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

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.

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.

Lori Williams

Political Scientist, Mount Royal University

Political Scientist
Mount Royal University

Lori Williams teaches in the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University. Her research and teaching interests include Canadian politics, women and politics, law, Charter rights, political philosophy, ethics, power and technology, including social media. She also engages in media commentary on municipal, provincial and national political life.

Breanne Fox

Breanne Fox

Director, Commercial Management and Carbon Technologies
Capital Power

Breanne Fox, Director, Commercial Management and Carbon Technology, is part of the team at Capital Power responsible for transforming their fleet of coal-fired assets to meet the demands for a low carbon future. Her team executes on initiatives at Genesee focused on reducing carbon by improving asset efficiency, firing with natural gas and carbon capture.  She holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Calgary,  has been with Capital Power for the past 15 years, and has held positions in various areas of the organization including Trading, Corporate Forecasting, Business Development and Commercial Management. 

Prior to transforming Genesee to a low carbon site, Bre was responsible for developing wind assets across Alberta.  With an increased focus in decarbonization and renewable energy, she is keen to help the Electricity sector transition to a low carbon future.

Dan Balaban

Dan Balaban

Chief Executive Officer
Greengate Power

Dan is the Chief Executive Officer of Greengate Power, a leading Canadian renewable energy company. Based in Calgary, Dan is an award-winning entrepreneur with a proven track record of successful business ventures.

Dan currently leads the Greengate team, which has been successfully developing precedent-setting renewable energy projects in Canada for more than fourteen years, including the country’s largest wind and solar energy projects. To date, Greengate has developed nearly 1 GW of operating or in-construction renewable energy projects, representing over $1.6 billion of investment and generating enough sustainable energy to power more than 350,000 homes.

Prior to starting Greengate, Dan was the President and CEO of Roughneck.ca, a leading provider of software solutions to the Canadian oil and gas industry. Prior to that, Dan worked as a management consultant with EY and PwC.

Dan graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science. He was named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People in 2010 and 2013 by Alberta Venture magazine, a winner of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Prairies in 2012, and named one of Canada’s Clean50 for 2015.