Pembina Institute

Dan Woynillowicz — former employee

Director, Strategy and Communications

Passionate about energy policy and politics, Dan joined the Institute in 2001 as a policy analyst, led the Institute’s oilsands program from 2003 through 2007 and managed the organization’s strategy and communications from 2010 to 2012. He has authored or contributed to numerous reports on environmental, climate change and economic policy related to oilsands development, including the Institute’s groundbreaking 2005 report, Oilsands Fever: The environmental implications of Canada’s oilsands rush.

In December 2012, Dan joined Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada as director of policy and partnerships, where he engages in policy analysis and advocacy and convenes diverse stakeholders in support of clean energy.

Dan holds a master’s degree in environment and management from Royal Roads University, where he conducted research on corporate climate change strategy as a Social Science and Humanities Research Council scholar. He also holds a bachelor of science in environmental science from the University of Calgary.

Blogs
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Publications

Competing in Clean Energy

Capitalizing on Canadian innovation in a $3 trillion economy

Published Jan. 22, 2013

By Dan Woynillowicz, Penelope Comette, Ed Whittingham

What will it take for Canada to become a clean energy super power? The clean technology sector has emerged as a major driver of innovation and employment growth in Canada. But, if you ask the experts, federal policy and access to capital are still major barriers to a thriving clean energy industry in Canada. 

In the Shadow of the Boom

How oilsands development is reshaping Canada’s economy

Published May 30, 2012

By Dan Woynillowicz, Nathan Lemphers

This report looks at the extent to which oilsands production and exports are affecting Canada’s economy, and explores the longer-term economic implications of increased reliance on oilsands expansion to support economic growth and generate public revenue.

Published Jan. 31, 2011

By Dan Woynillowicz, Jeremy Moorhouse, Danielle Droitsch

This backgrounder provides a general overview of life cycle assessment and examines the various analyses of oilsands greenhouse gas emissions conducted to date, and concludes with a recommended checklist for performing a robust life cycle assessment of oilsands greenhouse gas emissions to inform public policy decisions. 

Published Aug. 28, 2009

By Dan Woynillowicz

 An Alberta court decision that permits the Energy Resource Conservation Board (ERCB) to ignore Royal Dutch Shell's breach of written agreements made to obtain regulatory approval signals a likely end to collaborative approaches in the oilsands.  Ecojustice, on behalf of the Pembina Institute and the Toxics Watch Society of Alberta, was denied Leave to Appeal the ERCB’s decision to uphold the approvals for two of Shell oilsands projects, even though the ERCB acknowledged Shell had broken written agreements to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

Published June 4, 2009

By Jennifer Grant, Dan Woynillowicz, Simon Dyer

The Oilsands Myths guide provides concise, referenced information on oilsands environmental impacts and management. An overview slide show is also available.

Published June 4, 2009

By Jennifer Grant, Dan Woynillowicz, Simon Dyer

This slideshow identifies a growing body of oilsands “spin” from federal and Alberta politicians and the oilsands industry and counters them with the plain facts about oilsands impacts.

Published April 7, 2009

By Dan Woynillowicz, Marlo Raynolds, Simon Dyer

On behalf of the Oilsands Environmental Coalition, the Pembina Institute and Ecojustice filed an affidavit with the Alberta ERCB and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency requesting that the approval of Royal Dutch Shell’s Jackpine Mine and Muskeg River Mine Expansion oilsands projects be re-considered through a new public hearing.

Heating Up in Alberta

Climate Change, Energy Development and Water

Published Feb. 9, 2009

By Mary Griffiths, Dan Woynillowicz

With available fresh water resources expected to decrease as a result of climate change, Alberta faces the challenge of meeting its growing demand for water in a sustainable manner. This report draws attention to the decline of summer river flows, the future effects of climate change on water supply and the projected growth in demand for water for energy production and to meet the needs of a growing population. It also documents Alberta’s contribution to climate change through growing greenhouse gas emissions, which the Government of Alberta will allow to continue to increase through 2020.

Published Nov. 12, 2008

By Dan Woynillowicz

Cette fiche d’information fournit un vue d’ensemble des données présentes dans la publication de l’Institut Pembina “La fièvre des sables bitumineux: Les conséquences écologiques de la ruée vers les sables bitumineux du Canada”.

Also available in English.

Fact or Fiction

Oilsands Reclamation

Published May 26, 2008

By Jennifer Grant, Dan Woynillowicz, Simon Dyer

Fact or Fiction: Oilsands Reclamation is a critical review of current policies and practices governing oilsands reclamation.

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Fact or Fiction (Fact Sheet)

Oilsands Reclamation

Published May 26, 2008

By Jennifer Grant, Dan Woynillowicz, Simon Dyer

Oilsands mining has transformed the Athabasca region of northeastern Alberta, and every year the lack of effective reclamation standards and the poor reclamation record of the oilsands mining industry becomes a bigger and bigger problem.

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Curing Environmental Dis-Integration

A Prescription for Integrating the Government of Alberta's Strategic Initiatives

Published April 16, 2008

By Dan Woynillowicz, Steve Kennett, Water Matters

This report discusses how the government has advanced numerous strategic initiatives in relative isolation from one another. It concludes that multiple strategies that individually address air, land, water and the activities that affect them will ultimately prove unsuccessful unless they are integrated through a common, legislated regional planning process.

Polling Alberta's Politicians on Oilsands

Results of the Alberta 2008 election all-candidate oilsands survey

Published Feb. 26, 2008

By Dan Woynillowicz, Simon Dyer

A Checklist for Alberta's Climate Change Plan

What to Look for in a Comprehensive Action Plan for Alberta

Published Jan. 7, 2008

By Marlo Raynolds, Dan Woynillowicz

Published June 11, 2007

By Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Dan Woynillowicz

The report, Driving it Home: Choosing the Right Path for Fuelling North America's Transportation Future, describes the stark energy crossroads that North America faces. Researched and written by the NRDC, Western Resources Advocates (WRA) - both American-based environmental groups - and the Calgary-based Pembina Institute.

Published April 11, 2007

By Dan Woynillowicz, Peggy Holroyd, Simon Dyer

This 4 page fact sheet highlights the key problems with the manner in which the Government of Alberta grants the initial rights to companies to explore for and develop oilsands. Recommendations for improving the process are also presented.

Published April 11, 2007

By Dan Woynillowicz, Peggy Holroyd, Simon Dyer

This 42 page report sheds light on the way in which the Alberta Government grants oilsands rights to oilsands companies thus driving many of the environmental and social problems plaguing the oilsands region today. Recommendations are made to improve the process.

Published April 2, 2007

By Dan Woynillowicz

In response to Phase II of the Alberta Oilsands Consultations, the Pembina Institute released this blueprint that calls for a moratorium on new oilsands project approvals and lease sales until six key requirements for responsible development are addressed.
 

Published Sept. 19, 2006

By Dan Woynillowicz

Satellite images of oilsands mining operations easily illustrate the environmental consequences of oilsands development, deemed by the United Nations Environment Program to be one of the 100 global "hot spots" of environmental change. Dan Woynillowicz, representing the Pembina Institute, highlighted the need for the govenment to rein in the pace of oilsands development and ensure it has the systems in place to protect the environment at the public consultation meetings on oilsands development in Fort McMurray.

Published Aug. 23, 2006

By Dan Woynillowicz

This fact sheet provides an overview of key facts and figures from The Pembina Institute's book Oilsands Fever: The Environmental Implications of Canada's Oilsands Rush.

Published May 1, 2006

By Mary Griffiths, Amy Taylor, Dan Woynillowicz

Oilsands mining and steam injection, to produce oil from bitumen that is too deep to mine, currently use vast amounts of water from rivers and groundwater. Rapid expansion in tar sands production means new technology and policies described in the report must be implemented to reduce water use.

Published May 1, 2006

By Mary Griffiths, Amy Taylor, Dan Woynillowicz

Oilsands mining and steam injection, to produce oil from bitumen that is too deep to mine, currently use vast amounts of water from rivers and groundwater. Rapid expansion in tar sands production means new technology and policies described in the report must be implemented to reduce water use.

Published March 15, 2006

By Dan Woynillowicz, Chris Severson-Baker

Down to the Last Drop is the first in a series of issue papers examining the environmental implications of Canada's oilsands operations. The report authors examine Alberta Environment's recently released plan for managing water withdrawals from the Athabasca River and concludes that it does not protect the river from long-term ecological impacts due to oilsands development.

Published Nov. 29, 2005

By Matthew Bramley, Dan Woynillowicz, Derek Neabel

Canada needs to urgently reduce its greenhouse gas emissions if it is to meet its near-term reduction targets as set by the Kyoto Protocol. Against this backdrop of urgent efforts, 28 new GHG intensive projects in Alberta's oilsands are expected to come on stream in the next 10 years. The stark contradiction between the need for deep reductions and rapid oilsands development demands urgent attention.

Oilsands Fever: The Environmental Implications of Canada's Oilsands takes a comprehensive look at the intense development of oilsands occurring in northern Alberta's boreal forest and the environmental consequences. The book concludes with recommendations on how to improve the environmental management of the oilsands.

This report examines trends in three topics related to oil and gas developments in western and northern Canada. It explores whether governments are obtaining maximum revenues from oil and gas resources. It considers the importance of setting aside oil and gas revenues for long-term stability and security. It examines environmental impacts from oil and gas developments.

Published April 1, 2003

By Mary Griffiths, Dan Woynillowicz

Due to recent droughts, Albertans are concerned about the use of fresh water by the upstream oil and gas industry. This paper examines the effects of conventional oil and gas activities, oilsands production and coalbed methane development on water resources. It includes recommendations to promote wise management and water conservation.

See also Protecting Water Producing Gas April 2007

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