MSc in Sustainable Energy Development

The next generation of leaders in sustainable energy are here.

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

Gopal Achari

PhD (Civil Engineering), MSc (Civil Engineering) University of Calgary; BTech (Civil Engineering) Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Dr. Achari is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at 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, physio-chemical methods to remediate contaminated soils, uncertainty analysis, and landfill engineering. Having published over 200 papers and supervised a large number of PhD and master students, Dr. Achari has received numerous awards for excellence in research and in teaching. For his innovation on PCB treatment technology, Dr. Achari received the APEGA Environment and Sustainability Award as well as an AsTech Honoree. His teaching and research excellence is noted in being voted for a “professor of the year” award, 3 best paper awards, two teaching excellence awards, graduate research award and graduate educator award and an “Immigrant of Distinction” award.

Dr. Gopal Achari is currently the Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) at the Schulich School of Engineering in the University of Calgary. He serves as the Vice-President of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE). Dr. Achari, has served as the Chair of CSCE’s Environmental Engineering Division from 2011-2015 and has organized and co-chaired two very successful Environmental Engineering Specialty Conferences.

For more, please see Dr. Achari's profile.


Norman Althouse

Norman Althouse

MBA University of Calgary; BA Athabasca University

Norm is a teaching professor in the Strategy and Global Management Area. His responsibilities include the coordination Introduction to Business Skills course, SGMA 217. His bachelor’s degree is in accounting and completed his MBA in 1993. He has taught at the University of Calgary since January 1995.

Norm also teaches Organizational Behaviour (OB) at the graduate level including the SEDV Program and the EMBA Program. Norm’s primary research is in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) focusing on developing methods and techniques to better engage today’s learner. Norm’s other research interests include team building, gender issues in the workplace, and managerial decision-making. Norm is active in many professional conferences including the Academy of Management.

Norm is active in publishing SoTL articles, business cases, etc. Norm is the lead author on one of Canada’s premier introduction to business textbook, “The Future of Business”, ending its publication with the 5th edition in May 2019 (total of 5 editions, 15 years in publication). Norm’s new textbook, Canadian Business, was published and released in May 2019.

Norm is very active on committees at the Haskayne School of Business and other activities that enhance the students’ experience.

For more, please see Mr. Althouse's profile.


Ganesh Doluweera

Ganesh Doluweera

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

Dr. Ganesh Doluweera has a strong interdisciplinary background in engineering, economics, and public policy. He is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in the province of Alberta. His primary research interests are in energy system modeling and analysis to inform energy and environment decisions. His research work to date has focused on electric power system planning, large scale wind power integration, carbon management of electric power systems, energy for rural development, life cycle assessments of energy systems, investments in energy infrastructure under uncertainty, emerging technology assessment, and macroeconomic impacts of energy system transitions. 

Dr. Doluweera is currently the Director of Research at the Canadian Energy Research Institute, where he designs and executes research projects to assess the economic, environmental, and social implications of technology and policy interventions with Canadian energy systems. He has also worked with Light Up the World, where he designed and developed solid-state home lighting systems and coordinated projects that installed over 3000 rural home lighting systems in Sri Lanka. He has experience in designing and implementing community-scale renewable energy powered electricity generation and distribution systems.


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.

For more, please see Dr. Hastings-Simon's profile.

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.


For more, please see Dr. Herreman's profile.


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.

For more, please see Prof. Ingelson's profile.



Poornima Jayasinghe

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

Dr. Poornima Jayasinghe is a Chemical and Process Engineer, specialized in Environmental Engineering. She is a registered professional engineer in Alberta. Her specialty and research interests span the areas of integrated and sustainable solid waste management, energy recovery from waste, quantification and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, application of sustainable practices to industrial processes, and sustainable community development through integrated infrastructure concept. She has many years of experience working on real-world projects, and her work has been recognized at many national and international conferences, and she has received several prestigious awards for research and teaching excellence. 

Dr. Jayasinghe is presently serving as the Program Manager of CREATE-IISC (Integrated Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities) Program based at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Calgary.


Allan Kennedy

Alan Kennedy

PhD (Environmental Science) University of Calgary; 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.

David Laidlaw

David Laidlaw

LLM University of Calgary; LLB Dalhousie University; BSc (Computer Science and Economics) University of Calgary

Admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1989, he was engaged in private practice in Calgary for 20 years. David returned to Law School to secure an LL.M. Having practiced in Aboriginal law in the early 1990's his ongoing interest in the area has led him to research and explore aboriginal law and policy with its implications for Indigenous Peoples and the public. He is a Lecturer in Native Centre Certificate in Aboriginal Relations, a Presenter on Aboriginal Rights, the Crown’s Duty to Consult and Accommodate, The Honour of the Crown and related issues for the public, University Groups, Corporate and Indigenous Clients, and a consultant for First Nation Groups.

He has recently completed an Update (2016) to the First Nation Consultation and Accommodation Handbook (2014) that he co-authored with Monique Passelac-Ross, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. His current research focus is on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Canada, aboriginal rights to water and indigenous engagement in the regulatory process in Alberta and Canada. In addition to Aboriginal law, his research interests include legal history and the philosophy of law.


Mujtaba Shareef

Mujtaba Shareef

PhD (Civil Engineering), Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada; MS (Civil Engineering), King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia; BE (Civil Engineering), Osmania University, India

Dr. Shareef is an experienced environmental professional with strong analytical and innovative capabilities. He has over 22 years of experience encompassing expertise in the areas of air quality, environmental impact assessment, environmental modeling, environmental policies and guidelines, environmental monitoring and performance reporting, and related research and development. He gained the rich and diverse experience by working in various organizations including leading oil & gas companies, engineering consultants, academic institutions, and government entities. In addition to his rich industry experience, Dr. Shareef has all along his career been involved in teaching and research. He has collaborated with academia to contribute to science by participating in various research initiatives. Dr. Shareef’s research interested include secondary air pollutants modelling, source apportionment, reduced form modelling, and advanced air emissions data analysis.

Dr. Shareef currently works at Alberta Energy Regulator as Senior Air Quality Scientist. He is affiliation with School of Public Policy, University of Calgary as sessional instructor. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Alberta and Newfoundland and is a certified project management professional (PMP).

Roman Shor

Roman Shor

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

Dr. Shor is associate professor and associate head (undergraduate studies) in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. He is lead investigator for the integrated Drilling Research Laboratory (iDRL) and his research interests lie in the areas of drillstring dynamics modelling and control, drilling optimization and drilling systems automation. Specifically, the application of reduced order modelling and modelling for control to enable model predictive control for drilling tasks and drilling optimization through data processing and machine learning. His collaborative research projects include an investigation of fluid rheology with applications to drilling fluids, magnetorheological fluids and their applications, hydraulic fracture placement optimization and applications of seismic processing methods to drillstring imaging.  He is active in the areas of machine learning and artificial intelligence with particular attention to applications in oil and gas.  He is also interested in reducing the impact of drilling operations on the environment and surrounding communities

For more, please see Dr. Shor's profile. 

Ron Thiessen

Ron Thiessen

PhD, MSc (Civil Engineering) University of Calgary; BSc (Engineering) University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Thiessen is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Civil Engineering and a Sessional Instructor in the School of Public Policy. His postdoctoral studies comprise mixed-methods research that integrates Indigenous knowledge and western science in complementary ways to investigate potential effects of oil sands mining on waterbodies. In addition to teaching in the School of Public Policy, Dr. Thiessen teaches a sustainable remediation course in the Centre for Environmental Engineering Research and Education. He has published research articles on multiattribute decision analysis and the societal impacts, financial liabilities, and environmental risk of unreclaimed oil and gas well sites. Dr. Thiessen is an environmental engineer with experience in the energy industry as well as environmental consulting. His consulting expertise is providing technical leadership in environmental remediation and risk management.

For more, please see Dr. Thiessen's profile.


Harrie Vredenburg

PhD University of Western Ontario; MBA McMaster University; BA (Hons) (History) University of Toronto

Dr. Harrie Vredenburg is a leading scholar of strategy, innovation, sustainability and governance in the global energy industry and holds the Suncor Chair in Strategy and Sustainability at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. He was one of the visionaries who founded Haskayne’s Global Energy Executive MBA and was its Academic Director for 8 years. He also holds appointments as a Research Fellow at the School of Public Policy and an International Research Fellow at the Said Business School at Oxford University in the UK.

For more, please see Dr. Vredenburg profile. 


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