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
President, Oil & Gas Sustainability Ltd.
Dan Zilnik is the President of Oil and Gas Sustainability Ltd. He has extensive experience in helping leaders in the oil and gas and financial sectors make distinctive, lasting, and substantial improvements in sustainability performance, which strengthen the entire business. His specialties include strategy development and implementation, including helping a Fortune-500 listed oil company develop their global climate strategy and implement the strategy in Alberta at one of their oil production facilities.
As a certified negotiator he has worked extensively in socio-economic impact assessment and stakeholder engagement and supported projects in balancing the needs of project proponent and local community. Dan has a breadth of international experience including working across most of Canada, parts of 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.
+ Martin Davies
Partner, Portfolio Manager
Brickburn Asset Management Inc.
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.
+ Phil De Luna
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.
Phil was named to the 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 – Energy list and was a finalist (1 of 10 worldwide) in the $20M Carbon XPRIZE. He has published over 30 papers, with many in high-impact journals such as Science and Nature. His research has been featured on CBC, Newsweek, Forbes, and Popular Science.
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.
+ Dr. Steve Larter
Canada Research Chair and Professor of Petroleum Geology
University of Calgary
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 Scientific Advisor and Director General
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, United Kingdom
Dr. John Loughhead was appointed Chief Science Advisor for the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in 2014. When DECC was dismantled in 2016, Loughhead became Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. 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.
+ 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 Energy Efficiency Alberta, 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.
+ Drew Thomson
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.