13 May 2019
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Argus Canadian Clean Fuels and Carbon Markets

Keynote speaker

Paola Mellow
Executive Director of the Clean Fuels Standards team, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Paola Mellow is the Executive Director of the Clean Fuels Standards team at Environment and Climate Change Canada, where she is responsible for developing and implementing the Clean Fuel Standard regulations, a key part of the Government of Canada’s Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Prior to taking over responsibility for the development of the C...
Paola Mellow is the Executive Director of the Clean Fuels Standards team at Environment and Climate Change Canada, where she is responsible for developing and implementing the Clean Fuel Standard regulations, a key part of the Government of Canada’s Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Prior to taking over responsibility for the development of the Clean Fuel Standard regulations, Paola has been responsible for developing number of other key climate change policies as Director of the Electricity and Combustion Division, including greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations that will accelerate the phase-out coal-fired electricity in Canada by 2030, regulations for natural gas-fired electricity, and output-based standards for electricity under the federal carbon pricing system. Paola graduated from the University of Victoria with a Masters degree in Economics, and combines a strong analytical background with people management excellence to advance Environment and Climate Change Canada’s reputation as a world class regulator.

Speaker listing

Beth Hardy
Vice President, Strategy & Stakeholder Relations, CCS International
Beth leads the Knowledge Centre’s considerations of policies and regulations that foster CCS; and focuses on helping to link CCS knowledge with other countries to reduce locked-in investments and collaboratively support the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Beth leads the Knowledge Centre’s considerations of policies and regulations that foster CCS; and focuses on helping to link CCS knowledge with other countries to reduce locked-in investments and collaboratively support the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Chelsea Bryant
Vice President, ClimeCo Canada
Chelsea Bryant joined ClimeCo to assist in expanding the company into the Canadian market as well as strengthen their global policy and advisory expertise on environmental commodities. In 2019, she became the leader of the Policy and Advisory team, where her focus is to provide exceptional trading and advisory services to ClimeCo’s key customers. Chelsea has more than 10...
Chelsea Bryant joined ClimeCo to assist in expanding the company into the Canadian market as well as strengthen their global policy and advisory expertise on environmental commodities. In 2019, she became the leader of the Policy and Advisory team, where her focus is to provide exceptional trading and advisory services to ClimeCo’s key customers. Chelsea has more than 10 years of experience in commodity markets, investments and trading, and holds the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She is an expert on hedge strategy optimization, policy advocacy, regulatory impact analysis, transaction structuring and carbon pricing trends. Prior to joining ClimeCo, Chelsea managed the environmental commodity profile for TransCanada, a large regulated entity with operations throughout North America. Chelsea holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Alberta.
Chelsea Erhardt
Trader, Compliance and Renewable Fuels, Elbow River Marketing
Chelsea Erhardt works with the compliance trading team at Elbow River Marketing. Chelsea is passionate about environmental markets and has spent the bulk of her career focused on North American carbon offsets. Recently she joined Elbow River and has helped the company manage its exposure to cap-and-trade markets, low carbon fuel standards, and renewable fuel obligations ac...
Chelsea Erhardt works with the compliance trading team at Elbow River Marketing. Chelsea is passionate about environmental markets and has spent the bulk of her career focused on North American carbon offsets. Recently she joined Elbow River and has helped the company manage its exposure to cap-and-trade markets, low carbon fuel standards, and renewable fuel obligations across North America. The team looks forward to continuing to demonstrate success in compliance trading and further growing its already diverse proprietary trading portfolio of RINs, carbon and LCFS credits. Chelsea holds a Master of Science in Environmental Economics from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK.
Cory-Ann Wind
Program Manager, Oregon Clean Fuels Program
Cory-Ann Wind works for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality as the Oregon Clean Fuels Program Manager. Cory has worked for ODEQ for 25 years, the last ten overseeing the development and implementation of a low carbon fuel standard for Oregon. More recently, she has added broader transportation policy into her portfolio including low and zero emission vehicle pro...
Cory-Ann Wind works for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality as the Oregon Clean Fuels Program Manager. Cory has worked for ODEQ for 25 years, the last ten overseeing the development and implementation of a low carbon fuel standard for Oregon. More recently, she has added broader transportation policy into her portfolio including low and zero emission vehicle program implementation and policy development, collaboration with local governments for transportation planning and participation in the interagency workgroup to implement the Governor’s executive order on ZEV. Cory holds a B.S. in BioResources Engineering from Oregon State University.
Craig Willis
Senior Vice President, Growth Energy
Craig Willis joined Growth Energy in June 2018 as Senior Vice President of Global Markets. In this newly created role, Craig will oversee the organization’s market development efforts to increase ethanol’s footprint both at home and abroad. Prior to joining Growth Energy, Willis worked 25 years in various roles of increasing responsibility at ADM. Craig spent the last t...
Craig Willis joined Growth Energy in June 2018 as Senior Vice President of Global Markets. In this newly created role, Craig will oversee the organization’s market development efforts to increase ethanol’s footprint both at home and abroad. Prior to joining Growth Energy, Willis worked 25 years in various roles of increasing responsibility at ADM. Craig spent the last ten years in the company’s ethanol business, serving most recently as President of the business since 2015. Willis held various roles throughout his career at ADM which include experience as Commercial Manager of several large oilseed and corn processing plants in the US. He also managed origination and transportation assets within the Origination segment of the company in prior years. Willis has been active as an advocate of the ethanol industry serving on many boards at various times including Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Prime the Pump, and Little Sioux Corn Processors. He has also been active in his local community serving on the Boys and Girls Club of Decatur and Chairman of the board at his local church. Craig grew up on a farm in Monmouth, Illinois during 1980’s farm crisis. The memories of those times drive him to grow more demand for corn to prevent a similar crisis from occurring again.
Dinara Millington
Vice President Research, CERI
Dinara Millington joined CERI in February 2004 and assumed her current role as Vice President, Research in April 2014. Dinara is responsible for managing the Institute's research agenda including leading the oil sands projects, assisting in the production of market research, economic analysis and economic modeling. Ms. Millington has participated in various projects involv...
Dinara Millington joined CERI in February 2004 and assumed her current role as Vice President, Research in April 2014. Dinara is responsible for managing the Institute's research agenda including leading the oil sands projects, assisting in the production of market research, economic analysis and economic modeling. Ms. Millington has participated in various projects involving oil sands, crude oil, natural gas, LNG, and renewable energy. Dinara is also Editor-in-Chief of the Institute's Quarterly Reports Reports on crude oil and natural gas and provides economic commentary for CBC, Global TV, The Globe and Mail, the BNN and other local, national and international news outlets. Dinara graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Calgary, specializing in Econometrics and Time-series Analysis. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with minor in Finance. Ms. Millington spent some time studying at Masarykov University in Brno, Czech Republic, as well as worked and lived abroad in Kazakhstan.
Edwin Makkinga
Manager, Carbon Policy, Enbridge
Edwin is the Manager of Climate Policy for Enbridge Inc., a North American leader in delivering energy. Enbridge operates the world’s longest crude oil and liquids transportation system, and a North American leader in the transportation, storage and distribution of natural gas. Enbridge also interests in about 1,750 megawatts of net renewable generation capacity. In hi...
Edwin is the Manager of Climate Policy for Enbridge Inc., a North American leader in delivering energy. Enbridge operates the world’s longest crude oil and liquids transportation system, and a North American leader in the transportation, storage and distribution of natural gas. Enbridge also interests in about 1,750 megawatts of net renewable generation capacity. In his role at Enbridge, Edwin leads the development and implementation of internal climate policy initiatives and leads public advocacy on the increasingly complex regulatory environment in both the United States and Canada. His tasks include supporting corporate Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting, developing key performance indicators to demonstrate Enbridge’s carbon performance and participating in industry associations and other multi-lateral groups on behalf of Enbridge and the midstream oil and gas sector. Before joining Enbridge Inc., he worked for Enbridge Gas Distribution and Aqua Terre Solutions which enabled him to gain a strong background in environmental management with a focus in air emissions, contaminated soil and groundwater remediation and environmental assessment and screenings. He has a B.Sc. from Redeemer College and a Certificate of Environmental Management from the University of Toronto.
Jackie Mercer
Manager Carbon Pricing Bureau, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Jackie Mercer is the Manager of the Offsets and Emissions Trading Section within the Carbon Pricing Bureau at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). She has close to 15 years’ experience working on issues related to climate change, specifically in the area of monitoring, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions. In her current role with ECCC’s Carbon P...
Jackie Mercer is the Manager of the Offsets and Emissions Trading Section within the Carbon Pricing Bureau at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). She has close to 15 years’ experience working on issues related to climate change, specifically in the area of monitoring, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions. In her current role with ECCC’s Carbon Pricing Bureau, Jackie is part of the team responsible for the design and implementation of the federal carbon pollution pricing system including Canada’s system for large industry, the Output-Based Pricing System (OBPS) and the recently announced Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System.
James Renouf
Director of Corporate Strategy and Environmental Portfolio, Capital Power
James has spent his 15-year professional career in various commercial roles within Capital Power. He currently manages environmental commodity trading and is part of the corporate strategy team. James is an Energy Futures Lab fellow, holds a MBA from Queens University, and is a CFA charter holder.
James has spent his 15-year professional career in various commercial roles within Capital Power. He currently manages environmental commodity trading and is part of the corporate strategy team. James is an Energy Futures Lab fellow, holds a MBA from Queens University, and is a CFA charter holder.
Katie Sullivan
Managing Director, IETA
Katie serves as Managing Director of IETA, the global multi-sector business voice for the intersection of markets and climate change. On behalf of IETA’s 150+ corporate members, Katie leads efforts to inform market solutions to address environmental challenges across the Americas and globally. She also manages IETA’s growing climate finance, aviation and digital innovation...
Katie serves as Managing Director of IETA, the global multi-sector business voice for the intersection of markets and climate change. On behalf of IETA’s 150+ corporate members, Katie leads efforts to inform market solutions to address environmental challenges across the Americas and globally. She also manages IETA’s growing climate finance, aviation and digital innovation sustainability initiatives. Katie currently sits on the Global Steering Committee for the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), Boards of the Climate Action Reserve (CAR) and the International Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Knowledge Centre, and Advisory Panels for Canada’s Institute for Clean Growth & Climate Change, the Ivey Foundation, and Blockchain for Climate Foundation. Prior to IETA, Katie worked as a Senior Consultant at ICF International. In 2019, Katie was recognized as a Clean16 and Clean50 award recipient for contributing to Clean Capitalism Leadership in Canada.
Michael Ball
Editor, Argus Air Daily, Argus
Michael Ball is editor of Argus Air Daily, the leading source of pricing, news and analysis for the North American environmental markets. Michael joined Argus in 2003 and has been editor of Air Daily since 2012. He has covered wide range of state and federal environmental issues, including the development of California’s AB 32 legislation, US Environmental Protection Agenc...
Michael Ball is editor of Argus Air Daily, the leading source of pricing, news and analysis for the North American environmental markets. Michael joined Argus in 2003 and has been editor of Air Daily since 2012. He has covered wide range of state and federal environmental issues, including the development of California’s AB 32 legislation, US Environmental Protection Agency regulations such as the Clean Power Plan, and Clean Air Act cases before the US Supreme Court.
Michael Rensing
Director, Low Carbon Fuels, British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Michael Rensing joined the British Columbia public service in September 2003 to work in the Air Protection Section of the Ministry of Environment. In November 2007 he moved to the Ministry of Energy and Mines to develop policies and legislation for renewable and low-carbon fuels. Currently, Michael is the Director of the Low Carbon Fuels Branch in the Electricity and Alt...
Michael Rensing joined the British Columbia public service in September 2003 to work in the Air Protection Section of the Ministry of Environment. In November 2007 he moved to the Ministry of Energy and Mines to develop policies and legislation for renewable and low-carbon fuels. Currently, Michael is the Director of the Low Carbon Fuels Branch in the Electricity and Alternative Energy Division, and is co-chairing the Federal/Provincial/Territorial working group to help develop the national Clean Fuel Standard. Michael has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Victoria.
Nashina Shariff
Representative, Environment and Climate Change Canada
As Senior Policy Advisor, Nashina leads the development of the voluntary participation policy in Canada’s output-based pricing system (OBPS), and plays a significant role in other aspects of regulatory design of the OBPS. Nashina has over 15 years of experience working in climate and air pollution policy in Alberta and Canada, including contributing to the design of Albert...
As Senior Policy Advisor, Nashina leads the development of the voluntary participation policy in Canada’s output-based pricing system (OBPS), and plays a significant role in other aspects of regulatory design of the OBPS. Nashina has over 15 years of experience working in climate and air pollution policy in Alberta and Canada, including contributing to the design of Alberta’s Carbon Competitiveness Incentive Regulation and the national Comprehensive Air Management System. Nashina holds a MSc in Climate Change Science, specialized in economics from the University of Bern, Switzerland and a BSc (Honours) in Physics from Queen’s University.
Nicolas Girod
Managing Director Markets, Clear Blue Markets
Nicolas is a Managing Director and Head of Markets at ClearBlue Markets and has over 12 years of experience in the European and North American carbon markets. He has a deep understanding of the integration of the energy and carbon markets, having worked for banks and utilities as a risk manager, market analyst, and trader. As the Head of Markets for ClearBlue, Nicolas deve...
Nicolas is a Managing Director and Head of Markets at ClearBlue Markets and has over 12 years of experience in the European and North American carbon markets. He has a deep understanding of the integration of the energy and carbon markets, having worked for banks and utilities as a risk manager, market analyst, and trader. As the Head of Markets for ClearBlue, Nicolas developed ClearBlue’s in-house analytical models for different carbon pricing systems such as the WCI market, EU-ETS, the Canadian Federal Carbon Pricing Backstop, and the BC And California Low Carbon Fuel Standards. Nicolas provides unique market insights, pricing, monthly risk management reports, and transaction services to support clients in minimizing compliance costs while maximizing opportunities.
Njoroge Ngure
Portfolio Manager Environmental Markets, ATCO
Njoroge Ngure is Manager for Environmental and Renewables Trading at ATCO. Prior to taking this role, Njoroge worked in: environmental policy and trading at TransCanada; REC origination and trading at SunEdison; and, in quantitative analytics for trading operations at TransAlta where he priced power, diesel and transmission capacity. Njoroge has an all but thesis PhD in Ap...
Njoroge Ngure is Manager for Environmental and Renewables Trading at ATCO. Prior to taking this role, Njoroge worked in: environmental policy and trading at TransCanada; REC origination and trading at SunEdison; and, in quantitative analytics for trading operations at TransAlta where he priced power, diesel and transmission capacity. Njoroge has an all but thesis PhD in Applied Economics from Cornell University and a MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Nairobi
Paul Niznik
Manager, Biofuels & Environment, Argus Consulting Services
Paul has over 27 years of experience in biofuels and alternative fuel development. His broad knowledge of biofuel economics – including RFS, RINs and LCFS – has kept refiners, biofuels producers, automakers and government agencies informed of alternative fuels markets and policies. He pioneered biodiesel sales for major oil companies such as Hess, Gulf and Irving Oil, and ...
Paul has over 27 years of experience in biofuels and alternative fuel development. His broad knowledge of biofuel economics – including RFS, RINs and LCFS – has kept refiners, biofuels producers, automakers and government agencies informed of alternative fuels markets and policies. He pioneered biodiesel sales for major oil companies such as Hess, Gulf and Irving Oil, and has consulted for Chevron, US DOE, USDA, Phillips 66, Nissan, Toyota, Hess, Petrobras, the Government of Zimbabwe and UOP Honeywell. Paul is an alumnus of Yale University where he studied astrophysics.
Tyson Dyck
Partner, Torys LLP
Tyson Dyck is a partner in the environmental group at Torys LLP in Toronto, and practices extensively in the areas of energy, mining and climate change. He has worked on the development of electricity projects across Canada, including over 50 wind, solar, hydro and gas projects. He also advises many clients on cap-and-trade regulations, emissions offset projects and other ...
Tyson Dyck is a partner in the environmental group at Torys LLP in Toronto, and practices extensively in the areas of energy, mining and climate change. He has worked on the development of electricity projects across Canada, including over 50 wind, solar, hydro and gas projects. He also advises many clients on cap-and-trade regulations, emissions offset projects and other emerging issues in the field. He has written extensively in these areas, including as a Fulbright Fellow at Stanford Law School, and has been recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in environmental and climate change law.
Will Murtha
Emissions Markets and Policy Reporter, Argus
Will Murtha covers carbon markets across the US West Coast and Canada for Argus Media. Based in San Francisco, he writes frequently about California’s cap-and-trade and LCFS programs, as well as Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. Prior to joining Argus, he worked for The Nature Conservancy and served in both the US Navy and Peace Corps. He is a graduate of Yale’s School of Fore...
Will Murtha covers carbon markets across the US West Coast and Canada for Argus Media. Based in San Francisco, he writes frequently about California’s cap-and-trade and LCFS programs, as well as Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. Prior to joining Argus, he worked for The Nature Conservancy and served in both the US Navy and Peace Corps. He is a graduate of Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Yvan Champagne
President, Bluesource Methane
Yvan is the President of Bluesource Methane, a devloper of Methane reduction projects in the oil & gas sector. A Canadian carbon market innovator for over 12 years, his past experience includes GHG project screening, assessment and contracting, advising companies and organizations across Canada on sustainable environmental strategies and programs, government relations cons...
Yvan is the President of Bluesource Methane, a devloper of Methane reduction projects in the oil & gas sector. A Canadian carbon market innovator for over 12 years, his past experience includes GHG project screening, assessment and contracting, advising companies and organizations across Canada on sustainable environmental strategies and programs, government relations consulting and growing companies in emerging markets. Yvan obtained his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University with a focus on environmental policy and business-government relations, is a graduate of the joint Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA Program, and has the pleasure of currently serving as a national co-chair for the Canadian working group for IETA.