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The Environmental Case for Keystone XL featuring TransCanada’s Scott Farris, March 14

February 5, 2013

The Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado Denver Business School has teamed up with TransCanada and the Denver Petroleum Club for this next speaker series event.Groups are actively campaigning against the construction of Keystone XL, a pipeline that would strengthen the Canada-U.S. energy relationship by carrying Canadian oil to the United States. Scott Farris, Director of Government Relations at TransCanada, will explore the project and address environmental concerns, especially those popular misconceptions linking pipeline development and climate change.

The GEM Speaker Series delivers professional development seminars featuring top energy experts discussing the latest issues and topics relevant to the industry today. All are welcome and we encourage you to invite your colleagues to the next event!

Scott Farris (2)

“The Environmental Case for Keystone XL”

Scott Farris, MA  

Author of “Almost President” and Director of Government Relations at TransCanada 

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
7:30 am – 9 am: Presentation
(Current GEM Students receive free breakfast, but must RSVP)
Denver Athletic Club
Grand Ball Room
1325 Glenarm Place
Denver, CO 80204
For more information call

(720) 937-5794 or e-mail
About our speaker:

Scott Farris is TransCanada’s Director of Government Relations for the Western United States, a post he has held since January 2005. TransCanada, listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges, is one of North America’s leading energy infrastructure companies with diversified assets that include 40,000 miles of natural gas pipelines, oil pipelines, and twenty power facilities that include wind, solar, hydro, gas, coal, and nuclear generation.

Formerly a journalist and bureau chief for United Press International, Farris has also served as a policy and communications advisor to former U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyo.), former Wyoming Governor Mike Sullivan, former California Governor Gray Davis, and former Portland, Oregon, Mayor Vera Katz. Farris was himself the Democratic nominee for Congress in Wyoming in 1998.

He is the author of the book Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race But Changed the Nation, which was published by Lyons Press in December 2011. The book received overwhelmingly positive reviews from notable organizations including the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and Roll Call. Farris’s theories on the impact of losing presidential campaigns on American politics have been featured in guest editorials in the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. Farris was also a featured commentator on C-SPAN’s fall 2011 series “The Contenders.”

In previous employment, Farris has been the manager for several political campaigns, chief political reporter for Wyoming’s largest daily newspaper, a senior administrator and guest lecturer in journalism at the University of Wyoming (where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees), a senior public policy mediator at California State University, Sacramento, editor of a Catholic diocesan newspaper, and participant in the prestigious Georgetown University School of Foreign Service International Leadership Seminar in 1989. His second book, a comparative biography of Presidents John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, is scheduled to be published by Lyons Press in 2014. Farris lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and their two children.

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