Santiago Arribas Picon

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A second year fellow with EFL, Santiago works for Enbridge as a business development manager in the gas transmission and midstream business unit. In his role he manages the portfolio of energy transition business development opportunities in Enbridge’s Western Canada gas business. He is a process engineer and has worked in the energy sector for more than 20 years in a wide range of roles. His career has taken him to work and live in very different cultures. He started his career in Europe; then moved to Asia followed by Africa; to end in Canada which he has made his home for the last decade. Santiago completed a masters in Sustainable Development and has always tried to make sustainability an integral part of his work.

Leanne Kubiseski

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Leanne is a solutions-oriented problem solver with over 15 years’ experience in stakeholder relations and customer service working across interdisciplinary teams to facilitate customer solutions. She has over 13 years’ experience in Alberta’s electricity market on both the transmission and distribution systems in customer-centric roles focusing on new transmission projects, managing key accounts, and new customer connections.

As Senior Advisor in FortisAlberta’s Emerging Customer Solutions team, she focuses on emerging trends and technologies that will support customers and optimize the existing grid using non-wires solutions including demand side management. Leanne has been a Fellow since 2023 and is Vice-Chair of the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Maham Aftab

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Maham is a corporate sustainability expert, passionate about the once-in-a-generation opportunity presented by the global transition to a low carbon economy- and embedded within this opportunity, the potential for long term community transformation.

Much of her work focuses on designing ESG-driven business solutions and sustainability reporting, grant writing, Indigenous rights-holder and stakeholder engagement, and strategic planning. An active community volunteer, she is currently serving on the board of JazzYYC. She has also served on the board of Solar Alberta, an Emerald award-winning non-profit dedicated to advocacy towards accelerating the energy transition in Alberta, and on the City of Calgary’s Climate Advisory Committee. She holds graduate degrees in Public Policy and Economics.

A returning Fellow, Maham is excited to continue with the Lab’s work of building bridges and pathways within the energy system.

Kate Letizia

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Kate Letizia, a second-year Energy Futures Lab Fellow, is a seasoned leader with over a decade of experience developing plans, programs, and policies addressing complex environmental and social issues. Kate has worked in the non-profit, private and local government sectors in cities throughout British Columbia, Alberta and internationally. She recently lead the development of Nelson’s Roadmap to Net Zero by 2040 (one of the most ambitious municipal climate targets in the country). Kate is representing the Community Energy Association as their Alberta lead and the manager of the Alberta Climate Leaders Project – a comprehensive program aimed at supporting elected officials and municipal staff to accelerate local climate action, and engage in more effective regional collaboration.

Kate’s goal in the EFL is to foster a shared understanding of the critical role municipalities play in the energy transition, and in creating plans, policies, and infrastructure that can contribute to a zero-carbon and more resilient future. She comes to this work motivated to develop cross-sectoral partnerships and alignment, to create space for new voices and ideas to inform our way forward, and to ensure that the benefits of the energy transition are distributed equitably amongst ALL Albertans.

Gillian Hynes

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Gillian is a dynamic force known for forging connections, fostering collaboration, and driving change. With a diverse background in the energy sector, consulting, and non-profits, Gillian specializes in crafting impactful strategies for people, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), and Reconciliation. Actively engaged with the EFL for a year, she works towards aligning policy, innovation, and societal needs to create sustainable, inclusive outcomes for equity-deserving groups.

As an Assistant Professor and the founder of Amplify Work, focusing on HR, EDI, and Reconciliation, Gillian is dedicated to shaping a future where energy strategies integrate seamlessly with social equity, effecting meaningful change in organizations and communities.

Holder of an MBA from Queens University and a CPHR designation, Gillian serves on the Board of the Calgary Public Library and Ask Her YYC, balancing a proud role as a mother of two alongside being a supportive spouse of a Calgary firefighter.

David William Ghoris

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A community builder with international experience in convening the largest energy events globally. A researcher of the most pressing topics to help us achieve our net zero future, and the producer of the California and Canadian Hydrogen Convention, Global Energy Show and Carbon Capture Canada events. Working closely with industry to ensure an energy future that is accessible, affordable, reliable and secure.

David H. Sanguinetti

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David Sanguinetti is VP Technology with Foresight Cleantech Accelerator, where he is accountable for the training of ventures and helping industry adopt sustainable technologies. He is a professional engineer with over 25 years’ experience in design, project management and executive positions. He has a particular focus on helping companies position themselves to develop and commercialize new technologies and has extensive experience both with technical scale-up and with designing the engineering and management systems to support growing companies. He started his career designing gas processing plants, and has since worked in potable water treatment, biomass-to-energy, industrial water treatment, and metals recovery.

In recent years David has focused on supporting new companies to develop and scale their technologies and systems, including facilitating technology road maps and training senior technical leaders. He has been an EFL Fellow since 2022 and is excited to join his experience with that of the other Fellows to help support Alberta in a prosperous and just energy transition.

Dani Urton

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Dani Urton is a Director with Vertex Professional Services, a leading provider of environmental services for the North American energy industry. Dani oversees Vertex’s Emissions Management and Emissions Assurance service lines, as well as developing and implementing growth strategies related to energy transition initiatives across the organization to support the energy industry in meeting ambitious targets for sustainability. She has over ten years’ experience in the environmental sector of the energy industry including experience in environmental regulatory compliance, liability management, greenhouse gas emissions management and carbon markets, and strategic development of emerging growth opportunities. Dani is a Fellow with the Energy Futures Lab and holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Victoria as well as a master’s degree in Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo.

Cameron Brown

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Cameron Brown is Global Public Affairs’ Associate Vice President of Western Canada for Energy, Environment, and Resources. An active Energy Futures Lab participant, he brings over 18 years of government experience with energy and environmental policy in Alberta.

In his time with the Alberta provincial government, Cameron led the design and implementation of Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program, developing federal and local regulatory requirements for coal-to-gas conversions in power plants and implementing Alberta’s off-coal agreements with generators. Cameron’s unit was also responsible for emerging technologies, including renewables and the province’s recent interest in Small Modular Reactors.

Before this electricity focus, Cameron was extensively involved in climate policy development as it relates to Alberta’s oil, gas and electricity sectors; the Alberta government’s energy policy and market access engagement efforts in the United States, Europe and other provinces; and the negotiation and implementation of the Alberta – British Columbia Trade, Investment, and Labour Mobility Agreement (now the New West Partnership Trade Agreement).

Winona Lafreniere

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With a strong connection to her Anishinabe roots in Manitoba, Winona lives out her passion through storytelling, philanthropy and supporting the economic, social, and cultural aspirations of Indigenous people across Western Canada. 

Being a strong advocate and leader in business and workforce development and Indigenous relations, Winona recognizes the need for Indigenous inclusion in all aspects of her entrepreneurship journey as President of the Indigenous Innovative Solutions Inc.

Her work and volunteer experience spans over three decades, focusing her efforts on empowering and engaging with youth and Indigenous leaders to address social, environmental, technological, and economic challenges. She continues to create innovative solutions that focus on management, conservation, and restoration of Mother Earth. 

She is an active member of the Energy Futures Lab, Clean Resource Innovative Network (CRIN), Rotary Club of Calgary North, Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee, Project Forest and is currently working on several community-led projects provincially and internationally. 

Her ancestral knowledge and ways of being helps to foster the growing demand for the sharing of ecological knowledge and wise management practices that will aid in reducing our environmental footprint and create a viable and sustainable future for many generations to come.

Anyone who knows of her will say she “lives to give” with love and kindness!! 😊