Chris is the Alberta regional director at 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. 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

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Recommendations for advancing Alberta’s hydrogen strategy Submission to the Government of Alberta

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On behalf of the Pembina Institute, Chris Severson-Baker, Nina Lothian and Jan Gorski submitted comments in February, 2021, to the Government of Alberta following a request for feedback that will inform the province’s Natural Gas Vision and Strategy, and hydrogen strategy.

Incandescent lightbulb

Axing Energy Efficiency Alberta costs homeowners, risks jobs Lost are efficiency programs, a rooftop solar initiative, and emissions reductions programs

Op-ed
June 16, 2020 - By Chris Severson-Baker

As of Sept. 30, Energy Efficiency Alberta — which helped thousands of homeowners, municipalities and businesses save money and energy, while creating jobs and improving Alberta’s international reputation — will no longer exist.

Link orphan-well aid cash with tougher regulations Financial support for oil and gas sector must uphold the polluter-pay principle

Op-ed
April 21, 2020 - By Chris Severson-Baker

As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, it’s critical we support government initiatives to create employment for Canadians trying to stay afloat. However, the devil is in the details. It is important that even in the post-pandemic environment, the polluter-pay principle holds.

Report cover: Sunset over the oilsands

The oilsands in a carbon-constrained Canada The collision course between overall emissions and national climate commitments

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Feb. 19, 2020 - By Benjamin Israel, Jan Gorski, Nina Lothian, Chris Severson-Baker, Nikki Way

In a continuing effort to depolarize the conversation, this report seeks to help establish a basic, commonly agreed-upon set of facts about Alberta’s oilsands, their emissions performance and trajectories, and what Canada’s commitment to achieve deep decarbonization will mean for the sector. 

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