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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. 

Steve Baker
Former President, Union Gas Limited

Steve Baker is the former President of Union Gas Limited, Spectra Energy’s Ontario-based natural gas storage, transmission, and distribution company. Baker joined Union Gas in 1989 and held a number of executive leadership positions in business development – storage and transmission, regulatory, finance, and marketing over the course of his career. Prior to his role as President, he served as vice president and treasurer of Spectra Energy Corp. He retired in January 2019.

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).

Jan Carr
Strategic Adviser, Gowling WLG; Former CEO, Ontario Power Authority

Jan Carr is a Strategic Adviser on electricity policy, regulation, business and commercial matters at Gowling WLG. Carr has more than 35 years of experience in the electricity sector as a professional engineer. He has worked on projects and provided consulting to utilities, governments, and other stakeholders on the financial, business, strategic, and policy aspects of the electric power industry in many parts of the world. Most recently he was the founding CEO of the Ontario Power Authority responsible for energy conservation programming, long-range supply planning, and guiding new private-sector investments in generating facilities.

Richard Dicerni
Former Deputy Minister of Alberta Executive Council

Richard Dicerni was appointed Deputy Minister of Alberta Executive Council in October 2014. He held the position of Deputy Minister of Industry Canada from 2006 to 2012. Since 1969, he 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 1998, he became 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.

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 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.

Wayne Stensby
Managing Director, Electricity, ATCO

Wayne Stensby has been Managing Director of Electricity at ATCO Ltd since March 2, 2016. He has over 25 years of experience with the ATCO Group of Companies. He served as Managing Director of ATCO Power and ATCO Electric at ATCO Ltd until February 26, 2016. He was responsible for the overall operation and growth of ATCO Australia's assets including Western Australia's largest gas distribution network and three power generation stations, as well as identifying new opportunities to expand its presence throughout Australia. Mr. Stensby served as Vice President of Project Engineering & Construction at ATCO Power Ltd. He serves as a Director of ATCO Australia Pty Ltd., and ATCO Gas Australia Pty Ltd. He served as a Director of ATCO Structures & Logistics Pty Ltd from June 2, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Mr. Stensby holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta and is registered as a Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia.

Samantha Stuart
Vice President of Corporate Strategy, TransCanada

Ms. Samantha Stuart is a Vice President of Corporate Strategy at TransCanada and resides in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to TransCanada, 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.

Mark Vandenbosch
Acting Dean, Ivey Business School

Mark Vandenbosch is Acting Dean at the Ivey Business School. He is also a Professor of Marketing and the Kraft Professor in Marketing. He earned his BA, Honors Business Administration from Western University and his PhD from the University of British Columbia. He has held visiting professorships at IMD in Switzerland and INSEAD in France.