Nichole DusykSenior Analyst

Nichole Dusyk is senior analyst working on federal environmental law reform. Her research with the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading energy think tank, will create policy recommendations to ensure that federal energy decision-making is open, inclusive, and evidence-based. This includes investigating approaches to public engagement and models for the management and analysis of energy data.

Nichole’s previous research has examined how citizen engagement has influenced both the design of energy technologies and the formation of individual and collective identities. Focused primarily within British Columbia, this work has looked at municipal energy planning, large-scale hydroelectricity (Site C), wind energy, and bitumen pipelines. Nichole is passionate about ensuring that our discussion of energy systems includes the people and the places that are implicated in infrastructure development.

Nichole has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta, a master’s degree in science and technology studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a doctoral degree in resource management and environmental studies from the University of British Columbia. 


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Nichole Dusyk's Recent Publications

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All Hands on Deck An assessment of provincial, territorial and federal readiness to deliver a safe climate

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July 22, 2021 - By Nichole Dusyk, Isabelle Turcotte, Thomas Gunton, Josha MacNab, Sarah McBain, Noe Penney, Julianne Pickrell-Barr, Myfannwy Pope

Though Canada’s provinces and territories hold much of the power over energy resources, the majority lack the policy infrastructure and measures necessary to achieve significant emissions reductions. To determine readiness to act on climate, the Pembina Institute and Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management assessed each province, territory and the federal government on 24 climate policies and measures foundational for climate success.

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Federal energy projections must align with limiting global warming to 1.5 Policy brief

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Nov. 25, 2021 - By Nichole Dusyk

The national energy supply and demand scenarios generated by the Canadian government need to model a clean energy transition. Currently, the energy scenarios produced by the Canada Energy Regulator do not support the forward-looking planning that is needed in the era of climate change, bringing a significant risk of missed climate targets, poor investment and spending decisions, and the increased likelihood that Canadians will be unprepared for shifting global markets.  

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Solid methodology key to trustworthy climate policy findings Assessment included multiple stages of review by subject-matter experts

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July 23, 2021 - By Nichole Dusyk

What policies and measures are necessary to help governments limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and deliver on the promise of a safer, sustainable world for all? The evaluation framework used in All Hands on Deck: An assessment of Canadian readiness to deliver a safe climate is derived from a number of previous studies, and includes 24 indicators that are foundational for climate success. Multiple levels of review throughout the assessment ensure accurate results.

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IEA special report to provide global roadmap to net-zero The International Energy Agency’s new analysis will show what limiting global warming means for the energy sector

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May 13, 2021 - By Nichole Dusyk

The International Energy Agency’s Net-Zero in 2050: A roadmap for the global energy system report will show what limiting global warming means for the energy sector. Here’s what Pembina Institute will be looking for. 

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Does Canada’s net-zero math add up? The emissions we count and where we count them matters in the Strategic Assessment of Climate Change

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April 13, 2021 - By Nichole Dusyk

The math for calculating net-zero emissions seems simple. But it’s not, because the equation Canada is working with is flawed. Simply put, Canada’s definition of net-zero doesn’t add up. Because Canada’s definition of net-zero includes “avoided” emissions and does not require consideration of lifetime emissions when deciding whether a project is in the public interest, both sides of the ledger won’t necessarily be equal.

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