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About the presentation:
In his presentation, Mike De Souza will look at how the oil and gas industry has now started to organize in Canada with its own political action committee, increasing its ties with fossil-fuel friendly politicians to strike back against strong environmental policies and regulations, while attempting to shape public opinion with industry-influenced research and ad campaigns that are designed to convince Canadians that fighting climate change is a losing battle.
About the speaker:
Mike De Souza is an award-winning investigative journalist who has spent most of the past decade focused on investigations about the role of the oil and gas industry in Canadian public policy. Over the years, he has exposed details of the intimate relationship between industry lobbyists and government and how it has led to major changes in Canadian laws, regulations and public spending.
In 2016, an investigation by Mike exposed a conflict of interest scandal at the National Energy Board that derailed hearings into TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline proposal, a project that was later cancelled. Soon after this reporting, the Board hired a private investigator to search for Mike’s sources within the agency. This investigation failed to identify any sources and eventually forced a senior executive to apologize internally to staff.
Two years later, Mike’s reporting uncovered how the federal government had rigged its review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in order to approve the project before concluding consultations with affected First Nations. This reporting has forced the government to accept an August 2018 ruling by the Federal Court of Appeal that quashed its approval of the Trans Mountain expansion project. As a result, the reporting has forced the government to return to the negotiating table with affected First Nations and consult with them in a meaningful way.
Mike has worked previously for the Postmedia chain of newspapers and Reuters in Ottawa and Calgary before taking on his current role as managing editor of National Observer, an award-winning Canadian online investigative news outlet. He has also worked as a broadcast journalist for CTV and CJAD radio in Montreal and Quebec City.