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Authors of the independent assessment

Nancy Olewiler

An economist, Olewiler is director and professor in the school of public policy at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Her PhD is in economics from the University of British Columbia. Prior to coming to SFU’s economics department in 1990, Olewiler was in the economics department at Queen’s University.

Olewiler’s areas of research focus on public policy, including natural resource, energy and climate policy, and regulation and risk. She has published in academic journals, edited books, provided reports for government and has written two widely used textbooks. She teaches graduate courses in policy analysis, economics and regulation.

Olewiler has served on a number of boards of directors, including BC Hydro, Powertech and TransLink. She is a member of the Climate Solutions Council for BC, chairs the mitigation panel for the Canadian Institute of Climate Choices and also serves of the board of directors for the Institute for Research on Public Policy, Technical Safety BC and Genome BC. Olewiler also chairs the Macroeconomic Accounts Advisory Committee for Statistics Canada.

Jennifer Winter

Jennifer Winter (PhD, Calgary) is an associate professor of economics and scientific director of the energy and environmental policy research division at the school of public policy, University of Calgary. Her research evaluates climate policies and examines the effects of government regulation and policy on energy development and the associated consequences and trade-offs.

Her research interests include emissions pricing, environmental and energy policy, innovation and energy transitions, and Canadian economic history.

Winter is engaged in increasing public understanding of energy and environmental policy issues. Recognition of her efforts include a 2014 Young Women in Energy Award, being named one of Alberta Oil Magazine’s Top 35 Under 35 in 2016, one of Avenue Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2017 and one of Canada’s 2019 Clean50 and Clean16 by Delta Management.

She has advised multiple governments in Canada in several capacities. Winter serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources, the City of Calgary’s Climate Panel, is a member of the Mitigation Expert Panel at the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, and is a member of Global Affairs Canada’s Environmental Assessment Advisory Group. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Winter worked at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, researching Canadian labour markets.