The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governance of the network and as foremost experts in their fields, provide invaluable advice. Its members are from academia, industry, government, and NGOs. Subcommittees of the board include the Audit and Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, Network Development Committee, and Environment Committee.
Gordon Lambert, Chair
Formerly Executive Advisor, Sustainability & Innovation
Mr. Gordon Lambert began his career with Imperial Oil Limited where he served for 15 years in environment/health/safety, planning and business development roles. He then spent two years as Director, Sustainable Development for TransAlta Corporation. He assumed his role as Vice-President, Sustainable Development for Suncor Energy in 1997 and the moved into a role as Executive Advisor, Sustainability and Innovation. He is involved with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He is currently on the Boards of the Suncor Energy Foundation and Learning for a Sustainable Future. He is a former Canadian representative on the Joint Public Advisory Committee to the US, Canadian and Mexican Environment Ministers under NAFTA. Mr. Lambert graduated from the University of Guelph in Ontario with an Honors Bachelor of Science degree. He also graduated from the Ivey Executive Program in 1996.
CMC Research Institutes
For nearly three decades, Richard Adamson has been dedicated to facilitating the commercialization of innovative technologies. Prior to his appointment with CMC, Mr. Adamson played a pivotal role with the Southern Research Institute’s Environment and Energy team, resulting in the Carbon to Liquids (C2L) Development Centre in Durham, North Carolina. He has founded or worked with small and large technology companies in Alberta ranging from lab, environmental remote sensing, and industrial process control instruments through to small-scale combined heat and power systems for which he holds a patent, pioneering a distributed micro-utility business model.
Brickburn Asset Management Inc.
Martin Davies is Portfolio Manager, Managing Director, and Chief Compliance Officer with Brickburn Asset Management Inc., a Calgary-based investment firm with extensive expertise in the Canadian energy sector and capital markets. He is also a Co-Portfolio manager for individuals, family groups and financial institutions. Prior to joining Brickburn in 2004, Davies was a Senior Partner in Institutional Sales and Trading with Peters & Co. Limited for 22 years, and specialized in Canadian capital markets; specifically oil and natural gas, midstream, and oilfield service industries. Davies is a ten year member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) judicial panel hearings. From 1997 to 2004, he served as Chairman and member of the Alberta District Council of the Investment Dealers Association. Davies holds a BA (Honours) in Economics from the University of Calgary and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute.
Dr. Victor Der
General Manager, North America
Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Institute
Dr. Victor Der joined the Global CCS Institute in May 2011 and is general manager for North American operations. Prior to joining the institute, Dr. Der worked at the U.S. Department of Energy (DO E) for over 37 years, retiring as the assistant secretary (acting) for fossil energy. Dr. Der has led the Office of Fossil Energy in the areas of clean coal, carbon capture and storage, oil and gas research and development, and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He had served in various prior capacities at DOE including the principal deputy for fossil energy and deputy assistant secretary for clean coal and CCS. Dr. Der is also the former chair of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) Policy Group, and had also served as the Chair of the CSLF Technical Group. Dr. Der’s prior work includes NASA’s Apollo 15 moon mission project and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration program on modelling the upper atmospheric density. He holds a B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland and serves on the advisory board of the University of Maryland’s Energy Research Center.
Founder and CEO, LeadWell Futures Inc.
Sterling Eddy comes to CMC with much experience in not-for-profit governance, most notably in ethics, strategy, leadership, governance and transformation. Most recently, Eddy was interim Executive Director and CEO of Distress Centre Calgary. He was also founder and CEO of the LeadWell Foundation, an non-profit created to promote societal leadership for enriching the health and well being of people, and was president and CEO of CMA Alberta. Early in his career, Eddy worked in the finance and accounting functions for Ernst and Young Consulting, for the federal departments of Fisheries and Oceans and Employment and Immigration, and for the Nova Scotia Provincial Tax Commission. Eddy has a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University, as well as his Certified Management Consultant and Certified Management Accountant designations. He has much governance experience having served on both business and non-profit boards and committees. A sampling of organizations he’s volunteered for includes the United Way of Calgary and Area, Alberta Ballet, Southern Alberta Land Trust Society, Woods Home, Victoria General Hospital and CMA Canada.
Dr. John Grace
Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering
University of British Columbia
Dr. John Grace began his career in 1968 as a professor at McGill University in Montreal. He then moved to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver where he served as department head, Dean of Graduate Studies and Acting Director of the Clean Energy Research Centre. Dr. Grace has served as a consultant for various companies in Canada and abroad. He holds a Canada Research Chair and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineering Institute of Canada and Chemical Institute of Canada. He is recipient of numerous awards including the R. S. Jane Award, the major award of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering. He has more than 450 publications, including six books. Dr. Grace graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. He also graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Dr. Eddy Isaacs
Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions
Dr. Eddy Isaacs has been instrumental in promoting innovation in energy and environment across Canada. He has served as co-Chair of the Energy Technology Working Group of the Canadian Council of Energy Ministers. Dr. Isaacs is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and currently serves on the Boards of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada, NRC Institute for Fuel Cells Innovation and NRC Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology. He has over 70 publications and 6 patents in the energy field. Dr. Isaacs graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He also graduated from the University of Alberta with a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Dr. Steve Larter (Ex Officio)
CMC Research Institutes
Dr. Steve Larter is Canada Research Chair and Professor of Petroleum Geology at the University of Calgary. Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2004, he worked for the Universities of Newcastle and Oslo and, in the 1980s, for Unocal in California. Dr. Larter has broad research interests which range from understanding the phenomenon of biodegradation and predicting fluid property variations in tar sand and heavy oil reservoirs; biogenic gas generation and shale gas and coupling fluid chemistry as part of reservoir simulator history matches; through to studying the microbial life of subsurface petroleum reservoirs. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society and AAPG distinguished lecturer. He is also CEO of Gushor Inc. and Scientific Director of Profero Energy, two technology companies developing transition technologies to enable society and the oil and gas industry to rapidly migrate to zero carbon emission practices. His degrees are from the universities of Cambridge and Newcastle.
Dr. John Loughhead
Chief Science Advisor
Department of Energy and Climate Change, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Dr. John Loughhead was appointed Chief Science Advisor for the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change in 2014. Between 2004 and 2014, he was executive director of the UK Energy Research Centre in London. Prior to that, he served as Vice-President Technology with ALSTOM (Paris) where he was responsible for technology strategy and IP management throughout ALSTOM, a substantial international group of energy and transport equipment businesses. He has worked in research with GEC ALSTHOM (Paris) and was head of the Thermofluid & Energy Division for GEC Engineering Research Centre. He has sat on the UK’s Defence Science Advisory Council Technology Board, on numerous university advisory boards, and has been an expert consultant to the governments of Australia and Chile for energy policy development as well as consultant and assessor to EC on Framework 6 and 7 programmes. Loughhead has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.Sc. in Heat Transfer Engineering, both from Imperial College. He is a Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering and an Australian Academy of Engineering Chartered Engineer.
Dr. Heather MacLean
Professor, Civil Engineering
University of Toronto
Dr. Heather MacLean has served as an associate professor of civil engineering, chemical engineering and public policy at the University of Toronto for twelve years. Her commitment to the University of Toronto has resulted in her supervision of more than 50 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. She has refereed 37 journal articles and has made 92 technical presentations at universities across Canada, the US and Europe. Dr. MacLean graduated from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in Halifax with a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in civil engineering. She graduated from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax with a Master in Business Administration degree. She also graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with a Master of Science degree in engineering and public policy and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in civil engineering and public policy.
Dr. Edward McCauley (Ex Officio)
Vice President (Research)
University of Calgary
Dr. Edward McCauley began his career with the University of Calgary in 1985. He served as a professor of biological science for 24 years. He then served as Director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He was also a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UCSB. In 2003, he co-founded the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research. Dr. McCauley returned to the University of Calgary and became the Vice-President of Research on July 1, 2011. Dr. McCauley is a Fellow of the Royal Society and formerly acted as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. He was amongst the first recipients of the NSERC Discovery Accelerator Award. Dr. McCauley graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree. He is also a graduate of the doctoral degree at McGill University and was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSB.
Schlumberger Carbon Services
Mr. Dwight Peters is President for Schlumberger Carbon Services, formed in 2005 to develop and deploy technologies and services specific for the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. He has been with Schlumberger over 28 years, starting with geophysical and technical assignments in the oilfield. Prior to his appointment as President in 2012, Peters was Americas Business Manager and he represented Schlumberger for all CCS-related activities in North America, including all seven U.S. Department of Energy regional partnerships, Aquistore, Project Pioneer, and CCS Nova Scotia, investigating the technology needs and business opportunities for future carbon sequestration projects. Mr. Peters holds bachelor degrees in both Physics and Mechanical Engineering.
Dr. Vicky Sharpe
Strategic Advisor to the Board
Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Senior Fellow, International Institute for Sustainable Development
Prior to her new role as Strategic Advisor of the Board of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), Dr. Vicky Sharpe was President and CEO of the organization, a Government of Canada initiative whose mission is to help develop and commercialize clean technologies that will strengthen economic and environmental performance in Canada. In 2014, she was appointed as Senior Fellow with the International Institute for Sustainable Development. With over 25-years’ experience, Dr. Sharpe was President of GRI Canada and Astral Group and Vice President of Ontario Hydro. She has chaired both the National Advisory Board on Energy, Science and Technology and the Board of Directors of Clean Air Canada Inc. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Enterprise Corporation, and a founding member of the Steering Committee of the UNEP SEF Alliance. She sits on the Ontario Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel and is also Director of the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Biowaste to Energy for Canada integrated initiative Corp. (BECii). For her work in advancing sustainability and clean capitalism, Dr. Sharpe was recognised as one of the Clean 16, a top spot on Canada’s 2012 Clean 50. Dr. Sharpe holds a B.Sc. Honours in Applied Biology from Bath University, UK, and a PhD in Microbiology and Chemistry from Trent University, UK.
Director of Corporate Services
The Law Society of Alberta
Drew Thomson is currently the Director of Corporate Services for the Law Society of Alberta based in Calgary. The Law Society regulates the legal profession in the public interest in Alberta. He is also the Chief Financial Officer of the Law Society’s professional liability insurance program – the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Exchange. As a member of the Law Society’s Executive Leadership Team, Drew’s portfolio of responsibility includes accounting and finance, communications, records and information management and office services. Prior to joining the Law Society, he was Vice President of Business Development with the Certified Management Accountants of Alberta. Drew’s career experience includes senior financial management roles in radio and television broadcasting and the retail fashion clothing industry.
Drew’s community involvement includes serving as Vice Chair of the board of Goodwill Industries Alberta and recently appointed to the board of the Immigrant Access Fund.
Drew holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and a MBA from Athabasca University. He is a CMA and a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.