Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Raised in the Yukon, with a BA (History) from UBC, MA (History) from Manitoba and PhD (History) from UBC, Ken has worked at universities across the country and in New Zealand. He was the Founding Vice-President (Academic) of the University of Northern British Columbia and held administrative posts at the University of Waikato (New Zealand), University of New Brunswick at Saint John, University of Saskatchewan and University of Waterloo. His co-authored work, Arctic Front, won the Donner Prize in 2009. He was recognized by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering for his work on the history of the Alaska Highway and has received awards from the Manitoba Historical Society, the BC Historical Society and the Yukon Historical and Museums Association. Ken is the President of the Japan Studies Association of Canada. His research focuses on Aboriginal rights, science and technology policy and northern development.

After decades of debate and with growing anxiety about climate change, the planet is no closer to a systematic solution to our collective energy challenge. Yet still we try. At its impressive Vancouver gathering, National Geographic asked a simple question:  Is natural gas the bridge to a sustainable energy future?  (See video featuring participants including…