Energy and the Environment at the School of Business

Speakers

2017 Energy Symposium - September 20 and 21
The Evolution of Alberta's Energy Markets

Ren Orans
Managing Partner
Energy & Environmental Economics (E3)

Ren founded E3 in 1989 and leads the firm’s litigation support and utility planning functions. With more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, Rens’ work in utility planning is centered on the design and use of area- and time-specific (ATS) marginal costs for both pricing and evaluation of grid infrastructure alternatives. Using costs Ren developed, PG&E became the first electric utility in North America to use ATS costing in its ratemaking. This seminal work led to detailed area costing applications in pricing, marketing and planning for many utilities. He is an expert in designing wholesale transmission tariffs and has served as an expert witness on transmission rates for Canada’s three largest utilities (BC Hydro, TransEnergie and Ontario Power Generation). He frequently provides expert advice to large utilities on retail rate design and wholesale transmission pricing. Ren’s Ph.D. in Civil Engineering is from Stanford University and his B.A. in Economics is from the University of California at Berkeley.


Christopher Clack
CEO
Vibrant Clean Energy, LLC

Christopher is the CEO of Vibrant Clean Energy, LLC (VCE). He is pursuing a path that leads the way for a more intelligent electric power system design, here in the US and abroad. Christopher has been at the forefront of the energy optimization world for many years. In 2012, he created the groundbreaking National Energy with Weather System (NEWS) simulator while a PI for a National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Research Council (NRC) project. He later transferred to the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder. During his time at CIRES, he developed various methods to advance the way people think about variable generation and the future role it has. At VCE, Christopher has spearheaded numerous studies and created the WIS:dom optimization model to analyze the transition of the energy grid around the globe, using high-resolution, high-fidelity data.
Christopher can be characterized as an expert in mathematics, statistics and optimization. He combines this expertise with the gained skills of numerical weather prediction, electrical engineering, and economics.
Back in the UK, Christopher received a first-class BSc. (Hons) in mathematics and statistics for the University of Manchester. He then went on to research applied mathematics and plasma physics at the University of Sheffield. During his PhD, he completed an area of study centered on nonlinear resonance theory within the framework of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) that had remained unsolved for two decades. The theories derived have helped our understanding of the Sun as well as possibilities for fusion reactors, such as ITER.
Since 2010, Christopher has worked at the intersection of mathematics, policy and technology. First, he investigated the emergence of sunspots from the surface of the Sun. This allows predictions of solar storms that may impact telecommunications, GPS and power systems here on Earth. In 2011, he joined NOAA via a highly competitive national postdoctoral position administered by the National Academy of Sciences; within a year he was promoted to the team lead on the NEWS project and set about leading the investigations towards results and deliverables. In early 2016, Christopher was co-lead author of a seminal paper on the integration of wind and solar for the US electric grid in Nature Climate Change along with several coauthors. The paper used numerous models that Christopher had built and developed to show how the US could reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2030 and do so without raising the cost of electricity – and critically without the use of storage! In mid 2017, Christopher was the lead author of a PNAS paper showing that energy transitions needs more attention and rigor than some authors had previously applied.


Johanne Picard-Thompson
Senior vice president, Corporate Services
Altalink

“My role includes driving a culture of continuous improvement across AltaLink to ensure that we deliver the safe, reliable and affordable electricity our customers depend on.”
Johanne is a graduate from the University of Toronto’s Engineering Science Program and Queen’s University Master of Business Administration program. Prior to joining AltaLink, Johanne held senior executive roles in the oil and gas and manufacturing sectors. At Shell Canada she was the General Manager, Oil Sands Growth Operations, and oversaw operations, commissioning and startup planning for expansion projects. At Celestica she was the Senior Vice President of Canadian Operations, responsible for multiple production facilities and more than 40 production lines.
Having led business improvement strategies across multiple business sectors with operations in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Brazil, Johanne has applied this experience to the delivery of AltaLink’s capital program from 2010 to 2017.
Other notable career highlights include serving on the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's (NAIT) Advisory Board for the Shell Manufacturing Centre and receiving the Globe and Mail’s recognition as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 for her leadership in growing Celestica’s Canadian Operations. Johanne also received the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Engineering 2T5 Mid-Career Achievement Award recognizing alumni who have earned respect within the profession and within the broader Canadian community.


Joshua Wong
President and CEO
Opus One Solutions Energy Corp.

Joshua is the President and CEO of Opus One Solutions. Prior to Opus One, Joshua was the Director of Engineering at eCAMION Inc., a leading grid-scale energy storage provider. Moreover, Joshua was head of smart grid at Toronto Hydro Electric System Limited, where he led the policy, strategy, regulatory, business, and engineering development of Toronto’s smart grid infrastructure, including Toronto’s 25-year smart grid roadmap. Joshua is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Masters of Electric Power Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and completed executive programs from MIT Sloan, IMD Business School and Harvard Business School.


Meghan Harris-Ngae
Associate Partner, Climate Change, EHS and Sustainability Services
EY

Meghan is an Associate Partner at EY and leads the Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCASS) practice. She has over 16 years of combined international and local experience in climate change, sustainability and international government relations. Meghan provides geo-political issue advisory and assurance services to multinational clients around the world in the public, mining, energy, utilities and consumer products sectors.


Guy Bridgeman
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
EPCOR

Guy Bridgeman is responsible for corporate finance, treasury, strategic planning, corporate development, internal audit and risk management functions within EPCOR.
Prior to his current appointment, Guy served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Development and Senior Vice President of Distribution & Transmission and Energy Services. Guy joined EPCOR as Director of Regulatory Affairs in 1995. He played a central role in acquisitions in Alberta and Ontario, and the development of the Alberta Power Purchase Arrangements, EPCOR's first Regulated Rate Option Energy Price Setting Plan. More recently, he was EPCOR lead on the Heartland Transmission Project partnership with AltaLink Ltd., which is constructing a 500 kV transmission line in the Capital Region.
Prior to joining EPCOR, Guy was a senior economist with the Alberta government's Department of Energy, focusing on oil and gas regulatory issues. He played a leading role in the province's first round of electricity industry deregulation initiatives, introduced in 1996. Guy holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. He has also achieved ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Guy serves on the Board of Directors of Edmonton's River Valley Alliance and is a member of the United Way Alberta Capital Region Campaign Cabinet.


Stuart Lee
President and CEO,
EPCOR

Stuart Lee became President & Chief Executive Officer of EPCOR Utilities Inc. in September 2015. He is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the company, and achieving operational excellence across its power and water businesses in Canada and the U.S. southwest.
Stuart is a seasoned business executive with extensive financial and commercial expertise. Before joining EPCOR, Stuart spent six years with Capital Power Corporation, most recently as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Commercial Services.
From 2009 to 2011, Stuart was President and Director of Capital Power Income LP, a publicly traded subsidiary of Capital Power Corporation. This was a $2 billion enterprise value business with 20 plants across North America.
Stuart holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and is a chartered accountant. He serves on the Board of STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service), the Audit Committee for the University of Alberta and recently completed a term with the Board of Directors of Edmonton's Citadel Theatre.


Jackie Forrest
Director of Research
ARC Energy Research Institute
 

Jackie actively monitors emerging strategic trends related to energy. She is an author and sought after public speaker with 20 years of experience in the energy industry. She has written numerous blogs and columns on energy issues, and is a regular contributor to the Daily Oil Bulletin and the National Post publications. She is also a recognized expert in analyzing oil and gas systems in a carbon constrained world.
Prior to joining ARC, she was the leader of North American crude oil research for IHS CERA. Jackie has published more than 16 public papers on energy issues, covering a range of topics, including US oil supply sources, markets for Canadian crude oil, environmental regulation, technology and five papers on life cycle GHG emissions from crude oil.
Jackie has extensive experience moderating dialogues, helping people share different perspectives on issues critical to the future of energy markets.
Jackie is a current member of Calgary Economic Development’s Energy Systems Advisory Committee, the groups purpose is to stimulate economic growth in Calgary by supporting opportunities in the energy sector.
Jackie attended the University of Calgary where she received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. She also has an MBA from Queens University.


Jamie Webster
Senior Director,
The Boston Consulting Group’s Center for Energy Impact

Jamie is a Senior Director based in BCG's Center for Energy Insight Washington DC office. He joined BCG in 2016 as an expert in energy markets and geopolitics with a focus on how companies can set up or evaluate forecasting teams, oil market balance evaluation, OPEC analysis and national energy policies. He is a well known commentator on energy.
Selected project experience includes:

  • Analysis of changing oil market structure and impact on oil prices and volatility
  • Setting up forecasting teams and capabilities, to include modes of communication with senior management, evaluations
  • Impact of changing US oil export policy on domestic pricing for oil and gasoline as well as differential production outlooks, and changes in trade flows
  • Assessment of potential for changes in US LNG policy and for companies to gain approval or export
  • Evaluation of changes in OPEC policy and factors that could modify its stance

Prior to joining BCG, Jamie worked at IHS as a Vice President where he led the oil markets capability with a geographically dispersed team of more than 20. Before IHS, Jamie was a Senior Director at PFC Energy, where he managed the company's oil market analysis and long-term energy scenarios. Jamie is a frequent public speaker on energy issues, and is regularly quoted in the press. He has testified multiple times to both houses of the US Congress.

 

Nicole LeBlanc
Director of Analytics & Forecasting
Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

Nicole joined the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in 2006 and is currently Director, Analytics & Forecasting. In this role, she leads a team of economists, analysts and data scientists who provide market reporting and long-term forecasts of demand and supply of electricity that support the fair, efficient and openly competitive operation of Alberta’s wholesale electricity market.
This work supports market design and long-term transmission planning at the AESO, and involves extensive research and economic modeling activities. It also requires an understanding of the impacts of current and future environmental policy on power generation in Alberta.
Prior to joining the AESO, Nicole worked as an economist at the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) where she focused on economic research and analysis of Alberta’s oilsands sector.
Nicole holds a Master’s degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Applied Mathematics, both from the University of Calgary.


Alistair Howard
Director, Project Development, Western Canada
Boralex

Alistair Howard has been working in the clean energy sector in British Columbia for close to 10 years. In 2012, Alistair joined Boralex to start their Vancouver office, where he leads the development of wind, hydro, and solar projects in BC and Alberta.


Leonard Kula
Vice President, Market and System Operations and Chief Operating Officer
IESO

Leonard Kula is the Vice President, Market and System Operations, and Chief Operating Officer at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). In this role, Mr. Kula is responsible for the efficient operation of the IESO-administered markets, the safe and reliable operation of the IESO-controlled grid and emergency preparedness planning and response for Ontario’s electricity sector.
Prior to this position, Mr. Kula held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at the IESO, including Director, Power System Assessments (2016), Director, Market Operations (2013-15), Manager, System Operations (2011-13), and Manager, Market Forecasts and Integration (2009-10).
Mr. Kula began his career at Ontario Hydro in 1986 designing control systems and building simulators for Ontario’s nuclear power plants. He joined the IESO in 1999.
Mr. Kula holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Calgary), an M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Waterloo) and an M.B.A. (York University), and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Ontario.


Maureen Higgins
IT Advisory Leader for Energy
EY

Maureen is EY’s new IT Advisory Leader for the Energy market. Her expertise is building and leading world-class enterprise technology operations. Maureen’s expertise in the IT industry allows her to devise strategic direction, build partnerships, and implement solutions that position companies for growth.
Before joining EY, Maureen led an impressive 13-year career with AltaLink. As the Chief Information Officer, she created the AltaLink’s cyber security department from the ground up, and developed and implemented cyber security policy, detection, containment and monitoring. Maureen also helped establish and chaired AltaLink’s corporate risk governance committee for IT and operational technology. She is actively involved in many boards and charities in the community and is ICD.D designated. Maureen was also the Chair of the Technology (CIO) Committee for the Canadian Electric Association.


Lance Mortlock
National Oil & Gas Strategy Services Leader
EY Canada

Based in Calgary, Lance is EY’s Strategy Partner who has provided management consulting, and corporate and business strategy planning services to a variety of clients around the world. Through his experience working with leading national and international energy and utility companies, energy regulators and governments, Lance brings to the table a broad set of strategic capabilities to solve his clients’ most complex challenges.
An expert in energy industry trends and market dynamics in Canada, Lance helps his clients optimize their portfolios through market opportunity assessments, merger and transaction integrations and carve-outs, and cost management. From an operational perspective, Lance also consults on business management and operating systems, business process improvement (including lean-six-sigma), enterprise risk management, organization performance, design and effectiveness, joint venture set-up and systems integration, including ERP projects in areas such as finance, IT, supply chain, operations and capital projects.
As a strategist, Lance has authored more than 21 white papers and points of view on a variety of business topics. He’s been published in major news outlets such as the National Post and the Globe and Mail, as well as industry journals and publications such as the Petroleum Economist and World Oil. He’s also been a keynote presenter at many industry conferences.


Carmen Velasquez
Executive Director, Energy Programs
Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta

Carmen Velasquez, Executive Director, Energy Programs, is with the Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta. Her role includes co-leading the Centre for Research in Energy and the Environment, teaching, and developing new programs related to the Business School’s Natural Resources, Energy and Environment focus area.
Ms. Velasquez has worked in the energy industry for over fifteen years. Her expertise covers fundamentals modeling and research across the energy spectrum of oil, natural gas, and power and throughout diverse geographical markets. Prior to joining U of A, she was a Director of Crude Oil Markets for IHS Energy, based in Edmonton, where she was responsible for the development of short and medium term market views related to Canadian energy markets. Before IHS, she was Head of Market Analytics for BP in Asia, based in Singapore, where she was responsible for creating analytics models to support short-term trading research, including refined product price outlooks. Ms. Velasquez also has experience in US and Canadian natural gas and power markets and previously held positions with BP and TransCanada in Houston and Calgary. She holds a BComm from the University of Calgary.


Andrew Leach
Energy and Environmental Economist and Associate Professor
Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta

Andrew Leach is an energy and environmental economist and is Associate Professor at the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Queen’s University, and a B.Sc (Environmental Sciences) and M.A. (Economics) from the University of Guelph. His research spans energy and environmental economics with a particular interest in climate change policies. In 2015, Leach was Chair of Alberta’s Climate Change Leadership Panel, and in 2012-2013 he spent a year on leave from the University of Alberta as Visiting Scholar, Environment Canada, where he worked mostly on greenhouse gas policy for the oil and gas sector. Outside of work hours, his free time is spent with his two kids, Will and Caroline, as well as tweeting, blogging, cycling, and running.


Haresh Kamath
Senior Program Manager
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

All people need access to clean, reliable and affordable energy. Haresh goal is to ensure it happens.
His experience is in exploring and enabling new technologies in the electric energy field, with specialized experience in energy storage, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric transportation. He currently manage the research area for Distributed Energy Resources at the Electric Power Research Institute, working on projects involving distributed energy storage systems, microgrids, distributed generation, and bulk energy storage.


Victor Ojeda
President
Steelhead LNG

Prior to becoming President of Steelhead LNG, Victor Ojeda was a senior business development executive for Shell International, leading numerous floating and land-based LNG projects across five continents. An example was his role as Managing Director of the LNG Canada venture between Shell, PetroChina, KOGAS and Mitsubishi Corporation, from its inception to July 2013. Prior to Shell, Victor spent 10 years at Mitsubishi’s LNG division, based in Japan and Venezuela.


David Brown
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics, University of Alberta

David is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta's Department of Economics. His primary fields of interest are Energy Economics, Industrial Organization, Applied Econometrics, and Regulation. His secondary field is Health Economics.
His current research focuses on the impact of energy policies on the performance of electricity markets. His recent projects investigate the design of electricity retail tariffs in the presence of a growing penetration of demand-side management resources such as distributed generation in the form of residential solar panels and demand response mechanisms. In addition, he has several research projects that empirically analyze the performance of restructured electricity markets by measuring the degree of market power execution and inefficiencies in wholesale electricity procurement auctions. This research contributes to the ongoing debate over the performance of market-orient mechanisms in wholesale electricity markets.
He has also written on topics associated with Child Healthcare Policy. In particular, this prior work contributes to a recently established Bayesian Imputation methodology used to correct for missing racial and ethnic information in patient-level data. This research illustrates the importance of accounting for racial and ethnic disparities when evaluating the performance of healthcare policies.

Leonard Olien
Associate
SOLAS Energy Consulting Inc.

With over 17 years of deal structuring and analytic modelling experience, Leonard Olien provides the quantitative analysis for energy market pricing, dispatch modelling, deal valuations, and energy trading, among other areas. Leonard’s specialty includes modelling and analytical support to understand renewable energy resource variability, grid integration, resource reliability, and hedging renewable energy power output from renewable power sources. He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from McGill University, Canada and has six publications in peer-reviewed journals. Prior to consulting for Solas, Leonard worked for Shell Energy North America in the deal-structuring group.


Craig Schram
Darkhorse Analytics

Craig is an economist who works primarily on statistical models and analytical tools: methods exploration, and tool design are his forté. Craig has a graduate degree in Resource and Environmental Economics, and an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Alberta. His interests include forecasting, time series, optimization, market fundamentals and energy economics.


Jason Montemurro
Partner
Azimuth Capital Management

Jason Montemurro is a Partner with Azimuth Capital Management. Jason has been with Azimuth for more than a decade. Prior to joining the Firm, Jason was a Director of Global Investment Banking for CIBC World Markets in Calgary, where he worked on numerous energy sector transactions. Jason is able to provide added value in several areas, including tax structuring, legal analysis, accounting review and audit committee functions, as well as enhanced financial modeling. Jason represents Azimuth on the board of a number of portfolio companies.
Previously, Jason worked as a tax attorney with Felesky Flynn LLP. His practice included mergers & acquisitions, financing, trust conversions and other tax structuring, as well as representations to the Canada Revenue Agency and the Department of Justice in respect of various tax matters. Jason has also worked with Deloitte as a Manager in its Assurance and Advisory Department.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance with distinction from the University of Alberta, as well as a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. Jason is a Chartered Accountant and a US Certified Public Accountant (Illinois). Jason is a CFA Charterholder and is a past director of the Calgary CFA Society.


Jamshed Khory
Vice President Business Development
Sinopec Canada

Jamshed Khory is the Vice President of Business Development with Sinopec Canada, with job functions spanning Corporate Planning to M&A. Jamshed has been with Sinopec for over 5 years, primarily in a Business Development role. He has over 12 years of oil and gas industry experience. Prior to joining Sinopec, Jamshed was a founding member of the Peters & Co. Ltd. A&D team where he spent over 2 years working in an A&D and Corporate Finance capacity. He started his career with Encana Corp. where he was a development engineer, and one of the early entrants in to the prolific NE BC Montney resource play.
Jamshed attended the University of Calgary where he received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering (with Distinction and on the Dean’s List), with a minor in Petroleum Engineering and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Greg Moffatt
Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations - Western Canada
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

Greg joined CIAC in July 2016 and is responsible for government and stakeholder relations for B.C. and Alberta. Prior to joining CIAC, Greg held positions with Penn West, TransCanada, the University of Alberta, CN and the Government of Alberta. He has worked extensively in all four western provinces, at the federal level, and in a number of U.S. states. Greg has also worked with a number of associations at the committee level, including the Canadian Electricity Association and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. He holds a Executive MBA from the University of Alberta and BA in Political Science from the University of Calgary.


Steven Piepgrass
SVP & GM ATCO Energy Solutions
ATCO Energy Solutions

Kathryn (Kate) Chisholm
Senior Vice President, Legal and External Relations
Capital Power

Kate Chisholm has been the Senior Vice President, Legal and External Relations since July 2009 and played an instrumental role in Capital Power’s restructuring and Initial Public Offering that led to the company’s creation. Kate leads Capital Power’s legal, regulatory and compliance, environmental policy, government relations and external affairs teams. She has personally led significant and successful commercial negotiations, managed high stakes litigation and overseen important public policy influence strategies for Capital Power.
Prior to Capital Power, Kate served as EPCOR’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2004 to 2009, and Vice President, Legal and Commercial for Alberta’s Transmission Administrator (now the Alberta Electric System Operator) from 2000 to 2003.
Kate has provided counsel and expert witness testimony in numerous electric utility hearings, including those arising from the restructuring of the Alberta electricity industry. In 2015, she was appointed as a member of the Alberta Securities Commission.
Kate obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta, and her MBA from Queen’s University. She was awarded the prestigious “Robert V.A. Jones” Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association in 2008, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010, named one of Canada’s Top 50 Diversity Champions by Women of Influence Magazine in 2013, named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and given a Leadership in the Profession Award by WILL/Counsel Network/Association of Women Lawyers in 2014, and named one of Canada’s Top 50 General Counsels in 2016.
Kate currently serves on a number of boards and governing bodies, including the Alberta Securities Commission. She created the MORE mentoring program for high potential young professional women in Edmonton and was one of the founding members of Legal Leaders for Diversity, an association of Canadian general counsel who support and promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.


Coleen Volk
Deputy Minister
Alberta Energy

Coleen Volk has been with the Alberta public service since May 2016, when she took on the role of Deputy Minister of Alberta Energy. Prior to joining the Government of Alberta, Coleen served in a variety of senior leadership roles in the Government of Canada. In the federal government she was Associate Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, and Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment Canada, Industry Canada, and Finance Canada.
Before joining the federal public service in 2005, Coleen Volk worked in the banking industry and held senior roles at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Regina and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA).


Petr Musilek
Professor and Associate Chair
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta

Petr Musilek received the Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering (1991) and PhD degree in Technical Cybernetics (1995) from the Military Technical Academy in Brno, Czech Republic. Between 1995-1997, he was a Director of Computer Applications Group at the Military Medical Academy J. E. Purkyne in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. In 1997, he was awarded a NATO Science Fellowship, tenured at the Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, between 1997-1999. Since 1999, he has been with the University of Alberta, where he is presently a Professor and an Associate Chair for the Undergraduate Program. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta (APEGA).


Barry Goy
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
ATCO

Barry Goy began his career with ATCO over 25 years ago, starting out as an engineer-in-training (EIT), cleaning coal chutes out at Sheerness and building powerlines in Peace River. After finishing his EIT, he worked on a variety of transmission projects, including Fort McMurray, Slave Lake and Red Earth. Later, he moved into distribution and progressed through several senior engineering positions, before moving to the role of District Manager in Grand Prairie. He advanced through Regional Manager, Senior Manager and Director of Distribution positions, before being named Vice President of Distribution Operations. His most recent role included Senior Vice President and General Manager in the Electricity GBU within the Distribution Division.
Barry has been a member of a variety of committees, serving as President of the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) - Alberta, President of CHBA – Grand Prairie, Director of Built Green Canada, and President of the Paraplegic Sports Association.
He holds a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta and is a proud member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.


Lyle Thorsen
Director, Government & Clean Technology Policies
MEG Energy Corp.

Lyle joined MEG Energy in 2005 and has held various roles including Sr. Development Engineer, Drilling & Completions Manager, Director of Strategic Planning and is currently the Director of Government and Clean Technology Policies. Prior to joining MEG Energy, Lyle worked at EnCana and its predecessor, Alberta Energy Company in Production, Drilling & Completions and Development roles. In total, he has 19 years of experience in the in-situ oil sands industry. Lyle holds a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary.


Naushad Jamani
Senior Vice President, Olefins & Feedstock
NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Naushad Jamani is Senior Vice President, Olefins & Feedstock for NOVA Chemicals, based in Calgary, Alberta and a member of the NOVA Management Board. Naushad spent the first 15 years of his career in various Engineering and Commercial roles in Sarnia, Ontario. In 1995, he moved to Calgary taking on increasing levels of responsibility in the area of feedstock acquisition and product marketing. Today, he has the business performance accountability for all ethylene crackers in NOVA’s portfolio. He is a Graduate of the University of Waterloo and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1980.


 

Scott Nelson
President and CEO
Titanium Corporation

Scott Nelson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Titanium Corporation, an Alberta based technology firm that has developed Creating Value From Waste™ (CVW™), a suite of technologies that remediate oil sands tailings, recover valuable lost commodities (bitumen, diluent and minerals) from tailings streams and significantly reduce environmental impacts. Scott has been leading the Titanium Team through R&D and demonstration piloting to the current phase of site-specific engineering design for this commercially-ready technology. Titanium has collaborated widely with industry, government, COSIA and the research community to bring this game-changing technology to the market place. Titanium is currently working with Canadian Natural on engineering design for implementation of CVW™ at their Horizon oil sands site.
Prior to joining Titanium Corporation in 2005, Scott held senior executive positions in the energy and technology industries in Canada and internationally including: President of Hess Corporation’s Canadian business unit; Chairman of London based Eurosov Energy PLC and senior management roles with IBM Canada, Amoco Petroleum, Dome Petroleum and Irving.


Chris Turner
Writer and Speaker
Sustainability and the Global Cleantech Industry

Chris Turner is one of Canada’s leading writers and speakers on sustainability and the global cleantech industry. He is also the author of the bestseller The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need (Random House), a Globe & Mail Best Book of the Year and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction, the Alberta Literary Award for Nonfiction, and the National Business Book Award. Turner’s first book was the international bestseller Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation. His feature writing has earned seven National Magazine Awards. He lives in Calgary with his wife, the photographer Ashley Bristowe, and their two children.


Joshua Truba
Vice President-Land and Business Development
NuVista Energy

Mr. Truba joined NuVista Energy Ltd. in February 2005 as a Landman and was appointed Vice President, Land in January 2009 and Vice President, Land & Business Development in July 2015. Prior to joining NuVista, Mr. Truba held Landman positions with Addison Energy Inc. and Petro-Canada and worked in the land department at Fletcher Challenge Energy Canada.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary with a major in Petroleum Land Management and is an active member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen.



Lonnie Enns
Senior Vice President, Energy Marketing
ENMAX

Lonnie is responsible for ENMAX's electricity trading and natural gas, contracted assets, portfolio and GHG management. He holds experience in deregulated power markets across Canada, the U.S. and New Zealand where he developed power supply agreements, tolling arrangements, gas supply agreements and led acquisitions and power plant development.
Previously, Lonnie worked for TransAlta Corporation where was responsible for the development and implementation of trading and marketing strategies, merchant fuel requirements and the management of traders and marketers working in Calgary, Portland and Annapolis.
Lonnie holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Calgary and an MBA from Queens University. Previously, he was president of the Energy Risk Management Association of Canada (ERMAC) and currently serves on the executive committee of the Western System Power Pool and the board of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta (IPPSA).


Rafal Krzywicki
Director, Energy Marketing and Analytics
Capital Power

Rafal Krzywicki is the Director, Origination and Marketing at Capital Power Corporation. He has been with EPCOR/Capital power for ~14 years and is a highly motivated individual with extensive understanding of electricity, natural gas and greenhouse gas fundamentals across North America. Broad experience in energy trading, portfolio management, analytics and risk management. Responsible for evaluation of corporate merchant acquisition and development activities in the Eastern US and Canadian power markets. Passionate about leadership and individual development to further team growth and portfolio capabilities. He is a Certified Financial Risk Manager and a Certified Energy Risk Professional. He holds a Queen's University Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) 2015 – 2016 and a University of Calgary Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), Finance, General 1998 – 2003.


Stacey McDonald
Managing Director, Research
GMP FirstEnergy

Stacey is a research analyst focusing on the small- to mid-capitalization group of the Canadian oil and gas sector. Stacey joined GMP in February 2006 as a research associate in the oil and gas group and began covering companies independently in June 2009. Ms. McDonald holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of Alberta.


Michael Smith
Advisor
CABREE, Alberta School of Business

Michael Smith is an advisor to CABREE and currently is developing a course for the University of Alberta School of Business on Accounting for Natural Resources Energy and the Environment.
Michael is also an environmental consultant who helps business developers satisfy their environmental applications and approvals. Michael’s experience includes management of environmental impact assessments and industrial approval applications, implementation of environmental management systems, participation in public consultation, and negotiations with Federal, Provincial and State regulators on environmental policy and approvals. Michael is a keen student of leadership and motivation and has been successful as a coach, mentor, and manager. Outside of work, Michael enjoys skiing, cooking, model railroading and photography.