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MEDIA ADVISORY - Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 Launches with Opening Address from Governor General and Panel Discussion with Global Energy Experts

On Sunday, June 5, at 1:00pm, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will launch the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

WATERLOO, ON, June 1, 2011 - On Sunday, June 5, at 1:00pm, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will launch the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. As patron of the Summit, His Excellency will deliver the opening address. The Governor General's speech will be streamed live and archived for on-demand viewing at http://equinoxsummit.org. The opening address will be followed by a benchmark session to discuss the current state of electricity production, distribution, and storage technologies and the necessary hurdles to overcome as we prepare for an increasingly electrified future. This kick-off session will include the premiere of several animated videos illustrating the world's energy challenges and a panel discussion with energy experts from across the world looking at how cutting edge science and technology can drive change in the global energy scenario.

Date:         June 5, 2011
Time:         1:00pm to 3:00pm
Place:        Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 31 Caroline St N  Waterloo, ON N2L 2Y5

Advance media registration is required by June 3rd.   Please contact RJ Taylor at rtaylor@perimeterinstitute.ca, or 519-569-7600 x5371 regarding media seats, your camera requirements, booking of pool feed (if needed) and other logistics. Accredited media must arrive no later than 12:15pm to ensure seating and feeds as required. If you wish to attend this event and the Renaming of the Research and Technology Part at the University of Waterloo: A shuttle service is available between the two venues, with advance media credentialing for both events. Please arrive at Perimeter Institute (parking is available on-site) no later than 10:30am for the shuttle to the University of Waterloo's Research and Technology Park. The shuttle will return to Perimeter Institute at 12:15pm for the Official Summit Launch. About the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 will examine the world's energy concerns and the need for cleaner and more sustainable generation, distribution and storage of electricity. The Summit is unique in that it brings together pioneering scientific experts with next-generation leaders from around the globe, all of whom are supported by the mentorship of seasoned advisors from science, engineering, public policy, and industry. The Summit is focused around the cooperative creation of a blueprint document that shortlists a set of key technologies that could transform the current carbon-heavy scenario, as well as providing a roadmap on how to implement these innovations by 2030. For more information about the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030, visit http://equinoxsummit.org. About Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) is a non-profit partnership, founded in October 2009, between Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo. WGSI's mandate is to catalyze long term thinking and solutions to the world's most fundamental social, environmental and economic challenges using science and technology. WGSI provides a rare opportunity for great minds to come together, share new ideas and collectively work towards a better future. For more information, visit http://wgsi.org.   For further information: Media information: RJ Taylor Waterloo Global Science Initiative 519-569-7600, ext. 5371 rtaylor@perimeterinstitute.ca Marie-Ève Létourneau Rideau Hall Press Office 613-998-0287 marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca Michael Strickland Media Relations University of Waterloo 519-888-4777, ext. 84777 mstrickl@uwaterloo.ca Lisa Lambert External Relations Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 519-569-7600, ext. 5051 llambert@perimeterinstitute.ca

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