The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governance of the network and, as foremost experts in their fields, provide invaluable advice.
+ Dan Zilnik
Dan Zilnik is the President of AFARA, a firm that specializes in the math, science and economics of sustainability. He has extensive experience in helping make distinctive, lasting, and substantial improvements in sustainability performance, which strengthen the entire business, including working with the world’s largest consumer packaged goods company, federal and municipal governments, global oil and gas producers, and working with the largest technology companies in the world.
Dan is a recognized sustainability expert, receiving CSR Daily’s “Best Sustainability” and “Best Report” awards, and the Responsible Canadian Energy Awards for environment. He was one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 and was named part of Canada’s Clean16. Dan has a breadth of international experience including working in Canada, the United States, Norway, Russia and the Middle East. Dan has an MSc in Environment and Economics from the London School of Economics and is a Harvard trained negotiator.
+ Phil De Luna
Program Director for Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program
National Research Council of Canada
Phil De Luna is Program Director, Energy Materials Challenge Program at the National Research Council Canada where he leads a $57M multi-disciplinary collaborative research program to develop made-in-Canada materials solutions for a sustainable energy and chemicals sector. He is an expert in carbon conversion technologies, artificial photosynthesis, clean energy materials, and machine learning for materials discovery. He is the youngest director in NRC’s history.
De Luna is an entrepreneurial technologist having raised $2M in non-dilutive funding as a carbontech co-founder and Carbon XPRIZE Finalist (1 of 10 globally). He is also serving as a founding Mentor of the Matter and Climate Streams in Creative Destruction Lab, helping science-based startups bring advanced technology to market. He sits on the OECD Advanced Materials Steering Committee where he contributes to public policy recommendations around international collaborative research platforms.
Phil earned his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto under supervision of Prof. Ted Sargent. He has held competitive research internships at the IBM TJ Watson Research Centre and Toyota Research Institute, as well as visiting scholarships at UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, and Stanford. He has published 40 scientific papers in world-leading journals like Science and Nature and his work has been covered by mainstream media outlets like CBC, Forbes, Vice, the Independent, etc.
Phil is a 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30, a 2020/21 Mission Innovation Champion – Canada, a 2020/21 Action Canada Fellow, a 2019 GreenBiz Top 30 Under 30, a Governor General’s Gold Medalist, an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholar, and a Massey College Junior Fellow.
+ Kate Chisholm
Senior Vice President, Planning, Stakeholder Relations and Chief Sustainability Officer
Kate Chisholm has been a member of Capital Power’s senior executive team since July 2009 and played an instrumental role in Capital Power’s restructuring and Initial Public Offering that led to the company’s creation. Kate leads Capital Power’s legal, regulatory and compliance, environmental policy, government relations and external affairs teams, risk management and internal audit, and sustainability efforts. She has personally led significant and successful commercial negotiations, managed high stakes litigation and overseen important public policy influence strategies for Capital Power.
Prior to Capital Power, Kate served as EPCOR’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2004 to 2009, and Vice President, Legal and Commercial for Alberta’s Transmission Administrator (now the Alberta Electric System Operator) from 1999 to 2003.
Kate has provided counsel and expert witness testimony in numerous electric utility hearings, including those arising from the restructuring of the Alberta electricity industry. She was awarded the prestigious “Robert V.A. Jones” Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association in 2008, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010, named one of Canada’s Top 50 Diversity Champions by Women of Influence Magazine in 2013, named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and given a Leadership in the Profession Award by WILL/Counsel Network/Association of Women Lawyers in 2014, and named one of Canada’s Top 50 General Counsels in 2016.
Kate currently serves on a number of boards and governing bodies, including Chair of the University of Alberta Board of Governors, and Lead Independent Member of the Alberta Securities Commission. She created the MORE mentoring program for high potential young professional women in Edmonton and was one of the founding members of Legal Leaders for Diversity, an association of Canadian general counsel who support and promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.
+ Martin Davies
Corporate Capital Solutions
Martin Davies is a Managing Director of Corporate Capital Solutions – a Calgary based partnership providing non-traditional debt financing to organizations. Davies is also Managing Director with Brickburn Asset Management Inc. Prior to joining Brickburn in 2004, Davies was a Senior Partner, Institutional Sales with Peters & Co. Limited for 22 years, and specialized in Canadian capital markets; specifically, oil and natural gas exploration and production, midstream, and oilfield service industries. Davies has served 12 years at Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) as a judicial panel member. From 1997 to 2004, he served as member and Chairman (2002-2004) of the Alberta District Council of the Investment Dealers Association (IIROC processor). Davies holds a BA (Honours) in Economics from the University of Calgary and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute.
+ Darcy Ell
Chartered Professional Accountant, CA
ILF Consultants Inc.
Darcy Ell has spent his entire career in Calgary in a wide variety of financial and management roles. He recently joined ILF Consulting Engineers, an international engineering consulting firm specializing in complex industrial and infrastructure projects. Prior to that he was the Chief Financial Officer for both Brickburn Asset Management Inc., a private investment and portfolio management firm and Brickburn Funds Inc., a public mutual fund corporation. Previous roles included Vice-President of Finance for Nevada Bob’s Canada, a specialty golf retailer, President of Manta Sport Ltd., a Calgary-based wholesaler of squash racquets and distributor of premium sunglasses and Manager, Special Loans Group at the National Bank of Canada.
Darcy is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and obtained his CA with KPMG, where he worked in the Insolvency, Private Business and Audit groups.
+ Nishka Gupta
ARC Financial Corp.
Nishka Gupta is a Vice President at ARC Financial Corp., Canada’s largest energy-focused private equity firm. His responsibilities include deal evaluation, structuring and execution as well as portfolio management. Nishka represents ARC as observer or director on the boards of a few ARC portfolio companies and works with them on company corporate strategy, risk management and financial matters.
Nishka is a Professional Engineer and has prior experience as an field operations engineer at a major multinational energy company. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the Ivey Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Faculty of Applied Science at Western University.
+ Darlene Halwas
Chartered Financial Analyst
Canada Development Investment Corporation
Darlene Halwas currently serves on the boards of Canada Development Investment Corporation, the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services, and Alberta WaterPortal Society. She has almost 30 years of work experience, with 15 years focused on leading risk management functions for companies. In the past, she has served on a number of boards, including the Safety Codes Council, Aquatera Utilities Inc, CKUA Radio Foundation, the Management Employees Pension Board and the Calgary Police Commission.
Darlene holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba, and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) designations as well as certification in tribunal administrative justice. Since 1995, she has been an active volunteer with the CFA Institute, and she completed a four-year term on the global Disciplinary Review Committee. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canada. She is a member of Diversity 50, and was awarded an Exemplar from the Director and Chief Risk Officers Group in 2019.
+ Dr. Steve Larter
Canada Research Chair and Professor of Petroleum Geology
University of Calgary
Dr. Steve Larter is the Associate Vice President (research innovation) at the University of Calgary and a research professor in geochemistry. Educated in the UK (Cambridge and Newcastle), and with a background in industrial R&D (petroleum industry), he has had/has positions at the Universities of Oslo, Newcastle, CUPB, Tsinghua and Calgary, where he worked on a range of topics including studies of the deep subsurface biosphere and topics related to carbon management at scale. Former Scientific director of Carbon Management Canada, he has also worked on CCS, transition technologies for zero-emission energy recovery from oil and gas fields and currently, negative emission technologies. Cofounder of multiple startups in the energy, environment and IP space, his current focus is on developing realistic innovation systems that actually work for researchers. Larter is Chief Scientist at the Creative Destruction Lab Rockies and CDL West, and a member of the National Academies of the UK, Canada, and Norway.
+ Dr. John Loughhead
Chair of Mission Innovation
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, United Kingdom
Professor John Loughhead, CB OBE FREng FTSE FIMechE FIET, was appointed Chief Science Advisor for the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in 2014 and became Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in 2016 when DECC was merged with the business department. He stepped down as Chief Science Advisor in 2020, but remains with BEIS as Chair of Mission Innovation.
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 Managing Director of GEC Engineering Research Centre. He has sat on the UK’s Defence R&D 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 their multi-billion Euro Framework innovation programmes. Loughhead is a Chartered Engineer with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Heat Transfer Engineering, both from Imperial College, and a DSc from Keele University. He is a Fellow of the UK, Australian and Chinese national academies of engineering, Professor of Engineering at Cardiff University and Fellow of Queen Mary University of London.
+ Peter Love
Peter Love is an Adjunct Professor at York University where he has taught courses on energy efficiency and sustainability and has written a free on-line text book on energy efficiency policy and programs. He also serves on several corporate and non-profit boards including Ontario Climate Consortium (Chair Governing Council), Toronto 2030 District (Chair Advisory Committee), Royal Canadian Institute for Science (past Chair) and Rethink Sustainability (one of founding directors). Previous roles have included Chief Energy Conservation Officer of Ontario and member of the team at Pollution Probe in the 70’s that developed the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. During his career he has spoken at international conferences on energy policy and has authored over 50 books, reports and articles.
Peter received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Buildings Canada and recognized by Clean50 as one of its honourees. Peter is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a BA and an MBA and earned the ICD.D designation from the Institute for Corporate Directors.