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.

Dr. Barry Anderson
Director, Emissions and Forecasting
Alberta Environment and Parks

Barry has been the Director of Emissions Forecasting in Alberta Environment and Parks since 2016. His team performs the analysis to generate carbon revenue and emissions forecasts, and economic impact analysis associated with climate policy for the Government of Alberta. Prior to joining Alberta Environment and Parks in 2012 Barry was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy (IEFE) at Bocconi University where he focused on empirical uncertainty analysis of integrated assessment models. Barry holds degrees in math, economics and a PhD in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University College of Dublin.

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.

Ms. Julie Girvan
Independent Consultant/Consumer Advocate

Julie Girvan is an independent consultant specializing in natural gas and electricity regulation and policy. Throughout her career she has represented consumer groups in both electricity and natural gas matters in Ontario. She has been involved extensively with the restructuring initiatives in Ontario’s natural gas and electricity sectors. Ms Girvan was a member of the electricity industry’s Market Design Committee and was the residential representative on the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Technical Panel for two terms. She is currently a member of the IESO’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee to its Board of Directors. She spends a large part of her time managing interventions in a wide range of proceedings before the Ontario Energy Board. She has a BA from McMaster University and an MA in Public Administration from Carleton University.

Dr. Brad Hayes
Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd.

Brad Hayes is President of Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd., a geoscience consulting firm addressing technical and strategic issues around conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and development. Brad earned a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Alberta after a BSc from the University of Toronto. He joined PRCL in 1996 after 15 years of exploration experience in operating companies, including Shell Canada and Canadian Hunter. Brad is an active CSPG member and served as President in 2001. He is Outreach Director for the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR), and recently completed two terms as a Councillor for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). Brad is an Adjunct Professor in the University of Alberta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He has presented and moderated at numerous technical conferences and is a prominent media commentator on upstream petroleum industry issues.

Mr. James A. Hughes
Advisory Committee Member

James (Jim) Hughes is retired from Imperial Oil Limited where he worked for more than 40 years in a variety of roles in information systems, treasury, and corporate planning. He retired after several years as Manager, Energy Analysis, where he was responsible for the development of long-range analyses and outlooks for Canadian energy demands, supplies, and markets. He also advised on various energy and economic policy positions, including energy security, energy trade, and climate change, and has appeared before the National Energy Board and Parliamentary committees on energy topics. Following retirement, he did some voluntary consulting for the Energy Policy Institute of Canada. He holds a degree in mathematics from the University of British Columbia and an M.B.A. from the University of Toronto.

Mr. Garret Matteotti
Director - Fuels, Chemicals and Carbon Capture
Invest Alberta

bio coming soon.

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


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.

Ms. Sarah Vandaiyar
Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

Sarah Vandaiyar is an engineer at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (currently on secondment from TC Energy). Sarah has 10 years of experience working in various sectors of oil and gas, including oil sands and natural gas, with roles in operations, business planning and project engineering. She serves on the International Pipeline Conference (IPC) Foundation Board and the DirectHer Board. As part of the 2020 organizing committee for IPC, Sarah is the Chair of the Events and Executive Engagement Committees and, in 2018, chaired the first Young Engineers Engagement Committee. Sarah is also one of the Founders of the GenYYC leadership development program, a Calgary Foundation initiative. As well, Sarah also has a passion for music and the arts and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Calgary Philharmonic Wolfgang patron program. Sarah is the former President & CEO of the Young Pipeliners Association of Canada (YPAC). During Sarah’s two-year term, she developed strategic partnerships with CEPA and represented YPAC on the CEPA Foundation Board. As well, Sarah championed the organization’s first government engagement session in Ottawa and testified at Bill C-69 Senate hearings on impacts to Canada’s competitiveness and retention of young professionals in the industry. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.