World Energy Cities Partnership Elects New President

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Mike Savage

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The World Energy Cities Partnership has elected Mike Savage, mayor of Canada as its new president while Patricia de Lille, mayor of Cape Town, South Africa, is the vice president

TODAY, at the 20th annual general meeting, AGM, of the World Energy Cities Partnership, WECP, the Board of Directors welcomed its new president elect, Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax, Canada.  Savage’s two-year term as president starts January 2016.

Other newly elected officers are Patricia de Lille, mayor of Cape Town, South Africa as vice president, Andy Icken, secretary general, Janet Moore, treasurer

“I am honoured to serve as president of the World Energy Cities Partnership. This is the preeminent forum for connecting with global energy power players.  The 23 member cities bring unmatched experience and I will be seeking their advice as we pursue opportunities in the changing energy economy,” Savage said.

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Savage has been an active leader within the WECP since October 2012. He has facilitated several partnerships within the WECP, including a collaboration agreement between Halifax and Aberdeen, Scotland, whereby the cities are pursuing mutual opportunities in oil and gas, renewable energy, sustainable development and education.

WECP Board members also thanked outgoing president Christine Sagen Helgø, mayor of Stavanger, Norway, for her dedication over the past two years.  She was acknowledged for expanding the member base, with the addition of Cape Town and Kuala Lumpur.  Her leadership also strengthened connections between universities and researchers, specifically through the formation of a cooperation agreement between universities in Stavanger, Houston, St. John’s, and Aberdeen on Arctic resources. Helgø wished Savage well with the position and indicated her ongoing support for the organisation.

This year’s WECP AGM was hosted by Rio Negócios, the official investment promotion agency of Rio de Janeiro.  Three themes: oil and gas industry development, urban transformation; and policies to support research and development, dominated the agenda of this international conference.

The mayors of the member cities function as the Board of the WECP, which is served by a secretariat in Houston, USA.

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 23 world energy capitals that make up the WECP collaboration network. WECP membership allows cities to work within the organisation to expand business opportunities, share ideas on investment attraction and urban development, and develop strategic alliances with other world energy cities.    

— October 28, 2015 @ 9:30 GMT

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