Chris Severson-BakerExecutive Director

Portrait of Chris Severson-Baker

Chris is the executive director of the Pembina Institute. He worked with the Institute from 1996 to 2016, then spent three years at the Alberta Energy Regulator before returning in 2020, most recently serving as senior director of the industrial decarbonization group before becoming executive director in 2022. He is a leading expert on responsible energy development, with specific expertise in oil and gas, oilsands and electricity.

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.

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Chris Severson-Baker's Recent Publications

Two women working on an electric Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck at an assembly plant

Pass the Sustainable Jobs Act now or risk future jobs and investments We’ll show the world that Canada is ready

Op-ed Feb. 5, 2024- By Chris Severson-Baker, Bea Bruske
Since the Sustainable Jobs Act was tabled, unions and environmental groups have worked with the government and opposition parties to strengthen the bill. Now we must pass it as soon as possible, so we can get started building an economy where sustainable industries are employing workers in good, sustainable jobs in every province and every region of the country.
Chris Severson-Baker at the Alberta Climate Summit

Canada hit the climate action accelerator in 2023, but some provinces are riding the brakes Boldness and clarity of COP28 final agreement has profound implications for our country

Blog Dec. 20, 2023- By Chris Severson-Baker
We cannot achieve our climate goals without collaboration and committed partnership across all levels of government. But as Canada accelerates, some provinces are applying the brakes. Throughout 2023, the Alberta and Saskatchewan governments have repeatedly opposed federal action on reducing emissions, without offering credible alternatives or concrete commitments of their own to reduce emissions.
Road through a new growth forest with a burnt forest in the distance

Canada needs to commit to ambitious climate action at COP28 As we continue to break environmental thresholds, this year's COP needs to address reducing global emissions and tripling renewable energy capacity

Blog Nov. 30, 2023- By Chris Severson-Baker
COP28 needs to address reducing emissions and tripling renewable energy capacity. As one of the largest contributors to climate change, Canada needs to continue delivering on its climate commitments and ramp-up climate action across all sectors.
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Renewable Energy and Land Use Planning Joint Letter

Publication Nov. 16, 2023- By Chris Severson-Baker, Debborah Donnelly, Kecia Kerr, Katie Morrison, Richard Schneider, Nicola Miller
Pembina Institute submitted a letter with its ENGO colleagues making recommendations to the Government of Alberta on a number of critical issues concerning land use and renewable energy, complementary to recommendations for the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) Inquiry.

Speech by Chris Severson-Baker at the World Petroleum Congress in Calgary "The Realities of the Energy Transition"

Blog Sept. 20, 2023- By Chris Severson-Baker
Chris Severson-Baker, executive director of the Pembina Institute, delivered a speech at the World Petroleum Congress in Calgary, September 19.


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