Our Leadership

Our Board of Directors provides governance and strategic direction to ERA. With diverse backgrounds that include industry, government, academia and the not-for-profit sector, the ERA Board provides us with tremendous expertise and leadership.

Kathleen Sendall, C.M.

Chair

Kathleen Sendall, C.M.

Kathleen Sendall, C.M.

Chair

Kathleen Sendall is a corporate director, serving on the Boards of CGG S.A., based in Paris, Enmax Energy Corporation, and Emissions Reduction Alberta. She is Chair of CGG’s Appointments and Remunerations Committee and also serves on the Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability Committee. At ENMAX, she is a member of the Human Resources, Compensation and Safety Committee, as well as the Governance Committee. She chairs the Board of Directors of Emissions Reductions Alberta as well as the Human Resources and Governance Committee.

Prior to her retirement in 2009, Ms. Sendall led Petro-Canada’s Natural Gas Business Unit, reporting to the CEO and was responsible for the company’s North American conventional exploration and production activities and natural gas marketing. She has over 30 years experience in all aspects of upstream operations, downstream marketing, human resource management, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions and government relations.

Ms. Sendall is a former Governor and served as Board Chair of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

Ms. Sendall is a member of the Sustainable Development Technology Corporation (SDTC) Member Council. She has advised federal and provincial governments on issues related to the participation of women on boards, climate change, carbon capture and storage, environmental legislation, and Arctic foreign policy. Kathy also chaired the Canadian Council of Academies Assessment Panel on the State of Industrial R&D in Canada.

Ms. Sendall has contributed her time to a number of not-for-profit Boards, and is currently a Trustee of the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation. She is past president and former director of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

She has received many awards including the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the APEGGA Community Service Award, and two honorary degrees, including an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary in 2013. She has been twice named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture. She was named four times as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and has been inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame. She was awarded the 50 Key Women in Energy Global Award and the Women Who Make a Difference Award from the International Women’s Forum. Ms. Sendall was named as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011 and awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012. In 2014/15 Ms. Sendall was the Jarislowsky Fellow at the Haskayne School of Business.

Ms. Sendall graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering, and attended the Ivey Executive Program at the Ivey School of Business.

Brenda Kenny, PhD

Vice-Chair

Brenda Kenny, PhD

Brenda Kenny, PhD

Vice-Chair

Brenda Kenny has extensive experience in energy regulation, sustainability and strategy development. Past President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), she currently serves on the Member Council of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), the board of the Canada West Foundation, and as co-chair of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature. She is a Canadian Academy of Engineering Fellow, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Brenda holds a doctorate in Resources and the Environment, a Masters of Mechanical Engineering, and a Bachelors of Applied Science.

Robert Mansell, PhD

Secretary-Treasurer

Robert Mansell, PhD

Robert Mansell, PhD

Secretary-Treasurer

Dr. Robert Mansell served as Head of Economics, Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Provost and Advisor to the President on Energy and Environment at the University of Calgary from 1996 to 2007. Robert is Emeritus Professor of Economics and continues to serve as Academic Director of the School of Public Policy at the University. He has authored over 100 studies on energy and regulatory issues, as well as many other studies on regional economics. His teaching includes courses on public-utility regulation, industrial development and regional economics.

Céline Bak

Céline Bak

Céline Bak

She is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation where she co-chairs of the Climate Policy and Finance Task Force which brings together 84 scholars from 42 global think tanks, 7 universities and 4 ENGOs to propose policies to the G20.

She sits as an independent director at Emissions Reduction Alberta, Green Centre Canada. She chairs the Core Evaluation Team for Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program. She has worked in 25 countries and she has worked internationally for more than 30 years.

Céline Bak is also President of Analytica Advisors where she has authored and published seven national reports which have revealed that innovative clean technology firms in Canada provide a meaningful and measurable environmental and economic impact. In so doing, she has initiated an industrial transformation in Canada through $1.8 billion in investments in the 2017 federal budget.

Jim Carter, O.C.

Jim Carter, O.C.

Jim Carter, O.C.

Jim Carter is a retired business executive who worked at Syncrude Canada Ltd. for nearly 28 years, including 10 years as president and 18 years as Operations Chief. Prior to joining Syncrude, Jim held progressively responsible management positions at McIntyre Mines Ltd. and the Iron Ore Company of Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mining Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now DalTech), and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Jim has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Three Canadian Universities. In 2005, he was named Resource Person of the Year by the Alberta Chamber of Resources, and was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. In 2013 Jim was inducted into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame and in 2017 was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

Joseph Doucet, PhD

Joseph Doucet, PhD

Joseph Doucet, PhD

Joseph Doucet is Dean of the University of Alberta School of Business, Canada’s first and longest accredited business school, globally recognized for its excellence in research, teaching and engagement. A respected academic, Joe’s research interests focus on the areas of energy and regulatory economics and policy; he also regularly provides strategic advice to firms and governments on these topics. Joe currently sits on the boards of the Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA), the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Alberta (CMC-Alberta) and La Fondation franco-albertaine. He is also a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Energy and Natural Resources Policy Council. Since 2015, he has been Chair of the Premier’s Advisory Committee on the Economy.

Sara Hastings-Simon, PhD

Sara Hastings-Simon, PhD

Sara Hastings-Simon, PhD

Sara Hastings-Simon is the Associate Regional Director for Alberta at the Pembina Institute and leads the institute’s clean economy program in Alberta. Sara has experience in cleantech, renewables, and energy efficiency, through the lenses of policy, business and technology. Her work has included research on success factors in the cleantech industry, international and domestic policy for climate change and emissions reduction, development of a detailed model of the North American power sector, and consulting work on key business issues in the cleantech sector with utilities, solar developers, venture capital firms and governments.

Prior to joining the Pembina Institute, Sara was the manager of the cleantech practice at McKinsey & Company, a global management-consulting firm. She holds a PhD in physics from the University of Geneva.

Sandra Locke

Sandra Locke

Sandra Locke

Sandra Locke is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Implementation and Regulatory Division of the Alberta Climate Change Office. The Climate Change Office is responsible for coordinating efforts to implement Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, reporting on those efforts, implementing policies and reporting on Alberta’s emissions.

Prior to working with the department of Environment and Parks, Sandra worked with International and Intergovernmental Relations as the Chief Assistant Deputy Minister, responsible for Alberta’s network of international offices. Prior to that role, Sandra was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Electricity and Sustainable Energy Division for Alberta Energy. Sandra has led initiatives to refine Alberta’s electricity retail market, improve transmission cost oversight, develop an alternative and renewable energy framework and lead Alberta’s carbon capture and storage initiatives. Since 2012 Sandra has chaired the International Standards Committee responsible for carbon capture, transportation and storage standards.

Sandra has an MBA from Memorial University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Clive Mather

Clive Mather

Clive Mather

Clive Mather is the Chairman of Iogen Corporation, the Canadian company that is a leading developer of cellulosic biofuel technology and biogas projects. He is also the Chairman of Shell’s Pension Funds in the UK and Chairman of Tearfund, the international Christian relief agency combating global poverty and injustice. He also works with NGO’s and governments on both sides of the Atlantic on energy and environmental issues.

Clive was President & CEO of Shell Canada Limited from 2004 to 2007, presenting the business case for sustainable development through communications and example. He was a member of the Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy in Alberta from 2009 until 2012. An advocate of leadership for good and corporate social responsibility, he has held many public appointments in the UK and lectures on ethical and environmental issues around the world. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Clive lives in Guildford, UK.

Patricia Mohr

Patricia Mohr

Patricia Mohr

Patricia Mohr is the former Vice-President, Economics & Commodity Market Specialist at Scotiabank’s Executive Offices in Toronto. Ms. Mohr worked closely with Corporate and Investment Banking – including the Oil & Gas team – and was responsible for preparing the commodity price forecasts for credit adjudication at The Bank. Ms. Mohr developed the ‘Scotiabank Commodity Price Index’ – the first index designed to measure price trends for Canadian commodities in export markets. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Patricia spent a number of years with Alberta Energy Co. Ltd. (now EnCana Corp.). She holds an Honours B.A. Degree and an M.A. Degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia and in 2013 was awarded the Metal Bulletin Apex Award for the most accurate gold and precious metal price forecasts of 2012. Patricia has recently been appointed to the Board of Avalon Advanced Materials Inc., serving industrial & clean-tech clients with lithium and specialty metals.