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The MSc in Sustainable Energy Development offered me an opportunity to see first-hand many of the technical and intellectual challenges facing those who consider sustainable energy development as a necessary step in the evolution of human society."

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Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 8:37am

The Sustainable Energy Development curriculum is delivered by highly qualified and recognized experts from the associated faculties/schools. These leading academics and professionals work together  to frame  ensure courses are addressing relevant and current themes seen in today’s energy sector; it is this interdisciplinary blend that provides a truly unique experience for our graduate students. This group is currently comprised of the following:

Gopal Achari

PhD (Civil Engineering), MSc (Civil Engineering), University of Calgary; BTech (Civil Engineering, IIT, Delhi, India

Dr. Achari is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering & CEERE of the Schulich School of Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Alberta. Dr. Achari’s research interests include oxidative methods for water and wastewater treatment, chemical methods to remediate contaminated soils, uncertainty analysis, and landfill engineering. He has over 45 journal papers and over 50 publications in conference proceedings. He teaches water and wastewater engineering, remediation of contaminated soils, and contaminant transport at senior undergraduate and graduate levels.


Norman Althouse

Norm is a Senior Instructor and Teaching Fellow in the SGMA Area. He is the course coordinator for SGMA 217 that helps the students to develop skills necessary for success in business. His bachelor degree is in accounting and completed his MBA in 1993. He has taught at the University of Calgary since 1995.

Along with coordination of SGMA 217, Norm also teaches the course which focuses on all aspects of business. He teaches organizational behaviour (OB) in the EMBA and SEDV programs. His research interests include: team building, gender issues in the workplace, managerial decision-making, and innovative teaching methods. Norm is also active in the Academy of Management (Management Education Division) and has presented professional workshops at professional conferences.

Norm is the lead author on one of Canada’s premier introduction to business textbook, “The Future of Business”, currently in its 4th edition that has been adopted by 22 Universities and Colleges in Canada. The 5th edition will be coming out in 2016.

Norm is very active on committees at the Haskayne School of Business. Including the Curriculum Review Committee, Appeals Committee, and is a board member of the Haskayne Alumni Board.

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Getachew Assefa

My doctoral research at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm focusing on Sustainability Assessment of Technical Systems drew on my sustainability philosophy that connects back to  what I believe is the historical back yard of the sustainability concept and approach. The origins of the ideas of utilising resources at a sustainable rate can be traced back to different ancient literatures including the Scripture where a two dimensional command says: 'and the LORD God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it,' Genesis 2:15. For me, the  'dress' dimension represents designing and using technologies for human economic and social development.  The 'keep' dimension accounts for the environmental sustainability of the activity of development and utilization of technologies.

By having a holistic approach my research strives to avoid problem shifting and sub-optimization in the design and development of technical systems including buildings, energy systems, etc.  Sustainability can't be realized without making the whole world sustainable through environmentally benign, economically viable  and socially equitable utilization of resources. During my many travels around the world I have seen the importance of addressing developmental needs on one hand, and environmental sustainability on the other. It is not an either-or, it is both that we, as human beings, need to deal with. I am confident our common will and effort has the power to make a positive difference. 

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Irene Herremans

PhD, Kent State University; MSA & MBA, Roosevelt University; BS, Ferris State College, CPA

Dr. Herremans’ teaching responsibilities are in the areas of accounting, tourism, and environmental management. She has taught management seminars and workshops in Cuba, Slovakia, England, and China, as well as international management programs offered at the UofC and at educational institutions abroad for managers from various countries. Dr. Herremans has had experience in working with business firms through a consultative position with the Small Business Administration and as Director of the Small Business Institute, and consults for companies in the oil and gas industry as well as other industries. Her research interests focus on many contemporary issues including management and environmental control systems, environmental performance, international business, intellectual capital, and performance evaluation.


Joseph Patrick Hettiaratchi

PhD (Environmental Engineering), University of Alberta; MEng (Environmental Engineering), AIT, Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Hettiaratchi is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering & CEERE of the Schulich School of Engineering at the UofC. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Alberta and the current Chair of the environmental engineering division of CSCE. Over the last two decades, he has undertaken a number of studies in the field of environmental and human health protection, including anaerobic digestion of carbonaceous waste/sewage in small scale digesters; the use of fly ash from coal power plants to construct landfill liners/covers and vertical thin walls at waste impoundments; landfill stabilization; softwater corrosion of water conveyance systems; control of industrial discharges to municipal wastewater treatment systems; evaluation and estimation of methane and non-methane organic compounds (NMOCs) from municipal and industrial landfills; composting of organic waste; technology to control greenhouse gas emissions; and landfill bioreactor technology.


David Ince

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Allan Ingelson

LLM, University of Denver; J.D. and BSc, University of Calgary; BA, University of Alberta

Professor Ingelson is the academic director of the Haskayne Energy Management program and an associate professor in the Faculty of Law. Prior to his current position, he served as the associate dean for undergraduate and graduate programs at the Haskayne School of Business. His graduate work was in international natural resources and environmental law and policy. In 1991, he was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta as a Barrister & Solicitor, and he holds memberships in the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Alberta, and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers. Professor Ingelson has published in numerous natural resources and environmental law scholarly journals. His main areas of research are oil-and-gas law, Canadian and international mining law, and environmental law. He is also the recipient of several teaching excellence awards.


Alan Kennedy

PhD (Environmental Science) University of Calgary; MSc, (Reclamation Science), University of Calgary; BSc (First Class Honors) (Zoology), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

Dr. Alan Kennedy is an environmental scientist with over 35 years of experience in environmental management in the energy sector. He has contributed to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) extensively though out Canada and internationally in Russia, Africa and USA. Dr. Kennedy has published articles on impact assessment at international conferences and environmental journals. He has edited two books on cumulative effects assessment in EIA.  Dr. Kennedy is currently the Chair, Advisory Committee, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Mount Royal University and is a member of the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, an environmental regulatory agency.  Dr. Kennedy’s research interests focus on contemporary issues in EIA including: oil sands development, energy pipelines and hydraulic fracturing.  He is also interested in research projects aimed at improving EIA scoping, EIA follow up studies and cumulative effects assessment. He is registered as a professional Agrologist and Biologist in Alberta.

David Lertzman

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Alastair Lucas

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Anil Mehrotra

PhD (Chemical Engineering), University of Calgary; MEng (Environmental Engineering), AIT, Bangkok; B.E.(Hons) (Chemical Engineering), BITS, Pilani, India

Dr. Mehrotra is professor in the Schulich School of Engineering at the UofC. His current research areas include transport and thermophysical properties of heavy crude oils, wax deposition in pipelines, and energy and environmental engineering. He has published more than 150 fully-refereed papers in international journals. He has held several senior-level administrative positions, including Interim Dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his teaching and service contributions. He is a registered professional engineer in Alberta and a fellow of Engineers Canada and CIC.


Ed Nowicki

PhD & MASc (Electrical Engineering), University of Toronto; BASc (Engineering Science), University of Toronto

Dr. Nowicki is an associate professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Associate Director of CEERE in the Schulich School of Engineering. His expertise is in the area of switch mode converter design applied to alternative energy technologies, especially for small renewable energy systems (under 100kW) using one of, or a combination of, wind, solar, or hydro energy sources. He enjoys consulting work and was the lead innovator for patent on a grid-connected inverter for a staged electromagnetic rotational generator. He has received several teaching awards and is a registered professional engineering in Alberta and a Fellow of Engineers Canada.


Roman Shor

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Connie Van der Byl

PhD (Energy Management & Sustainable Development) and MBA, University of Calgary; BA (Honours) (Economics), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Dr. Van der Byl is an Assistant Professor of Organization Theory at the Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University, Calgary. She teaching courses in business strategy, corporate social responsibility and environmental management.  She acquired over ten years of experience in various business roles with NOVA Corporation and subsequently TransCanada Pipelines.  Her research interests focus on energy organizations and their response to environmental issues.  She is currently investigating the role of collaboration in achieving environmental performance and the evolution of entrepreneurial firms in sustainable industries.  She has presented her research at numerous conferences and she has been nominated for best conference paper award and best conference paper prize for practice implications at this year’s Strategic Management Society Conference.  She has a case study published with Ivey.