Research Advisory Committee

The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) assists CERI with the identification and review of research projects. Energy sector professionals are appointed to the RAC based on their individual expertise in economics, engineering, environmental management, stakeholder relations and energy policy. These individuals volunteer their time to provide advice to CERI.

The advice from the RAC ranges from identification of relevant research topics to fact checking of data contained in reports and studies. The assumptions included in CERI materials are challenged so that reasonable assumptions provide a more relevant analysis. RAC members recognize and respect that their role is to provide input to CERI, and that CERI alone takes responsibility for the final products produced by the institute.

Mr. James Brown P.Eng.

James (Jim) Brown is a Professional Engineer (Alberta) with over thirty-eight years of oil & gas experience, including oil refining, petrochemicals, natural gas development, and oil sands. For most of Jim’s career he was with Shell in various locations across Canada and in Europe where his roles included engineering, operations, major projects, economics, business management, compliance, strategy, and stakeholder & government relations. In 2003 Jim was appointed Shell Canada’s first Corporate Climate Change Advisor where he focused on achieving a balance between energy supply, environmental impact, and economic growth. During this time, Jim represented the Canadian oil & gas industry on the federal-provincial Stakeholder Advisory Committee on (Greenhouse Gas) Reporting, and in that capacity chaired the Canadian industry caucus which included all of Canada’s large industrial emitting sectors. In 2008 Jim elected to take early retirement and has been consulting since then. Jim’s clients have included integrated oil & gas companies, British Columbian LNG project developers, pipelines, mid-stream processors, mining companies, petro-chemicals producers, financial institutions, and the Canadian federal government.

Mr. Richard Carlson
Director, Energy Policy and Energy Exchange
Pollution Probe

Before joining Pollution Probe, Richard was the senior energy policy associate at the Mowat Centre, at the University of Toronto. He has written and spoken on a diverse number of energy issues, including electricity and natural gas planning and regulation in Ontario, as well as oil, gas and pipeline development in Canada. Prior to his work with the Mowat Centre, Richard worked internationally, advising investors and governments on energy and environmental policies and investments. He has also published widely academically and non-academically on energy politics and policies in Europe, Turkey and Central Asia, and is co-editor of a book on social and political developments in post-independence Central Asia. Richard is on the board of the Transition énergétique Québec, the Quebec government’s energy transition agency. Pollution Probe is thrilled to welcome Richard to our team, and we look forward to working with Richard to further advance our work on energy literacy and energy policy for a more sustainable Canada.

Mr. Jim Hughes
Advisory Committee Member


Mr. Bruce Lourie
Ivey Foundation

Bruce is one of Canada’s leading environmental thinkers and co-author of the books, Toxin, Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World, and the best-seller Slow Death by Rubber Duck. He is President of Ivey Foundation, a private charitable foundation in Canada, a Director of the Ontario Power Authority and a Director of the San Francisco-based Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. He is an honorary director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and a member of World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Advisory Committee. Bruce is well known for his work in convening large collaborative efforts among businesses, NGOs and government that achieve significant change. Examples include the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, the world’s largest conservation effort, and his pioneering role in connecting environmental issues to human health, most notably the shutdown of coal-fired power plants in Ontario, the single largest climate action in Canada. Bruce is a founder of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations including the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Summerhill Group; the Sustainability Network; and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network. He has acted on numerous international, federal, provincial and municipal bodies advising on environmental, health and energy policy issues. Bruce has degrees in Geology, Environmental Studies and a near-complete doctorate.

Mr. Garret Matteotti
Director of Business Development
Alberta Industrial Heartland Association

Garret Matteotti is currently the Director of Business Development at Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, and possesses a strong background in economic development. Garret is an alumni of both the University of Alberta (BA) and MacEwan University’s Public Relations program.

Mr. Paul-Emile McNab
Director, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Paul-Emile re-joined the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business on October 31st, 2016. Prior to that, he had been active in the field of Research and Consulting for the past eleven years. In 2007, he completed his honours degree in History, Political Science and Canadian Studies at the University of Toronto. In 2010, he completed his Masters in Environmental Studies at York University, with a focus on Indigenous knowledge and a Major Research Paper titled The Traditional Rights of Ways on the Walpole Island First Nation on the nascent transition of roads, the automobile (via Henry Ford) from traditional life to the early 21st century on the WIFN. In the spring 2013, he finished a research project on a Métis narrative of the War of 1812-14 for the Métis Nation of Ontario. In August 2013, he joined the CCAB as a Research Analyst and completed the Ontario Aboriginal Business Survey 2014 and led the National Aboriginal Business Survey, which was released in 2016. He is an Indigenous scholar who has been published in numerous books, articles and magazines. He completed work as a Researcher and Consultant alongside author James Laxer and his bestselling books titled Tecumseh & Brock The War of 1812 and Staking Claims to a Continent. In May 2015, he joined the Canadian Board Diversity Council managing the Research Portfolio, which included the Annual Report Card 2015-16 and the Diversity 50 initiative. He is of Métis descent and currently resides in Toronto.

Mr. Mark Pinney
Manager, Natural Gas and Transportation
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Mr. Mark Pinney has had a broad exposure to the energy industry in his 25 year career. He has worked at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) since 1995 and is currently the Manager of Natural Gas Markets & Transportation. His responsibilities at CAPP include analysis of oil and gas markets and pipeline issues. Mark has frequently testified before regulatory bodies in both Canada and the United States involving energy pipeline matters. Prior to working for CAPP, Mr. Pinney was an economist at the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board and was a senior regulatory analyst at the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP’s member companies produce about 90 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and crude oil. CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's members and associate members are an important part of a national industry with revenues of about $110 billion a year. CAPP’s mission is to enhance the economic sustainability of the Canadian upstream petroleum industry in a safe and environmentally and socially responsible manner, through constructive engagement and communication with governments, the public and stakeholders in the communities in which we operate.

Dr. Shahrzad Rahbar
Industrial Gas Users Association

Shahrzad Rahbar is the President of Industrial Gas Users Association. Dr. Rahbar has extensive gas industry experience. Prior to joining IGUA she served as Senior Vice-President with the Canadian Gas Association. She has been an active contributor to the development of energy, technology and regulatory policy in Canada. Shahrzad served on the Executive Committee of the International Gas Union, on the Board of Natural Gas Technology Centre, as Vice-Chair and founding director of QUEST. Shahrzad Rahbar has a PhD in mechanical engineering from the UK and two patents to her name. She is also a graduate of the Director’s Education Program from the Rothman’s School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Ms. Yasmin Rahemtulla
Director, Economic Research
Alberta Energy


Ms. Julie Girvan
Independent Consultant/Consumer Advocate

Coming soon.

Mr. Eric Sanscartier
Director, Economic and Energy Analysis
Natural Resources Canada

Eric is the Director of Economic and Energy Analysis at Natural Resources Canada since September 2017. His team is responsible for providing the analytical and evidence base required by decision makers to develop policies on energy sector competitiveness, the low-carbon transition, and other emerging issues. Eric initially joined Natural Resources Canada to establish an economic analysis unit in the Strategic Policy and Results Sector. Working with other economic analysis units, the team led the development of a common approach across the various natural resources sectors to measure their economic contribution and investment potential, in support of the annual federal-provincial-territorial Energy and Mines Ministers Conference. He also led the development of the Clean Technology Data Strategy, in partnership with ISED and Statistics Canada. Before joining NRCan in 2003, Eric held various positions at Industry Canada and the Privy Council Office where he led analytical work on fiscal federalism. Eric’s educational background is in Economics, with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Université de Montréal.