Ed Whittingham is the Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading energy and environment research organization. Pembina aims to advance sustainable energy solutions through research, advocacy and consulting, through 55 staff in seven offices across Canada working on a $5 million annual budget. In September 2011 Ed was named to Canada’s 2012 Clean50 list, which honours 50 outstanding contributors to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada.
From 2005 to 2010 Ed directed Pembina's consulting program, through which he has led a variety of stakeholder, policy and technical analysis projects around sustainable energy production and consumption. These projects have been for provincial and federal government departments and corporate clients in energy, energy services, utilities, pipelines, financial services, pulp and paper and real property. He also regularly assists Pembina's policy research projects in areas around sustainable transportation policies, clean electricity, carbon capture and storage and heavy oil extraction.
Through his work Ed has served in an advisory capacity to companies, industry associations, government bodies and research networks on sustainable energy solutions. He regularly speaks to Canadian and American audiences on climate change, corporate sustainability, energy strategy and oil sands issues. Ed is also a faculty member of Leadership Development at The Banff Centre, a board member of Carbon Management Canada, an advisory board member of the Network for Business Sustainability, and an advisory council member of the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business at the Schulich School of Business.
Ed holds an International MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business, where he specialized in corporate sustainability and international business. His interest in international issues began when he spent a year in Japan as part of the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program. During his graduate studies he was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada scholar, an Export Development Canada scholar and a visiting researcher at the United Nations Environment Programme’s Japan branch. At York Ed also co-founded Canada's first graduate student-led and independently-owned sustainability consultancy, the York Sustainable Enterprise Consultants. From 2007-2008 he served as an Alcoa Foundation Conservation and Sustainability Practitioner Fellow for his research into the U.S. Climate Action Partnership.
An avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, paddling, hunting, backcountry skiing and both playing and coaching hockey, Ed, his wife Yuka, and children Beck and Alice live happily in Banff.
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Capitalizing on Canadian innovation in a $3 trillion economy
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.
The Pembina Institute was very concerned to see the Alberta Utilities Commission's June 30, 2011 decision to approve Maxim Power Corp.'s application to construct a new coal plant before proposed federal coal regulations take effect in 2015. This letter to Environment Minister Peter Kent requests a review of that approval.
A novel, pragmatic alliance for promoting legislative action on climate change
The U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) is a coalition of transnational companies and major environmental groups that advocates for strong federal U.S. legislation on climate change. Using insider perspectives this report explores USCAP's successes and challenges to date, and offers lessons to those interested in cross-sector partnerships for influencing regulation and policy.
This compendium is a collection of six case studies showing how cross-sector partnerships can be used as vehicles for sustainable development in Canada.
November 14, 2006: Post-forum proceedings summary
A summary of the key proceedings and discussions arising from the Institute's "Thought Leader Forum on Environmental NGO-Industry Collaboration", held November 14, 2006, in Kananaskis Country, Alberta.
This report updates the Pembina Institute's 2001 publication A Comparison of Combustion Technologies for Electricity Generation, republished in 2004 as Appendix 4 in Power for the Future: Towards A Sustainable Electricity System in Ontario.
This summary presents Pembina policy recommendations that are designed to help Alberta's future premier improve the environmental and social quality of the province.