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

Mark Blackwell

Mark Blackwell

General Electric Industrial Internet Accelerator

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.

Kate Chisholm

Kate Chisholm

Capital Power

Kate Chisholm is Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer, leading Capital Power’s sustainability strategy and initiatives, legal, regulatory, compliance, environmental policy, government and external relations, risk management and internal audit. Capital Power is focused on providing responsible energy for tomorrow by creating a low-carbon energy future, and is committed to being a leader in environmental, social, and governance practices.

Rhona DelFrari

Rhona DelFrari

Cenovus Energy

Rhona DelFrari is the Vice-President of Communications & External Engagement for Cenovus Energy. She’s responsible for enhancing Cenovus’s reputation and communicating and interacting with internal and external stakeholders, including Indigenous communities. A key part of her role is ensuring sustainability considerations are embedded in the company’s strategy. Previous to her role at Cenovus, Rhona spent several years as a journalist in television newsrooms across the country.

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.

Martha Hall Findlay

Martha Hall Findlay

Canada West Foundation

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.

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.

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.

David Hughes

David Hughes

The Natural Step Canada

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.

Duncan Kenyon

Duncan Kenyon

Pembina Institute

Duncan Kenyon is Alberta regional director of the Pembina Institute. He works extensively with government, industry, communities, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses on the design, implementation and evaluation of sustainable energy solutions related to projects, policies and programs. Duncan has a Bachelor of Science and MBA from the Schulich School of Business.

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.

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.

Tonja Leach

Tonja Leach

QUEST

As Executive Director of QUEST, Tonja has over 15 years of experience working in the energy industry. Having been with QUEST since its inception in 2007, Tonja has played an instrumental role in establishing QUEST's extensive national network and ensuring QUEST is known in the industry as a leading thinker on the energy transition and implementer of Smart Energy Communities.

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.

Lexi McKinnon

Lexi McKinnon

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Lexi McKinnon is the Associate Director of Indigenous Leadership at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Lexi has also led the institution’s Truth and Reconciliation Framework. Lexi is passionate about systems change, social innovation and design thinking from the teachings learned through an Indigenous worldview. Lexi received her Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies and MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership.

Denita McKnight

Denita McKnight

Shell Canada

Denita McKnight returned to Canada in 2018 to lead Shell Canada’s External Relations team. She has more than 19 years’ experience in a variety of communication roles at Shell including media relations, stakeholder engagement, crisis and issue management, internal and corporate communications and social performance. Denita continues to lead teams working across all spectrums of the energy industry, managing many facets of communication.

Gregorio Oberti

Gregorio Oberti

PwC

Greg Oberti is Managing Director in PwC’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure team and leads the Alberta practice. He is also a member of PwC’s Global Deals Origination platform and is the PwC Canadian advisory leader for Cleantech. Greg has experience in deal structuring, modelling, financing, corporate strategy and operational optimization.

Darcy Riddell

Darcy Riddell

McConnell Family Foundation

Darcy Riddell has worked to change systems as an environmental activist, strategist, consultant, and educator for almost 20 years. She’s currently the Director of Strategic Learning at the McConnell Family Foundation. She has a PhD in Social Innovation, drawing on complexity, resilience, transitions literature and integral theory to understand leverage points for transformative change that bridge individual, institutional and global scales.

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.

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.

Bill Whitelaw

Bill Whitelaw

JWN Energy

Bill Whitelaw is the chief executive officer of JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group (JWN). He has expanded the company’s product portfolio, developed new frontiers within the industry and ensured JWN remains progressive and industry-focused through the products and services it for provides for insight and intelligence. Bill also holds positions of executive vice-president, business information group, at Glacier Inc. and managing director of Evaluate Energy, an affiliated energy analytics and research company based in London, UK.

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