Get to know us

Clean Energy Canada is one of Canada’s leading clean energy think tanks.

About us

Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy program within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.

Founded by Centre for Dialogue fellow Merran Smith in 2010, Clean Energy Canada works to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition by sharing the story of the global shift to renewable energy, clean technology, and sustainable industries.

We conduct original research, convene influential dialogues, inform policy leadership, and drive public engagement.

Put simply, we believe the clean energy transition is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Canada to build a resilient, growing, inclusive economy.

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Our mission

Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a renewably powered economy. Over the years, we’ve developed a winning combination of strategies to achieve this goal:

Getting the Story Out

Bringing People Together

Inspiring Policy Leadership

Engaging Canadians

Our 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.

What is Clean Energy?

For us, the term “clean energy” spans supply and demand and includes technologies and services that:

increase renewable energy supply

improve the infrastructure and systems that transmit, store, and use energy

enhance energy efficiency, delivering the same services with less energy

deliver key energy services—power, heat, and transportation—while reducing carbon pollution

Our team

Meena Bibra

Senior Policy Advisor

Rachel Doran

Vice President of Policy and Strategy

Lyndsey Easton

Operations Coordinator

Jana Elbrecht

Policy Advisor

Joanna Kyriazis

Director of Public Affairs

Natasha LaRoche

Operations Director

Keri McNamara

Manager, Reports and Outreach

Trevor Melanson

Communications Director

Kim Old

Graphic Designer

Stefan Pauer

Manager, Technology and Economic Analysis

Evan Pivnick

Program Manager

Ollie Sheldrick-Moyle

Program Manager

Ciara Torrance

Outreach Coordinator

Sicellia Tsui

Communications Specialist

Mark Zacharias

Executive Director

Our partnerships

We bring people together to drive real change.

As part of the Morris J. Wosk Centre For Dialogue at Simon Fraser University, we form transformational, multisectoral partnerships with other think tanks, environmental groups, industry, and Indigenous organizations to inform and accelerate Canada’s transition to a clean energy economy.