Dennis McConaghy

Dundurn Press, 2017

CBC interviewed Dennis McConaghy about the book in December 2016.

From the publisher's website:

As one of TransCanada’s senior executive group that conceived the Keystone XL pipeline, Dennis McConaghy provides an insider’s perspective of the project’s history and demise. How did this routine infrastructure acquire iconic status? Why couldn’t government and industry find some accommodation to salvage the project? And most importantly, what must Canada learn from Keystone XL’s demise? Can the country find common ground between economic value and credible carbon policy?

Reviews Dennis McConaghy has received for Dysfunction:

"...a fascinating read about the Keystone XL saga from an insider's perspective. Whether one agrees or not with his policy conclusions, the book is a tour de force in explaining dysfunctional policy decision-making that has led to the undermining of regulatory processes for resource projects in North America. Surely, we can do better."
Jack Mintz, President’s Fellow of the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

"While many will find the policy prescriptions offered by McConaghy contentious and difficult, his book presents an unparalleled opportunity to view the denouement of the Keystone XL pipeline from inside the executive suite of TransCanada."
Andrew Leach, Professor, University of Alberta, and Chair, Alberta’s Climate Review Panel

"Dennis McConaghy writes compellingly about the series of errors by corporate executives and politicians alike that led to the eventual rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. Ultimately, Canada failed to achieve its economic interests because it failed to account for environmental interests. McConaghy suggests a better approach would be to implement an effective climate policy, based on a carbon tax, in exchange for an explicit commitment to market access. Many will question whether this trade off is workable or even desirable, but as Dysfunction documents, the failure of the status quo is beyond doubt."

"Dysfunction offers a courageous, insider perspective on the political theatre in the United States that led to the rejection of Keystone XL and a path forward for Canada’s similarly challenged, yet vital, proposed bitumen pipelines. It’s a must read for those wishing to understand the complexities of Canada’s oilsands industry, why it needs pipelines, why the dysfunction that has prevailed needs to be addressed urgently and fairly by Canada’s political leadership."
Claudia Cattaneo, National Post