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Panelists

  • Guest speaker
    Kirsty Gogan

    Kirsty Gogan, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Energy for Humanity (EFH)

    Kirsty Gogan is co-founder and executive director of Energy for Humanity (EFH), an NGO focused on enabling universal access to clean and cheap energy. EFH is founded around two of the great environmental and humanitarian challenges we face in this century: cutting carbon emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change within mid-century timescales, whilst enabling billions of people to achieve modern standards of living.

    EFH led a delegation of the world's most highly regarded climate scientists to Paris COP21 in order to make the case for nuclear to be recognised as a vital part of the clean energy mix. EFH was shortlisted for the Business Green Leaders “Green NGO of the Year" Award in 2016.

    Kirsty has more than 15 years’ experience as a senior advisor to Government, including at 10 Downing St, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

  • Forum 1: Environmental justice and energy equality
    Peter Stoett

    Moderator: Peter Stoett, PhD

    Dean and Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

    Dr. Peter Stoett's main areas of expertise include international relations and law, global environmental politics, and human rights. Prior to joining the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 2017, he was the Director of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre at Concordia University in Montreal. In recent years, he has held visiting fellowships at the University of Tasmania, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, the International Institute for Social Studies in The Hague, the University of Reading, U.K. and the University for Peace in Costa Rica. Dr. Stoett also works with the United Nations Environmental Programme in Nairobi, Kenya, and is an Expert Commission Member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. He is committed to realizing environmental justice and proud to announce that his faculty will offer a new minor in Sustainability Studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology starting next year.

    Learn more about Dr. Peter Stoett


    Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly

    Manager of Sustainability, Durham Region

    Brian Kelly's work focuses on climate mitigation, climate adaptation and community energy planning in Durham. Prior to his work at Durham Region, he was the founding Director of the Sustainable Enterprise Academy, an executive education program based at the Schulich School of Business, York University, where he also taught Business Strategies for Sustainability in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Throughout his 48-year career he has also been Director of Environment and Sustainable Development for Ontario Hydro, President of Marbek Resource Consultants, a Director in Energy, Mines and Resources Canada and a founder of Pollution Probe.


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    Pamela Robinson, PhD

    Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives, Faculty of Community Services, and Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University

    Pamela Robinson (MCIP, RPP) is the associate dean, graduate studies and strategic initiatives at the Faculty of Community Services and an associate professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson. She is also a registered professional planner. As part of the geothink.ca research team, Robinson's research and practice focus on urban sustainability issues with a particular focus on cities and climate change and the use of open data and civic technology to support open government transformations. She serves on the board of directors of the Metcalf Foundation and has participated in four Metrolinx Community Advisory Committees. Robinson is an editor of Urban Sustainability: Reconnecting Space and Place (University of Toronto Press, 2013), Teaching as Scholarship: Preparing Students for Professional Practice in Community Services (WLU Press, 2016) and is a columnist for Spacing magazine.


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    Michelle Scobie, PhD

    Scholar, The University of the West Indies

    Michelle Scobie is a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of International Relations at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, and Co-Editor of the Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy. She has practiced as an attorney-at-law in Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. She was the first corporate secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Heritage and Stabilisation Fund. She is a member of the Caribbean Studies Association, the International Studies Association, the University of the West Indies Oceans Governance Network, the Earth System Governance global research alliance Scientific Steering Committee, the Future Earth Knowledge Action Network and the ISA Long Range Planning Committee. Her research areas include international law, international environmental law and developing states’ perspectives on global and regional environmental governance. particularly in the areas of institutional architectures relating to climate change, tourism, sustainable development, marine governance, energy governance, private governance, environmental ethics and trade and environment. 

  • Forum 2: Energy technology solutions, options and impacts
    Akira Tokuhiro

    Moderator: Akira Tokuhiro, PhD

    Dean and Professor, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

    Dr. Akira Tokuhiro has background in nuclear energy as well as renewable energy sources and energy analyses. He notes that energy systems, energy resource and outcomes analyses, and societal transformation are of great interest at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. We are also mindful of Ontario’s legacy and commitment to nuclear energy but at the same time, we recognize the need to work with society and implement technology solutions. We bravely face the issues and challenges to change the outcome.

    Learn more about Dr. Akira Tokuhiro


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    Dan Bihn

    Systems Engineer, Bihn Communications, LLC 

    Dan Bihn is a systems engineer working across technical and organizational boundaries to communicate the exciting possibilities of the Lean Grid through direct consulting, lectures, training courses and interactive ebooks. In the Lean Grid, the people and things that use electric power engage with the things that make that power to minimize costs and environmental impacts while maximizing resilience and equity. Bihn is currently a visiting scholar at Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government, where he is involved in the Initiative for Community Disaster Resilience, focusing on the nexus between sustainability and resilience.


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    Bernadette Corpuz 

    Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) LLP

    Bernadette Corpuz is a senior lawyer in BLG's Electricity Markets and Corporate-Commercial Groups. She is extensively involved in the corporate and commercial aspects of the power sector. She has advised clients in significant mergers and acquisitions, share and asset purchases, joint ventures and other investment vehicles, with a particular focus in renewable power projects and electric utilities. She has considerable experience acting for a wide range of stakeholders including distributors, generators, commercial users and municipal shareholders in a variety of commercial transactions. She also advises in the related areas of energy storage, district energy and climate change.

     


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    Kirsty Gogan  

    Co-Founder and Executive Director of Energy for Humanity (EFH) 

    Kirsty Gogan is co-founder and executive director of Energy for Humanity (EFH), an NGO focused on enabling universal access to clean and cheap energy. EFH is founded around two of the great environmental and humanitarian challenges we face in this century: cutting carbon emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change within mid-century timescales, whilst enabling billions of people to achieve modern standards of living.

    EFH led a delegation of the world's most highly regarded climate scientists to Paris COP21 in order to make the case for nuclear to be recognised as a vital part of the clean energy mix. EFH was shortlisted for the Business Green Leaders “Green NGO of the Year" Award in 2016.

    Kirsty has more than 15 years’ experience as a senior advisor to Government, including at 10 Downing St, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.


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    Shripad Revankar, PhD

    Professor, Purdue School of Nuclear Engineering

    Dr. Shripad Revankar is a Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Director of Multiphase and Fuel Cell Research Laboratory in the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He earned his Master of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1982 and received his PhD in Physics from Karnatak University in India in 1983. His current research interests are in multiphase flow and heat transfer, microgravity multiphase flow in packed beds, fuel cell design, simulation and power systems, thermochemical water splitting hydrogen production, reactor thermalhydraulics and safety. 

  • Forum 3: Building and powering sustainable cities
    Dan Hoornweg

    Moderator: Daniel Hoornweg, PhD 

    Richard Marceau Chair and Professor, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

    Following almost 20 years with the World Bank, including as Lead Advisor overseeing Sustainable Cities and Climate Change programs, Dan returned to Ontario in 2012. He is now Associate Professor and Richard Marceau Chair at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. 

    Dan's academic background includes degrees in Earth Sciences (University of Waterloo), a Masters in Environmental Engineering (Guelph) and a PhD in Civil (Sustainability) Engineering (University of Toronto, 2015). Dan researches energy and material flows of cities and urban systems. 

    Dan is also the Chief Safety and Risk Officer for the Province of Ontario (Technical Standards and Safety Authority, TSSA). 

    Dan’s most recent books are ‘Cities and Sustainability: A New Approach’ (Routledge 2016) and editor of ‘Letters to a Young Engineer’ (Canadian engineering convocations 2014 - 2018).


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    John D. Coyne 

    Vice President, Legal and External Affairs, Unilever Canada Inc. 

    John D. Coyne is a member of Unilever Canada’s board of directors and the company's Canadian Leadership Team. He is also Chair of Unilever Canada’s Pension Committee.

    He is well known for his leadership in corporate sustainability. He is a passionate activator of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever’s strategy to grow the business, reduce its environmental footprint and increase its positive contribution to society. He is Executive Chair of the Board of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc., Chair of the Board of Stewardship Ontario, and Director of Evergreen. In addition, he is Co-Chair of the Partners in Project Green steering committee, a major environmental initiative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. He has been recognized for his leadership in corporate sustainability by being named a Clean 50 honouree in 2013 and a Clean 16 honouree in 2018. In 2015, he was appointed a member of the Ontario Government’s Climate Action Group, which advises the Ontario Minister of the Environment on effective climate change actions that will help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and transition to a prosperous, low-carbon economy.

    He also works closely with industry groups and other organizations: He is Chair of the board of the Look Good Feel Better Foundation and is director and past Chair of Cosmetics Alliance Canada. 


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    Heather Ferguson

    Vice-President, Environment, Ontario Power Generation

    Heather Ferguson has more than 20 years of experience in the resource development and electricity sectors. She is currently the Vice-President of Environment at Ontario Power Generation (OPG), where she is responsible for OPG’s Environment team, which supports OPG’s Hydroelectric, Thermal and Nuclear operations, as well as the company's development and construction projects. She also has accountability for key strategic environmental initiatives, including OPG’s Transportation Electrification Strategy, which focuses on leveraging OPG’s clean generation portfolio to electrify transportation in Ontario, and developing new related lines of business for the company. Previously, she was Director of OPG’s Hydroelectric Business Development Group, where she was responsible for the advancement of OPG's project portfolio from concept to construction. Prior to joining OPG, she was a consultant in the Calgary office of Golder Associates, where she worked on environmental assessments for large-scale resource development projects in the mining and oil and gas sectors. 

    She holds an undergraduate and master's degree in Science from Queen's University, as well as an Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Rotman School of Management. She is the Chair of the Ontario Waterpower Association, and a Director on the Boards of Wildlife Habitat Council, Electric Mobility Canada and the Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station. 


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    Ron Groves

    Director, Education and Outreach, Plug'n Drive

    Ron Groves is the lead on all of Plug'n Drive's public outreach activities, specifically the Electric Vehicle Roadshow. His involvement in sustainable transportation began in 2008 as Program Manager for SmartCommute. His time at SmartCommute led him to the Aurora Windfall Ecology Centre where, from 2009 to 2012, he developed numerous programs, including ecoDriver, eDriver and Green Spokes. His early career spanned 25 years in the car rental industry. Born in Toronto, Ontario and educated at York University, Ron and his family currently live in Aurora.


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    Patricia McCarney, PhD

    Professor, Political Science and Director, Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto
    President and CEO, World Council on City Data (WCCD)

    Dr. Patricia McCarney received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1987. She previously served as Associate Vice President, International Research and Development at the University of Toronto. Before joining the University of Toronto, between 1983 and 1994, she worked as a professional staff member in a number of international agencies, including the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and the United Nations—HABITAT in Nairobi. As President and CEO of the WCCD, she is building a globally standardized database for cities worldwide, inviting them to build city data in conformity with ISO 37120, the first international standard for city data. As host of this new knowledge platform, the WCCD is positioned to be the leading global city database with standardized, verified, comparable and open city data for a growing network of smart and prosperous cities.


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