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Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre

Advisory Board

Eric Axford 
Executive Vice-President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Suncor Energy

As Executive Vice-President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Eric plays a key role in stewarding Suncor's many external relationships and strategic collaborations in support of the company's ongoing economic, environmental and social performance leadership. Eric oversees Suncor’s sustainability strategy, public policy and government relations, communications, and deepening the company’s Indigenous, stakeholder, and community relations. He is also accountable for Suncor’s social innovation agenda, including oversight of the Suncor Energy Foundation. Before joining Suncor, Eric held senior policy positions with the Alberta government. 

Paul Boothe
Former Professor and Director, Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management, Ivey Business School

Paul Boothe was appointed Professor and Director of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management in 2012. His public sector career includes serving as the Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to Treasury Board for Saskatchewan (1999-2001), Associate Deputy Minister of Finance and G7 Deputy for Canada (2004-2005), Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Industry (2007-2010), and Deputy Minister of the Environment (2010-2012).

Richard Dicerni
Former Deputy Minister of Alberta Executive Council

Richard Dicerni was Chair of the Ontario Energy Board Modernization Review Panel in 2018. He was Deputy Minister of Alberta Executive Council and Head of the Alberta Public Service from 2014 to 2016, and Deputy Minister of Industry Canada from 2006 to 2012. Born and raised in Montreal, Dicerni graduated from the College Sainte Marie in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts; he pursued graduate studies at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard where he earned a Master of Public Administration in 1981. He began a career with the federal government in 1969 and has held a number of executive positions in the federal public service including Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Health and Welfare, and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet. In 1992, he joined the Ontario Government as Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy; in 1995, he assumed the position of Deputy Minister, Education, Post-Secondary Education and Training. In 1996, Dicerni was appointed President and CEO of the newly established Canadian Newspaper Association. Dicerni left this position in 1998 to become Senior Vice President at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). He stayed at OPG for the next seven years and led the company between 2003 and 2005. He has served on the boards of Trent University, the Credit Valley Hospital, the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL), and the Public Policy Forum.

G. Dale Friesen
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Government Relations & Sustainability, ATCO

Dale Friesen has over 30 years’ experience with ATCO and is currently Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Government Relations & Sustainability. He was previously Vice President, Indigenous and Government Relations & Sustainability. He has held increasingly senior positions throughout his tenure, including management of ATCO’s cogeneration facility at BP’s Bulwer Island Refinery in Australia. He currently serves as an Executive Officer of the Alberta Chamber of Resources Board and is Vice-Chair for the Canadian Electricity Association’s Generation Council. He is currently serving on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Technical Working Group for Clean Fuel Standards, the Multi-stakeholder Committee on GHG Regulatory Measures and Programs and has recently served on ECCC’s Technical Working Group for Natural Gas Greenhouse Gas Regulations. He is also a member of the Delphi Excel Group and of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He has been active with ATCO in promoting amendments to federal Bills C-69 and C-68. His ATCO Sustainability team are active with the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and our reports are informed by the findings of the Financial Stability Board Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (FSB TFCD). Dale attended COP 21 in Paris (2015), COP 22 in Marrakech (2016), COP 23 in Frankfurt (2017) and COP 24 in Katowice (2018) as an industry representative with the Canadian delegation. A graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Dale is a member of both the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and of Engineers Australia.

Sharon Hodgson
Dean, Ivey Business School

Sharon Hodgson began her role as Dean of Ivey Business School on May 6, 2019. Prior to Ivey, she held senior leadership roles with some of the world’s largest professional services firms, including IBM, PwC, and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Sharon brings a wealth of experience leading complex organizations through disruptive environments, and is passionate about continuing to build Ivey’s reputation on the world stage. Sharon holds a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba.

Guy Holburn
Director, Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, Ivey Business School

Guy Holburn is the Suncor Chair in Energy Policy and an Associate Professor of Business, Economics, and Public Policy at the Ivey Business School. His area of expertise is in the intersection of business strategy and public policy. Much of his research is applied to strategy and policy issues in the energy and utilities sectors. He is currently leading a multi-year research program on the regulation of the energy sector in Canada.

Mel Hyatt
President, Power Workers' Union

Mel Hyatt was elected as PWU President on June 21, 2017. Prior to that, he served for 17 years as Vice President for Sector 3, the division of the Union that consists of transmission and distribution utilities. Serving on the Executive Committee for 17 years, Mel has a comprehensive understanding of the organizational workings of the PWU and the broad diversity of issues that PWU members face across the province. Mel started his career with Ontario Hydro as an Electrical Operator in 1978.

John McManus
Senior Advisor, OMERS Infrastructure

In his role as Senior Advisor, John supports OMERS Infrastructure in the areas of asset management, assessment of investment opportunities, relationship development and mentorship. OMERS Infrastructure is the infrastructure investment advisory and management arm of OMERS, the pension plan for Ontario’s municipal employees. John previously served as head of OMERS Infrastructure’s London, UK office. He has significant investment and asset management experience in sectors ranging from regulated utilities to nuclear power to telecommunications satellites. John has also served on the boards of High Speed 1, Associated British Ports, Scotia Gas Networks, Caruna Networks and the Detroit River Tunnel Partnership. John is a Chartered Accountant/CPA and earned his B.Comm degree from University of Toronto.

James Scongack
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs & Operational Services, Bruce Power

James is a member of the Executive Team responsible for Corporate Affairs, Waste Management, Environment/Sustainability, Site Operational Services, Emergency Protective Services and Information Technology. In his role he has also been the executive lead for the site’s lease with the Province and isotope development. Prior to his current role, James served as Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Environment for Bruce Power, focused on environmental and waste management, Indigenous and community relations, communications, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations. All of these elements remain part of his current portfolio. James holds an Executive MBA from Ivey Business School and a Chartered Director through the DeGroote Business School Directors College. James also holds a Masters Degree from the University of Guelph College of Management and Economics in Leadership and a BA (Hons) and has completed Master’s-level Project Management certification through York University’s Schulich School of Business.

Samantha Stuart
Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, TC Energy

Samantha Stuart is Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) and resides in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to TC Energy, she was a senior leader in McKinsey & Company’s global energy practice with a focus on private equity, merger integration and corporate strategy. She has also held senior leadership roles in both global and start-up energy companies (including one of Canadas largest IPO’s). Ms. Stuart is active in the community, serving on the Avalanche Foundation of Canada’s board, Kinetica Ventures, the Alberta Lung Association and the Humane Society. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Chicago.