Energy's Future: Blueprints for 2030 - Speaker Biographies

Join Young Women in Energy (YWE) for an innovative discussion on the future of the energy industry. We'll be trying a new format of 'Lightning Talks' - 5-10 minute pitches about topics relevant to transitioning to a new energy future. At this event, we'll also be honouring our incredible ten (10) 2016 YWE Award Winners.

Thursday, November 24, 2016 | 5:00 - 8:00 pm
St. Louis Hotel (430 8 Avenue SE)


Cheryl Cardinal, President & CEO, Indigenous Centre of Energy

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, and 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 5 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. Cheryl recently launched the inaugural Indigenous Conference on Energy and Mining at the Global Petroleum Show in June 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.


Kathy Bolton, CFO & Co-Founder, BluEarth Renewables

As CFO, Kathy is responsible for financial and strategic planning, business development, planning and reporting, risk management, and tax and treasury functions. Prior to Joining BluEarth Renewables, Kathy was the CFO of Canadian Hydro Developers. From 2005 to 2009 Kathy was involved with significantly growing Canadian Hydro’s market capitalization and enterprise value prior to its take-over in late 2009 for an enterprise value of $1.6 billion. Kathy played a key role in the raising of over $700 million of debt and $248 million of equity to finance Canadian Hydro’s construction projects, as well as in the financial analysis and modeling of several successful competitive bids for power purchase agreements and acquisitions. Since joining BluEarth, Kathy has played a key role in approximately $1 billion in acquisitions. She has also been involved in many aspects of the development lifecycle, including securing project financing, negotiations of partnership agreements, including those with First Nations, securing contracts for major equipment and services, and managing financial and insurance risk. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Chartered Accountant.


Grant Bartlett, Serial Energy Entrepreneur, and Renaissance Man

Dr. Grant A. Bartlett is a serial Energy and Technology entrepreneur and businessman, and is currently the President and Managing Director, LYFE Ventures Inc., and President & CEO, KYAL Energy Inc. With more than 30 years of diversified national and international experience and stewardship in industry, government and academia, he has been associated with petroleum producing basins and the Oil, Natural Gas, Water and Technology  industries worldwide. He is the  Past President & CEO of TerraMer Inc., a Clean Water, Clean Sand, and Clean Oil Technology Company and former Managing Director of Maken Capital Corp. a Diversified Investment Fund. He was the Founder, President, Chairman and CEO of Archer Resources Ltd. (the top IPO of 1993) and more than 25 other energy and technology related companies worldwide.  Grant graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Geology) from Mount Allison University, and received a Master of Science Degree (Geology) from Carleton University and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (with Distinction) in Sedimentology and Marine Science from New York University He was a Professor of Geological Sciences at Queen’s University for a decade. He is a member of several Professional Scientific and Technical Associations. A former owner of the Calgary Flames Hockey Club, Grant continues to invest substantial time and energy in mentoring and teaching the next generation of emerging leaders, giving back to the non-profit community, lecturing on 'Lessons For Living' and travelling the globe.


Ganesh Doluweera, Director, Research, Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI)

Ganesh Doluweera has a strong interdisciplinary background in engineering, economics, and public policy.  His primary research interests are in energy system modeling and analysis to inform energy and environment decisions.  He obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Energy and Environmental Systems from the University of Calgary in 2011.  His research work to date has focused on electric power system planning, large scale wind power integration, carbon management of electric power systems, energy for rural development, life cycle assessments of energy systems, investments on energy infrastructure under uncertainty, emerging technology assessment, and energy infrastructure siting decisions.

Before joining CERI in June 2015, Ganesh has worked at the University of Calgary as a graduate research assistant and a postdoctoral research fellow. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in energy and environmental systems at the University of Calgary.  He has also worked with Light Up The World where he designed and developed solid state home lighting systems and coordinated projects that installed over 3000 rural home lighting systems in Sir Lanka.