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A Reasoned Path: An Evening with Vaclav Smil

A pragmatic approach to navigating global challenges and finding a better balance


Monday, September 25, 2023 5:00 - 8:15 PM PDT

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC

Vaclav Smil fans won't want to miss this rare in-person energy event with the author of the bestseller, "How The World Really Works."

At this special dinner event, world-renowned energy expert and New York Times bestselling author Vaclav Smil will discuss the need for a clear-eyed, realistic approach to balancing the economy and the environment while meeting humanity’s material needs on a finite planet. This is a rare opportunity to hear Professor Smil speak. It is his most high-profile talk ever in Western Canada.

What will it take to reach net-zero emissions targets, and is it possible to reach net-zero goals by 2050 without phasing out oil and gas? These are among the most important questions facing Canadian businesses, regulators and public officials.

In addition to Smil’s presentation, this evening includes a sit-down three-course dinner and a Q&A with the author. See event details...

About Vaclav Smil

Professor Vaclav Smil is one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on energy, the environment, food production, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy.​ Professor Smil has published more than 40 books and about 500 papers. His 2022 book "How the World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We’re Going" hit the New York Bestseller list. His new book, "Invention and Innovation: A Brief History of Hype and Failure" was released February 2023. 

Dr. Vaclav Smil

Event Host

This event is hosted by Resource Works, a Vancouver-based not-for-profit that since 2013 has been advocating for energy and natural resource awareness.

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