Meeting info

Re: EMTF Online Morning Speaker Series

October 6th, 2021, 7:30am
Online Presentation

Title - A Census of Renewable Energy Cooperatives in Canada
This Wednesday, we will hear from Dr. Marc-André Pigeon and Renata Leonhardt. They will discuss a research project we (I am part of the project as well) are advancing on renewable energy cooperatives in Canada. This project was developed, in part, because interest from the renewable cooperative sector in Canada. For more information, please feel free to review the panel discussion held last May.

Dr. Marc-André Pigeon - is an Assistant Professor in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan campus, and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives. He holds a PhD in Mass Communications from Carleton University and has worked in a number of economics and policy-related positions, most recently as assistant vice-president of public policy at the Canadian Credit Union Association. He has also served as interim-vice president of government relations at CCUA, as a special advisor and senior project leader at the federal Department of Finance, and as lead analyst on several federal Parliamentary committees including the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, and the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. Dr. Pigeon also worked as an economic researcher at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and started his career as a financial journalist at Bloomberg Business News.
Dr. Pigeon’s academic background is in economics as well as communications studies (including journalism), having studied at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and New School University in New York City. His research interests include the study of co-operatives, behavioural economics/psychology, income distribution, money and banking, and fiscal and monetary policy.

Renata Leonhardt - is a geologist and future energy policy analyst enthusiastic about the energy sector. She is an M.Sc. student in the Department of Geography and Planning (UofS) and a Research Assistant in the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives. Her research interests focus on the interfaces and connections between energy policy and local renewable energy projects. Renata has also worked on research projects with leading Brazilian petroleum companies and was one of the founders of the first Latin American Student Chapter of the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA).


7:30am – 7:45am – Casual networking 
7:45am – 8:00am – Announcements.
8:00am – 8:40am – Presentation
8:40am – 9:00am – Q & A
9:00am – 9:15am – Casual debrief

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These Zoom meetings are offered free of charge.

Martin Boucher (EMTF Saskatoon presentation comittee).

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242 Tennant Crescent, Saskatoon, SK. S7H 4Y8