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 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.
Radoslav Dimitrov, Research Fellow
Radoslav Dimitrov has participated in international climate change negotiations since 2009. He is former Co-Chair of the European Union Task Force on Political Communication and chief political strategist on the European Union Presidency Team in climate policy. His policy expertise is on negotiating strategy, political communication and constructing messages for maximum political impact. Previously he served as chief consultant on climate diplomacy for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a club of 200 multinational companies. He also consulted the global alliance of land transportation industries and designed their political strategy for a transition to sustainable transport. Dr. Dimitrov is a professor of international relations at Western University and has published in International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, Global Environmental Politics, Review of Policy Research, and the Journal of Environment and Development.
Chris Guillon, Executive Fellow
Chris Guillon has extensive experience in the commercialization and financing of innovative clean technologies. Chris co-founded StormFisher, a North American pioneer in the commercialization of biogas, where he has spearheaded the financing and sales activities of the company. He has in-depth experience in securing venture capital, project financing, term debt as well as non-dilutive government grants. Chris also has led StormFisher’s merger & acquisition activities including the sale of the company from its private equity parent to a joint venture of GE and AES, and its subsequent management buyback. In addition, Chris has led the purchase and sale of several renewable energy assets. Chris has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in biology from McGill University.
Martha Hall Findlay, Executive Fellow
Martha Hall Findlay is President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation, an independent, non-partisan public policy think tank that focuses on the policies that shape the West, and by extension, Canada. As a corporate lawyer, senior business executive, and successful entrepreneur, Martha has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience with major multinationals as well as start-ups, primarily in telecommunications and technology. She was a Member of Parliament from 2008 to 2011, serving in several capacities in the Shadow Cabinet, and as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committees for Finance; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Government Operations; and International Trade. She is currently a member of the Minister of International Trade Expert Advisory Council.
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.
David Hay, Executive Fellow
David Hay is corporate director and Managing Director of Delgatie Incorporated. He serves on the boards of Hydro One, EPCOR Utilities Inc., SHAD (Chair), and the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy. He is the former Vice-Chair and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets Inc. with power, utilities and infrastructure as his major focus (2010 to 2015). Mr. Hay has a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto (Victoria College) and holds his ICD.D.
Matt Jamieson, Executive Fellow
Matt Jamieson is CEO of the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation. He is a proud member of of the Tuscarora Nation and resident of Six Nations of the Grand River. He holds a Post-Bachelor’s in Management and a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University. Matt was the principle architect of the corporate governance model used by Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation. In his role as CEO, Matt leads strategy, operations and investment decisions. Under Matt’s guidance, SNGRDC has deployed $50+ million of direct equity into utility scale renewable energy projects and participated in the construction of $2.25 billion of infrastructure assets. In 2017, Matt was recognized as both a Delta Clean50 and Clean16 Winner. In 2018, SNGRDC was chosen as Development Corporation of the Year by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. In 2019, SNGRDC was selected as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.
Dennis McConaghy, Executive 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.
Karen Taylor, Executive Fellow
Karen Taylor has over 25 years of relevant senior executive financial and energy experience. She was a top-ranked equity analyst for 16 years with TD Securities and BMO Capital Markets covering the pipeline, energy utility and power generation sectors. Karen also served as the Executive Advisor to the Chair of the Ontario Energy Board and was a Member of the Ontario Energy Board, the independent agency that regulates and determines rates for Ontario’s natural gas and electric transmission and distribution utilities in the public interest. In addition, she served as Special Advisor to the Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission. Currently, she is the Vice Chair of the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy, a non-profit organization that provides a platform for public dialogue and analysis on subjects related to energy policy and governance. She is also an independent energy consultant to industry and investors, with deep experience in capital markets, regulatory policy and infrastructure investing. Karen has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a Major in Finance with Distinction from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Business Administration with Honours from Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.