Through a national selection process, Action Canada and the Public Policy Forum will identify 15-20 young leaders (ages 18-35) from across Canada. This group will represent Canada’s diversity — its regions, languages, communities, and peoples. Then, for several months, participants will travel to different parts of Canada. They will learn about the diversity of Canada’s energy

sector and the implications of the global transition towards clean energy sources. They will engage other young Canadians in dialogue, both in person and online, about energy, resources, and the implications of change. They will develop strategies for Canada’s success, and their recommendations will be presented to leaders in the federal, provincial and territorial governments, in the energy sector, and the public.

Advisory Council

Cheryl Cardinal

Cheryl Cardinal graduated from the University of British Columbia, earning a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Science and History. She is an entrepreneur who has focused on fostering mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous Communities and the energy and mining sectors. Currently the President and CEO of the Indigenous Center of Energy (ICE), Cheryl continues to cooperatively work with Indigenous representatives from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, focusing on specific key risk areas, including climate change, sustainability, renewable energy, mining, international trade, oil and gas. In 2015, Cheryl was recognised for her work with the Indigenous peoples by the United States Department of State. Through the International Visitor Leadership program, Cheryl travelled to five cities in three weeks, meeting with progressive Native American Tribes and emerging leaders in the US. She is the Managing Director of the Aboriginal Youth Business Leadership Foundation and is a member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee for the Alberta Women in Science Network’s Power to Choose program. Cheryl sits on the Board of Directors for Environmental Refuelling Systems (ERS), a world class petroleum product supplier and distribution company. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary which provides programs and services to urban Indigenous populations. Cheryl recently launched the Indigenous Conference on Energy and Mining in partnership with ::dmg events at the Global Petroleum Show in June 2016 to ensure Indigenous voices were included in energy discussions. Cheryl Cardinal is Cree/Coast Salish and is a member of the Sucker Creek Cree Nation in Alberta, with family ties to Tsartlip and Snuneymuxw First Nations in British Columbia.

Richard Dicerni (Chair)

Richard Dicerni recently retired as the Deputy Minister, Alberta Executive Council and Head of the Alberta Public Service.  Prior to accepting this position in October 2014, Mr. Dicerni was Adjunct Research Professor at the Ivey Business School and sat on various boards.

Born and raised in Montreal, Richard graduated from the College Sainte Marie in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts. He pursued graduate studies at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard where he earned a Master’s in Public Administration in 1981.

Richard started his career with the federal government in 1969. In the 1970s and 1980s, he held a number of executive positions in the federal public service including Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Health and Welfare; and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet. In 1992 he joined the Ontario Government as Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy. In 1995 he assumed the position of Deputy Minister, Education and Training.

In 1996, Richard was appointed President and CEO of the newly established Canadian Newspaper Association. He left this position in 1998 to become Senior Vice President at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). He stayed at OPG for the next seven years and led the company between 2003 and 2005.

Richard rejoined the Canadian Government as Deputy Minister of Industry where he served from 2006 to 2012.

Richard has served on the boards of Trent University, the Credit Valley Hospital, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) and the Public Policy Forum.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Alberta Health Services.

Chris Henderson

Chris is Canada’s pre-eminent Clean Energy Advisor to Aboriginal communities.  He advises Chiefs and Councils, Tribal Groups and Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations on how to effectively secure and leverage partnership positions in clean energy projects across Canada.  Chris also guides utilities, financial firms, corporations and governments on engaging and partnering with Aboriginal communities.  Chris has catalyzed clean energy projects in every Canadian province and territory.  His book, Aboriginal Power, was published in 2013.

Chris is also Program Designer and Lead Mentor of the Indigenous Clean Energy 20/20 Catalysts Program, and Chair of the GLOBE Series of Conferences and Exhibitions.

Chris and his partner Andrea have two amazing sons; Isaac and Noah.  He is an honorary member of several Aboriginal communities.  In Inuktitut he is called “Tall Chris”, and has been given the names “Lightning” and “Point of the Spear” by Prairie Cree Nations.  The most fitting of his Aboriginal names may be the one given to him by the Boreal Ojibwe which translates as “On Indian Time”.

Erik (Rick) Nielsen

Rick was born and raised in the Yukon Territory and has made his home here ever since. He is passionate about learning and making a difference. His quest has taken him down an eclectic career path as a tradesman, commercial pilot and entrepreneur with businesses in both Yukon and Alaska. He has served as a director and chairman of both the Whitehorse and Yukon Chambers of Commerce and has been active on public policy initiatives. He is a staunch advocate for trades training for young Canadians and is the past chairman of the Yukon Apprenticeship Advisory Board and the Inter-provincial Alliance of Apprenticeship Board Chairs. Rick was a founding member of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum.

Jodi White

Jodi White’s career spans the nexus of journalism, government, the private sector and the not-for-profit sector, providing a unique skill set and knowledge surrounding governance and public policy issues. She has worked at the most senior levels of government and the private sector. She is a member of the Order of Canada.

Ms. White is currently a senior Fellow at Massey College in Toronto and Chair of the board of Tides Canada, an innovative philanthropic foundation focused on issues of environmental sustainability and social justice.

From 2003 to 2009, she served as President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum. In government, she was Chief of Staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1988 and Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada in 1993. In the private sector, she was Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Imasco Limited, a major Canadian multinational based in Montreal. As an entrepreneur, she founded Sydney House consultants in the ‘80s and later co-founded The Neville Group, a highly-regarded Ottawa consulting company serving private sector clients. Ms. White began her career in journalism at the CBC. In politics, she participated in six federal election campains and served as Chair of the PC campaign in 1997.
In 2009, she was appointed a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington D.C.

Throughout Ms. White’s career she has committed time and energy to the not-for-profit and voluntary sector. Currently she is Chair of the Board of Directors of Tides Canada and past co-chair of Action Canada, a national leadership program.

Ms. White was awarded an Honourary Doctor of Laws by Carleton University; she has received the Public Service Citation from the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada; in 2008, she was named one of the “Top 100” most influential women in Canada, by the Women’s Executive Network; and in 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.

Pierre-Olivier Pineau (Academic Advisor)

Pierre-Oliver Pineau (PhD, HEC Montréal, 2000) is a professor at the Department of Decision Sciences of HEC Montréal and holds the Chair in Energy Sector Management since December 2013. He is an energy policy and management specialist, with a focus on electricity reforms. He has published many papers on the energy sector, most of them exploring the links between energy and some aspects of sustainable development. He participates regularly in the public debate on energy and has authored many reports for the government and other public organizations.

He is a member of the CAEE, CIRODD and the institute EDDEC. Before joining HEC Montreal, he was an associate professor at the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria (2001-2006).

Carole Swan (Mentor)

Carole Swan retired from the federal public service in 2011 after serving 4 years as President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Born and educated in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Carole received a Bachelors (Honours) degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Manitoba.

Coming out of university, Carole was actively involved in women’s issues and was the President of the Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women and Vice-President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.

Carole began her public service career in 1975 with the Government of Manitoba, working as a research economist in the areas of labour markets and advanced education.

In 1978 Carole moved to Ottawa and over the next three decades rose through the ranks of the federal public service. She worked in a number of departments including Privy Council Office, Treasury Board Secretariat, Status of Women Canada and Industry Canada.

In 1999 Carole was appointed Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board and subsequently in 2002 Associate Deputy Minister of Industry Canada.

Her passions include a love of music, regular week-long visits to Paris to continue improving her French language skills and being engaged in various sports.

André Juneau (Mentor)

André Juneau has significant experience in intergovernmental relations, infrastructure policy, government decision-making, and public-sector boards.

He is a fellow of the Queen’s University Institute of Intergovernmental Relations of which he was the director from 2010 to 2013. He is an advisor to the Forum of Federations. He sits on the board of directors of the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority.

From 2006 to 2009, he represented Canada and Morocco on the resident board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. He was elected twice as chair of the board’s steering group.

In 2002, he created the federal department of infrastructure of which he was the deputy minister until 2006. In 2004, Infrastructure Canada was given the task of negotiating the transfer of a portion of the federal gas tax to municipalities s part of the “New Deal with cities and communities.”

From 1999 to 2002 he was the assistant deputy minister for intergovernmental operations and then the deputy secretary to the Cabinet for operations at the Privy Council Office.

From 1975 to 1985, he held a series of positions in the Department of Finance and the Privy Council Office. Moving to line departments, he served as the director general for labour market policy followed by two positions as the assistant deputy minister for policy in immigration and in health.

He chaired the board of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada in 2014-2015. He represented Canada on the executive board of the World Health Organization and represented Health Canada on the board of the Canadian Institute for Health Information. He was also on the board of the Institute of Governance.

Mr. Juneau is fully bilingual. He has an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Ottawa and received a master’s degree in urban affairs and policy analysis from the New School for Social Research in New York City in 1974. Between 1973 and 1975, he worked at the Brookings Institution in Washington on a study of federal transfers to states and local governments.

In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for services to Canadian municipalities.

January 2017

Brian Topp (Mentor)

A political strategist, writer and former union leader, Brian most recently served as chief of staff to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. He also directed her transition team when she took office in 2015.

Brian has long been involved in both the provincial and national political arenas. He was Director of Research for Saskatchewan's executive council before becoming former premier Roy Romanow's deputy chief of staff. He was also the federal New Democratic Party's national campaign director in 2006 and 2008 and, following the death of Jack Layton in 2012, he ran for the party leadership.

An avid writer, Brian has published extensively on Canadian policy issues. He was director of the Broadbent Institute until 2015 and was a partner in Kool, Topp and Guy, a strategic consulting firm.

Brian worked as the executive director of ACTRA Toronto for more than 11 years and has served on numerous boards, including the ROI Fund, FilmOntario and Pinewood Toronto Studios. He graduated with honours from McGill University with a degree in Arts, History and Political Science.

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