Vice President, Research
Dinara Millington joined CERI in February 2004 and assumed her current role as Vice President, Research in April 2014. Dinara is responsible for managing the Institute's research agenda including leading the oil sands projects, assisting in the production of market research, economic analysis and economic modeling. Ms. Millington has participated in various projects involving oil sands, crude oil, natural gas, LNG, and renewable energy.
Dinara is also Editor-in-Chief of the Institute's Commodity Reports on crude oil and natural gas and provides economic commentary for CBC, Global TV, The Globe and Mail, the BNN and other local, national and international news outlets.
Dinara graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Calgary, specializing in Econometrics and Time-series Analysis. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with minor in Finance. Ms. Millington spent some time studying at Masarykov University in Brno, Czech Republic, as well as worked and lived abroad in Kazakhstan.
Ganesh Doluweera has a strong interdisciplinary background in engineering, economics, and public policy. His primary research interests are in energy system modeling and analysis to inform energy and environment decisions. He obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Energy and Environmental Systems from the University of Calgary in 2011. His research work to date has focused on electric power system planning, large scale wind power integration, carbon management of electric power systems, energy for rural development, life cycle assessments of energy systems, investments on energy infrastructure under uncertainty, emerging technology assessment, and energy infrastructure siting decisions.
Before joining CERI in June 2015, Ganesh has worked at the University of Calgary as a graduate research assistant and a postdoctoral research fellow. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in energy and environmental systems at the University of Calgary. He has also worked with Light Up The World where he designed and developed solid state home lighting systems and coordinated projects that installed over 3000 rural home lighting systems in Sri Lanka.
Evar Umeozor joined CERI in March 2016. He holds a master’s degree in Process Systems Engineering from Imperial College London and a PhD in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering from University of Calgary. He has a process engineering experience in the oil & gas industry and application engineering experience developing tools for computer-aided decision making in various industries. He has a strong background in the application of systems-level approach and multi-scale analysis to address complex industrial problems.
Eranda joined CERI in 2019. Eranda is a licensed Professional Engineer with APEGA since 2017. Eranda obtained his PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2015 and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from University of Calgary. Eranda has over 10 years research and consultancy experience in Energy and Environmental Engineering fields. Eranda has experience working with Alberta’s oil and gas sector and Alberta & British Colombia’s municipal sector. Eranda’s research and work experience includes; Greenhouse Gas emission reduction, energy systems modelling, renewable energy systems, waste-to-energy, integrated waste management, environmental modelling, environmental biotechnology, energy auditing and municipal infrastructure design. In addition, Eranda has worked as a faculty member in University of Moratuwa. Eranda also holds a Diploma in Management Accounting.
Hamid has worked on issues relating to energy and environment for the last eight years. His areas of expertise are renewable energies, Artificial Intelligence, CO2 capture and sequestration, engineering economics and risk analysis. Mr. Rahmanifard has participated in various projects involving crude oil, natural gas and energy storage.
Hamid graduated with a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary. He also holds a second Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Reservoir and Petroleum Engineering.
Prior to joining CERI, Hamid spent six years working as a reservoir and stimulation engineer focused on different oil and gas fields in the Middle East.
Mr. Rahmanifard has authored and co-authored more than 20 papers, receiving prestigious recognition from academia and industry through various awards.
Mohamed has more than 12 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in onshore, offshore and deep-water environments. He worked in public and private sectors in Canada and overseas in various fields including engineering, laboratory, policy development, compliance, health and safety, and research. Not only he worked on projects in the upstream industry, but also he worked on some energy projects such as underground energy storage, Carbon Capture and Storage, and field decommissioning. Mr. Refaei holds B.Sc. degree in chemical engineering and M.Sc. in petroleum engineering.
Anna Vypovska has over 10 years of extensive research and industry experience in environmental science, biology, environmental chemistry and environmental impact analysis. She holds a BSc. degree in Chemistry and Biology, and MSc. in Biology from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine, along with PhD (equivalent) in Biological Sciences. Anna is a registered Professional Biologist (P.Biol.), full member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists.
Prior to joining CERI in August 2016, Anna worked as an Environmental Scientist at TERA Environmental Consultants and CH2M HILL Energy Canada. She acted as a principal writer for key portions of environmental impact assessments on provincially regulated natural gas pipeline and powerline projects for Alberta and British Columbia. Anna has advanced knowledge of federal and provincial (Alberta and British Columbia) environmental legislation with a focus on regulatory processes for the resource development and energy sectors.
Purnima has strong background in Civil Engineering specializing in Energy and Environmental engineering. She obtained her PhD in 2018 and master’s degree in 2009 with specialization in Energy and Environmental Engineering from Department of Civil Engineering, University of Calgary. Purnima has investigated passive water treatment technologies using advanced oxidation processes for emerging contaminants and mixed treatment technologies to implement in existing conventional wastewater treatment plants. Purnima has worked at the University of Calgary as a teaching assistant and she has working experience as an environmental engineer. She also has worked as a Civil Engineer, designing residential and commercial high-rise buildings in Sri Lanka and as an Instructor in University of Moratuwa. Purnima joined CERI in April 2019 as a researcher and has worked on CERI’s database and industrial energy efficiency project from April-July.
In over ten years of professional experience in energy trading and marketing, Victor held the responsibilities of capturing the intricacies of supply and demand of electricity in markets across North America. He also worked in the oil pipelines industry where he forecasted the electricity cost exposure of Base Keystone, Energy East and Keystone XL pipeline systems. His experience in the midstream industry made him realized the importance of understanding the policy and political dimensions that are overlooked but that can prevent development of new energy infrastructure projects. His impetus to understand these dimensions motivated him to complete the Master of Public Policy program at the University of Calgary (2019). Victor also holds an M.A. in Economics degree from the University of Alberta (2008). His research interests are in the transition towards decentralized low-carbon energy systems, the inclusion of distributed energy resources (DERs) into the energy markets and the development of appropriate market signals that can prevent adverse unintended consequences during this transition.
Madie has over 10 years of experience in multi-disciplinary engineering projects and project management. Her career has spanned across industry and academia, focused on the engineering research and technology-based business, covering a broad spectrum of roles including technical consultancy advice and services to various industries and energy clients, strategic business and research leadership on groundbreaking collaborative multi-national projects. Her knowledge and expertise are focused on technical and financial feasibility studies and economic evaluation to support innovative product design & development, processes, and supply chain initiatives. Madie holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Energy Efficiency in Transportation. She investigated innovative transportation solutions that enhance transportation safety, security, efficiency, and environmental performance. Madie joined CERI as a researcher in April 2019.
James D. 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.
Robert joined CERI in October 2016. He holds two Bachelor's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ph.D. (Political Science) from The University of Michigan. He did graduate and postdoctoral work in France, Russia and Switzerland. His professional experience in over 30 countries concentrates mainly in Europe and Asia.
After a dozen years in universities during which he focussed on Soviet foreign and domestic affairs, he decided, in the post-Soviet era, to expand beyond Russia and beyond strictly political issues. He is now best known for consulting and policy analysis as an Energy Security and Geo-economics Specialist. From this standpoint, he has studied oil and gas investment and pipeline projects in Central Asia, Turkey and the Caucasus, and written on European energy policies as well as on global commodity markets.
He consults to international institutions, think tanks, governments and the private sector; participates in political and project risk analysis, organizational design and the construction of negotiation strategies; and, based in Montreal and Brussels, also maintains a research appointment at Carleton University.
Larry Kaufmann is a Senior Advisor to Pacific Economics Group and Navigant Consulting and a Fellow with CERI. He has advised utilities and regulators on energy and regulatory issues for over 20 years, particularly (but not exclusively) on developing performance-based regulation plans for energy utilities, performance benchmarking, and competitive market reforms. He has participated in more than 200 consulting projects and provided expert witness testimony on his work 48 times.
Dr. Kaufmann also has extensive energy and regulatory experience in Canada. Since 2007, he has been the main advisor on a number of issues to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). He has advised the OEB on issues including the development of incentive regulation plans for electricity and gas distributors, the measurement and regulation of service reliability, cost and performance benchmarking, conservation and demand management programs, and rate mitigation strategies.
In addition to his work in North America, Dr. Kaufmann has been active in energy regulation overseas. He has worked in 14 different countries during his career in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Australia – New Zealand. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.