Steve MacDonald, CEO

Speaking at SPARK 2019

About ERA

ERA was created in 2009 to help deliver on the province’s environmental and economic goals. ERA takes action on climate change and supports economic growth by investing in the pilot, demonstration and deployment of clean technology solutions that reduce GHGs, lower costs, attract investment, and create jobs in Alberta.

For every ERA dollar we commit to advancing new technologies, over $6 has been invested by funding partners.

Mandate & Vision


Reduce GHG emissions and grow Alberta’s economy by accelerating the development and adoption of innovative technology solutions.


Alberta has competitive industries that deliver sustainable environmental outcomes, attract investment, and are building a diversified, lower carbon economy.

Value Proposition

Our investments help innovators develop and demonstrate GHG-reducing technologies.These technologies will lower costs, improve competitiveness and accelerate Alberta’s transformation to a low carbon economy.

Strategic Priorities

To achieve ERA’s vision and mandate, we will:

Accelerate Technology

Invest in GHG-reducing technologies that help Alberta grow existing industries and create new ones.

Drive Commercialization

Convene the resources required to accelerate the commercialization and wide spread adoption of technology solutions that lead to economic growth and GHG reductions in Alberta.

Maximize Impact

Maximize our impact through leveraged funding, communications, operational excellence, and by measuring and reporting on key performance metrics.


Steve MacDonald Chief Executive Officer

Steve MacDonald is CEO of (ERA), an Alberta-based, board-governed not-for-profit corporation with a mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and grow Alberta’s economy by accelerating the development and adoption of innovation technology solutions. To date ERA has invested $647 million in 204 technology projects worth over $4.5 billion.

Prior to taking the leadership role at ERA, MacDonald had an extensive career in the Alberta Public Service, serving in a range of ministries including Treasury Board, Energy, Human Services, Innovation and Advanced Education and Executive Council. During this time, he led major initiatives to guide and transform policy and delivery systems to improve outcomes for Albertans including Alberta’s Social Policy Framework and province-wide economic and environmental initiatives.

Steve holds the ICD.D designation and is a Director on the Board of the Canada West Foundation. He is also a part-time instructor in the University of Alberta’s MBA and Executive Education programs. In 2018, Steve was honored to become a member of the Kainai Chieftainship.

Heather Stephens Chief Financial Officer

Heather Stephens is ERA’s Chief Financial Officer. She has an extensive background in audit and financial accounting with Not-for-Profit organizations , Government of Alberta agencies as well as various private and public Canadian and International companies. Prior to joining ERA directly, Heather spent 20 years with the multi-national accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, the last nine of which were primarily dedicated to helping establish and operate ERA (formerly Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation).

Bob Savage Executive Director, Planning and Performance

Bob Savage is ERA’s Executive Director of Planning and Performance. Involved with ERA since its inception, he brings more than 30 years of experience in government, where he was a central figure in the development of Alberta’s Climate Change policy, legislation, and greenhouse gas regulatory system.

As Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Bob was responsible for Alberta’s Climate Change Office (ACCO) within the Ministry of Environment and Parks. Prior to his role as an ADM, he was Executive Director for the Regulatory and Compliance Branch, where he was responsible for delivering the Climate Change Regulatory and Emission Trading systems, and the Renewable Fuels and Bioenergy programs. His past work also included the establishment ERA (formerly known as the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund and Corporation).

Bob’s education is focused on land use planning and resource economics, and he holds an MBA in Project Management.

Dr. Mark Summers Executive Director, Technology and Innovation

Mark Summers is Executive Director of Technology and Innovation for ERA. In this role, he leads ERA’s technology evaluation process and team of project managers. Mark’s background includes technology investment program and portfolio management, renewable energy technology, and climate change policy. Prior to joining ERA, he was Director of Renewable Energy at Alberta Innovates. He has also served as a Climate Change Engineer in the Climate Change Secretariat for the Government of Alberta, and a researcher at the University of Alberta. Mark graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Engineering Physics and a PhD in nanostructured engineering.

Era’s Governance

We are investing in a diverse portfolio of technologies that will reduce GHG emissions, and we’re helping innovators address barriers to commercialization.

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