Halifax Hosting World Energy Cities Partnership 20th AGM

Mayor Mike Savage Reelected WECP President

October 4, 2017

HALIFAX, NS – The World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) is holding its 20th Annual General Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada this week. This afternoon, Halifax Mayor Mike Savage was elected President of the WECP for a second two-year term.

Headquartered in Houston, the WECP is an international organization of 19 world energy capitals collaborating to strengthen multilateral ties and grow the global energy economy. The City of Halifax and the Halifax Partnership are hosting the WECP’s 2017 AGM with over 60 mayors, economic development and business delegates from 14 cities attending. WECP delegates have also had the opportunity to participate in the 35th Annual Core Energy Conference, held in conjunction with the AGM.

“The WECP is committed to creating a greener, safer energy future,” said Halifax Mayor and WECP President Mike Savage. “Through our global partnership, we are building business, economic, academic and cultural ties that have wide-ranging positive impacts in the energy sector as well as other areas like health care and ocean science.”

The annual WECP meeting brings together municipal, industry and post-secondary leaders to explore global challenges and build partnerships that support positive, transformative change. This year’s AGM is focused on innovation and new energy frontiers. It has included sessions on tidal and renewable energy and best practices in sustainability, urban and economic development, and ocean and atmospheric science.

WECP members and leaders of international delegations attending the AGM:

City  Country Leader of Delegation Position
Aberdeen  Scotland  Mr. Barney Crockett  Lord Provost 
Barranquilla Colombia Ms. Madelaine Certain Chief of Economic Development
Cape Town South Africa Mr. Bruce Raw Energy Program Manager, Green-Cape
Dammam Saudi Arabia  Mr. Fahad Mohammad Aljubayr Mayor
Daqing China Mr. Zhiwei Xue Vice Director
Esbjerg Denmark Mr. Johnny Søtrup Mayor
Halifax Canada  Mr. Mike Savage Mayor 
Houston USA Mr. Matthew Shailer Director, Trade and International Affairs 
Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia Mr. Mhd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz   Deputy Mayor
Perth Australia Mr. Daniel High  Manager Economic Development 
Stavanger Norway Ms. Christine Sagen Helgø Mayor
St. John's Canada Ms. Elizabeth Lawrence  Director, Economic Development
Villahermosa Mexico Mr. Luis Arcadio Gutierrez Leon Director, Economic Development and Tourism
Yenagoa Nigeria Mr. Kemela Okara Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Trade, Industry & Investment

About WECP

Headquartered in Houston (USA), the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) is the international hub for energy cities. Its objective is to support the growth of the energy economy.  Currently, there are 19 world energy capitals that make up the WECP collaboration network. WECP membership enables cities to expand business opportunities, share ideas on investment attraction and urban development, and develop strategic alliances with other world energy cities. energycities.org

About the Halifax Partnership

The Halifax Partnership is Halifax’s economic development organization. We help keep, grow and get business, talent and investment in Halifax. We do this through leadership on economic issues, our core programs and partnerships across all sectors, and by marketing Halifax to the world. The Partnership acts as an administrator of Halifax’s role in the WECP. halifaxpartnership.com

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Media Contact:

Kevin MacIntyre
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Halifax Partnership
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Thomas Pommier
Project Coordinator
World Energy Cities Partnership
(+1) 832-393-0829