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The Pembina Institute can provide keynote speakers for events or experts for small format presentations to corporate groups, associations, government or the public. From our broadly knowledgeable and entertaining executive director, Ed Whittingham, to experts in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate change, oilsands, liquified natural gas and transportation, we have speakers that inspire and educate with amazing insights and data.
Rates for senior staff are generally $2,000 to $2,500 plus expenses. We offer special rates for not-for-profits.
To book a speaker, email Lynne Whenham or call her at 604-874-8558 x226.
National energy strategy • energy policy • corporate sustainability • oilsands• collaboration • climate change strategies
Bio - Ed Whittingham
Ed Whittingham is the personable and engaging executive director of the Pembina Institute, a sustainable energy think tank with 40 employees working on renewable energy, climate change, oilsands and transportation in Canada.
Whittingham wants to see sustainable energy solutions become the cornerstone of our energy supply and economy. As he puts it: "The way we produce and consume energy has a real bearing on the mark we leave on the environment."
Whittingham serves 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 oilsands issues. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Calgary, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and The Banff Centre.
On first blush, Whittingham hardly seems to fit the environmentalist stereotype, but his colorful and engaging speaking style is recognized and appreciated. In workshops, his ice-breaking sessions are legendary, perhaps a nod to his roots in theatre.
Whittingham is a driving force behind Pembina's pragmatic, research and solutions-oriented approach. He previously headed up the corporate consulting program that advises Canadian companies, governments, political leaders and NGOs on sustainable energy strategies and management practices.
Ed specializes in greenhouse gas management strategies, best practices for stakeholder engagement, and cross-sector collaboration for sustainable energy policy initiatives.
He led Pembina's consulting work on corporate sustainability, strategic planning and climate change. The consulting group also worked on Life Cycle Value Assessments, renewable energy, technology assessment, policy analyses, training, and workshop design and facilitation.
He previously managed UTSB Research, a Banff-based conservation group. The organization reported to Canadian parliamentary committees, spearheaded environmental litigation and led numerous policy research projects.
Whittingham holds an International MBA from York University's Schulich School of Business, where he studied as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada scholar.
Whittingham specialized in corporate sustainability and international business during his graduate studies. His interest in international issues began when he spent a year in Japan as part of the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program doing market research for the United Nations Environment Programme.
Memberships, Committees and Director Positions
- Member, Leadership Council, Research Network for Business Sustainability (present)
- Member Representative, New Directions Group (present)
- Instructor, "The Policy and Regulatory Aspects of CCS," Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (present)
- Researcher and Member, Energy Framework Initiative, CAPP/CGI/CEPA/CPPI (2009)
- Chair, Oversight Committee, Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation into Business Strategy project, Research Network for Business Sustainability (2008-2009)
- Member, Oversight Committee, Best Practices in Community Engagement project, Research Network for Business Sustainability (2007-2008)
Regional Director, Alberta and the North
Alberta energy policy • carbon capture and storage (CCS) • consensus-based negotiation • coal • stakeholder engagement • oilsands
Bio - Chris Severson-Baker
Chris Severson-Baker is the Pembina Institute's invisible hand. He's spent over 15 years helping define and create the Pembina Institute of today.
More than a respected senior manager, Chris knows his stuff. He has written or co-written dozens of reports on the constant improvement of standards in the oil and gas, oilsands and electricity generation industries.
He excels at diving into complicated, messy situations where he consistently brings an insightful, level-headed, high-integrity approach to the table.
"I feel like climate change and the key sustainability challenges we currently face are putting the planet and people directly in danger — it's pretty serious stuff. It's something I want to focus my career on, trying to avert negative outcomes," explains Chris.
"Working for Pembina is the best way I can conceive of to make a contribution. As an individual you can have a bigger impact on these issues working for Pembina than working for industry or government — so I work for Pembina," says Chris.
His focus since joining the Institute in 1996 has been on reducing the health and environmental impacts of oil and gas, the oilsands and power generation in Alberta.
When the work week winds down "I like to spend time on a small piece of land outside of Calgary in the country. I enjoy spending time with my family out there and I always like having a good movie or book on the go." His latest recreational book: A Song of Ice and Fire series by George Martin.
- Chris is the author or co-author of numerous reports and publications on conventional energy, oilsands, electricity generation and other energy issues, including:
- Comparing the Offshore Drilling Regulatory Regimes of the Canadian Arctic, the U.S., the U.K., Greenland, and Norway
- Taking the Wheel: Correcting the course of cumulative environmental management in the Athabasca oilsands, which proposes a new multi-stakeholder approach;
- Oilsands Fever: The environmental implications of Canada's oilsands rush, a comprehensive look at the development of oilsands in Alberta's boreal forest and the environmental consequences;
- He is a member of the Carbon Capture and Storage Regulatory Framework Assessment (CCS RFA) committee at Alberta Energy, and an environmental representative on the Global Reporting Initiative helping create reporting indicators for the oil and gas industry.
- Chris sits on the board of Alberta's Clean Air Strategic Alliance, a body that works to build consensus strategies to improve air quality in Alberta.
- He is the former head of the Pembina Institute's Policy Group, which carries out research and advocacy to advance sustainable energy solutions in Canada in the areas of climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency, oilsands and transportation.
- Chris holds a B.Sc. in environmental and conservation science from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in environment and management from Royal Roads University.
Associate Regional Director, Alberta and the North
Alberta energy policy • oilsands • stakeholder engagement
Bio - Simon Dyer
Simon Dyer is the regional director for Alberta and the North at the Pembina Institute, and former director of the Institute's oilsands program. A registered professional biologist, Simon has worked on natural resource management issues in western Canada since 1999. Simon holds a Master of Science degree in environmental biology and ecology from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Arts in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge in the UK.
Simon is the co-author of over 40 Pembina Institute publications and has represented the Pembina Institute at many regulatory and parliamentary hearings and multistakeholder processes. In 2013 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work to support environmentally responsible energy development in Alberta and Canada.
Regional Director, British Columbia
climate policy for communities • B.C. energy policy • Green Building Leaders • community-based environmental advocacy
Bio - Josha MacNab
To some, "climate change" is a big, complicated issue that seems hard to solve. To Josha MacNab it's all about thinking locally and coming up with new and innovative solutions to engage communities in saving energy, producing clean energy and reducing emissions.
As the the Pembina Institute's regional director for British Columbia, Josha works to help local governments and communities understand emissions, green their buildings and develop energy plans that help them reduce emissions and energy use.
"Municipalities are often miles ahead of provincial and federal governments on issues of sustainability and are able to implement the types of solutions that result in real changes long before a province, or the federal government," says Josha.
With this in mind Josha helped develop the Green Building Leaders project: a coalition of forward-thinking communities that share ideas with each other and the province of British Columbia to advocate for policies that dramatically reduce energy use and emissions from buildings.
To Josha sustainability means more then reducing reliance on fossil fuels: "One of the words I like to use instead of sustainability is healthy," she says. "We think of sustainable communities as places where the air is clean, the water is fresh, there are plenty of opportunities for recreation, necessities are within walking distance, buildings use energy efficiently, people have healthy working environments and the economy is strong and resilient to future changes."
Josha has worked with many communities including Dawson Creek, B.C. a city that has created a community energy plan, invested in local renewable energy production, developed a vehicle purchasing plan and even crafted a Planning for People website for its residents to learn about living sustainably.
In her spare time Josha is learning to fly on the trapeze. "My partner Sam grew up in Montreal and in Quebec, where Cirque du Soleil comes from, and it's pretty common for people there to take circus lessons. It turns out there were lessons offered five minutes from our house in Vancouver, so that's what we're doing!"
- Josha is co-author of Green Economy Series of fact sheets, including The Business of Climate Change, Putting a Price on Climate Pollution and Walking the Green Talk.
- Josha has published many client reports assessing various aspects of sustainability in communities. She has also published numerous public fact sheets and reports: click to see a list.
- She is currently coordinator of the Green Building Leaders project, working with B.C. communities to improve energy performance standards and renewable energy requirements for buildings.
- Josha is an expert on energy and policy planning for communities and has worked with many communities to help them understand where they are using energy, the climate change impacts of that use and how they can plan to reduce energy use.
- Her early career experience in environmental education coupled with her on-the-ground experience helping communities wrestle with sustainability has helped Josha become an engaging speaker with practical experience behind her.
- Josha holds two bachelor's degrees, one in history and another in environmental education, as well as a Master of Resource Management from Simon Fraser University.
Associate Regional Director, British Columbia
climate change policy • carbon pricing and taxes • cap-and-trade • B.C. energy policy • liquified natural gas
Bio - Matt Horne
Matt Horne is an engineer and after working for years on technical solutions, he decided he wanted to shift gears to apply his problem solving skills to the big challenges in the world. That's where the Pembina Institute came in.
"I work on getting better climate change policy in Canada. We work with businesses and communities to share perspectives and figure out solutions we can collectively support," explains Matt.
Matt's been on the front lines of the climate change issue in B.C. for a number of years, but he's also had plenty of experience working on sustainable energy solutions on the ground. He's worked with 10 First Nations communities on community energy planning projects. One, the Douglas First Nation, no longer relies on diesel generators and is supplying electricity to the grid from the run-of-river hydro projects they've helped to develop.
Prior to joining the Institute, Matt worked extensively with energy-economy models on projects attempting to estimate the costs and benefits of climate change policy in Canada.
Matt has also worked with local governments in B.C., including Dawson Creek, Hudson's Hope and Bowen Island, mostly on greening their fleets and facilities and developing green building policies.
After hours you will find Matt "hanging out with my daughter and my partner — and right now that means a lot of trips to the playground," he says.
- Matt is co-author of Recommendations for Quebec's draft cap-and-trade regulations, a review of Quebec's efforts to put a price on carbon, with concerns noted about effectiveness, fairness, and transparency.
- He is author of Shale gas in British Columbia: Risks to B.C.'s climate action objectives, which provides an overview of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by British Columbia's natural gas sector.
- His report Measuring the appetite for climate action in British Columbia described poll results showing that British Columbians support carbon taxes and are confident that taking action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution will help grow, or have little or no impact on, the provincial economy.
- Matt is the author or co-author of a number of other Pembina reports; click here for a complete list.
- He sat on B.C. provincial government's green energy advisory task force, and on energy planning committees for BC Hydro and FortisBC.
- Matt has given numerous presentations to B.C.'s budget committee, mostly on carbon taxes and ways of using the revenue.
- Matt holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Master of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University.
Acting Regional Director, Ontario
convening • economic analysis of clean energy • emerging clean technologies
Bio - Eli Angen
Eli Angen is the Ontario regional director at the Pembina Institute. Eli has worked on a diversity of projects with the institute, including convening thought leaders on shale gas and our energy future; technical analysis of emerging technologies and sustainability opportunities; and economic option modelling for the oil and gas and electricity sectors. His key roles include project management, facilitation, technical support and strategic advice.
Eli’s background includes project engineering and project management with the Alberta oil and gas sector, with engagements ranging from small retrofits and upgrades to international pipelines. In addition, he has extensive experience working in international development both as a field worker in Africa and through corporate engagement in Canada. Eli holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary.
Host/Producer of Green Energy Futures
renewable energy and efficiency success stories • renewable energy in the media
Bio – David Dodge
David Dodge is the host and producer of the Green Energy Futures multimedia series that tells the stories of green energy pioneers who are advancing green energy solutions in their homes, businesses or communities.
David is the former communications director of the Pembina Institute and has spent 25 years sharing the plight and beauty of the environment with anyone who will listen. He spent seven years as an award winning news photographer and columnist with the St. Albert Gazette. He served as the first executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society in Alberta, the founding editor of Borealis Magazine and the host and producer of more than 350 CKUA radio programs on sustainability, climate change and the environment.
David was the production manager for Lone Pine Publishing and had the pleasure of overseeing the design and production of many books including: Birds of Alberta by Chris Fisher and John Acorn, Dawn Hanna's Best Hikes and Walks of Southwestern BC, the revised Canadian Rockies Access Guide and many more titles. David was also the project manager for GreenLearning.ca, phase I and has worked on a number of environmental education projects over the years.