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Design & Delivery Team
Chad is the Executive Director and a founding member of The Natural Step Canada and has played a lead role in developing The Natural Step’s Lab methodology. As a national and international sustainability expert, Chad designs and leads multi-stakeholder social and environmental initiatives.
Pong is a founding member of The Natural Step Canada and Senior Associate. Pong has worked with a wide range of clients to share his expertise on sustainability, governance and organizational learning with a range of Albertan stakeholders.
Alison has managed the operations of the Energy Futures Lab for the past 4 years and during that period has overseen its rapid expansion and success. Her career has been at the cross section of energy, environment and collaboration. Moving from oil and gas engineer, to climate and sustainability consultant, to social innovator, her focus is on forging collaborative solutions to our biggest challenges.
Erin is a Project Manager of the Energy Futures Lab and an Associate with The Natural Step Canada. Erin supports the development of role model organizations as leaders in sustainable business and sustainable communities. Her specialties include sustainability planning processes and indicator development.
Mark is President From Here to There Consulting and Associate of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement. Mark’s current focus is building the practice of Developmental Evaluation integrating real-time feedback and learning in emerging, complex, and fast-moving environments.
Steve specializes in Corporate Social Responsibility design, evaluation, impact measurement, and data visualization for sustainability. He is a technology strategist designing and facilitating participant-driven public engagement events with over 20 years experience in the software industry.
Pronounced Najwan, Nagwan is a professional with a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Energy Development and 10+ years of Canadian and international experience in stakeholder relations, strategic communications, community investment within multinational organizations. Her research focuses on Addressing Climate Change through Collaboration between the Public and Private Sectors. She is an avid volunteer and currently sits on the City of Calgary BiodiverCity Advisory Committee and Ask Her Board.
Tyler Seed is the Director of Marketing & Communications for The Natural Step Canada. Tyler holds a Bachelor of Humanities Degree from Carleton University and a Master’s of Science in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden. In addition to his work with The Natural Step, he has worked in both the public and private sectors.
Matt is an Associate at The Natural Step Canada and has extensive experience applying systems-thinking, facilitating sustainability strategy and advancing leadership in all sectors across North America. He both advises and supports the design and delivery of the Energy Futures Lab as well as the Circular Economy Lab.
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
Tzeporah Berman is a Canadian environmental activist and writer, and has 20 years of experience designing environmental campaigns in Canada and internationally. She currently works as a strategic advisor to a number of First Nations, environmental organizations and philanthropic foundations on climate and energy issues, including the oil sands and pipelines.
Dr. Reg Crowshoe is a member of the University of Calgary Senate and prominent cultural and spiritual leader. Reg and his late father, Joe Crowshoe, have travelled extensively around the world bringing awareness and education about Blackfoot history, traditions and spirituality.
Judy is passionate about driving Canadian innovation to build a highly competitive energy industry, which positions Canada well in the global innovation race. Judy is the Executive Vice-President of Business Innovation at Cenovus and also serves on the Boards of Alberta Innovates, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Public Policy Forum and Evok Innovations. Through these roles, Judy helps to bridge partnerships that shape and strengthen the innovation ecosystem in Canada.
Toby Heaps is the co-founder and president of Corporate Knights Inc. Toby has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in Economics, with a minor in International Development. From 1997-98, he spent one year in the Belgrade Field Program (LLB in Management Studies) with the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Don Iveson was elected the 35th Mayor of Edmonton in 2013. Since being elected, Mayor Iveson has set his sights on transforming Edmonton into a highly liveable, uplifting and globally competitive city that is recognized as one of Canada’s very best. Born and raised in Edmonton and tirelessly passionate about the place, Don has spent most of his adult life working to build Edmonton’s future.
Donna has served in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. Highlights include: MLA for Calgary-Varsity and Alberta’s first Cabinet portfolio responsible for Electricity & Renewable Energy; Nexen Inc.’s first female vice president; working on energy projects in 35 countries; founding a capacity-building NGO in Yemen; publishing two books; launching Viewpoints Alberta; raising three sons.
Since joining Suncor in 1997, Gordon has served in senior roles including most recently, Executive Advisor Sustainability and Innovation and previously as Vice President Sustainable Development. Gordon began his career with Imperial Oil Limited in 1980. He is a frequent speaker on energy, the environment and innovation. Gordon currently serves on the Alberta Climate Change Advisory Panel. Gordon is also President of GRL Collaboration for Sustainability
Reza is one of Alberta’s most successful and innovative homebuilders. A strong advocate for energy efficient housing, his goal is see the mainstream adoption of affordable Net Zero energy homes. His contributions to the building industry and to the community have been recognized with numerous honours including the Alberta Order of Excellence.
Eric Newell served for 14 years as CEO Syncrude Canada Ltd. and later as Chairman and President. In 2004, he was installed as the 18th Chancellor of the University of Alberta. Eric actively contributes to his community and industry. He currently serves on a number of boards, including: Board Chair of the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation and Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions.
Nicholas Parker is Founding Managing Partner of Global Acceleration Partners which addresses global megatrends shaping basic needs for resource-efficient clean energy, food, water and infrastructure by accelerating cross-border deployment of proven technologies and business models into high growth emerging economies.
Suzanne's latest passion, Imaginea Energy, is to create a new kind of energy company that values all three of Planet, People and Profits, equally. Essentially, to discover a better way of developing our resources and creating “AND” solutions - new possibilities to transform the energy industry into a force for good
Ed Whittingham served for seven years as Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading energy and environment research organization. In September 2011 Ed was named to Canada’s 2012 Clean50 list, which honours 50 outstanding contributors to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada.
Martha Hall Findlay
Martha Hall Findlay is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada West Foundation. A lawyer and business executive, a past Executive Fellow of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and former member of Parliament, Martha’s insights on critical issues such as pipelines, international trade, foreign investment, energy and the environment, and supply management help to frame the national debate.
“The driving philosophy of the Energy Futures Lab is that we move forward, together.”
The Steering Committee
System thinkers and practitioners to support the Fellows in development of a fit for the future energy system
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.
Mark Blackwell is currently the Entrepreneur In Residence at the General Electric Industrial Internet Accelerator in Calgary. Most recently Mark was the Chief Operating Officer of GNS3 Technologies, an enterprise networking start-up utilized by such organizations as the US Department of Defence, AT&T, Walmart, Google and Facebook. Mark also has experience as a venture investor while helping to run the Cenovus Energy Corporate Venture fund and investment banking with CIBC.
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 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 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 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 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’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 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 Hughes became President & CEO of The Natural Step Canada on June 15th, 2016 after having served four years as a member of our Board of Directors. He is highly regarded as a strategic leader with a strong track record of scaling the impact of some of Canada’s leading charities.
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 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 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-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 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’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 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 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 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 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 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.