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Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre

Faculty & Staff

Guy Holburn, Director

Guy Holburn is Professor of Business, Economics and Public Policy at the Ivey Business School. His areas of expertise are regulation, governance, and business strategy, with a focus on the energy and utilities sectors. Dr. Holburn is the founder and Director of the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, which conducts applied research on energy sector policy in Canada. He is also a director of London Hydro, an advisory board member of the Canadian Network for Energy Policy Research and Analysis, and a member of the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy. Dr. Holburn has served as consultant to corporations and governments in Canada and the U.S., and has testified as an expert witness on regulation and corporate governance at the Muskrat Falls Inquiry and on business strategy in commercial litigation. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. Hons. (First Class) from Cambridge University. Previously he worked for several years as a management consultant for Bain and Company in the U.K. and in South Africa.

Adam Fremeth, E.J. Kernaghan Professor in Energy Policy

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.

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 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.

Brandon Schaufele, Ivey Energy Consortium Fellow

Brandon Schaufele has been an Ivey Energy Consortium Fellow since 2015. He is an Associate 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.


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. Prior to her career at Ivey, she worked in the book publishing industry. She holds a BA from Queen's University and a Postgraduate Diploma from Humber College.