IPPSA 27th Annual Conference. November 14-16, 2021. The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta

Dale Nally

Dale Nally

Associate Minister, Natural Gas and Electricity
Government of Alberta

The Honourable Dale Nally was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019 and currently serves as the Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity.

Minister Nally’s key priority is ensuring long-term stability, investment attraction and growth in Alberta’s natural gas and electricity sectors.

Since his appointment, Minister Nally spearheaded the development of Alberta’s Natural Gas Vision and Strategy, which created an industry-supported plan to grow the hydrogen, petrochemical, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and plastics recycling sectors. He has also launched the Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program (APIP), which is anticipated to drive billions of dollars of investment in Alberta’s leading petrochemical sector.

Minister Nally is also a strong proponent of Alberta’s energy-only electricity market. This approach has attracted more than $5 billion in announced generation projects – including more than $2 billion for utility-scale renewable projects – since July 2019.

Minister Nally brings with him decades of private sector experience, where he previously led and managed business units that generate between $50 million and $80 million in revenue. He has a Masters Degree in Education.

Duncan Croasdale

Duncan Croasdale

Chief Commercial Officer
Heartland Generation

Mr. Croasdale is Chief Commercial Officer of Heartland Generation and is responsible for the company’s commercial strategy, customer interfaces, and business development. He joined the company on November 2019.

Mr. Croasdale has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry in project development, as well as power and natural gas trading and marketing.

Most recently, Mr. Croasdale was Director of Power Trading of Suncor Energy. He was also Suncor’s carbon policy subject matter expert in electricity markets and active in electricity policy advocacy. During his time at Suncor, Mr. Croasdale founded The Cogenerators Working Group which addressed the proposed Alberta capacity market implementation, and he led the commercial, regulatory and policy strategy for Suncor’s 800 MW cogen project.

Prior to Suncor, Mr. Croasdale has held senior positions at Constellation Energy, Dynegy Canada, and Enron Canada. 

Mr. Croasdale holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is registered with APEGA as a Professional Engineer.

Megan Reusser

Megan Reusser

Senior Development Engineer
Burns & McDonnell

Megan Reusser is a Senior Development Engineer at Burns & McDonnell with over a decade of industry experience. She has a diverse background in front-end project development including process engineering, proposal management, and cost estimation. These skills create a unique blend of both technical and commercial expertise that she uses to support EPC projects and proposals to provide clients with technical solutions that optimize process design, reduce energy consumption, and decrease overall costs. She specializes in technologies supporting decarbonization projects such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), green hydrogen production, and liquefied air energy storage. Megan earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Kansas.

Rachel J. Smith

Rachel J. Smith

Vice President and General Manager, Canada
Air Products

Rachel Smith serves as the Vice President and General Manager of Air Products Canada Ltd.  Rachel is responsible for the Air Products hydrogen and industrial gas business across Canada, including the existing operations, supply relationships and growth strategy.  

Rachel has more than 15 years of experience in Canada’s energy sector with roles that span engineering, operations and commercial.  Since joining Air Products in 2013, Rachel has driven significant growth in Canada.  This includes the recently announced Net-Zero Hydrogen Energy Complex in Edmonton, Alberta that is aligned with Air Products’ growth and sustainability strategy of executing transformative world-scale projects aimed at creating a cleaner energy future.  Rachel is keen to help the hydrogen economy develop in a safe, reliable, and sustainable manner across Canada. Today, Air Products is the world’s largest hydrogen producer and Canada’s leading hydrogen supplier. With over sixty years of global hydrogen experience, Air Products has the proven capability to safely produce, distribute, and dispense this increasingly important fuel into Canadian markets.

Rachel holds Bachelor of Biochemical Engineering Science and Master of Engineering Science degrees, both from the University of Western Ontario.  She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Alberta, specializing in Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment.  Rachel and her husband reside in Edmonton, Alberta.

Steve Coupland

Steve Coupland

Director, Regulatory and Environment Affairs
Canadian Nuclear Association

Steve is currently on a part-time secondment to the Canadian Nuclear Association from Bruce Power where he serves as Senior Advisor, Regulatory Affairs for Bruce Power and is the company’s representative in Ottawa. At the CNA, Mr. Coupland serves as Director, Regulatory and Environmental Affairs where he has responsibility for co-ordinating an industry wide approach to regulatory issues as well as assisting members of the nuclear industry to continue to improve their environmental performance and receive recognition for nuclear’s role as a clean, reliable source of electricity. Prior to joining Bruce Power, Mr. Coupland worked as a management consultant for SCG Research Inc. and held several senior federal government policy and public affairs positions in Ottawa including working as a Director in the Prime Minister’s Office, Industry Canada and Government Services Canada. Mr. Coupland holds an M.A. in History from the University of Western Ontario.

Brad Ferguson

Brad Ferguson

Assistant Deputy Minister, ESG Secretariat
Government of Alberta

Brad Ferguson is the Assistant Deputy Minister leading the ESG Secretariat for the Government of Alberta, a division within Executive Council responsible for strengthening the image and reputation of Alberta through a positive ESG narrative. This jurisdictional ESG role draws on Brad’s branding roots from Procter & Gamble, tactical strategy skills as a seasoned strategy consultant, as well as leadership experience the former CEO of Edmonton Economic Development Corp. responsible for shaping the City of Edmonton’s economic strategy and positioning.  Brad also embraces a leadership philosophy that blends purpose, planet, and profit – an evolving style of governance that connects business, government, and communities – and takes responsibility for making transformative change needed in today’s complex world.

Dave Sawyer

Dave Sawyer

Principal Economist
Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

Dave is a leading environmental economist with a twenty-nine-year track record in solving policy challenges for sustainable development.

Dave has a long history in applying economics to support climate change policy. He has conducted numerous cost-benefit analysis of alternative regulatory actions and developed models to explore the economic impacts of adaptation and mitigation choices.

He has held positions with Environment Canada, Canada’s Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development and leading Canadian consultancies. He was the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s vice-president for climate, energy and partnerships, leading a team of 20 adaptation and mitigation specialists working on low carbon, climate resilient development globally.

Dave is currently the Principal Economist with the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, a Fellow at the Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and is a past-Executive in Residence with Smart Prosperity at the University of Ottawa. 

Dave continues to operate EnviroEconomics Inc., an environmental economics consultancy. 

Ed Rihn

Ed Rihn

Senior Vice President
Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada

Ed has twenty-five years of experience including business development, corporate development, government relations, indigenous relations, customer service, consultation, project management, and construction management. His career spans industrial gases and chemicals, hydrogen, pipelines, and electric transmission. He has worked and lived throughout North America and China.

Ed holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University and an Executive Master’s in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Ed currently serves as a Board Director for YMCA Calgary.

Chelsea Donelon

Senior Advisor, Climate Policy and Technology
TransAlta

Chelsea Donelon is a Senior Advisor, Climate Policy and Technology on the Alberta team at TransAlta, where she works on the long-term decarbonization and asset strategy.  Previously she worked for the Chief Executive Officer on carbon and net zero policy.  Before that, she was a Senior Policy Analyst in the Electricity and Sustainable Energy Division of the Government of Alberta, where she worked on the Coal Transition Team, the Renewable Electricity Program and the Infrastructure Solar Procurement, among others. She was valedictorian at the University of Cambridge for her Master’s in Economic Development and has an unquenchable thirst for greening Alberta’s electricity grid.  

Thomas Mulcair

Thomas Mulcair

Former Leader of the Opposition, Visiting Professor, University of Montréal and Political Commentator

The Honourable Thomas Mulcair is visiting Professor in the political science Department at l’Université de Montréal. A lawyer, he holds degrees in French Civil Law (B.C.L.) and in Common Law (LL.B.) from McGill University. Mr. Mulcair began his legal career at the Québec Justice Department and served as President of the Québec Professions Board. Elected three times to Quebec National Assembly, he is the author of Québec’s landmark Sustainable Development Act when he was Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks. Elected four times to the House of Commons, he was Party Leader and Leader of the Official Opposition.