Brenda Kenny, Ph.D.

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Vice Chair,   

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) 

Brenda Kenny has extensive experience in energy and environment regulation, policy, sustainability, CSR and innovation.  Her career has included executive roles at the National Energy Board and as CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association. 

Brenda serves as the Vice Chair of Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA; formerly CCEMC), and on the Member Council for Sustainable Development Technology Canada.  She also serves on the Boards of the Canada West Foundation, and Nature Canada, and co-chairs the Nature Canada initiative Women for Nature.  She recently completed a six year term serving on the Board of Governors for the University of Calgary, chairing that board’s Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability Committee.  Other experiences include serving as a panel member on the National Energy Board Modernization Expert Panel which completed its work in May 2017, and as a member of the Advisory Council for the Positive Energy Project at the University of Ottawa.

Brenda holds a Bachelor’s in Applied Science (Metallurgy) from Queens University, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Resources and the Environment from the University of Calgary where she is an adjunct professor.  

Bruce Edgelow, ICD.D

Industry Specialist,
ATB Financial

Bruce Edgelow has over 44 years of banking experience with a focus on lending to the oil and gas industry. After having spent 31 years with Royal Bank of Canada, Bruce joined ATB in July 2003 and took on the responsibility to help build ATB Financial’s Energy business and capabilities. His team consisted of industry specialists in all aspects of the energy industry, including: drilling and service, pipelines, utilities, midstream, exploration and production and alternative energy.

In early 2015 he headed up their Turnaround Assistance Group, providing leadership to ATB’s sales teams whose clients were experiencing financial difficulties through the downturn. He retired from the organization March 31, 2017.

Bruce has attained the ICD.D designation. He is a very active participant in community and church activities. He loves his role as a Calgary City team member with LeaderImpact. He serves as a Director for Calgary Health Trust and Chair of Peter Lougheed Centre Development Council. He recently took on the Board Chair role for Aspen Family and Community Network; and he also serves as a Fellow in the Energy Future Lab.

Cameron Carlyle, MSc, PhD, POSTDOC

Assistant Professor,
Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta

Cameron Carlyle is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. He completed an MSc at the University of Akron, a PhD in ecology at the University of British Columbia, and a postdoc at the University of Alberta. Cameron’s research focuses on ecosystem goods and services in rangelands. In particular, he studies the effects of agricultural land-use and cattle grazing on carbon storage and sequestration, forage production and biodiversity. The aim of this research is to support grassland conservation, increase sustainable beef production and improve our understanding of the ecological processes in these systems. Cameron also does research on native bees, ants, invasive plants and agroforestry. He teaches courses on rangeland conservation and plant ecophysiology. In his spare time, Cam can be found at home with his wife and son, in his garage tinkering at woodworking, or running in Edmonton’s river valley.


CĂ©line Bak

Co-chair of the Climate Policy and Finance Task Force,
Centre for International Governance Innovation

Céline Bak is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation where she co-chairs the Climate Policy and Finance Task Force, which brings together 84 scholars from 42 global think tanks, 7 universities and 4 ENGOs to propose policies to the G20.

Céline sits as an independent director at Emissions Reduction Alberta, Green Centre Canada. She chairs the Core Evaluation Team for Genome Canada's Genomic Applications Partnership Program. She has worked in 25 countries and has worked internationally for more than 30 years.

Céline Bak is also President of Analytica Advisors where she has authored and published seven national reports, which have revealed that innovative clean technology firms in Canada provide a meaningful and measurable environmental and economic impact. In doing so, she has initiated an industrial transformation in Canada through $1.8 billion in investments in the 2017 federal budget.


Chris Reid, B.Sc., M.A.Sc

Managing Director and Founder, 
IBET – the Institute for Breakthrough Energy and Emissions Technology

Chris Reid is currently the Managing Director and founder of IBET – the Institute for Breakthrough Energy and Emissions Technology, as well as a founding Executive in Residence at the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator, Canada’s first clean technology incubator. He serves on several boards including Chairman of Rotoliptic Technologies and as an elected board member of the Working Opportunity Fund.Chris was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cellex Power Products since it was incorporated in 1998 until acquired by Plug Power in 2007. Cellex was a pioneering new energy company that successfully introduced fuel cell products into the material handling industry. After the acquisition of Cellex, Mr. Reid worked with Plug Power as GM of the Motive Power Division, where he continued to be responsible for commercializing its fuel cell power products for customers like Wal-Mart, Sysco Foods and Nissan.

Before Cellex, he was the Managing Partner in General Exergy Inc., an energy technology consulting firm. From 1995 to 1997, he worked as a research manager for a fuel cell development program at the Institute of Integrated Energy Systems sponsored by British Gas and Ballard Power Systems Inc. Before that, Chris worked developing cryogenic technology for an early stage venture and as a plant engineer for a major manufacturing company.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Applied Science degree from the University of Victoria.