Janetta McKenzieManager, Oil and Gas

Portrait of Janetta McKenzie

Janetta McKenzie is manager of the oil and gas program at the Pembina Institute. She works on energy policy development, natural gas certification, and industrial decarbonization in Canada.

Prior to joining the Institute, Janetta completed a Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo, analyzing the socio-political impacts of pipeline regulation in Canada and the United States. She also holds master’s degrees from the University of Sydney and London School of Economics. Previously, Janetta has also worked on regulatory compliance for TC Energy and contributed to a variety of research projects on international climate governance.  

In her free time, she can be found horseback riding or reading science fiction novels


Contact Janetta McKenzie

work: 587-328-2040 • email: janettam@pembina.org

Janetta McKenzie's Recent Publications

Cover of Survival of the Cleanest: Assessing the cost and carbon competitiveness of Canada’s oil

Survival of the Cleanest Assessing the cost and carbon competitiveness of Canada’s oil

Publication Nov. 27, 2023- By Janetta McKenzie, Scott MacDougall, Eyab Al-Aini
The Pembina Institute looked at 36 major producing oilfields in Canada, representing about 62% of all Canadian production, 92% of Alberta’s production, and all offshore production. Most Canadian projects are well above global averages on both price and carbon.
Oilsands refinery in Fort McMurray

Emissions cap needed to spur reductions from highly profitable energy industry Alberta can prepare for a world in which not only is demand for fossil fuels declining, but the emissions associated with those products are more highly scrutinized

Op-ed Feb. 20, 2024- By Janetta McKenzie
Economies of scale help to deliver resilience and profit in the energy sector. But what the industry isn’t doing is spending a significant amount on decarbonizing its operations. Only an emissions cap will obligate companies to do so.
Cover of design recommendations for a national oil and gas emissions cap

Design recommendations for a national oil and gas emissions cap Pembina Institute comments and recommendations on the Regulatory Framework for an Oil and Gas Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap

Publication Feb. 5, 2024- By Janetta McKenzie
The Oil and Gas Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap, as proposed, represents a realistic and reasonable pathway to meaningful emissions reductions in the oil and gas sector this decade. The Pembina Institute generally supports the level and scope of the proposed cap; it is a crucial step forward in bending the curve on emissions in Canada’s highest-emitting sector. We also recommend that the regulatory development timeline for this emissions cap be accelerated where possible.
Oilsands operation in Fort McMurray

Federal oil and gas emissions cap shines harsh spotlight on Alberta’s lack of action Cap addresses a competitive weakness of Canada’s high-carbon oil

Op-ed Dec. 7, 2023- By Janetta McKenzie
There are two different plans for reducing emissions from the oil and gas sector. There is Canada’s plan, finally announced Thursday by Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault at COP28 in Dubai. This plan is responsible and realistic. Then there is the Alberta approach, released in April, which includes no firm commitment to reduce emissions. The contrast is stark: the federal framework puts the Alberta plan to shame.
cover of cash flow modeling CCS

Cash flow modeling shows carbon capture and storage can help meet climate goals Policy Options article and technical backgrounder

Publication July 28, 2023- By Scott MacDougall, Jonathan Arnold, Janetta McKenzie
Our cash-flow model assesses economic viability of CCS projects under existing and announced policies and incentives in Alberta. It shows CCS projects are not only an investment in competitiveness and regulatory compliance but can also offer positive returns for what is the cost of doing business in the low-carbon economy.

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