MSc in Sustainable Energy Development

The MSc in 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 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) Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Dr. Gopal Achari is a professor at the Schulich School of Engineering's Department of Civil Engineering, holding a Professional Engineer license in Alberta. His research focuses on water and wastewater treatment using oxidative methods, physio-chemical techniques for remediating contaminated soils, uncertainty analysis, and landfill engineering. With a vast publication record and supervision of numerous graduate students, he has garnered several awards for both research and teaching excellence. Notably, his work on PCB treatment technology earned him the APEGA Environment and Sustainability Award and an AsTech Honoree recognition. Dr. Achari previously served as the Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) at the Schulich School of Engineering and is currently the Vice-President of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE). He has chaired CSCE's Environmental Engineering Division and organized successful Environmental Engineering Specialty Conferences.

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Norman Althouse

Norman Althouse

MBA, University of Calgary; BA, Athabasca University

Norm is a teaching professor in the Strategy and Global Management Area at the University of Calgary, where he has been teaching since January 1995. He coordinates the Introduction to Business Skills course and teaches Organizational Behavior at the graduate level, including the SEDV Program and the EMBA Program. His primary research focuses on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), aiming to improve engagement methods for modern learners. Additionally, he explores topics such as team building, gender issues in the workplace, and managerial decision-making. Norm is actively involved in professional conferences, particularly the Academy of Management, and publishes SoTL articles and business cases. He is the lead author of "The Future of Business," a prominent introduction to business textbook in Canada, which concluded its publication with the 5th edition in May 2019 after 15 years. Norm's new textbook, "Canadian Business," was published in May 2019. He actively participates in committees at the Haskayne School of Business and engages in activities that enhance the student experience.

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Megan Bailey

Megan Bailey

PhD (Public Policy), Harvard University; MA (International Relations), California State University; BSc (Biology), BA (Art), California State University

Dr. Bailey is an Assistant Professor in the Haskayne School of Business and The School of Public Policy. She is an economist, and her research is focused on climate change policy and innovation, especially as applied to the electricity sector.

Dr. Bailey holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University. She also holds a M.A. in International Relations from California State University, Fresno.

Her research interests focus on energy and environmental economics, innovation, climate change policy, applied econometrics.

Ganesh Doluweera

Ganesh Doluweera

PhD (Electrical Engineering with Specialization in Energy and Environmental Systems), MSc (Electrical Engineering), University of Calgary; BSc (Hons) (Engineering), University of Moratuwa

Dr. Ganesh Doluweera is a multidisciplinary professional with expertise in engineering, economics, and public policy, holding a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) designation in Alberta. His research focuses on energy system modeling and analysis, particularly for informing decisions related to energy and the environment. He has worked extensively on various aspects including electric power system planning, wind power integration, carbon management, rural energy development, life cycle assessments, energy infrastructure investments, emerging technology assessment, and macroeconomic impacts of energy transitions. Previously, he served as the Director of Research at the Canadian Energy Research Institute, leading projects evaluating the economic, environmental, and social effects of technology and policy interventions in Canadian energy systems. Additionally, he has hands-on experience with Light Up the World, where he designed solid-state home lighting systems and implemented renewable energy-powered electricity generation and distribution systems in rural communities, notably in Sri Lanka.


Chris Fry

MSc (Sustainable Energy Development), BA (International Indigenous Studies), University of Calgary. 

Chris is a member of Kwanlin Dün First Nation located in Whitehorse, Yukon, with 15 years of experience working in Indigenous Relations in the energy industry and has worked for companies such as Imperial Oil, Cenovus, Shell, and TC Energy. He has worked with Indigenous communities throughout Western Canada on offshore, in situ oil sands, and shale oil and gas projects. Chris is the owner of Sustainative Inc., which provides Indigenous engagement consulting services for both community and corporate organizations. Sustainative Inc. has provided services for organizations such as Dow Canada, Habitat for Humanity, and the Prince Albert Grand Council.


Monique Fry

MA (Communication and Culture, BA (Communication and Culture), University of Calgary

Monique Fry joined BHP, a leading global resources company, in November 2022 as a new principal of Indigenous Engagement, Strategy and Advocacy for North America. Her time will be split between leading the creation of a reconciliation action plan for Canada and improving BHP’s engagement with tribal organizations throughout the U.S.. Monique is from the Xwchíyò:m First Nation on her grandfather’s side and from the shíshálh Nation on her grandmother’s side. Both Nations are located on territories that are currently known as the province of BC. She has more than 14 years’ experience in cross-cultural communication and stakeholder relations with a focus on successful engagement and partnerships with Indigenous communities.

Monique has taught at both college and undergrad programs at Bow Valley College, St. Mary’s University and at the University of Calgary with a focus on Indigenous studies. She loves teaching, facilitating, and ultimately providing opportunities for students to think critically with their hearts and their minds.

Marwa Hannouf

Marwa Hannouf

PhD (Environmental Design), University of Calgary; BSc Honours (Business Administration), Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon

University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada within the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources (GRI). She received her PhD in Environmental Design specializing in Energy and Environmental Systems from the University of Calgary in 2018. In her PhD, she took her business background to a different level by studying the potential of life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) including environmental, economic and social assessment to guide companies’ decision-making in reducing their environmental impacts while achieving sustainability goals.

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Sara Hastings-Simon

PhD (Physics), University of Geneva; MA (Physics), University of California; BA (Physics), Pomona College

Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Public Policy. She is a macro energy system researcher, and her research is focused on understanding how energy and industrial transitions happen within different sectors of the economy, and how policy responses can improve outcomes. This includes exploring the role of incumbents and governments in development and deployment of new clean technologies, particularly within high carbon economies; the markets and policy structures that enable decarbonisation of electricity systems; and the response of firms and individuals to climate policy.

Sara is co-founder and co-host of Energy vs Climate a webinar and podcast that explores the energy transition in Alberta, Canada, and beyond. She is also an expert member of the panel for Clean Growth with the Canadian Climate Choices Institute and a member of the board of directors of Emissions Reduction Alberta and the Pembina Institute.

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Irene Herremans

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.

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Allan Ingelson

Allan Ingelson

LLM, University of Denver; JD, 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.

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Poornima Jayasinghe

PhD (Chemical Engineering), MSc (Chemical Engineering), University of Calgary; BSc (Chemical & Process Engineering). University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka    

Dr. Jayasinghe is a Chemical and Process Engineer, specialized in Environmental Engineering, who is also a registered professional engineer in Alberta. She earned both her Masters’ and Doctoral degrees from the University of Calgary. Currently, she holds the position of Assistant Professor in the teaching stream within the Sustainable Systems Engineering (SUSE) program at the Schulich School of Engineering. With extensive research experience spanning several years, she has actively participated in real-world projects, collaborating with private, public, and governmental organizations. Alongside her practical work, she has taught a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses across various programs and institutes. Dr. Jayasinghe's contributions to both research and teaching have been recognized at numerous national and international conferences, resulting in multiple prestigious awards for her excellence in research, teaching, and overall academic performance.

Allan Kennedy

Alan Kennedy

PhD (Environmental Science), MSc (Reclamation Science), University of Calgary; BSc (First Class Honors) (Zoology), University of 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. 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 past Chair, Advisory Committee, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Mount Royal University and is a Public Adjudicator for the Alberta Law Society. Dr. Kennedy’s research interests focus is on contemporary issues in EIA including cumulative environmental effects assessment and management, EIA scoping and impact prediction, and management of environmental impacts on endangered species. He is a registered Professional Agrologist and Professional Biologist in Alberta.


Blake Shaffer

PhD (Economics), University of Calgary; MPhil (Economics), Cambridge University; BSc Honours (Environmental Sciences), Queen's University

Blake Shaffer is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary, specializing in electricity markets, climate policy, and energy transitions within the Department of Economics and School of Public Policy. His research employs empirical methods to assess policy effectiveness and understand consumer and firm behavior. With a background in energy trading spanning 15 years, focusing on electricity, natural gas, and emissions markets, Shaffer brings practical experience to his academic pursuits. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Calgary, a Master of Philosophy in economics from the University of Cambridge, and a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences from Queen's University. Shaffer has held visiting scholar and Fulbright postdoctoral scholar positions at institutions such as the Toulouse School of Economics and Stanford University. His research has been published in prestigious journals like Nature, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Canadian Journal of Economics, Energy Economics, and the Energy Journal. Additionally, he contributes to popular media outlets such as the Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Postmedia, and CBC. Shaffer has also served as a policy advisor for the governments of Alberta, British Columbia, and Canada on matters concerning energy and environmental policy.

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Roman Shor

PhD, MSE (Petroleum Engineering), University of Texas at Austin; BSE, MSE (Computer Science), University of Pennsylvania

Roman Shor, Ph.D., P.Eng., is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University's Harold Vance Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. Previously, he held the position of Associate Professor and the Energi Simulation Industrial Research Chair in Geothermal Systems at the University of Calgary. He boasts a strong educational background, with degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in mathematics, computer science, and petroleum engineering. Shor's research interests encompass energy systems, the integration of renewable and traditional energy sources, systems thinking, and sustainability.

At Texas A&M, Shor will lead the establishment of the Wells for the Future Consortium, focusing on drillstring dynamics modeling and control, drilling optimization, automation, and operations in extreme environments. His team targets reducing well costs to facilitate deep geothermal systems. Additionally, Shor applies machine learning techniques to energy sector challenges, aiming to minimize the environmental and community impacts of drilling operations. Collaborating with the Energi Simulation Centre for Geothermal Systems Research at the University of Calgary, Shor aids in planning, developing, and monitoring geothermal demonstration projects across Western Canada.


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