The Trottier Team

The Trottier Energy Futures Project includes participation from David Suzuki Foundation staff and Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Richard J. Marceau - Project Board Chair
Richard J. Marceau - Project Board Chair
Dr. Richard J. Marceau is the Vice-President (Research) at Memorial University and Past President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2012-2014). He has served as Provost and Vice-President Academic at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2005-2013), Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke (2001-2004), and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal (2008-2001). Prior to his academic career, he practiced engineering for twelve years, first at MONENCO, then at Hydro-Québec. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Québec.
Peter Robinson - Project Board Member
Peter Robinson - Project Board Member
Peter Robinson is the Chief Executive Officer of the David Suzuki Foundation, Canada’s most trusted voice on matters of science and the environment. He brings to this position a diverse background spanning four decades in business, government and the not-for-profit sectors. Immediately prior to his appointment as CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, he was the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op, the country’s largest outdoor equipment retailer. Peter holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, as well as diplomas in Community Economic Development and Fish & Wildlife Management.
Lorne Trottier
Lorne Trottier - Project Board Member
Engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Lorne Trottier has poured his passion for science into research, technological development and education in Quebec. In 1976, he co-founded Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd., a company known for its innovative computer graphics products. Through his technical innovation and market sense, he has helped Matrox become a world-leading multinational company in the field of computer graphics, video and imaging. He is also unfailing in support of his alma mater, McGill University, in addition to supporting Polytechnique Montreal and the Montreal Science Centre. He was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2007.
Oskar Sigvaldason - Project Manager
Oskar Sigvaldason - Project Manager
Oskar Sigvaldason, FCAE, Ph.D., P.Eng., is active in the energy, environmental and infrastructure sectors. He has served on the Board of the Energy Council of Canada (ECC) since 1994, including as Chair in 2004 and 2005. He served as a Member of the Studies Committee of the World Energy Council (WEC) from 2007 to 2013, and is continuing as a Member of WEC’s Global Energy Scenarios Group. He represented North America on a WEC Steering Committee for an “Energy Policy Scenarios to 2050” Study, released in 2007, and was co-author of a corresponding North America Report, released in 2008. He was an active participant and organizer for a series of Energy Forums held in all 14 jurisdictions in Canada in 2009/10, focused on the twin challenges of energy security and climate change. The results are in “Building on Strengths: Canada’s Energy Policy Framework”, presented to Canada’s Council of Energy Ministers in 2010. In 2013, he co-authored a report for the Government of Alberta “Study on Optimizing Selection of Strategies for Reducing GHG Emissions”. Oskar Sigvaldason worked for Acres International, Consulting Engineers, for 38 years, including nine years as President & CEO. He is Director of the Ontario Electrical Safety Authority. He is a former Director of Fortis Ontario, and the Canadian Electricity Association. He was a Founding Director of the Canadian Hydropower Association. He was Director of the Toronto Regional Board of Trade, and Chair of its Policy and Advocacy Committee. He served as Director of Ontario’s Jobs and Investment Board, and on the Board of Trustees for Brock University.
André Plourde - Chair, Expert Review Panel
André Plourde - Chair, Expert Review Panel
André Plourde (PhD, UBC) is Professor, Department of Economics and Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University. Prior to that, he was on staff at the University of Alberta where he helped launch an MBA specialization in natural resources and energy. Over the years, he has twice taken leave from academic life to work in the federal public service (first with the Department of Finance and then with Natural Resources Canada). André has also served on numerous advisory committees. In 2007, he was appointed to the Province of Alberta’s Royalty Review Panel and was also President of the International Association for Energy Economics during that year. More recently, he was a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s expert panel on the environmental and health impacts of Canada’s oil sands industry. He has published widely in energy demand analysis, Canadian energy policy, Canada-US energy relations, and on linkages between energy and environmental policy.
L. John Leggat - Rapporteur, Expert Review Panel
L. John Leggat - Rapporteur, Expert Review Panel
Recently retired, John Leggat was a senior advisor and consultant with CFN Consultants of Ottawa. Prior to joining CFN in September 2005, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister (Science & Technology) of the Department of National Defence and the Chief Executive Officer of Defence Research and Development Canada. A native of Montreal, Dr. Leggat received his education at the Royal Military College of Canada (BEng) and the University of British Columbia (MASc and PhD) in the field of aero-acoustics. He is a graduate of the National Defence College. Dr. Leggat is a Past President of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, and a Past President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and continues to serve on the Academy’s Board and Executive Committee.. He is a member of the Deputy Minister’s Science and Technology Board of Natural Resources Canada. He is a Past President and member of the Board of Governors of the Council of Canadian Academies.
Miguel F. Anjos - Member, Expert Review Panel
Miguel F. Anjos - Member, Expert Review Panel
Miguel F. Anjos is Full Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Mathematics & Industrial Engineering of Polytechnique Montreal, and is the Founding Director of Polytechnique’s Trottier Institute for Energy. He received his degrees from McGill University, Stanford University, and the University of Waterloo. He is Editor-in-Chief of Optimization and Engineering and serves on the editorial boards of Discrete Applied Mathematics, Operations Research Letters, RAIRO-OR, and Surveys in Operations Research and Management Science. He currently serves on the Council of the Mathematical Optimization Society. He is also a member of the Research Review Committee of Mitacs. He received the Méritas Teaching Award from Polytechnique in 2012. He was awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers in 2009, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant contributions to mathematical optimization and its industrial applications.
Kenneth B. Ogilvie - Member, Expert Review Panel
Kenneth B. Ogilvie - Member, Expert Review Panel
Ken is an environmental policy consultant. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and of Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST). He sits on the Board of the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development and on advisory committees and panels for three industry associations (Canadian Electricity Association, Petroleum Producers Association, and Chemistry Industry Association). Previously, Ken worked for twenty years for Environment Canada and two provincial environment ministries (Manitoba and Ontario), and was the Executive Director of Pollution Probe for twelve years. Ken has a Bachelor of Applied Science (University of Waterloo) and a Masters in Business Administration (York University). He has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia.
Kevin Goheen - Project Representative
Kevin Goheen - Project Representative
Kevin Goheen has been the Executive Director of the Canadian Academy of Engineering since 2012. Prior to that time, he worked extensively with high tech start-up companies in the areas of SRED taxation, venture capital and capital market access. He taught and performed research into dynamic systems in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering at Carleton University and Ryerson University, and was the Associate VP (Research) at the latter. He has a BSc (Applied Science) from Queens University, a PhD from University College London and is a P.Eng.
Robert L. Evans - Core Team Member
Robert L. Evans - Core Team Member
Robert Evans is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at The University of British Columbia (UBC). He obtained a B.A.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from UBC, an M.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Dr. Evans has served as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and was founding Director of the Clean Energy Research Centre at UBC. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. Dr. Evans is the author of “Fueling Our Future: an Introduction to Sustainable Energy”, published by Cambridge University Press. The book was short-listed for the 2008 Donner Prize for the best book on public policy published by a Canadian author, and is also available in Chinese and Arabic.
Michael Hoffman - Core Team Member
Michael Hoffman - Core Team Member
Michael Hoffman, CEO and co-founder of whatIf? Technologies Inc., has accumulated more than 25 years of experience in the design and implementation of simulation models. He has worked across a broad range of sectors, but extensively in energy and urban planning. As the principal architect of the whatIf? modelling platform, Mr. Hoffman led the technical innovation process at whatIf? Technologies Inc. to create a unique software environment optimized for model development and scenario management. He served as a key contributor to the design and development of the Canadian Energy Systems Simulator (CanESS) and has applied his in-depth knowledge of the model on recent studies for the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Alberta Department of Energy, CanmetENERGY, the Pembina Institute, and the Canadian Energy Research Institute. Mr. Hoffman was recently invited to participate in a working group meeting of energy experts at Statistics Canada to contribute to the development of an energy statistics framework. Mr. Hoffman holds an Honours B. Math degree in applied mathematics and computer science from the University of Waterloo.
Mara Kerry - Core Team Member
Mara Kerry - Core Team Member
Mara is the director of the national science and policy team at the David Suzuki Foundation. Mara has extensive experience in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development and has successfully worked in complex multidisciplinary environments and across sectors. Prior to joining DSF, Mara worked at Nature Canada on Canadian and international conservation issues. Mara studied at the University of Toronto obtaining a BSc in International Development Studies and a graduate degree in Forest Ecology. She has a passion for the interface between conservation and sustainable development. Mara also worked with Environment Canada’s Environmental Adaptation Research Group on climate change and extreme weather events and with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.
Kathleen Vaillancourt - Core Team Member
Kathleen Vaillancourt - Core Team Member
Kathleen Vaillancourt is founder and President of ESMIA Consultants. She has 15 years of experience in project management related to MARKAL/TIMES energy modeling and climate policy analysis for high-profile organisations in Canada and internationally. She is research associate at GERAD (Groupe d'Études et de Recherche en Analyse des décisions) where she coordinated the development of TIMES-Canada. She is part of the ETSAP (Energy Technology Systems Analysis Program) expert team at the IEA (International Energy Agency). She holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from UQAM (University of Quebec in Montreal), a postdoc from McGill University and a MBA from HEC Montreal.
Shona Weldon - Core Team Member
Shona Weldon - Core Team Member
Shona Weldon plays both a model analyst and a software engineering role at whatIf? Technologies Inc.. She has worked on various models in the energy and emissions field as a lead designer, also providing model maintenance, client support and client training. Shona recently lead calibration update and enhancements to the CanESS model. Her extensive experience in software design, development and full project life-cycle management brings a strong discipline to model development projects. She brings proven abilities to apply sophisticated mathematics and algorithms to solve complex problems from a previous career in the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry.
Olivier Bahn - Researcher
Olivier Bahn - Researcher
Olivier Bahn is Associate Professor at the Department of Management Sciences of HEC Montreal. He is a member of GERAD, where he is Co-director of the Energy Environment Team (E2G) with Professor Jean-Philippe Waaub (UQAM). He is also a member of the Group for Interdisciplinary Research on Sustainable Development (GRIDD-HEC). He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Mathematics, Energy Strategy Reviews and Environmental Modeling and Assessment. His current research interests are in energy economics, dynamic game theory and applied mathematics. He deals in particular with the modeling of energy systems (TIMES approach) and with macro-economic modelling approaches.
Ryan Kadowaki - Senior Coordinator
Ryan Kadowaki - Senior Coordinator
Ryan Kadowaki is Senior Coordinator for the Science and Policy program at the David Suzuki Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria and is working on his Master’s degree in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University. His thesis research focuses on organizational effectiveness assessment in the environmental non-profit sector. Kadowaki also sits on the Board of Directors of The Climate Reality Project Canada, raising awareness about the urgency of the climate crisis and motivating Canadians to participate in solutions.
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