Mr. Allan Fogwill
President and CEO
Allan Fogwill joined CERI in November 2014 as President and CEO. An energy sector executive with over 30 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.
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.
Senior Environmental Researcher
Anna Vypovska has over 15 years of extensive research and industry experience in environmental science, biology, environmental chemistry and environmental impact assessment. She holds a BSc. degree in Chemistry and Biology, and an MSc. in Biology from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine, along with a PhD (equivalent) degree in Biological Sciences. Anna is a registered Professional Biologist (P.Biol.), a full member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists since 2014.
Prior to joining CERI in August 2016, Anna worked as an Environmental Scientist at TERA Environmental Consultants and CH2M 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 Canadian federal and provincial environmental legislation with a focus on regulatory processes for the resource development and energy sectors.
Toufigh has broad knowledge and experience in data analytics, energy economics and environmental issues in the oil and gas industry. Before joining CERI, Toufigh undertook an internship program at the Instituto de Carboquímica in Zaragoza, Spain. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Calgary, and his research focuses on CO2 capture technologies. Owing to his research excellence, he has achieved more than ten prestigious awards and scholarships in the Ph.D. program. He holds BSc and MSc from the Sharif University of Technology, Iran, both in chemical engineering. He has published several journal articles and attended numerous seminars and international conferences. He filed a US provisional patent recently on a novel method for an efficient CO2 capture.
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.
Varun Dhara joined CERI in July 2020 as Research Engineer focusing on Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) frameworks and Sustainable financing in Energy Sector. He has a strong interdisciplinary background in Petroleum Engineering, Geoscience, and Data Management. Varun graduated with a Master of Engineering specializing in Reservoir Characterization from the University of Calgary and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Curtin University, Australia. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science focusing on Data Management from University of Aberdeen. Apart from working on ESG frameworks, Varun has worked on field development projects focusing on asset development with specialization in Petrophysical modelling and Economic Modelling.
Mounika Majeti joined CERI in August 2020. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Master of Engineering degree specializing in Reservoir Characterization and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Petroleum Engineering. Miss. Majeti has a keen interest and experience related to the energy sector's decarbonization, petroleum economics, data analytics, and visualization. Mounika dealt with projects including Small Modular Reactors, Hydrogen, and Petrochemicals with comprehensive insight in carbon pricing and taxation on federal/provincial level, emission accounting, and energy standards.
Hasna Nazir is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary completing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and specializing in Energy and Environment. Her background in research involves Evapotranspiration Landfill Biocovers and Methane Biofiltration at the University of Calgary. Hasna’s areas of interest include sustainable development and renewable energy.
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.
Nandha Karthik Suresh joined CERI in July 2020. He holds a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary. His research at CERI is extensively on ESG’s (Environmental, Social, and Governance). He studies ESG frameworks and criteria in practice around the world and analyzes the data gaps present in these frameworks. He has published research articles that revolve around energy economics and on ESG’s. He is currently working on a project at CERI which conclusively will recommend the best ESG practices for Canadian energy companies that will help them draw investments.
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.
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.