New members appointed to CMC Board of Directors

CMC is excited to announce that three new members with expertise in energy R&D and management accounting have been appointed to its board.

Victor Der, General Manager for North America operations at the Global CCS Institute, Hassan Hamza, Director General at Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY-Devon, and Sterling Eddy, who has significant experience with strategy, leadership, governance and transformation, were appointed to CMC’s board at its October 17 meeting.

“We are excited to welcome our new board members to the team. Each has a unique background and area of specialization which will help round out the board,” said Richard Adamson, CMC Managing Director, adding “We have a board of exceptional individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the problem-solving table. I look forward to working with all of them as we move into our next phase of development.”

Outgoing board members are Sally Benson, Director of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University, Cristian Ches, PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, Stephanie Michaud, Deputy Director at the Networks of Centres of Excellence, Richard Shaw, President Richard A. Shaw Professional Corporation, Keith Turnbull, KSTurnbull Professional Corp, and Geoff Munro, Chief Scientist, Natural Resources Canada.

Victor Der

Victor Der is General Manager for North America operations at the Global CCS Institute. Prior to this, he worked at the US Department of Energy (DOE) for over 37 years retiring as the Assistant Secretary (acting) for Fossil Energy. He has led the Office of Fossil Energy in the areas of clean coal, CCS, oil and gas R&D, 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. Der is also the former Chair of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum Policy Group, and had also served as the Chair of the CSLF Technical Group.

As the Assistant Secretary (acting), Der managed a multi-billion dollar portfolio of clean coal technology and CCS demonstration projects in addition to a multi-million dollar research portfolio on CCS, power generation, and enhanced oil and gas recovery research. Der’s prior experience includes research and management in advanced nuclear energy, geologic storage of high-level nuclear waste, and superconductivity for magnetic fusion energy.

Der has also worked on NASA’s Apollo 15 moon mission project and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration program on modeling the upper atmospheric density. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Hassan Hamza

Hassan Hamza has been the Director General at Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY-Devon since 2004. He has over 35 years experience in management of R & D programs with a proven track record of initiating and establishing successful multi-million dollar, Federal-Provincial-Industry Consortia that led the way to break-through technologies in energy and related fields.

He represents Natural Resources Canada on provincial, national and international committees and negotiations and maintains an extensive national and international network of collaborators in academia, research organizations, and industry. Hamza is considered an international authority on solid/liquid separation. He has led and conducted numerous R & D investigations both for Canadian as well as international companies including; National Coal Board, England; Black Sands Company, Egypt; Dow, U.S.A. and Canada; Bayer, Germany; and most Canadian and multinational oil companies in Canada.

He is an Adjunct professor at University of Alberta and Dalhousie University as well as being a member of the Industrial Advisory Committee to National Science Foundation, U.S. Hamza graduated with a PhD in Solid/Liquid Separation, Mining Engineering Department, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. Prior to that he received a B.Sc. degree, Mining and Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt and before joining the public service, Hamza was a Professor at the Assuit University, Assuit, Egypt.

Sterling Eddy

Sterling Eddy is a Certified Management Accountant with experience in not-for-profit governance. Most recently, Eddy was interim Executive Director and CEO of Distress Centre Calgary. While on this one year appointment, Eddy assisted the agency in strengthening its management practices and accountability, improved the organization design, helped design and implement better governance processes, and developed strategies to sustain and enhance the agency’s performance. 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 not-for-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.