Iram Afzal | PhD student, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta
Innovation Gallery (Saturday 11:15-12:15)
Iram completed her Masters in Soil Science (Soil Bacteriology) from University of Agriculture, Pakistan in 2021. In phD, her research is focused on the biodegradation of hydrocarbons in oil sands tailings under different redox conditions to mitigate methane emissions. This is important to ensure sustainability of end-pit lakes, that are considered as a suitable reclamation approach to manage oil sands tailings properly.
Department of Renewable Resources - University of Alberta
Jacob Irving | President & Chief Executive Officer, Energy Council of Canada
Future of Energy Panel (Friday 10:30-11:30)
Following his longstanding participation on the Energy Council of Canada’s Board of Directors, Jacob Irving became the organization’s President in January of 2018. His nearly twenty-year career in the Canadian energy industry has been divided almost evenly between the petroleum and electricity sectors. He has spent more than half of this time, successfully leading prominent energy industry associations, including the Oil Sands Developers Group and the Canadian Hydropower Association.
Originally from the Huron and Franco-Ontarian community of Penetanguishene, Mr. Irving attended primary and secondary school entirely in French, which led him to pursue his post- secondary studies at the University of Ottawa. His education and work experience have taken him from South Africa, to Calgary, to Fort McMurray with a return to Ottawa.
Mr. Irving has significant knowledge of Canadian energy systems combined with a specialization in the areas of government policy, regulation, communications and stakeholder engagement. He is a passionate promoter of all forms of Canadian energy, particularly to international audiences, outside Canada. As the President of the Energy Council of Canada, he strongly believes that better energy conversations yield better energy decisions, especially in a sophisticated and ever-changing democracy like Canada.
Rachele Clewes | Pembina Pipeline Corporation
Matthew Mairinger | Business Analyst, Ontario Power Generation
Round Tables (Friday afternoon)
Matthew Mairinger is the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN) Vice President. He is also a Young Energy Professional member with the Energy Council of Canada and is a board member with the Canadian Nuclear Association. Matthew is a Project Management Professional and a Professional Engineer.
He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering and his Graduate Diploma in Nuclear Technology from Ontario Tech University. He has ten years of experience working at Ontario Power Generation at both the Darlington and Pickering nuclear generating stations.
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.