Thomas Marr-Laing, ICD.D, is a principal in a diverse range of businesses. He provides consulting services to businesses and non-profit organizations in the areas of business and project development, regulatory and legal engagement, fundraising, and project management. Thomas was staff with the Pembina Institute from 1990 to 2005, serving in several senior roles including executive director (1996-2000) as well as policy director and director of the energy watch program. He chaired the Pembina Foundation from 2011 until its amalgamation with the Pembina Institute in 2019.

He is a director on the Beverage Container Management Board (BCMB) and chairs the BCMB’s Compliance Policy Committee. Previously, he has served as a director on the Alberta Recycling Management Authority Board as well as Alberta’s Clean Air Strategic Alliance. He has provided leadership to several multi-stakeholder bodies charged with developing policy frameworks to manage environmental issues associated with waste management and air quality/climate change. Thomas has completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta.


Thomas Marr-Laing's Recent Publications

Carbon Capture and Storage: An Arrow in the Quiver or a Silver Bullet to Combat Climate Change? A Canadian Primer

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Nov. 22, 2005 - By Mary Griffiths, Thomas Marr-Laing, Paul Cobb

The risks of carbon capture and storage (CCS) are examined and its role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Canadian and global storage and sequestration policy and initiatives are described.

When the Oilpatch Comes to Your Backyard A Citizens' Guide, 2nd Edition

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Nov. 1, 2004 - By Mary Griffiths, Thomas Marr-Laing, Chris Severson-Baker

This guide provides landowners, tenants and those living near oil and gas developments with the information and tools they need when dealing with the oil and gas industry in Alberta. The completely revised edition has been expanded with sections on coalbed methane development and covers new government regulations.

Patchwork Policy, Fragmented Forests In-situ oilsands, industrial development and the ecological integrity of Alberta's boreal forest

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March 1, 2000 - By Gail MacCrimmon, Thomas Marr-Laing

This 82-page paper by the Institute's Energy Watch staff looks at the environmental impacts of existing industrial activities and at potential cumulative impacts of new in-situ oilsands development. It outlines the elements of a Boreal Forest Use Framework that could help in managing industrial activity within the limits of ecological sustainability.

Beyond Eco-terrorism The Deeper Issues Affecting Alberta's Oilpatch

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This position paper, prepared by Energy Watch Program staff, features 16 recommendations for actions that could be taken by government and industry to deal with public concerns about the health and environmental impacts of pollution from the oil and gas industry.

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