Tomorrow’s Global Energy Leaders Gather in Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C.- As part of the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the 4th Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial from May 27 to 29, 2019, Canada will host a delegation of international youth clean energy leaders from over 25 countries.

In partnership with Student Energy, 70 youth will participate in the first ever CEM/MI Ministerial Youth Leaders Forum, providing an opportunity for these young leaders to work with international Ministers and industry leaders to address some of the biggest challenges of our century. Sustainable development and financing, and how clean energy technology and investment will provide secure jobs for tomorrow’s leaders will be some of the topics discussed.

“Canada is committed to championing equality and inclusivity in the clean energy sector,” said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “We are proud to partner with Student Energy to deliver the first ever CEM/MI Youth Program, where the next generation of energy leaders will have their say in the global clean energy future.”

The Youth Leaders Forum will officially kick off with an interactive dialogue on the importance of intergenerational collaboration towards a successful low-carbon energy transition. The event brings together senior representatives from government, private sector and civil society. Youth program participants will also actively participate in the Mission Innovation Ignite Talk session, the MI Roundtables and the Women in Clean Energy Breakfast.

“The Youth program represents a unique opportunity for the international community to hear from our young leaders and understand how policy and programming decisions will affect their future,” said Christian Zinglersen, head of the CEM Secretariat. “It is absolutely essential to recognize that a successful global clean energy transition will rely on inclusivity and diversity and is reflective of the view of both those who are currently working in energy sectors and those looking to make their careers in this field.”

Frank Des Rosiers, Natural Resources Canada Assistant Deputy Minister and Chair of the Mission Innovation Steering Committee state that “having youth represented throughout CEM10/MI-4 will bring a new energy to the overall event. Integrating the Youth Leaders Forum into the Ministerials demonstrates our commitment to diversity and having a wide variety of voices at the table representing a broad range of perspectives and experiences.”

For more information on the CEM10/MI-4 Youth program including a detailed agenda:

Media requests:

Eva Stepniewska-Wells, Manager of Operations and Communications, CEM Secretariat

Lindsay Brown, Communications Manager, MI Secretariat

Natural Resources Canada, Media Relations

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Clean Energy Ministerial Background


  • Created in 2010, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a global forum where major economies and forward leaning countries work together to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy.
  • CEM Members account for approximately 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 90% of global clean energy investments.
  • The annual CEM Ministerial meeting is the only high-level political engagement where ministers gather to establish clean energy priorities, put forward innovative polices and adopt concrete measures to accelerate the deployment of clean solutions and where the work is carried through year-round CEM initiatives and campaigns.
  • The CEM’s initiatives and campaigns enable low-cost, high-impact technical work that amplifies each government’s clean energy deployment efforts. They seek to catalyse public and private actions towards ambitious but realistic targets.
  • To achieve its goals, the CEM works with partners from the private sector, international organisations and civil society to bring their respective abilities, strengths, and resources to the table.

Mission Innovation Background


  • Mission Innovation (MI) was launched at COP21 in November 2015.
  • MI is a global initiative designed to accelerate the pace of innovation and make clean energy widely affordable.
  • MI is made up of 24 members, including the European Commission representing the European Union.
  • MI initiatives include the eight Innovation Challenges, global calls to action aimed at accelerating research, development and demonstration (RD&D) in technology areas that could reduce the cost of clean energy, provide significant CO2 reductions and increase energy security.