Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy think tank within the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.

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We work to accelerate our nation’s transition to clean and renewable energy systems by telling the story of the global shift to clean and low-carbon energy sources. We conduct original research, host dialogues and aim to inspire and inform policy leadership.

We envision a future in which our nation has one of the most advanced energy systems in the world, having significantly reduced its carbon emissions by the middle of this century. In our vision, Canada has become a leader in clean and renewable energy production, consumption, and innovation—benefiting citizens socially, environmentally and economically.

Our Mission

Over the years, we’ve developed what we feel is a winning combination of strategies, rooted in delivering credible research and analysis, convening influencers, and informing and inspiring policy leadership. These strategies are:

Getting the Story Out

We raise understanding and awareness of market trends, innovations, policies, and success studies, both in Canada and around the world. We regularly brief policy makers, journalists, business leaders, and others. We also produce, commission, and distribute original research and analysis, including economic modelling and public-opinion research.

Bringing People Together

As bridge-builders and connectors, we convene discussions and build alliances between governments, businesses, academics, and civil society organizations. We foster powerful alliances to increase collective influence.

Inspiring and Informing Policy Leadership

We build relationships with policy makers and contribute constructively to important policy conversations. We enlist and activate supporters of a clean energy future—in the private sector, media, academia, and civil society—to inform and inspire decision makers.

Our Vision and Story

Tides Canada launched our project in early 2010 and in March 2015 we became an initiative of the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. At that time, the university named our executive director, Merran Smith, a fellow of the Centre.

Our team members regularly speak at conferences and summits, testify before government bodies, and participate in public processes. Media frequently call upon staff members to comment and share perspective on news and trends in the domestic and global clean energy economy.

As a registered Canadian charity, we are strictly non-partisan. Our charitable registration number is #118520725 RR0001 and our head office is in Vancouver, British Columbia. The University’s most recent Operating Budget and Financial Report is available here.

What is Clean Energy?

Clean energy policies, technologies, or services are those that accelerate the shift to a renewable-based energy economy by increasing renewable energy supply, reducing consumer and industrial energy demand, improving the infrastructure and systems that transmit, store, and use energy, and enabling market penetration of clean-energy solutions.

We build awareness and support for solutions that address climate disruption and foster an energy-efficient, environmentally responsible and prosperous economy.

Canada boasts some of the best renewable energy resources available anywhere. Wind, hydro, sunshine, ocean waves and tides, the heat of the earth, biomass—we’ve got it all, and we’re increasingly harvesting it to power our economy. That said, parts of Canada’s grid remains reliant on fossil fuels—and we’re going to need even more power as we electrify and decarbonize our economy.

Our renewable electricity program works to connect, align, and amplify the voices of Canadian renewable electricity producers, distributors, and consumers. We spotlight benefits, pathways, and mechanisms that can accelerate the transition to renewable electricity as part of the global shift to a low-carbon economy.

Internal combustion engines, burning fossil fuels, contribute more than a quarter of Canada’s total carbon pollution. Canadians can dramatically reduce that figure by walking, cycling, and choosing transit, but we can also make a serious dent by increasing the share of electric vehicles powered by renewable electricity and by expanding the use of renewable liquid fuels.

Through our transportation program, our team is focused on ensuring that Canadian cities have efficient, and effective public transit networks. We work to inform and inspire policies and programs to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.

Across Canada and around the world, carbon pricing is fast becoming “the new normal.” A growing number of national and subnational governments are working to level the playing field between clean and fossil energy through a carbon tax, cap-and-trade program, or similar mechanism.

Such policies will accelerate clean technology innovation and unleash the power of the market against climate change. Most of Canada’s provincial governments have either put in place, committed to, or are exploring various forms of carbon pricing policy. Our carbon program facilitates knowledge and lesson-sharing to assist other governments that may wish to follow their lead.

Meet the Team Behind Clean Energy Canada

Our Staff

Merran Smith

Executive Director

Dan Woynillowicz

Policy Director

Julia Kilpatrick

Communications Director

Trevor Melanson

Senior Communications Specialist

Sarah Petrevan

Senior Policy Advisor

Jeremy Moorhouse

Senior Analyst

Clare Demerse

Federal Policy Advisor

Deb Thomson

Senior Executive Assistant

Natasha LaRoche

Manager, Operations

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Current Opportunities

Our Trusted Advisors

We know how to bring people together to drive systemic change.

Some of our earliest work focused on building consensus between environmental organizations, industry associations, aboriginal governments, and faith groups, among others, around a positive vision for Canada’s clean energy future. Our foundational New Energy Vision for Canada and Towards a Clean Energy Accord documents earned the formal support of hundreds of companies, associations, labour unions, governments, and civil society groups that collectively represent the interests of millions of Canadians.

We continue this work today as part of the Centre For Dialogue at Simon Fraser University, by convening “unusual suspects” who may have differing priorities, but who share a common goal. We also join and create powerful alliances to increase collective influence and advance clean and renewable energy. These alliances and coalitions include:

The Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity educates and engage Canadians about the opportunity to expand the production and use of renewable electricity across the country. Clean Energy Canada provides Secretariat support to the Council.

The Energy Forum is a coalition of British Columbia-based power generators and conservation organizations working to promote good energy and climate policy and practices.

The Clean Economy Alliance is a group of more than 60 organizations that have united to urge the Province of Ontario to show leadership in addressing climate change.

Blue Green Canada is an alliance of labour unions and civil-society organizations that are together promoting environmental solutions that have positive employment and economic impacts.

Though we welcome donations from private citizens, we are proud to partner with a variety of Canadian philanthropists and philanthropic organizations that provide us with the majority of our funding. In the recent past we have welcomed support from:

If you would like to make an individual contribution to support our work via credit card, please do so by clicking the link below. All donations will receive a charitable giving receipt.

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Merran Smith

Executive Director
Merran Smith is the executive director of Clean Energy Canada and a fellow at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue. For decades, she has worked to unite industry, government and civil society organizations to solve pressing social and ecological challenges. Her leadership in the landmark Great Bear Rainforest conservation agreement helped ensure the protection of thousands of kilometres of British Columbia’s coastal ecosystem. She is the founder of Clean Energy Canada, the nation’s leading climate and energy think tank on clean energy solutions. Merran is currently one of Canada’s representatives on the International Clean Energy Ambassador Corps, and served on B.C.’s Climate Leadership Team in 2015. She is also is a 2016 recipient of the Vancouver Board of Trade ‘Wendy McDonald Award’ for community leadership, and a 2014 recipient of the Clean 16 Award for Leadership in Clean Capitalism.

Dan Woynillowicz

Policy Director
An accomplished analyst and advocate, Dan has significant knowledge and experience in the field of energy and environmental policy, and has authored numerous studies and articles on clean energy and climate change policy. Since 2001, Dan has lobbied for policy change, testified before regulatory and legislative bodies, and commented on energy issues for a wide range of media outlets. He holds degrees in environmental science and management, and conducted graduate research as a Social Science and Humanities Research Council scholar.

Julia Kilpatrick

Communications Director
Julia leads the development and execution of Clean Energy Canada’s strategic communications and media engagement. Throughout her career, Julia has specialized in producing compelling, evidence-based communications materials to motivate and inspire Canadian thought leaders to support climate and clean energy solutions. Before joining Clean Energy Canada, Julia spent six years in various leadership roles at the Pembina Institute. Prior to that, she worked as a broadcast producer, reporter and writer at CBC Ottawa, the Montreal Gazette and other news outlets. She holds a master’s in journalism from Carleton University and an honours B.A. in English literature and environmental studies from the University of Ottawa. She currently lives in a small-ish town in the Alberta Rockies, and often goes exploring in the company of a goofy brown dog.

Trevor Melanson

Senior Communications Specialist
Trevor is involved in all aspects of communications at Clean Energy Canada but specializes in writing, editing and graphic design. He has a decade of experience as a magazine journalist, having worked as an online editor at Canadian Business, as the associate editor of BCBusiness and more recently as the senior editor of Vancouver magazine, where he often worked on policy-oriented feature stories. Trevor has a master’s in journalism from Western University and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of British Columbia. He is also a published novelist and loves the rain, which is good because he’s based in Vancouver.

Sarah Petrevan

Senior Policy Advisor
Sarah leads our provincial work in Ontario, with a focus on our carbon and electricity programs. An accomplished professional with more than 10 years of experience in policy and public affairs, Sarah is versed in all facets of strategic planning, communications, and relationship building. Prior to joining Clean Energy Canada she served as director of public affairs for the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, supporting effective land-use planning, and held several senior positions with the Province of Ontario.

Jeremy Moorhouse

Senior Analyst
Jeremy works to advance our electricity, transportation, and carbon objectives within British Columbia and serves as our in-house technical and research lead. He manages research for our Tracking the Energy Revolution reports, and co-authored A Clean Economy and Jobs Plan for British Columbia, outlining how British Columbia can drive down carbon pollution and grow its economy. He also co-authored Lock in Jobs not Pollution and The Cleanest LNG in the World?, a pair of reports on B.C.’s proposed LNG industry. He represents Clean Energy Canada at the Energy Forum – a unique collaboration between clean power producers and NGOs in British Columbia. Jeremy is an engineer with 10 years' experience improving the environmental performance of energy systems across Canada. Before joining our team, he served as a technical analyst with the Pembina Institute and completed a master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University.

Clare Demerse

Federal Policy Advisor
Clare manages our policy engagement on federal and national issues, focusing on renewable energy, climate policy and sustainable transportation. Before joining Clean Energy Canada, Clare worked on federal climate policy with the Pembina Institute, was a Gordon Foundation Global Fellow and is a current fellow of the Broadbent Institute. Clare holds a master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University. She is based in Ottawa.

Deb Thomson

Senior Executive Assistant
Deb works closely with our executive director, providing organizational support for her leadership and external-relations efforts. She coordinates staff events and oversees a variety of Clean Energy Canada data-management systems. From Deb’s background in educational and nonprofit leadership, program design, and project management, she brings a service-oriented approach to supporting creative problem-solvers, and a commitment to social and environmental justice. Deb holds a masters degree in educational counselling.

Natasha LaRoche

Manager, Operations
Natasha provides the team with strategic organizational development and fundraising support. She has nearly 20 years of experience in fundraising, communications, and public engagement, and has helped raise millions of dollars for leading Canadian universities and not-for-profit organizations. As Principal of Mindful Communications, she has helped to develop and coordinate new environmental programs at Dalhousie University and the University of Ottawa. Her interest in sustainability began with her Master’s degree from the University of Leuven, Belgium, which focused on evolving environmental policies in an international context. Natasha is a 2004 alumna, and current volunteer organizer, of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Clean Energy Canada
Suite 721, 602 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1P2
Telephone: 604-947-2200

Please see our team page for staff email addresses.

Media Enquiries

For media enquiries, please call or text our communications director Julia Kilpatrick via 250-888-3404

If you are interested in supporting our work, please contact our development advisor Natasha LaRoche via natasha@cleanenergycanada.org.