Sunday 05/05/2019 - Wednesday 05/08/2019
The Westin Calgary
Calgary, AB

Lindsey Arseneau
Director, Regulatory Research and Analysis
Ontario Power Generation
Lindsey is the Director of Regulatory Research and Analysis for Ontario Power Generation. In this role she is responsible for recommending, developing, and influencing strategies and tactics for OPG on regulatory issues associated with the Ontario electricity markets. Lindsey has over 10 years of experience in developing regulatory evidence and rates submissions with generation and distribution utilities and has provided expert witness testimony at the OEB on matters such as rate design, customer bill impacts, and deferral and variance accounts.
Lindsey is a designated accountant (CPA-CMA) and holds a Masters of Management and Professional Accounting (University of Toronto) and Masters in Energy and Infrastructure Law (York University). She is an avid reader, enthusiastic supporter of Canadian community theatre, passionate traveller, and competitive dodgeball player.
Alison Barrett
Diversity, Teaching and Learning Specialist
University of Calgary, Schulich School of Engineering
Alison Barrett is the Diversity, Teaching and Learning Specialist at the at the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering. For the past 3 years she has been involved with the Cybermentor program, which encourages girls to study science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) through online mentorship and interactive STEM events. Cybermentor matches female mentors with girls in the program, providing encouragement and advice. Alison is a passionate advocate for diversity in STEM fields because representation matters.
Alison has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria, and in her spare time she loves to travel, try new restaurants, and meet new dogs.
Chris Bataille
Associate Researcher
Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (Paris)
Chris has been involved in energy and climate policy analysis for 21 years as a researcher, energy systems and economic modeller, analyst, writer, project manager, and executive. He is currently an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations ( in Paris, and conducts freelance energy and climate policy consulting. He recently completed a 1.5 year project as lead editor of a special issue of Climate Policy ( on the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) ( He also helped manage the global DDPP and was co-author of the Canadian chapter. He is currently lead of the DDPP Heavy Industry Deep Decarbonization Project, on which he, with several DDPP authors and others, recently published a review paper in the Journal of Cleaner Production. Chris will be a Lead Author of the Industry Chapter for the next IPCC Working Group III Assessment Report (AR6). He is also an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Please see Google Scholar or Researchgate for a full research CV. From 2011-‘14 Chris was a founding managing partner of Navius Research Inc., a Vancouver based energy policy consulting firm. Prior to helping found Navius in 2011, he was executive director of MK Jaccard & Associates Inc. (another energy policy consulting firm) for 5 years. He has managed many projects, including several large national climate change and energy policy studies for Natural Resources Canada, the Canadian National Roundtable of the Environment and the Economy, Environment Canada, the Pembina Institute and the David Suzuki Foundation, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and the Ontario Power Authority. In addition to his consulting practise, Chris has published peer reviewed articles in the Journal of Cleaner Production, Energy Economics, The Energy Journal and Climate Policy, edited a special edition of the Energy Journal on hybrid energy economy modelling, and has written a number of public policy publications, including “Pricing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The impact on Canada’s competitiveness” for the C.D. Howe Institute Chris is also the Lead Author of the Industry Chapter of the next IPCC Assessment Report (AR 6, occurring 2019-2021).
Francois Beaulieu
Vice Chair
New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board
François Beaulieu was appointed as Vice-Chairperson of the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board in 2014.
Mr. Beaulieu holds a Masters in Law Degree, Bachelor of Law, and a Bachelor in Business Administration. He has been a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick since 1998. Prior to joining the NBEUB, Mr. Beaulieu spent several years as a solicitor for The City of Saint John and he practiced law with the firm Clark Drummie. He also held a senior management position in a family-owned business in Edmundston, New Brunswick.
Mr. Beaulieu has been a part-time instructor at the University of New Brunswick at the Factulty of Law since 2005. He was also an instructor for the N.B. Law Society Bar Admission Course and teaches occasionally at the law school at the Unviversité de Moncton.
Mr. Beaulieu currently sits as Vice-President of CAMPUT’s Executive Committee. Over the years, he has served on numerous local, civic and provincial volunteer boards, including the Board of Directors of Horizon Health Network, the Association régionale de la communauté francophone de Saint-Jean inc., which he chaired for a number of years, and the Board of Directors of Family Services Saint John Inc., to name a few.
Kevin Birn
Vice President, North American Crude Oil Markets
IHS Markit
Kevin Birn, Vice President, North American Crude Oil Markets, IHS Markit and a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Mr. Birn is based in Calgary and leads western Canadian crude oil market research services which includes the Canadian Oil Sands Dialogue. His expertise includes North American crude oil markets, crude oil logistics, crude oil GHG estimation, Canadian oil sands development, including oil sands cost and competitiveness, and Canadian energy and climate policy. Mr. Birn has authored over fifty reports related to western crude oil extraction and associated environmental and climate policy, including contributing to 2011 National Petroleum Council report “Prudent Development of Natural Gas & Oil Resources” for the US Secretary of Energy. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Mr. Birn was a Senior Economist with the Government of Canada and a Partner in a software firm. Mr. Birn holds an undergraduate degree in business and a graduate degree in economics from the University of Alberta. His oil sands research is publicly available from IHS Markit at
Marc Boucher
Hydro-Québec Transmission
Marc Boucher joined Hydro-Québec in June 2016 as President of Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie. This division operates and develops one of North America’s most extensive power transmission systems, which includes some 34,500 km of lines. It also markets system capacity and manages power flows across Québec. Its assets total more than $22 billion and its annual revenue exceeds $3 billion.
A mechanical engineer, Mr. Boucher has over 25 years’ experience in transportation and aeronautics. After a few years of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force as the officer responsible for the maintenance of CF-18 aircrafts, he moved on to Bombardier, where he held a number of strategic management positions. As its Vice President of Operations, he was instrumental in establishing a presence in Mexico, where he oversaw 2,500 employees. From 2014 to 2016, he worked in Germany as the senior manager in charge of improving project management and quality assurance for Bombardier’s transportation division. Over the course of his career, Mr. Boucher has acquired solid experience in operations and organizational performance as well as the execution of complex, large-scale international projects.
Marc Boucher holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Université Laval (1991) and a graduate certificate in aerospace engineering from the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering.
He sits on the board of the New York-based Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC).
Mr. Boucher is also actively involved in the community. He is Campaign President of the Federation of Québec Alzheimer Societies and served as Honorary President of the Special Olympics Québec Festival 2017. He also sits on the board of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.
Tabatha Bull
Chief Operating Officer
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Tabatha Bull is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business in Toronto. Tabatha is Anishinaabe and a proud member of Nipissing First Nation near North Bay, Ontario. An electrical engineer from the University of Waterloo, Tabatha spent the first 2 decades of her career in the electrical consulting and energy industry. Prior to joining the CCAB, Tabatha led the First Nations and Métis Relations team at the IESO, Ontario’s electricity system operator. In that time she focussed on building strong relationships with Indigenous communities and leaders in Ontario and developing partnerships, procurement and capacity development programs to enable Indigenous communities to be active participants and partners in the Energy Sector.
As a testament to her passion to better the lives of Indigenous people and stay connected to her community, Tabatha is in her 12th year as a Director on the Board of Wigwamen Housing Inc.; the oldest and largest urban Indigenous housing provider in Ontario.
Tabatha is the proud mom to two boys and can often be found in a hockey arena or at the baseball diamond.
Indy Butany-DeSouza
Vice President Regulatory Affairs
Alectra Utilities
Indy is the Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Privacy Officer for Alectra Utilities. Indy is a primary strategist behind developing policy positions for emerging issues from the Ontario Energy Board, Ministry of Energy, and Independent Electricity System Operator.
Indy has been instrumental in leading application evidence and expert witness testimony for both rate applications and for the submission of the merger application for Alectra’s merger, the largest electricity utility consolidation in Ontario’s history, as well as its subsequent amalgamation with Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Limited. Indy also sits on Alectra’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and leads the Women and Mosaic Employee Resource Group.
Indy has previously held senior roles at Horizon Utilities, Carbon Capital Management, EPCOR and Direct Energy.
Indy is committed to giving back to the community and to youth, in particular. She is a Board Member and Vice President of Mainstage Theatre Company, which provides young artists, aged 11-21, with the opportunity to experience the magic of pre-professional musical theatre and she volunteers with Scouts Canada and Girl Guides of Canada. Indy is also on the Board of Directorsof Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation.
She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from McMaster University. Indy is an avid runner, a passionate cook and a martial arts enthusiast.
Jim Campbell
VP, Business Environment
Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
With over 25 years of experience working in politics, government relations and community affairs, Jim brings in-depth understanding of external relations to his leadership role as Vice President, Business Environment at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA).
At CEPA, Jim leads a team responsible for government relations, policy, regulatory and communications to provide a strong and unified voice for the transmission pipeline industry in Canada.
Prior to joining CEPA, Jim was Vice President, Government and Community Affairs at Cenovus, where he led a diverse team of people responsible for working with community partners, Indigenous groups, the Canadian military, and governments throughout Canada and the U.S.
Jim has intricate knowledge of government and how it works, developed over his years of experience in government and public affairs. His previous roles include three years as Executive Director of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, heading up corporate government relations at TELUS and then at BP Canada, and advising clients at GPC Government Policy Consultants.
Jim has a commerce degree from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary.
John Colthart
General Manager, Audit and Assurance & V.P. Product Management
Mindbridge Analytics Inc.
John has made clients successful in every major market worldwide during his 17-year career in technology leading world-class sales and professional services organizations. This started after his departure as a corporate finance and accounting practitioner in 2000 so he could grow a startup to +425 employees and exit to IBM with a role of VP Sales Operations in 2010. During his stay at IBM, John held global roles running sales enablement, offering management and design leadership within the IBM Analytics division. He strives to lead clients to effectively use analytics to change the course of their business.
Philip Cross
Senior Fellow
Macdonald Laurier-Institute
Philip Cross finished a 36-year career at Statistics Canada as its Chief Economic Analyst. Since then he has worked with various universities, think tanks and government organizations across Canada. He is an Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, a Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and the Fraser Institute and a member of the CD Howe Business Cycle Dating Committee. He compiles a monthly leading economic indicator which is distributed by Bloomberg. He regularly writes for various journals, magazines and papers across the country and frequently appears as a commentator on the economy and on statistics.
Joseph Duperreault
First Renewable Energy Partners
Joseph Duperreault is leading First Renewables Energy Partners’ strategy. He is passionate about the company’s higher purpose of filling a capacity gap for its Indigenous partners so that they can play a central role in renewable energy development. First Renewable’s focus is to create a future where Indigenous communities participate as influential partners with energy development companies. “We do this by forming authentic partnerships and relationships based on trust, building commercial capacity and navigating pathways to capital for our Indigenous partners – this is what sets First Renewable apart.”
“Our vision is simple yet compelling – ‘Clean energy supplied by Indigenous-owned infrastructure.’ – it’s the right thing for reconciliation and it’s the right thing for the planet.”
Nichole Dusyk
Senior Analyst
Pembina Institute
Dr. Nichole Dusyk is senior analyst at the Pembina Institute. She works with the federal policy team in Ottawa with a focus on environmental law reform. Nichole has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta, a master’s degree in science and technology studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a doctoral degree in resource management and environmental studies from the University of British Columbia.
Martha Hall Findlay
President & CEO
Canada West Foundation
Martha Hall Findlay is President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation.
As a corporate lawyer, senior business executive and successful entrepreneur, Martha has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience with major multinationals as well as start-ups, primarily in telecommunications and technology.
She was a Member of Parliament from 2008 to 2011, serving in the Shadow Cabinet and as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committees for Finance; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Government Operations; and International Trade. She is currently a member of the Minister of International Trade’s Trade Expert Advisory Council.
Martha has served as an Advisory Council member, Board Director and/or Executive for several policy, environmental, community and cultural organizations, including her current role as Chair of the Board of Directors of Alpine Canada. (She is a former national ski racer.) She is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, has written dozens of articles and essays on key policy issues and is a frequent public speaker and media commentator.
Anna Fung
Anna K. Fung, Q.C. was appointed Commissioner of the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) in December, 2017.
She received her Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of British Columbia and was called to the BC Bar in 1985. Prior to joining the BCUC, she spent more than 20 years practising law as corporate counsel, including 15 years as Senior Counsel at Terasen Inc. (now Fortis Inc.) where she appeared before the BCUC and the National Energy Board. She was elected President of the BC Law Society in 2007 and is the recipient of a number of awards including the R.V.A Jones Corporate Counsel Award, the BC Community Achievement Award, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and the UBC Law Alumni Achievement Award. She also served as President of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association. She is the author of a number of publications on corporate counsel practice and aboriginal law.
She is a current Director of the Vancouver Airport Authority, the Arts Club Theatre Society and the BC Unclaimed Property Society. She is an avid skier and golfer.
Robert Gabor
QC, Chair
Manitoba Public Utilities Board
Mr. Gabor left the practice of law in September, 2016 after 36 years, to accept the position as chair of the Public Utilities Board. His legal practice covered the areas of administrative law to corporate-commercial and technology law, including intellectual property, cyber security and privacy law. During his tenure, he was one of the founders and general counsel to the Winnipeg Airports Authority and the Manitoba Technology Accelerator. He taught different courses for the Manitoba Bar Admission course, including as a lecturer and examiner in ethics for over 15 years. He sat on numerous committees of the Law Society of Manitoba including the Discipline Committee as well as on the boards of many not-for-profit organizations, including the International Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. . He was appointed a commissioner on the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing from 1990-92. Robert received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for community services in 2012.
Guillermo Garcia
Guillermo Ignacio García Alcocer was appointed Chairman of Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission by the Senate on April 28, 2016. He took office for a seven-year term mandate after obtaining 97 votes in favor, 2 votes against and 2 abstentions.
Mr. García Alcocer has over 12 years of experience in the energy sector, focusing on technical and economic regulation, public policy design, program evaluation and business development.
During his mandate at CRE, he has spearheaded regulations encouraging the uptake of clean energy, broadening supply alternatives and promoting better access, price and quality conditions for consumers. Some key examples are the current regulatory frameworks advancing distributed energy resources and electric mobility, the existing natural gas capacity reserve regime, new and more flexible liquefied petroleum gas distribution and retail permits, as well as the country’s overall fuel quality standard.
Mr. García Alcocer has contributed towards crucial milestones within the Commission, such as the nationwide price liberalization of gasoline and diesel, and the operation of the Clean Energy Certificate Registry.
Prior to his appointment at CRE, Mr. García Alcocer held different positions at the Ministry of Energy (SENER), the Ministry of Finance (SHCP), as well as the National Savings and Pension System Commission (CONSAR).
Mr. García Alcocer holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), where he was granted the ExItam Research Award in 2001. Likewise, he was distinguished with the first place of the national Banamex Economics Award
AJ Goulding
London Economics International LLC
In his role as president of London Economics International LLC, A.J. Goulding manages a growing international consulting firm focused on finance, economic, and strategic consulting to the energy and infrastructure industries. In addition to serving as a sector expert in electricity and gas markets, his responsibilities include project management, marketing, budget and financial control, and recruiting. A.J. also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University, where he teaches a course on electricity market design and regulatory economics. In addition, he is a member of the Ontario Energy Board’s Advisory Committee on Innovation.
With over twenty -five years of experience in evolving electricity and natural gas markets, A.J.’s diverse background enables him to work effectively in both emerging markets and OECD countries. In North America, A.J. has been articulate in describing market relationships between wholesale power marketers, merchant plants, aggregators, and the existing investor owned utilities. His recent work has focused on the role transactive energy may play in transforming electricity markets. In emerging markets, A.J. has considerable experience dealing with the challenges of mixed private and public ownership, difficulties in creating credit- worthy distribution and retail entities, and the realities of line losses, unreliable fuel deliveries, and politicized labor relations.
Rowland J. Harrison, Q.C.
Co-Managing Editor
Energy Regulation Quarterly
Rowland Harrison has more than 45 years’ experience in Canadian energy regulatory matters, as a lawyer in private practice, a senior government official and as an academic. From 1997 until 2011, he served two successive terms as a permanent member of the National Energy Board in Calgary, making him one of the longest-serving members in the Board’s history.
Prior to his appointment to the NEB in 1997, he was a partner in the Ottawa and Calgary offices of one of Canada’s leading national and international law firms.
Since his retirement from the NEB in 2011, Mr. Harrison has been engaged as a consultant to industry and government on a variety of energy regulation matters. From 2012 to 2015, he was TransCanada Chair in Administrative and Regulatory Law at the University of Alberta. He is co-Managing Editor of Energy Regulation Quarterly.
In 2013, he was a recipient of an Energy Law Forum Energy Bear Award for his contributions to Canadian energy regulation. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel by the government of Alberta in 2006.
Mr. Harrison holds an LL.B. from the University of Tasmania and an LL.M. in Oil and Gas Law from the University of Alberta. He resides in Calgary.
Ryan Hum
Vice President Data
National Energy Board
Ryan Hum is the VP of Data and CIO for the National Energy Board. Previously, he was a founding member of the Government of Canada's Central Innovation Hub, where he served as Chief Designer and Data Scientist leading the design-insights and data analytics practice to improve policy, program and service delivery. He has worked in areas spanning immigration, service design, health, environment, and natural resource development. He is an adjunct professor at OCAD University and previously taught at Carleton and the University of Toronto.
Nataliya Kazakova
Senior Manager, Asset Management at Electricity Operations
Ms. Kazakova earned two Master of Science degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Alberta and Lvov National Polytechnic University respectively and a Business Degree from the Simon Fraser University, and is a Professional Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (“APEGA”).
She has spent more than 30 years in the technology and utility sectors and has held a variety of engineering and senior leadership positions inleading international organizations in Europe and Canada, including co-founding and heading two start-ups.
Natalia Kazakova joinedEPCOR Distribution & Transmission Inc. (“EDTI”) in 2014 where she currently serves in the senior management capacity leading an Asset Management department.
Mark Kolesar
Alberta Utilities Commission
Mark Kolesar became chair of the Alberta Utilities Commission on July 23, 2018, following six years as vice- chair. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master of business administration degree in managerial economics and finance, both from the University of Ottawa. He has also been an instructor at both the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary on strategy development, financial management, management accounting and business planning and policy. Mr. Kolesar has been a Commission member since July 2008.
Mr. Kolesar’s experience in utility corporate costing and rate- making spans more than three decades, and he brought extensive public utility financial technical skills and experience to the Alberta Utilities Commission. He has also had an extensive background working in the utility industry, in strategy development, project planning and execution, organizational transformation and utility regulatory change at both the provincial and national level.
Mr. Kolesar’s appointment to the Alberta Utilities Commission followed a career that included senior analytical, managerial and executive roles, focused on regulatory and public policy, with the Public Utilities Board of Alberta (the predecessor organization to the Alberta Utilities Commission), and in the telecommunication industry. Mr. Kolesar has also been an adviser to the government of Canada on regulatory matters and appeared before legislative committees of the Parliament of Canada examining the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act.
Since joining the Alberta Utilities Commission Mr. Kolesar has been involved in a number of important AUC regulatory decisions, including several generic cost of capital decisions, the 2009 decisions on ENMAX formula-based rate-making and the first generation performance- based regulation regimes, as well as substantial general tariff applications.
Mr. Kolesar is active in the community and as a volunteer. He has served on numerous not-for- profit boards, including the Van Horne Institute for International Transportation and Regulation, where he was instrumental in setting up the Van Horne Institute Centre for Regulatory Affairs, and served as the centre’s chair.
Mr. Kolesar has also served on the business advisory board of the Calgary Airport Authority, and on the board of directors of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. At the CPO, he was the chair of the board’s program liaison committee and helped develop the orchestra’s five-year recovery plan.
Currently, Mr. Kolesar is the president and board chair of the Calgary Seniors Resource Society, which is dedicated to providing services to seniors to allow them to remain at home without being isolated and vulnerable.
Leonard Kula
Vice President of Planning, Acquisition and Operations, and Chief Operating Officer
Leonard Kula is Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Planning, Acquisition and Operations at the IESO. In this role, Mr. Kula is responsible for the reliable and efficient province-wide power system both today and in the future. This includes planning, market design, resource and transmission procurement, real-time operations and engineering, and the Market Renewal Program.
Prior to this position, Mr. Kula held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at the IESO, including Vice President, Market and System Operations (2016-17), Director, Power System Assessments (2016), Director, Market Operations (2013-15), Manager, System Operations (2011-13), and Manager, Market Forecasts and Integration (2009-10).
Mr. Kula began his career at Ontario Hydro in 1986 designing control systems and building simulators for Ontario’s nuclear power plants. He joined the IESO in 1999.
Mr. Kula holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Calgary), an M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Waterloo) and an M.B.A. (York University), and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Ontario.
Tonja Leach
Executive Director
Tonja Leach is the Executive Director of QUEST, a national non-profit organization that works to accelerate the adoption of efficient and integrated community-scale energy systems in Canada by informing, inspiring, and connecting decision-makers. QUEST recently published a discussion paper on Canada's Energy Transformation: Managing risk and creating opportunity as we build low-emission energy systems.
Louis Legault
General Counsel + Chair of CAMPUT
Régie de l'énergie
Mr. Legault was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1988. He has had an extensive general litigation practice, including property damage as well as personal injury claims, administrative law (labour law, injunctions, evocations), collection, theft of service, commercial law and finally, regulatory work within Hydro-Québec’s legal department, of which he was head of litigation from 2001 to 2003. Since 2008, Mr. Legault has been with the Régie de l’énergie as Commission Counsel and was appointed General Counsel of the Régie in October of 2012.
Mr. Legault is also a Member of the Barreau du Québec’s Disciplinary Committee, Chair of Canada's Energy and Utility Regulators (CAMPUT), Member of Québec’s Municipal Commission’s Independent Committee charged with establishing the list of ethics Advisors in Municipal matters and finally, member of the Barreau de Montréal’s Liaison Committee with the Régie de l’énergie.
Rob Lonergan
Rob Lonergan is a recognized environmental law lawyer practicing in Fasken’s Vancouver office. Environmental assessment and environmental, energy and transportation regulation and litigation are Rob’s specialties. He also has experience in Indigenous litigation. Rob acts principally for energy companies, electric and natural gas utilities, marine terminal operators, commercial carriers (rail, truck and marine), and mining companies. He has provided advice on the environmental assessment of, and regulatory approvals for, large scale hydroelectric projects, high voltage transmission line and substation projects, natural gas transmission pipeline projects, and marine terminal facility projects.
Doug McArthur
Professor, School of Public Policy
Simon Fraser University
Doug McArthur, Professor in the School of Public Policy, has been awarded the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Medal for excellence in public service The medal, sponsored by the Institute of Public Administration Canada was presented at a ceremony in Government House by Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin in late June. As the 2018 winner of this prestigious Medal he was honoured for his outstanding contributions to policy and public administration for the past 40 years.
Doug McArthur grew up on a family farm near Watrous, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan, and continued his studies as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the University of Chicago, and as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Doug’s career in public service includes serving as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Northern Saskatchewan and MLA and Minister of Education in Saskatchewan over the 1972 to 1982 period. He served as Chair of the Council of Education Ministers Canada in 1981-82. From 1990 to 1992 he was Deputy Minister to the Executive Council and Chief Land Claims negotiator for the Yukon Government during which time agreement was reached on the historic Yukon wide land claims agreement. He joined the British Columbia Government in 1992 as Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, where, among other achievements, he was responsible for negotiating the creation of the BC Treaty Commission and setting up the Treaty process.
He subsequently served as Deputy Minister to the Premier in BC from 1992 to 1998. One of his major achievements was leading the forest sector renewal strategy and the accompanying processes for the resolution of major land-use conflicts, including the 1996 softwood lumber agreement. He was also instrumental in the conclusion of the Nisga'a Treaty.
He has been Professor of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University’s highly regarded School of Public Policy since it was created in 2003, where he teaches and writes on government, politics and First Nations issues, including Treaty and related policy and self-government matters. He was a long-time participant in the successful Tsawwassen First Nation negotiations as a member of its Treaty negotiations team and continues to teach and work on indigenous policy, primarily by advising First Nations on negotiations and policy development.
Chief Harvey McLeod
Upper Nicola Band
Harvey McLeod was born and raised in Quilchena - Upper Nicola. He was first elected to Upper Nicola council in 1985 and was elected Chief in 2014 and re-elected in 2017 for another three year term mentored by many great Chiefs from the Nicola Valley. Harvey is also a Commissioner/Director for B.C. Housing - B.C. crown corporation. This term expires in December 2018 - appointed in December of 2014. Harvey also worked for the Federal Government in employment and training for nine years. He left that position to manage the AHRDA sub-agreement and the the ASETS agreement for the Nicola, Lytton and Lillooet communities for a total of fifteen years. He has had many life and work experiences from ranch cowboy to federal government employee. Harvey’s passions and values - family, community and the land - Timx. He is a proud dad to two daughters and a proud grandfather of a four year old boy and 2 year old girl.
Lyne Mercier
National Energy Board
Before joining the NEB, Ms. Mercier worked at Gaz Métro for over 29 years, serving 10 years in executive positions At Gaz Métro she was Director of the gas supply division, where she was responsible for strategic policy related to natural gas supply and, for the management of natural gas transmission, storage and supply contracts. Prior to that, she was head of the pricing division, where she was responsible for toll design and cost-of-service allocation studies.
David Morton
Chair & CEO
British Columbia Utilities Commission
Mr. Morton has been a Commissioner with the BC Utilities Commission for eight years and the Chair and CEO of since December 2015. Prior to that he worked in the information technology sector for over 35 years. He is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto; a Licentiate in Accounting from the Society of Management Accountants Canada; and is certified with the ICD.D designation in 2013 by the Institute of Corporate Directors. He also serves as director for the Arts Club, the largest theatre company in Western Canada and is the president of the West Vancouver Community Arts Council.
Bruce Orloff
IBM Canada (Energy, Environment & Utilities Practice)
Bruce Orloff is a Partner and the Canadian Utilities Solution Leader in IBM Canada’s Energy, Environment & Utilities practice with over 29 years of experience in the energy, utilities and telecommunications industries. He has extensive knowledge and experience managing, developing, selling and implementing advanced solutions in electricity and telecommunications regulated and de-regulated markets in North America, Sweden and Australia.
Bruce is also one of the founding members and past board member of SmartGrid Canada, a national organization dedicated to promoting a more modern and efficient electricity grid for the benefit of all Canadians through education, collaboration, promotion, and action.
Bruce is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in the area of Smart Grid, Customer Engagement, Cognitive and Analytics solutions for utilities and Renewables and has also published articles and presented at key industry conferences.
Pierre-Olivier Pineau
Professor, Department of Decision Sciences
HEC Montreal (Université de Montréal)
Pierre-Oliver Pineau (PhD, HEC Montréal, 2000) is a professor at the Department of Decision Sciences of HEC Montréal and holds the Chair in Energy Sector Management since December 2013. He is an energy policy and management specialist, with a focus on electricity reforms. He has published many papers on the energy sector, most of them exploring the links between energy and some aspects of sustainable development. He participates regularly in the public debate on energy and has authored many reports for the government and other public organizations. He is a CIRANO Fellow, member of the CAEE, CIRODD and institute EDDEC. Before joining HEC Montreal, he was an associate professor at the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria (2001-2006).
Liane Randolph
California Public Utilities Commission
Commissioner Liane M. Randolph was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2015. She formerly served as Deputy Secretary and General Counsel at the California Natural Resources Agency and was appointed to that position by Governor Brown in May 2011.
Commissioner Randolph’s portfolio and interests generally focus on long-term resource planning, infrastructure, and governance. She is presently the lead Commissioner for approximately 65 formal proceedings spanning the regulated electricity, gas, telecommunications, transportation and water industries. Commissioner Randolph leads the Integrated Resource Plan proceeding established per Senate Bill 350, the investigations into the future of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, the Resource Adequacy proceeding, the Climate Change Adaptation proceeding, and the Transportation Network Companies proceeding. She is also the chair of the Policy and Governance committee at the Commission, and has spearheaded reforms to the CPUC’s Rules of Practice and Procedure.
Commissioner Randolph is an expert in government and administrative law. She served as Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) from 2003 to 2007, where she managed a staff of 70 in the implementation and enforcement of California's Political Reform Act. Prior to her service at the FPPC, Commissioner Randolph practiced municipal law and previously served as City Attorney for the Cities of San Leandro and Suisun City. Commissioner Randolph obtained her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also earned a B.A. in History.
Tracy Sletto
Executive Vice-President, Transparency & Strategic Engagement Organization
National Energy Board
Ms. Sletto joined the NEB in 2011 with extensive experience strategic planning, policy development, finance, strategic communications, and public administration. She is responsible for the NEB’s Energy Information programs, Indigenous, Stakeholder and Northern engagement, Data and Information Management, and Communications. Before joining the NEB, she worked with Western Economic Diversification Canada in Calgary and the Government of Saskatchewan in a variety of leadership roles.
Doyle Sullivan
Director Tariff Design
Doyle Sullivan is Director, Tariff Design at the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and has been with the organization since 2005. In this role he is responsible for all matters pertaining to the AESO tariff which includes cost recovery for all transmission and capacity market costs. Currently Mr. Sullivan’s team is leading two major initiative’s with industry; 1.) reviewing the current design of the transmission tariff and 2.) designing the tariff for the allocation of costs for the new capacity market to be implemented in November, 2021. Prior to taking on the tariff design aspects for the AESO he was Director of Regulatory Services which primarily involved managing the filing of all Need Identification Documents for the AESO.
Mr. Sullivan is a Professional Engineer, he graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and has over 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He has also spent time in his career at ENMAX and TransAlta in the areas of transmission design and construction, telecommunications, transmission planning and generation development.
Peter Tertzakian
Executive Director
ARC Energy Research Institute
Peter Tertzakian is the Executive Director of ARC Energy Research Institute.
Peter is an economist, investment strategist, advisor, author and public speaker on issues vital to the future of energy and Canada’s role in meeting evolving energy demand.
With over 30 years of experience, his holistic knowledge of physics, innovation, finance and economics allows him to give audiences thought provoking advice on how to think about pressing issues on the transition to sustainable energy solutions.
An accomplished author, Peter’s two best-selling books, A Thousand Barrels a Second (McGraw-Hill, NY 2005) and The End of Energy Obesity (John Wiley & Sons, NY 2009) provide insight into the dynamic world of energy transitions through a thoughtful and highly readable examination of economic, environmental and geopolitical pressures.
In 2015 Peter was seconded to the four-person Royalty Review Panel for the province of Alberta – the world’s 8th largest producer of oil and gas – where he led the redesign of the fiscal policy. In 2016 Peter was inducted into the Alberta Petroleum Hall of Fame.
Simon Turmel
Board Member
Régie de l'énergie
Simon Turmel was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1990 and also holds a BA in Political Science from Université Laval. Mr. Turmel was a member of the law firm Kronström Desjardins prior to be becoming a member of Hydro-Québec's, and the Régie de l'énergie's legal services. He practiced in the field of administrative law, including energy, aboriginal and environmental law. He also led various ministerial offices including those of Justice, Immigration & Cultural Communities, Mines & Wildlife, and Aboriginal Affairs. In 2015, he was appointed as Commissioner to the Régie de l’énergie.
Nick Wagner
Nick Wagner officially began serving as a member of the Iowa Utilities Board on May 24, 2013, appointed by Governor Branstad to fill a term ending on April 30, 2019.
Board member Wagner was installed as the new president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) at its 130th Annual meeting in November of 2018. Wagner will focus on ensuring NARUC is meeting the needs of its members, and is providing the leadership necessary in an evolving utility industry. Wagner also serves on the NARUC Committee on Gas, the Washington Action Program, and the Committee on Critical Infrastructure. Wagner also serves as treasurer of the National Council on Electric Policy (NCEP), as a member of the EPRI advisory council, on the Executive Committee of CCIF, an advisory council member of New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities, and has previously held several leadership positions in MARC.
Prior to joining the Board, Wagner was the Director of Quality Management for the ESCO Group in Marion, Iowa. His professional and management duties at ESCO Group included project execution in industrial automation including standby and emergency diesel generator control, facility energy and efficiency audits, and building control.
Wagner served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2008 to 2012 as ranking member and chair of the Local Government Committee and as vice chair of the Appropriations Committee. Wagner also sat on the Administration and Regulation Budget Sub-Committee, Commerce, Transportation, and Ways and Means Committees.
Wagner previously served four years as an at-large elected member of the Marion City Council.
Wagner received his Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering in 1996 and a Master’s of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1998, both from the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Mandie, reside in Marion, Iowa and have a daughter and son.
Moin Yahya
Vice Dean & Professor
University of Alberta Faculty of Law
Moin A. Yahya is a professor of law and the vice-dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta, where has been on faculty since 2003. He was a member of the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) from 2009 to 2012 and an acting member of the Commission from 2012 to 2018.
Deborah Yedlin
University of Calgary
Deborah Yedlin has been observing, commenting and writing about the nexus of business and politics for more than two decades, as a journalist for the Financial Post, Globe and Mail and Calgary Herald newspapers.
In addition to her writing, she has been a regular commentator on these matters for CBC Radio and Television and CTV since 1996. With a resume that includes working on Wall Street and Bay Street, Deborah has brought a unique and informed perspective to her columns that have addressed topics ranging from economics, finance, politics, science, innovation and education – all with the intent to educate and inform her readers about topics important to Calgarians, Albertans and Canadians.
Paula Zarnett
Vice President
BDR North America Inc.
Paula Zarnett has been Vice President of BDR NorthAmerica Inc. since 2007. BDR is a Toronto-based consulting firm providing regulatory, business planning and merger/acquisition advisory services to energy sector participants.
Ms. Zarnett earned an MBA degree in Finance from the University of Calgary in 1981 and a CMA designation in 1984. She spent 14 years in positions of progressive responsibility at Toronto Hydro, leading to the position of Manager, Marketing and Energy Management. In that position, her responsibilities included rate designs for all customer classes, cost allocation studies, financial analysis of major capital programs, key account management, conservation program design and implementation, and the utility’s water heater business. Since 1998, she has been a consultant advising energy sector clients including utilities, major consumers, regulators and government agencies, unregulated generators and others in regulatory matters, business planning and mergers and acquisitions. She has performed assignments for clients across Canada, in the United States, in Africa and in China.
Ms. Zarnett’s practice before regulators focuses in the areas of cost allocation and rate design. She has been qualified as an expert in cost allocation before the Ontario Energy Board, the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board, and the Régie de ‘Energie.