Dinara Millington | Western Network Lead, The Transition Accelerator
Round Tables (Friday afternoon)
As the Western Network Lead at The Transition Accelerator, Dinara Millington is responsible for catalyzing the development and linkage of a network of strategically located hydrogen hubs across Western Canada. This work includes building and managing strategic relationships, identifying promising locations for new hubs in Western Canada, and developing systems of communication and knowledge sharing to link new hubs.
Dinara’s advanced knowledge of the energy industry and regulatory landscape, along with her technical and leadership skills have contributed to her almost 20-year energy career. In her previous role, Dinara was responsible for leading research programs, liaising with board and senior management, assisting in fundraising, and managing various committees.
Her effective communication skills and ability to work with a range of internal and external stakeholders are evidenced through publication of numerous research reports and appearances in articles and television interviews with local, national, and international media. Dinara holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Economics from the University of Calgary.
Ron Zieber | Lead Electrical Engineer, Hydro Operations, TransAlta
Offsite Tours (Saturday afternoon)
Ron started his career with TransAlta, and has worked in many different areas of the business over the years, including substation design, sustainable development, coal-fired and gas-fired generation, and most recently hydro. He is a subject matter expert on electrical safety.
Neil Ethier | Eavor Geothermal, VP Business Development
Valerie Miller | Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, University of Alberta Future Energy Systems
Innovation Gallery (Saturday morning)
Valerie Miller completed her PhD in land reclamation at the University of Alberta in 2019, working at a diamond mine in northern Canada to build soils using mine waste, before joining Future Energy Systems (FES).
As Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, Valerie supports and mobilizes FES personnel seeking to share their research with external audiences through opportunities such as lab tours, talks, classroom programs, videos, and events. She is also the author of The Energy Adventures of Tommy and Remi series.
Catherine Magnan | Manager, Thermal Technology, Canadian Natural
Round Tables (Friday afternoon)
Catherine Magnan is a hands-on leader and team builder with 25 years of experience working in the oil and natural gas sector. She currently leads Canadian Natural Resourcehttps://www.facebook.com/CanadianNaturals Limited’s Water Technology portfolio. Her team is responsible for developing new water treatment and steam generation technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water use.
Throughout her career, Catherine has led diverse teams in the search for solutions in the areas of capital deployment, regulatory strategy, and technology and innovation. She holds a degree from the University of Manitoba in Civil Engineering and is known for her passion for bringing people together to deliver business results.