Board of Directors

The Canadian Energy Research Institute has established a reputation for successful achievement in the area of energy research. Its continuing success and reputation are dependent on its research remaining objective and non-partisan as well as relevant to the times. A number of factors serve to assist the Institute to meet its goals. The Institute's funding structure is designed to encourage support from the Canadian Government at the Federal and Provincial levels as well as a broad cross-section of private sector energy interests in order to minimize dependence upon any single source of funding from within the business community. Public sector support from across Canada contributes to the assessment of energy issues from both national and regional perspectives.

The Board of Directors consists of representatives of the Institute's sponsor organizations and embodies a unique range of experience and expertise.

Mr. Mike Cleland

Mr. Cleland is a private consultant with extensive experience in energy and environment policy. He is at present Senior Fellow with the University of Ottawa’s Collaboratory on Energy Research and Policy, Chair of the Board of Directors at the Canadian Energy Research Institute and a member of the Board of Directors of QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow). He is formerly President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association. Prior to joining CGA, he was Senior Vice President Government Affairs for the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). Before joining CEA, he was Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Energy Sector in the Department of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), formerly Energy, Mines and Resources (EMR) and before that, Director General of the Energy Policy Branch. From 1987 to January 1990, he was Assistant Director, Resource Policy Division in the Department of Finance.

Mr. Terry Abel
Executive Vice President
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Terry joined CAPP in 2014 as the Director of Oil Sands, he was appointed Executive Vice President of CAPP in August 2016. Terry’s role at CAPP builds on over 30 years of experience as an energy regulator in the Province of Alberta. As a regulator his technical specialty was oil sands development but he also held positions associated with virtually all aspects of hydrocarbon energy development. Terry has been an adjudicator on regulatory hearings and, through his management and executive roles, has extensive experience in the areas of policy and regulatory development, strategic planning, leading and managing change, and stakeholder collaboration. Terry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta (1983) and is a registered professional with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. He was previously a Board member for the Oil Sands Research and Innovation Network and currently sits on the Board of the Canadian Energy Research Institute. 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, on behalf of the Canadian upstream oil and gas industry, is to advocate for and enable economic competitiveness and safe, environmentally and socially responsible performance.

Mr. Kendall Dilling
Vice President, Environment, Regulatory and Energy Asset Management
Cenovus Energy Inc.

Kendall has 22 years of progressive technical and management experience in the oil and gas industry and has BSc, BA and MBA degrees from the University of Calgary. He began his career in environmental consulting and then moved to TransCanada Pipelines where he oversaw the regulatory approval process for numerous pipeline projects in Canada and the United States. Kendall then shifted into the upstream oil and gas industry where he has worked for several energy companies, ranging from small start-ups to large multi-nationals, in regulatory and business development roles. In the last ten years, Kendall has primarily focused on oil sands development, with responsibility for regulatory approvals, HSE, Aboriginal/stakeholder relations and land management for multiple projects and existing operations. Kendall has been actively engaged with various external organizations striving to bring diverse stakeholders together and currently sits on the Oil Sands Executive Policy Group at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the Steering Committee of the Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA) and the Board of the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).

Mr. Michael W. Ekelund
Assistant Deputy Minister, Resource Revenue and Operations Division
Alberta Department of Energy

Michael W. Ekelund is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Resource Revenue and Operations Division, Alberta Energy. Over the past 30 years, he has held a number of positions, starting as a Legislative Intern with the Department of Education, and ranging from a Senior Economist to an Assistant Deputy Minister with Alberta Energy. Mike is responsible for the division that calculates, collects, and audits royalties on oil, gas, coal and minerals. The division also leases and maintains crown mineral rights. Currently, he is also a key member of the royalty review implementation team. Mike is a practicing professional engineer and currently non-practicing member of the Alberta Bar. Besides his bachelor of science in chemical engineering and his bachelor of laws, he has an undergraduate arts degree majoring in English and a master of business administration, all from the University of Alberta.

Mr. Allan Fogwill
President & CEO

Allan Fogwill joined the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) in November 2014 as President and CEO. An energy sector executive with over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sector, Mr. Fogwill’s background has focused on economic and market analysis of energy sector issues along with policy development related to energy regulation and efficiency issues. Mr. Fogwill has previously worked for natural gas distribution companies in BC and Ontario and for the Ontario Energy Board dealing with market analysis and the analysis of distribution costs. Prior to assuming his role at CERI, Mr. Fogwill provided regulatory consulting services to local distribution companies in Ontario. Allan has a Master’s degree from Simon Fraser University in Natural Resources Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Geography. He has also served as the Chair and CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Canadian Gas Research Institute.

Mr. Kevin Heffernan

Kevin is a consultant with broad experience in resource development industries. His experience includes roles in exploration and development, industry analysis and strategic planning, regulatory, and stakeholder and government relations. He is the past President of the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR) where he had a focus on the organization’s technology-related communication activities. The Society encourages fact-based and responsible decision making by industry, governments, regulators and the public with respect to the development of shale gas, tight oil and other unconventional hydrocarbon resources. Kevin joined CSUR in mid-2008 and was President of the organization from September 2012 through March 2016. Prior to joining CSUR, Kevin held management positions in regulatory, stakeholder, and government relations from 2002 to 2008 at Trident Exploration Corp., a private company developing coalbed methane, tight sand and shale gas resources in western Canada. His other experience includes a variety of technical, advisory and management positions with Nova Gas Transmission and TransCanada, as well as several years with an international resource development consulting firm. Kevin is a member of APEGA, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Energy Research Institute.

Mr. Marco Presutti
Director General, ES/EPB/DGO
Natural Resources Canada

Over the past fifteen years, Mr. Presutti has held various positions in the federal public service with both Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada. In his current role as the Director General of the Energy Policy Branch at Natural Resources, Mr. Presutti leads government efforts to advance federal policy on a range of cross-cutting energy-related issues, including climate change, clean growth, and competitiveness. He leads and supports federal, provincial and territorial collaboration on a wide-range of horizontal energy initiatives, including current efforts to support the development of a pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change. His team is also responsible for producing regular economic and energy market reports, and supporting NRCan’s participation at international energy and climate change negotiations. Mr. Presutti holds an MA in Public Administration from Carleton University and BA in Political Science from York University.

Dr. Edward McCauley, PhD. FRSC
Vice President, Research
University of Calgary

Dr. Ed McCauley is an internationally recognized scholar who became Vice-President Research at the University of Calgary on July 1, 2011. He was the Director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, and Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Prior to that, Dr. McCauley was a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Population Ecology at the University of Calgary. Dr. McCauley is deeply committed to supporting excellence in research and innovation. He has a track record of cultivating broad-based, long-term relationships with industry, community, and government both nationally and internationally. Dr. McCauley has served on several national panels, including the Canada Research Chairs program and several NSERC grant selection committees, and is a highly sought-after external peer reviewer across North America, Europe, and Asia. A recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Dr. McCauley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has held several distinguished visiting international professorships in the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Norway, and most recently the “Le Studium International Professorship” at the Institute for Advanced Studies in France. His research is in Population Dynamics and Ecological Processes and emphasizes the blend between theory and experiment. Ed received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Ottawa, his Ph.D. from McGill University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSB.