America, Asia, and South Africa to gain insight into a vision of a sustainable energy future. The Student Assembly aims to unravel the strands of competing interests of stakeholders, limitations of technology and other forces that prevent the transition to an ideal future.

400 students from 34 countries will come to the UBC Vancouver campus June 9-11 for ISES 2011, learning and discussing world energy issues through dynamic interactive sessions, and expert speakers.   Student Assembly coordinator Nick Choy explains: “It’s inspiring to see 9 youth with regionally and culturally distinct perspectives, motivated by the urgency of the energy issues the world faces, seeking to empower student leaders of this and future generations to overcome seemingly ‘unsolvable’ problems through collaboration.” 

The International Student Energy will feature Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner in a talk with CBC News Anchor Peter Mansbridge at 10:30 on June 11, 2011.

The ISES team of post secondary students shows the capacity for students to lead the charge on fueling the future of energy.    ISES 2011 is the second in a movement of biennial conferences to take place in different cities around the world. The inaugural ISES featured leading US economist and author of The Hydrogen Economy Jeremy Rifkin and Past President of Mexico Vicente Fox, coordinated by a team of students at the University of Calgary.  At ISES 2011, delegates will engage with the world’s energy elite, gaining knowledge to fuel their own futures as energy leaders

Media will have access to ISES sessions and interviews ca be facilitated in advance.

For more information or to schedule an interview/media access, contact ISES Communications Manager: Alexandria Mitchell amitchell@studentenergy.org

ISES 2011, the Evolving Energy Ecosystem
Vancouver, Canada – May 29, 2011:
On June 10, 1:45 pm at the UBC Vancouver campus, select delegates of the International Student Energy Summit (ISES), will participate in a live stakeholder negotiation simulation on the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project. This controversial development has garnered both criticism and support from its many stakeholders, and ISES delegates will tackle these views head on from a student perspective.
Global Energy Dynamics Program Lead Jennifer Matchett explains: "This is a unique opportunity for a global group of students to debate about a pressing sustainable energy development issue that encompasses international energy policy, the question of Canadian oil sands expansion, and ultimately how we should approach these development issues into the future."
With the local and global impacts the pipeline could have, ISES will directly allow students to engage in difficult questions from how British Columbia’s image as energy leaders could be influenced by the construction of the pipeline, to the debate format which will illuminate the difficulty in making decisions about how the people in developing energy markets can access energy in a democratic way. The objective of the exercise is for teams to understand the need for constructive participation in policy development and how major decisions about our energy future are made.
According to UBC Professor of environmental policy Dr. George Hoberg: “This debate gives participants an opportunity to grapple with a challenging real world issue that embodies the complex trade-offs among economic, environmental, and social values that are reflected in so many of our choices about building a more sustainable global energy system”
Media will have access to conference proceedings, to be arranged by contacting

Canadian broadcast legend to interview Chairman of IPCC - May 17, 2011


Peter Mansbridge, chief correspondent of CBC News and anchor of CBC’s flagship nightly news program “The National” will host a special session “In Conversation With Dr. Rajendra Pachauri” in Vancouver on June 11th. Dr. Pachauri is Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a UN-established international body tasked with providing the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts. The session will take place as part of the International Student Energy Summit, a global forum that will gather 400 international students at UBC for three days to discuss the transition to a sustainable energy future.


Dr. Pachauri has served as the Chair of the IPCC since 2002 and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize jointly awarded to the Panel and Mr. Al Gore in 2007 for“their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”. He is also Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a prominent energy research and policy not-for-profit organization in India, in addition to being Director of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, and Chairman of the Board of Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society. Dr. Pachauri has been outspoken on issues of ethics and equity related to climate change and feels these considerations should guide global action in this area. The upcoming IPCC Fifth Assessment Report will be focusing on some o these issues, as directed by the outlines of the three Working Group Reports approved by the Panel. Dr. Pachauri is the first IPCC Chair to come from a developing country.

“We’re excited to welcome two individuals who are very well-respected in their fields to ISES 2011” states Rosie Pidcock, Chair of the event.” Dr. Pachauri’s leadership of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning IPCC transformed the debate on climate change into a public, global and politically relevant dialogue. Mr. Mansbridge’s depth of experience covering global issues like climate change are a tremendous asset to our event and will undoubtedly inspire delegates to ask questions of their own.”

Dr. Pachauri’s interview with Mansbridge will form one component of a 3-day summit that has received support from FortisBC, the Province of BC (who recently renewed their commitment to clean energy via an open letter from Premier Elect Christy Clark) and major Calgary-based energy outfits Cenovus and Nexen. Pidcock and her team of 30 UBC students have been collaborating with the UBC Sustainability Initiative for over a year to create an event that will unite academics, politicians, business leaders and students in a discussion on responsibilities within the “Evolving Energy Ecosystem”.

Emily Brown, Vice-Chair of the event comments by saying “the program provides a fascinating mix of technical, political, economic and social perspectives on how we can “get the job done” so to speak. Having been involved with the vision and design of our program from Day 1, I can assure students there is a unique international perspective that is missing from much of the usual dialogue on our energy crisis.”


Brown also jokes that she’s “looking forward to all of the sessions at ISES, but there isn’t a Canadian out there who could deny being in awe of Peter Mansbridge’s voice. We’re thrilled international delegates will get to experience one of our national treasures.”

ISES 2011 will take place June 9-11 at the University of British Columbia. Interested delegates are invited to visit www.studentenergy.org/student-funding to apply to attend the event.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact ISES Communications Manager: Alexandria Mitchell amitchell@studentenergy.org or (604) 308 1677



ISES 2011 opens for registration - February 28, 2011


“Whether you are an energy producer in the oil sands, an electric vehicle manufacturer contemplating your latest prototype, or someone switching off your lights at night, we all have a critical stake in the future of energy” says Rosie Pidcock, a UBC student and Chair of the International Student Energy Summit (ISES) to be held from June 9 to 11, 2011 on UBC’s Vancouver campus.


Pidcock sees the summit’s theme “The Evolving Energy Ecosystem” as a critical reflection on how the roles and responsibilities of different energy stakeholders are shifting. “Our theme will challenge students to become active stakeholders in the energy ecosystem.”The program focuses on three pillars that address today’s key energy issues: Markets and Regulation, Global Energy Dynamics, and Technology and Innovation. The ISES 2011 program will feature Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Nobel Prize winner as a keynote speaker.


Students may begin registering for the conference on March 1 at www.studentenergy.org


Pidcock was a delegate at the first International Student Energy Summit in 2009 on the University of Calgary campus. Speakers such as Vicente Fox, Jeremy Rifkin and her fellow student energy leaders inspired Pidcock to pursue studies in energy and to chair the 2011 event at UBC.


The ISES 2011 is a global forum that will bring together 400 international, multidisciplinary postsecondary students in undergraduate and graduate studies to discuss their role in the transition to a sustainable energy future. The event is being officially hosted and supported by the UBC Sustainability Initiative.

A large team of over 30 UBC students, as well as three staff members of the UBC Sustainability Initiative, are coordinating all areas of ISES. Like Pidcock, the ISES Vice Chair, Emily Brown, was a delegate from the Calgary event. “Not being involved just wasn’t an option,” says Brown.


The corporate and academic communities, as well as the provincial government, are all rallying to support the event. BC Hydro, FortisBC, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and the Province of BC have all confirmed as sponsors. The event is also backed by an advisory committee that boasts Vice-Presidents, Managing Directors, and CEOs from such globally-recognized outfits as Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, Nexen and the GLOBE Foundation. Advisory Board Chair and Past CEO of BC Hydro, Bob Elton states: “When we shape our energy future we shape the world. ISES is an important event because young people have the largest stake in that future, and the sooner they are equipped to help build it, the better for all of us. The Advisory Board is inspired by the efforts that the student team is putting into ISES, and look forward to an exciting and important dialogue in June.

Given Vancouver’s developing reputation as a hub for clean energy research and investment, ISES 2011 will bring a holistic view of what a sustainable community can look like. The event is also aligned with the Province of BC’s goals in the area of climate change, with renewable energy being a cornerstone of the plan for lowering greenhouse gas emissions and generating economic activity internationally. This backdrop of Vancouver and the location of UBC, recently tied for number one in Canada on the College Sustainability Report, will add to the sense of action and empowerment that ISES looks to inspire.


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