Guy Holburn, Director
Guy Holburn is the Suncor Chair in Energy Policy and 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 has been awarded major research grants by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Olin Foundation, the University of California Energy Institute, California Public Utilities Commission, Ontario Centres of Excellence, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is currently leading a multi-year research program on the regulation of the energy sector in Canada. He has published in leading economics and management journals, and has written for national media. Prior to his academic career, Holburn worked as a management consultant for Bain and Company in the U.K. and South Africa. He received his MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BA Hons. (First Class) from Cambridge University.
Brian Rivard, Research Director
Brian Rivard is an Adjunct Professor and Director of Research for the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, at the Ivey Business School. His area of expertise and study is electricity market design and regulation. Brian has experience as an energy consultant, most recently as a Principal at Charles River Associates. He also worked for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as Director of Markets. While working at the IESO, Brian was responsible for providing analysis of the impacts of changes to the IESO Market Rules, Market Design, government policies, and other industry initiatives. For almost 15 years at IESO, he helped support the development of market-based approaches to managing Ontario’s electricity system needs. In addition, Brian spent six years as a senior economist with the Canadian Competition Bureau. He has written articles for various publications such as the Energy Journal, Canadian Competition Record, Antitrust Law Journal, and the Journal of Economic Theory as well as chapters included in Competition Policy and Intellectual Property Rights in the Knowledge-Based Economy and Payments Systems in the Global Economy: Risks and Opportunities. He has also provided expert testimony before the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Ontario Energy Board. He received his MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Adam Fremeth, Ivey Energy Consortium Fellow
Adam Fremeth is the E.J. Kernaghan Professor in Energy Policy and Associate Professor of Business, Economics, and Public Policy at the Ivey Business School. His research focus is on how firms engage and respond to public policy, with particular attention to regulated utilities and the upstream oil and gas sector. Ongoing research projects include how firms engage with First Nations communities through the application of Impact and Benefit Agreements, the role of activist groups on regulatory rulings in the electric utility sector, and the patterns of personal campaign contributions by Chief Executive Officers. His work has been published in top tier economics and management journals. This research agenda has been awarded numerous national grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and he was named a Fulbright Scholar for 2018/19. He received his HBA from the Ivey Business School, his MA from Carleton University and his Ph.D from the University of Minnesota.
Brandon Schaufele, Ivey Energy Consortium Fellow
Brandon Schaufele was awarded a three-year Ivey Energy Consortium Fellowship in 2015. He is an Assistant Professor of Business, Economics, and Public Policy at the Ivey Business School. Prior to coming to Ivey in 2014, Schaufele was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Ottawa, as well as Research Director of the university’s Institute of the Environment. Having also served as the Research Director of Sustainable Prosperity, a leading Canadian think-tank on environment-economy issues, his research focuses on the links between firms, governments and civil society, with special emphasis on energy and environmental policy. Recent research has concentrated on how consumers and firms respond to major Canadian greenhouse gas emission reduction initiatives.
Matt Davison, Research Fellow
Matt Davison is Dean, Faculty of Science, at Western University and Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistical & Actuarial Sciences. He also teaches quantitative business analysis methods classes at the Ivey Business School. Davison holds the Canada Research Chair in Quantitative Finance and leads the nationwide Modelling Trading and Risk in the Market project for the MITACS Network of Centres of Excellence. Much of his research is on energy markets and finance, and lies at the intersection of Industrial Mathematics, Operational Research, and Engineering. He has published his work in Operations Research, Naval Research Logistics, The IEEE Transactions on Power Engineering Systems, the Journal of Hydrology, and many other journals. Davison has carried out energy-related projects for Ontario Power Generation and Environment Canada, and has received research grants from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, The Ontario Centres of Excellence, and MITACS Inc.
Richard Dicerni, Executive-in-Residence
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. 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.
Horia Hangan, Research Fellow
Horia Hangan is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Western University and the Founding Director of the Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment (WindEEE) Research Institute. He received his Diplomat Engineering Degree in Aeronautics from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania; continued his graduate studies at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, and obtained his PhD in Wind Engineering at Western University’s Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory. His research is in the simulation and impact of high-intensity winds (downbursts and tornados), wind energy (sitting in complex terrain, wind turbine blade aerodynamics) and wind environmental impacts (atmospheric pollution-dispersion, particulate transport). He has authored more than 200 journal and conference publications, and received numerous awards, including the prestigious ASME Moody Award in 2010.
Dennis McConaghy, Visiting Fellow
Dennis McConaghy is the former Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development at TransCanada. Previously, he was Executive Vice-President, Pipeline Strategy and Development. He joined TransCanada in 1998, and has held senior positions in Corporate Strategy & Development, Midstream/Divestments, and Business Development. He has more than 25 years’ experience in oil and gas, beginning as a Research Associate with the Alberta Research Council. He has also worked for the Alberta Gas Trunkline and the Alberta Gas Ethylene Company. In 2014, he was appointed Visiting Fellow for both the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre and Ivey's Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management.
Rajiv Varma, Research Fellow
Rajiv K. Varma is an Associate Professor and Hydro One Chair in Power Systems Engineering in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Western University. He obtained his B.Tech and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India. Varma is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo. He is an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery and Chair of IEEE Working Group on HVDC and FACTS Bibliography. His teaching and research interests include Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS), Grid Integration of Wind and Solar Power Generation, and Power System Stability. Varma is the project lead in a recently awarded $6-million research grant from the Ontario Centre of Excellence for the project “Large-Scale Photovoltaic Solar Power Integration in Transmission and Distribution Networks.” The project is supported by four major industries/utilities – Hydro One, Optisolar Farms Canada, London Hydro, and Bluewater Power.
Laura McLeod, Centre Coordinator
Laura McLeod coordinates operations and outreach for the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre. She first joined the Ivey Business School in 2010 and was previously the Program Coordinator for the Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship. She holds a BA from Queen's University and a Postgraduate Diploma from Humber College.