Robin Moritz

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Robin has an engineering background and over 15 years of experience in risk management, market analytics, commercial management, and strategy. In his current role, Robin identifies and assesses emerging technologies that could support the transition to a net-zero future of the power system.

Santiago Arribas Picon

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In my role I manage the portfolio of energy transition business development opportunities in Enbridge’s Western Canada gas business. I am a process engineer and have worked in the energy sector for more than 20 years in a wide range of roles. My career has taken me to work and live in very different cultures. I started my career in Europe; then moved to Asia followed by Africa; to end in Canada which I have made home for the last decade. I completed a masters in Sustainable Development and have always tried making sustainability an integral part of my work.

Stacie Lara

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Stacie is an innovative, value-driven senior executive with extensive experience in international trade and investment, business development, and government relations. As Director of Investment, Energy at Invest Alberta, Stacie leads on increasing commercial investment into Alberta’s clean energy sector, providing tailored support to investors, and serving as a connector between business and government. She is passionate about the exciting economic opportunities emerging from energy transition and the journey to net zero. Previously, Stacie represented the British Government in Canada leading on investment attraction from Canada into the United Kingdom’s energy sector. She has also worked for a non-profit economic development organization, a global business accelerator in Panama and Suncor Energy. Stacie holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction and a Minor in Spanish from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business and The Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. She also studied intensive Spanish in Spain and Panama.

Nick Schumacher

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Nick Schumacher is an energy and environmental policy professional with experience in research, government, and environmental advocacy. Nick is an electricity analyst at the Pembina Institute, where his work focuses on energy modelling, coalition building, and policy development. Before joining Pembina, Nick worked in the federal government at Natural Resources Canada and Industry Canada. He holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and a BSc in Biology and Economics. Outside of his professional interests, Nick loves to run, bike, ski and play video games.

John Merrett

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John Merrett joins the Energy Futures Lab from RBC Capital Markets where he holds the position of Director, Commodities Origination. With over 20 years of experience, John brings a unique view within the energy industry, capital markets and commodities business where he’s developed a well-rounded skill set connecting various aspects of the energy transition.

John holds a BComm for the Haskayne School of Business and an MBA from the Smith School of Business. John is also deeply community minded and plays an active role supporting many local initiatives ranging from Habitant to Humanity to Panorama Alpine Ski Team.

Leanne Kubiseski

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I am a solutions-oriented problem solver with over 15 years’ experience in stakeholder relations and customer service working across interdisciplinary teams to facilitate customer solutions. I have been working in utilities for over 11 years on both the transmission and distribution systems in the deregulated Alberta electricity market. My roles have spanned from working with communities across rural Alberta for new transmission projects to delivering exceptional customer service to large industrial companies. I also supported customers through the Alberta Electric System Operator connection process for new oil and gas, wind, solar, and energy storage projects.

In my role as Senior Advisor, Emerging Customer Solutions, I focus on emerging trends and technologies that will support customers and understand how to optimize the existing grid using non-wires solutions and demand side management. I have a B. Comm and a B.A. from Memorial University and completed certifications in public relations, conflict resolution, key account management, and public policy and governance. I also chaired Electricity Canada’s Key Accounts Working Group from 2020-2021.

Maham Aftab

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Maham is a consultant at Ballad Group, where her work focuses on designing ESG driven business solutions and reporting for energy sector clients and Indigenous rights-holder engagement, using her knowledge of stakeholder and project management across renewable power, building materials and research in Canada and overseas. She holds graduate degrees in Policy and Strategy, and Economics and International Business.

She is working towards a Sustainability Reporting Professional certification with the GRI. Maham’s understanding and experience in governance has also benefited from two terms on the Board of Directors at Solar Alberta. She also serves on the City of Calgary’s Climate Action Committee.

Kate Letizia

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Kate Letizia has been working with a wide range of stakeholders to co-develop plans, programs & policies focusing on environmental and social issues for over 10 years. Kate has held leadership positions in the non-profit, private & local government sectors – in cities throughout British Columbia and Alberta, and internationally. Recently, Kate has been working with local governments to develop comprehensive climate plans and community-led solutions. She led the development of Nelson’s Roadmap to Net Zero by 2040 (one of the most ambitious targets in the country), and supported climate change and sustainability policy development for Colwood BC, the City of Banff and the City of Calgary.

Kate comes to this work motivated to develop creative and interdisciplinary climate initiatives that connect to community living spaces and experiences. She finds joy in building bridges between the worlds of science and technology, social justice, and the arts – and in leveraging our climate challenges to transform everyone’s lives for the better. Kate is a Senior Community Energy Manager at the Community Energy Association – a non-profit organization working with local governments across western Canada to reduce emissions, conserve energy and support the transition to a low carbon and resilient future.

Gillian Hynes

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Gillian is a strong connector, collaborator and change agent. Gillian brings experience from the energy industry, consulting sector, and the non-profit world, specializing in people strategy. With a multi-passionate approach, she is a systems thinker, understanding policy and socio-economic challenges; explores how innovation can elevate organizational purpose; and develops creative organizational and community solutions.

Gillian holds an MBA from Queens University, maintains her CPHR designation, and is honoured to serve on Boards and volunteer for organizations including Ask Her YYC and Fora. She is a mother of two and is a proud spouse of a Calgary Firefighter.