Peter Tertzakian

Peter Tertzakian

Energy Economist | Bestselling Author

Peter Tertzakian is an economist, investment strategist, author, podcaster, and dynamic public speaker. Using entertaining stories, he has a unique ability to distil, clarify, and communicate complicated issues surrounding energy, economics, and the environment. His presentations inspire, guide, and spark discussion on some of the most important topics of today.

A respected industry leader, Tertzakian is frequently called on to share his knowledge of strategic business issues with investors, corporate leaders, policy makers, and educators. His Energyphile project, including his latest book, The Investor Visit, and Other Stories: Disruption, Denial and Transition in the Energy Business, embodies his unique approach to analyzing today’s challenges. Tertzakian’s previous books — AThousand Barrels aSecond and The End ofEnergy Obesity — were both international bestsellers.

Tertzakian has more than 30 years of experience in the business of energy, spanning all systems, from oil and gas to renewables. His holistic knowledge of finance, physics, innovation, and economics forms a foundation for his unvarnished, balanced, and thought-provoking presentations on how audiences should think about sustainable energy solutions. In March 2021, he was appointed to the 14-member Net-Zero Advisory Body, an independent group from across the country that will provide the Government of Canada with advice on the best pathways to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

A graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Tertzakian is an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary and an Executive-in-Residence at the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre. His daily responsibilities are as Deputy Director of ARC Energy Research Institute.


Disruption, Denial, and Transition in the Energy Business

We’ve been here before. We’ve faced the shock of disruption, the denial of change and the need to pivot to new business plans. Our energy history holds important lessons that can unlock pathways for the future, including how the energy business must evolve to meet the challenge of climate change.

In this candid presentation, Peter Tertzakian discusses difficult issues that stakeholders in the energy business must tackle head-on, including sustainable finance, trends in ESG and achieving net-zero by 2050 and the need to innovate. He uses artifacts from his unique energy museum and engaging stories from the past to build new perspectives on current affairs. Juxtaposing energy history with the audience’s present circumstance, he encourages participants to think differently about challenges facing their organizations.

Interactive Energyphile Session

Learn from the past, understand the present and transform the future with this unique interactive session. In a book-club-meets-business-school format, Peter juxtaposes short stories and vignettes from his Energyphile collection with today’s news and events to guide a discussion among participants. His narrative approach draws out historical lessons to spark open, meaningful dialogue about today’s energy issues and possible outcomes for our future.

This guided discussion format is highly effective for team building, strategic planning and conference breakout sessions. Subject matter is informative yet neutral, allowing participants to find clarity on the energy issues they choose to explore.

Energyphile Sessions are tailored to group size, industry expertise and desired topic. Half-day or full-day sessions accommodate up to 75 participants.

Pathways to Decarbonization

In the pursuit of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, how should stakeholders in the energy business—old and new—address the evolution of our energy systems?

Renewable energy capacity is growing exponentially. Electric vehicles are approaching an inflection point in several countries. Energy efficiency, biofuels, hydrogen, smart grids, grid storage, carbon capture and other sectors are experiencing exponential growth. Corporate innovation is gaining momentum, from start-ups to multinationals.

Yet renewable energy is not necessarily a fast track forward. Old energy systems are deeply entrenched, and there is uncertainty in transition. Forces of change—policy, capital markets, geopolitics, resource costs and technology— can be unpredictable.

In this session aimed at energy producers, and especially aspiring leaders in clean energy ventures, Peter Tertzakian uses a road-map metaphor and historical anecdotes to help audiences navigate the future.

Energy, Environment and Policy: What’s Happening Now?

The energy landscape is rapidly evolving. The forces of change shaping it include climate and environmental strains, government policy, social pressures, capital markets and business competition, geopolitics and, of course, technology. But where are we moving to? And what opportunities and roadblocks lie ahead?

Peter provides a current roundup of what’s happening in the energy industry, including oil and gas, nuclear power, biofuels and new areas of clean energy. This presentation offers a balanced and candid snapshot of the world today from a macro perspective, including energy consumption, emissions and supply status. A world view is always given; regional or country-level assessments may be provided upon request.

This session is tailored to corporate leaders, investors, policy makers. Those affected by energy matters, but not directly in the energy business, can benefit from this content. Sessions typically run 60 minutes with Q&A.

Moderated Discussions

Peter Tertzakian is an accomplished moderator of energy discussions. His style of inquiry is diplomatic yet firm, always seeking to extract, clarify and contrast the points of view of his diverse audiences. From panel discussions to larger sessions—physical or virtual—he encourages a lively and informative conversation.

Depending on the client’s objectives, Peter can tailor discussions on a variety of energy transition topics, spanning environmental, social, political, geopolitical, technological, or business issues.

Disruption, Denial, and Transition in the Energy Business

We’ve been here before. We’ve faced the shock of disruption, the denial of change and the need to pivot to new business plans. Our energy history holds important lessons that can unlock pathways for the future, including how the energy business must evolve to meet the challenge of climate change.

In this candid presentation, Peter Tertzakian discusses difficult issues that stakeholders in the energy business must tackle head-on, including sustainable finance, trends in ESG and achieving net-zero by 2050 and the need to innovate. He uses artifacts from his unique energy museum and engaging stories from the past to build new perspectives on current affairs. Juxtaposing energy history with the audience’s present circumstance, he encourages participants to think differently about challenges facing their organizations.

Interactive Energyphile Session

Learn from the past, understand the present and transform the future with this unique interactive session. In a book-club-meets-business-school format, Peter juxtaposes short stories and vignettes from his Energyphile collection with today’s news and events to guide a discussion among participants. His narrative approach draws out historical lessons to spark open, meaningful dialogue about today’s energy issues and possible outcomes for our future.

This guided discussion format is highly effective for team building, strategic planning and conference breakout sessions. Subject matter is informative yet neutral, allowing participants to find clarity on the energy issues they choose to explore.

Energyphile Sessions are tailored to group size, industry expertise and desired topic. Half-day or full-day sessions accommodate up to 75 participants.

Pathways to Decarbonization

In the pursuit of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, how should stakeholders in the energy business—old and new—address the evolution of our energy systems?

Renewable energy capacity is growing exponentially. Electric vehicles are approaching an inflection point in several countries. Energy efficiency, biofuels, hydrogen, smart grids, grid storage, carbon capture and other sectors are experiencing exponential growth. Corporate innovation is gaining momentum, from start-ups to multinationals.

Yet renewable energy is not necessarily a fast track forward. Old energy systems are deeply entrenched, and there is uncertainty in transition. Forces of change—policy, capital markets, geopolitics, resource costs and technology— can be unpredictable.

In this session aimed at energy producers, and especially aspiring leaders in clean energy ventures, Peter Tertzakian uses a road-map metaphor and historical anecdotes to help audiences navigate the future.

Energy, Environment and Policy: What’s Happening Now?

The energy landscape is rapidly evolving. The forces of change shaping it include climate and environmental strains, government policy, social pressures, capital markets and business competition, geopolitics and, of course, technology. But where are we moving to? And what opportunities and roadblocks lie ahead?

Peter provides a current roundup of what’s happening in the energy industry, including oil and gas, nuclear power, biofuels and new areas of clean energy. This presentation offers a balanced and candid snapshot of the world today from a macro perspective, including energy consumption, emissions and supply status. A world view is always given; regional or country-level assessments may be provided upon request.

This session is tailored to corporate leaders, investors, policy makers. Those affected by energy matters, but not directly in the energy business, can benefit from this content. Sessions typically run 60 minutes with Q&A.

Moderated Discussions

Peter Tertzakian is an accomplished moderator of energy discussions. His style of inquiry is diplomatic yet firm, always seeking to extract, clarify and contrast the points of view of his diverse audiences. From panel discussions to larger sessions—physical or virtual—he encourages a lively and informative conversation.

Depending on the client’s objectives, Peter can tailor discussions on a variety of energy transition topics, spanning environmental, social, political, geopolitical, technological, or business issues.