Support Team

pioneering leadership. entrepreneurial spirit.

The Energy Futures Lab brings together teams of thought leaders, innovators and influencers to guide a social process design for transforming Alberta’s energy system

Design & Delivery Team

The EFL has the potential to be transformative for our industry and for Alberta. By breaking down the silos that keep us separated, we can work collectively to find solutions that lead to abetter energy future for us all.

Lori Gammell, Suncor Energy Foundation

The energy system is the lifeblood of the global economy and the primary source of GHG emissions. There is no more critical challenge today than reconciling the energy environment dilemma.

Dr Alex Ryan, Government of Alberta

Alberta has been left talking about our ethics and first mover efforts while the global conversation shifted onto carbon and real efforts to address climate change. We need a new narrative.

Kyle Kasawski, Solarmax

It's time for Alberta to lead on the crucial challenge of energy transition. The Energy Futures Lab -- with its focus on collaboration and action across the system -- will help us to define our leadership, and marshall the public and political will we need.

David Kahane, University of Alberta

Advisory Council

“The driving philosophy of the Energy Futures Lab is that we move forward, together.”

Chad Park

The Steering Committee

System thinkers and practitioners to support the Fellows in development of a fit for the future energy system

Jim Andrais

Jim Andrais

City of Edmonton

Jim has served for 30-plus years with the City of Edmonton, as Audit Manager, Special Advisor to Mayor Bill Smith and Program Manager Environmental Policy. He led development of the City's environmental strategic plan (The Way We Green) and the draft Edmonton's Community Energy Transition Strategy.

Brian Calliou

Brian Calliou

The Banff Centre

Brian Calliou is director for The Banff Centre’s Indigenous Leadership and Management program. He was a sole practitioner for his law office in Calgary and has developed and taught two courses for the School of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, on Aboriginal economic development and Aboriginal legal issues.

Cheryl De Paoli

Cheryl De Paoli

Alberta Real Estate Foundation

Cheryl is Executive Director of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation. Her role is to connect people and ideas to the Foundation's funding areas of interest and connect to projects that make Alberta great. She is an avid learner and reader, certified facilitator, with degrees in business and commerce.

Lori Hewson

Lori Hewson

Suncor Energy Foundation

Lori is manager of community investment, Suncor Energy Foundation, focused on social innovation. She works with inspiring people shaping new dialogue about the energy future, what it will take to get there, and how to achieve this collectively.

Ken Gauthier

Ken Gauthier

Urban Matters

Ken is a social entrepreneur developing and leading Urban Matters, a social enterprise based consultancy focused on delivering impactful strategies and projects in communities across Canada. Ken is a principal/owner at Urban Systems a 40-year consultancy that specializes in community development in Canada.

Mike Gerbis

Mike Gerbis

The Delphi Group

Mike Gerbis is CEO of The Delphi Group, a strategic consultancy providing innovative solutions in the areas of climate change, corporate sustainability, clean technology solutions and environmental policy. Mike is also CEO of GLOBE Series of Conferences (2016.globeseries.com).

George Greene

George Greene

Stratos

George’s professional work is in environment and sustainable development governance and management focusing on energy and natural resources in Alberta and across Canada. He has held positions in government, international organizations, resource companies, consultancies, universities and NGOs. His joy is outdoor activities of all kinds.

Sara Hastings-Simon

Sara Hastings-Simon

Pembina Institute

Sara is the director of the Pembina Institute’s clean economy program in Alberta. She works at the intersection of policy, business and technology across renewables, the utility system, energy efficiency and clean technology.

David Kahane

David Kahane

University of Alberta

David is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He is also Project Director of Alberta Climate Dialogue, a federally funded community-university research partnership that has convened citizen deliberations on climate policy, researching these processes and their outcomes.

Simon Knight

Simon Knight

PURE Reserve

Simon is a partner in PURE Reserve, a company focused on technology solutions to Alberta's issues that are both financially and environmentally viable. We are currently working on implementing a biocoal facility in Alberta with the support of a CCEMC grant.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Climate & Energy Campaigner

Melina has worked on social, environmental and climate justice issues for the past 15 years, focusing on resource extraction, media literacy and Indigenous treaty rights. For the past 9 years Melina has worked against tar sands expansion as a Climate & Energy campaigner with Greenpeace in Alberta as well as with the Indigenous Environmental Network internationally.

Marie-Helene Labrie

Marie-Helene Labrie

Enerkem

Marie-Hélène Labrie joined Enerkem, a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals technology company, in 2008. She is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Écotech Québec, a cleantech cluster, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association and the Conseil des entreprises en technologies environnementales du Québec.

David Layzell

David Layzell

Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research

David is the Director of the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) Initiative and a Professor at the University of Calgary. In CESAR he studies Canada’s past and present energy systems to model and analyze the options and implications for the next energy systems transformation.

Pat Letizia

Pat Letizia

Alberta Ecotrust

Pat’s work as Executive Director of Alberta Ecotrust is to create solution space with industry, environmental organizations and others to share ideas and implement strategies that protect the environment and build healthier, stronger communities. Important priorities for Pat include a clean energy future.

Steve Macdonald

Steve Macdonald

Emissions Reduction Alberta

Steve MacDonald is CEO of Emissions Reduction Alberta. He played a central role in the development of Alberta’s renewed climate change policy framework that establishes a comprehensive vision, strategies and outcomes to support environmental sustainability and economic growth for Alberta.

Alex Ryan

Alex Ryan

Synthetikos

Alex Ryan is VP Systems Innovation and Director of MaRS Solutions Lab. He is the co-founder of Synthetikos - a boutique strategy consulting firm dedicated to helping large organizations and collectives to navigate complexity with agility. He was a former Senior Systems Design Advisor with the Department of Energy in the Government of Alberta. Dr. Ryan co-founded and leads Alberta CoLab, a cross-ministry strategic foresight and systemic design lab focused on energy and resource development.

Arlene Strom

Arlene Strom

Suncor Energy

Arlene Strom is vice president, sustainability and communications, Suncor Energy. She is excited about the possibility the Energy Futures Lab brings to shift the energy conversation and bring us together to create a new energy future.

Kali Taylor

Kali Taylor

Student Energy

Kali Taylor is the co-founder and Executive Director of Student Energy – a global not-for-profit that works to create the next generation of leaders who will transition the world to a sustainable energy future.

Dan Woynillowicz

Dan Woynillowicz

Clean Energy Canada

Dan Woynillowicz is the Policy Director of Clean Energy Canada, an initiative of the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. Clean Energy Canada works to accelerate Canada’s transition to clean and renewable energy systems. They do so by telling the story of the global shift to clean and low-carbon energy sources and conducting original research, hosting dialogues, and inspiring and informing policy leadership.

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