Dr. Hadi Dowlatabadi: Strategic Advisor
Brian Gouge is an engineer, and is completing his Doctorate in the Institute for Resources, the Environment, and Sustainability at UBC. He is studying regional emissions factors associated with transportation in the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Brian is also the recipient of a number of prestigious scholarships, and fellowships, including a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Doctoral scholarship, and a MITACS Industrial Internship. Brian has a quantitative modeling and computer engineering background. He has worked on complex technology problems for McDonald Detweiller, and has developed complex emissions models for the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
Brian is a GHG inventory and quantitative modeling expert. In a recent project, Brian was responsible for building a best of class quantitative forecasting and accounting model for Vancity Credit Union’s GHG inventory, which is now in the public domain; has been personally praised by Dr. David Suzuki, and profiled by several high profile environmental non-profits organizations.
Eric Mazzi is an engineer and researcher with 20 years of professional experience. His consulting experience includes projects ranging from high-level environmental studies to hands-on design and testing projects. For example, in 2001 Eric was the principal co-author of a study of GHG reductions options applying commercial and developing fossil power options for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. He has designed and implemented performance-testing projects for various industrial facilities, such as coal-fired power plants. As a researcher, he has studied policy and technology options to manage GHG emissions from passenger car use, while simultaneously addressing health risks. His research on climate change mitigation and air quality, co-authored with Hadi Dowlatabadi, won the editor’s award for “Policy Paper of the Year 2006” for the high-impact journal Environmental Science & Technology. Collectively, his experience includes GHG management for industrial, power generation, and transportation sectors. Eric is a registered professional engineer in B.C., a certified energy manager, has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and has received his PhD. in Resources & Environment from UBC.
Bruce Sampson had been a leader in energy policy in British Columbia for more than a decade in various senior leadership roles with B.C. Hydro. Prior to this, Bruce spent many years in various positions with the Provincial Government including economist with the Treasury Board Staff, Acting Director of Tax Policy and Director of the Debt Management Branch.
In 1985 Bruce took a leave of absence from the Ministry of Finance and along with his wife spent two years sailing on a round trip to the South Pacific. He returned, ultimately heading the Provincial Treasury Division at the Ministry of Finance and Corporate Relations, where he oversaw a $30 billion debt portfolio and was responsible for an annual debt-financing program in excess of $4 billion. During the tenure with the Treasury Department, Bruce and his team were responsible for establishing the first Medium Term Note Program for government issuers in Canada. The team also received distinction winning the International Financial Review’s award for Canadian Dollar Bond Deal of the Year.
Bruce joined B.C. Hydro in 1997 as Director, Strategic Issues and Planning. Shortly after joining Hydro Bruce was appointed Executive Vice President of Powerex - the energy-trading subsidiary of B.C. Hydro. During his tenure with Powerex, Bruce was involved with the team developing the Risk Management framework. While heading up the Strategic Planning team Bruce was heavily involved with helping B.C. Hydro develop its position with respect to the deregulation of the energy markets in North America. He was eventually seconded to the provincial government team to assist in the development of the Provincial Energy Plan introduced in 2001. During his tenure at BCH Bruce and his team were instrumental in helping introduce the first voluntary renewable energy portfolio standard for a utility in Canada. B.C. Hydro was also at the forefront of the adoption of a triple bottom line framework and integration of sustainability objectives throughout the company. Innovest ranked B.C. Hydro as the top of the list of 27 companies they reviewed in 2003 giving the organization a AAA rating for sustainability.
Bruce has had extensive involvement in developing B.C. Hydro’s long-term strategy and goals, with specific emphasis on ensuring sustainability is incorporated into the long-term goals, strategies and objectives. Bruce also has a strong external focus and sits on a wide range of boards and committees - he completed over 40 talks to various groups in 2006/07. He is currently an Executive in Residence at the University of Victoria and is a principal in the consulting firm Sampson, Robinson and Associates Ltd.