Jane Halford, B.Comm.

Executive in Residence,
TEC Edmonton


Jane Halford joined TEC Edmonton in 2013 after serving as CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and its charitable organization, the Chartered Accountants Education Foundation. As an Executive in Residence, Jane is the key contact for TEC Edmonton’s relationship with the Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA). Previously, Jane was also a Senior Manager at Grant Thornton LLP.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Alberta and belongs to the Institute of Corporate Directors, Financial Executives International, and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. Jane currently serves on several corporate, public sector and charitable boards. She has been honoured as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture and a Global Television Woman of Vision.

John (Jack) Saddler, PhD

Professor of Forest Products Biotechnology / Bioenergy,
University of British Columbia.

John (Jack) Saddler, PhD is the endowed Professor of Forest Products Biotechnology / Bioenergy (originally an NSERC Industry Chair) and Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has received many other awards such as the 2016 Linneborn award from the European Bioenergy Organization, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO’s) Scientific Achievement Award, the Charles D. Scott award for contributions to the field of “Biotechnology for fuels and Chemicals”, the British Columbia Life Sciences Leadership award and the Canadian Renewable Energy Association’s (CRFA’s) Green Fuels Industry Award, presented to an individual for outstanding dedication to the advancement of renewable fuels in Canada. His work is highly cited (H-index of 80, 22766 citations), he has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers, several books, holds several patents and is a regular reviewer/advisor for agencies such as the US Dept. of Energy, USDA, NSERC, World Bank, etc. He has aided organizations such as Vinnova in Sweden with their Vinnvaxt “cluster” program and is on the advisory board of the Finnish Luke Stakeholder Advisory Board (StAB) for the Boreal Green Bioeconomy (http://www.luke.fi/en/). He has trained/supervised more than 99 graduate students/Post Docs and Research Associates, many of whom are currently employed in senior positions in industry, government and academia. He currently leads a research group of about 20 Research Associates, Post Docs and graduate students. Outside of the research setting, Professor Saddler has advised policy-makers at the highest levels provincially, nationally and internationally. Nationally, his influence extends to such bodies as the Science Directorate of the Canadian Forest Service, the Canadian Council of Forests Ministers, and the National Roundtable on Economy and Environment. Internationally, he has contributed significantly to the work of agencies such as VTT, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the US DoE, USDA and the International Energy Agency (IEA) Paris. He has acted as the Co-Task Leader of the Liquid Biofuels network of IEA Bioenergy. He was recently on sabbatical at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris where he was based in the Renewable Energy Division. He is a member of the Markus Wallenberg Prize selection committee, the forest sectors Nobel Prize.

John Brown

Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Innovation Division,
Government of Alberta

As Assistant Deputy Minister of the Science and Innovation Division in the Government of Alberta, John Brown and his team work to provide leadership and expertise to enable the economic, social and environmental success of Albertans through targeted investments in research, innovation and commercialization.

The Division is a lead funder and proponent of government’s research and development activities, promoting and encouraging the commercialization of innovative products and processes and leveraging leading-edge research to solve pressing industry challenges. The Division also creates and expands technology partnerships and collaboration with international jurisdictions, multinational industry partners, post-secondary institutions and Alberta’s small and medium-sized businesses, to position Alberta as a world-class destination for research, innovation, and commercialization.

Serving in the Alberta government for over 30 years, John has a broad experience base in applied research, policy development and service provision. His roles in government have included research technician, policy advisor, operations manager, and executive manager. Previous to joining the Science and Innovation Division of Economic Development and Trade, John was an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, responsible for enabling industry growth and rural development.

John is a graduate of the University of Alberta in Soil Science and Agronomy.

Joseph Kuhach, M.Sc , B.Sc

Nsolv Corporation

Joseph Kuhach was appointed CEO of Nsolv Corporation in 2014 and joined its board of directors in 2017. As CEO he is responsible for leading the organization to achieve its business objectives, which include commercializing its proprietary heavy oil recovery technology. He has over 30 years of energy industry experience focused predominantly on development, recovery, and upgrading of heavy oil. Preceding his appointment with Nsolv, Mr. Kuhach was Sr. Vice President Upstream Technology and Integration with Ivanhoe Energy, responsible for global upstream technology and for providing strategic leadership in assessing and developing Ivanhoe’s assets.

Prior to joining Ivanhoe in 2005, Mr. Kuhach spent 20 years with Shell and subsidiaries in engineering and management positions during which time he oversaw heavy oil recovery efforts for Shell’s largest thermal recovery assets. Mr. Kuhach has published numerous papers and is a past technical editor for Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE). Mr. Kuhach was appointed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Educational Council and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT as well as a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining from Colorado School of Mines. Mr. Kuhach is a registered professional engineer and a member of APEGA, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Canadian Heavy Oil Association.


Kathleen Sendall, B.Sc.

Corporate Director,
Boards of CGG

Kathleen Sendall is a corporate director, serving on the Boards of CGG, based in Paris, Enmax Energy Corporation, and Emissions Reduction Alberta. She is Chair of CGG’s Appointments and Remunerations Committee and also serves on the Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability Committee. At ENMAX, she is a member of the Human Resources, Compensation and Safety Committee, as well as the Governance Committee. She chairs the Board of Directors of Emissions Reductions Alberta as well as the Human Resources and Governance Committee.

Prior to her retirement in 2009, Ms. Sendall led Petro-Canada’s Natural Gas Business Unit, reporting to the CEO and was responsible for the company’s North American conventional exploration and production activities and natural gas marketing. She has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of upstream operations, downstream marketing, human resource management, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions and government relations. Ms. Sendall is a former Governor and served as Board Chair of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

Ms Sendall is a member of the Sustainable Development Technology Corporation (SDTC) Member Council. She has advised federal and provincial governments on issues related to the participation of women on boards, climate change, carbon capture and storage, environmental legislation, and Arctic foreign policy. Kathy also chaired the Canadian Council of Academies Assessment Panel on the State of Industrial R&D in Canada. Ms. Sendall has contributed her time to a number of not-for-profit Boards, and is currently a Trustee of the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation. She is past president and former director of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

She has received many awards including the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the APEGGA Community Service Award, and two honorary degrees, including an Honorary Doctor of Law from the University of Calgary in 2013. She has been twice named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture. She was named four times as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and has been inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame. She was awarded the 50 Key Women in Energy Global Award and the Women Who Make a Difference Award from the International Women’s Forum. Ms. Sendall was named as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011 and awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012. In 2014/15 Ms Sendall was the Jarislowsky Fellow at the Haskayne School of Business.

Ms. Sendall graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering, and attended the Ivey Executive Program at the Ivey School of Business.