The Future of Energy #462

February 23, 2018

This week, we have some very special guest hosts, sharing a recording of a panel they moderated about the future of energy and where we can draw inspiration from science fiction. This panel was recorded at the Generation Energy Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and moderated by Molly Swain and Chelsea Vowel, the ladies that run the most excellent podcast Métis in Space.


  • Chelsea Vowel
  • Molly Swain
  • Eric Bibeau
  • John Hepburn
  • Erin Bow

Guest Bios

Chelsea Vowel

Chelsea Vowel is a Métis from the Plains Cree speaking community of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta, Canada. She is the author of the book "Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit issues in Canada", holds a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Law, and is currently a graduate student at the University of Alberta. Her favourite Science Fiction is all the movies yet to be adapted from Octavia Butler's work.

Molly Swain

Molly Swain is a Métis from Calgary studying in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Her favourite science fiction is Star Trek: The Original Series, much to the chagrin of her family, who have resigned themselves to the fact that she's "a huge nerd".

Eric Bibeau

Eric Bibeau is an Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Manitoba, and the NSERC/Manitoba Hydro Alternative Energy Industrial Chair. His research focuses on innovative renewable energy technologies for distributed applications and increasing renewable energy ratio in communities.

John Hepburn

John Hepburn is the Vice President, Research, of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. His previous positions at UBC include Vice-President, Research and International; Dean of the Faculty of Science; and Head of Chemistry. He is also a former Canada Council Killam Research Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has received a number of honours and awards, including the Rutherford Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada, elected fellowships in the American Physical Society and the Chemical Institute of Canada, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

Erin Bow

Erin Bow studied partical physics and worked briefly at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN). She enjoyed physics but didn't enjoy graduate school, and then remembered she liked to write books. She is the author of 4 novels, 2 volumes of poetry, and a memoir under her maiden name Erin Noteboom. Her poetry has won several awards, including the CBC Canadian Literary Award. Her novels have won several awards, including the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year award, and the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.

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