The Trottier Team

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

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.
Olivier Bahn - Core Team Member
Olivier Bahn - Core Team Member
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.
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.
Camille Fertel - Core Team Member
Camille Fertel holds a PhD in Economics (economic analysis and sustainable development) from University of Versailles St-Quentin (France). She did a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Government of Canada, at HEC Montréal and GERAD, Groupe d'Études et de Recherche en Analyse des décisions (HEC, Polytechnique, McGill, UQAM). Since three years, she is involved in the Energy and Environment team at GERAD, working to develop TIMES-Canada model, its related soft-links and an Integrated Assessment Model (Economy-Energy-climate), AD-MERGE, for analysing the climate change mitigation and adaptation policies. She is co-founder and Vice-President of E3SA Consultants Inc. (Economy, Energy, Environment System Analytics).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mathilde Marcy - Core Team Member
Mathilde Marcy - Core Team Member
Mathilde Marcy holds a Master of Sciences in Business Analysis from HEC Montreal (Electrification of the Canadian road transportation sector: A 2050 outlook with TIMES-Canada, published in Energy Policy, 2013). She has been involved for more than 3 years in the Energy and Environment team at GERAD, Groupe d'Études et de Recherche en Analyse des décisions (HEC, Polytechnique, McGill, UQAM), working to develop TIMES-Canada model and related soft links. She provides consulting expertise jointly with E3SA Consultants Inc. (Economy, Energy, Environment System Analytics).
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.
Jean-Philippe Waaub - Core Team Member
Jean-Philippe Waaub - Core Team Member
Jean-Philippe Waaub is Full Professor at the Geography Department, University of Quebec in Montreal. He is founder and member of the GEIGER, Groupe d'Études Interdisciplinaires en Géographie et Environnement Régional and director of the GERAD, Groupe d'Études et de Recherche en Analyse des décisions (HEC, Polytechnique, McGill, UQAM). He is codirecting team Energy and Environment at GERAD with Professor Olivier Bahn (GERAD, HEC Montreal). His research in Quebec, Canada, Europe and Africa deals with modeling of industrial systems related to climate change (TIMES Approach), multicriteria decision aid and environmental assessment. He is founder and President of E3SA Consultants Inc. (Economy, Energy, Environment System Analytics).
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