Biographies of Subject Matter Experts

Where the Panel felt that there were knowledge gaps concerning key topics under consideration by the Panel, or where the Panel felt that independent input on a particular topic would be helpful to its work, the Panel commissioned or retained the following “subject-matter experts” to prepare reports containing background information and advice related to their areas of expertise.


Dr. Elliott Burden

Dr. Burden, a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Calgary, is a Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Throughout his career he has been engaged in a variety of research programmes directed towards understanding regional stratigraphy, structure, sedimentology, age and thermal maturity of petroliferous strata in eastern, western and Arctic Canada and abroad. Dr. Burden is a registered Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo.) with the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition, he holds memberships in the Geological Association of Canada and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.


Dr. David Eaton

Dr. Eaton is Professor and NSERC/Chevron Chair in Microseismic System Dynamics in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. He received his B.Sc. degree from Queen’s University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Calgary. He has held academic appointments at the University of Calgary and the University of Western Ontario. He is presently Co-Director of the Microseismic Industry Consortium, a novel, applied- research geophysical initiative dedicated to the advancement of research, education and technological innovations in microseismic methods and their practical applications for resource development. In addition to microseismic monitoring and induced seismicity, his current research is also focused on the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary beneath continents.


Dr. Tahir Husain

Dr. Tahir Husain is Professor and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University with 37 years’ international research and consulting experience with a focus on water and environmental issues. His research is in the areas of risk assessment, environmental modeling, and technology development. He has contributed on about 250 research publications and has worked on more than 70 research projects. Prior to joining Memorial University, he was with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia. He was also a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health.


Dr. Faisal Khan

Dr. Faisal Khan is Professor and Vale Research Chair of Safety and Risk Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University. He is also Head of the Department of Process Engineering. His areas of research interest include offshore safety and risk engineering, asset integrity management, inherent safety, and risk- based integrity assessment and management. He advises multinational oil and gas industries and regulatory agencies on the issue of safety and asset integrity. He is a recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Research and the President’s Award for Outstanding Research Supervision at Memorial University, and the CSChE National Award on Process Safety Management. Dr. Khan has authored five books and over 270 research articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences on safety, risk, and reliability engineering. He is an editorial board member for the journal Process Safety and Environmental Protection and for the Journal of Loss Prevention in Process Industries.


Dr. Edward S. Krebes

Dr. Edward S. Krebes is Professor of Geophysics at the University of Calgary. He obtained a B.Sc. (Honours) in Physics from the University of Alberta, a M.Sc. in Physics from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Alberta. He is registered as a Professional Geophysicist (P. Geo.) with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. His primary research interests are in theoretical and computational seismology, and in particular, in the nature of seismic wave propagation in complex subsurface structures.


Professor William Lahey

Professor William Lahey has been appointed President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of King’s College effective July 1, 2016. Previous to this, he was Associate Professor in the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, cross-appointed to the School of Health Administration and the College of Sustainability. His research in law and public administration has focused on regulatory policy, design, legislation and administration in the environmental, energy, natural resources and health fields. He was Clerk to Mr. Justice La Forest of the Supreme Court of Canada and has served as Nova Scotia’s Deputy Minister of Labour and Environment and Assistant Deputy Minister of Health. He has written or contributed to reports on regulation of aquaculture, major energy projects, distribution of natural gas and the forestry industry, as well as a number of reports on topics in health law and regulation. He chairs the Board of Directors of EfficiencyOne, the administrator of energy efficiency programs in Nova Scotia’s electricity system; and chairs or serves on several other boards of directors.


Mr. Marcel LeBreton

Mr. Marcel LeBreton has a Masters in Economics from the University of Moncton. He is the President of EcoTec Consultants, a consulting firm specializing in the field of economic impact studies and economic development. Over the last 33 years Mr. LeBreton has contributed to over 450 studies throughout Canada, many of which involved the assessment of economic benefits in the resource sector. Mr. LeBreton is a recognized expert in the field of economic impact studies and has spoken to international audiences in Paris, Brussels, Shanghai, the United States and Canada on topics such as model development and economic benefits assessments.


Dr. Roberto Martinez-Espiñeira

Dr. Roberto Martinez-Espiñeira is Professor of Economics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he teaches Econometrics and Welfare Economics. He obtained his undergraduate Economics degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), before completing his MSc in Environmental Economics and DPhil at the Environment Department of the University of York in the United Kingdom. Prior to his academic appointment at Memorial University, he was a faculty member at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. One of his main areas of research involves the estimation of water demand functions and the analysis of issues related to water management and pricing. Another line of his work deals with the non-market valuation of goods and services. His current projects include the estimation of non-use values of wildlife species, the valuation of the environmental benefits of Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture, and the reduction of the risks of moose-vehicle-collisions in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Dr. Doug May

Dr. Doug May is a Professor in the Department of Economics and the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University. His current research interests are in the areas of labour market dynamics and productivity growth as well as the measurement and determinants of the various domains of well-being (quality of life) including health. Over the past several years he has worked closely with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador overseeing the conceptual development of the Community Accounts while also involved in research efforts to measure the extent and severity of poverty, the nature of demographic changes and personal income tax reform. He has been a member of the Executive Committee and also of the editorial board of the Canadian Economics Association. Dr. May is currently a member of the National Statistics Council and the Macroeconomic Accounts Advisory Committee of Statistics Canada.


Dr. Kaaren May

Dr. Kaaren May has an MBA from INSEAD, France, as well as a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London. She has worked in a variety of strategy consulting, project management, business development and research and development roles over her 15-year career in the UK and Canada. She was a Consultant at the global headquarters of the international management consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting in London, where she was involved in projects for clients ranging from the Government of Botswana to large private equity firms. Awards include a Sainsbury Management Fellowship and British Commonwealth Scholarship.


Mr. Barry Rodgers

Mr. Barry Rodgers has been in the oil and gas industry for over 30 years, both in the public and private sectors. A graduate of Memorial University with concentrations in Economics and Mathematics, Mr. Rodgers formed Rodgers Oil & Gas Consulting in 2010. Rodgers Oil & Gas Consulting specializes in upstream oil and gas economics analysis and fiscal systems design and evaluation. The company’s objective is to support fiscal system design and implementation, project economics decision-making, negotiations, policy development, and training. As a Consultant, Mr. Rodgers has completed numerous international assignments, and served a number of international advisory roles including the Russian Ministry of Fuel and Energy, the G7 Finance Ministers, and Mexico’s Department of Finance and PEMEX. Rodgers Oil & Gas Consulting is co-producer of the six-volume World Fiscal Systems for Oil & Gas (WFSOG).


Dr. Keith Storey

Dr. Keith Storey is the Principal of Keith Storey Consulting, a socio-economic consulting company based in St. John’s specializing in the social and economic impacts and management of large-scale resource projects. As a Consultant, Dr. Storey has been involved with the socio-economic assessments of a number of offshore oil, mining, hydro and other resource projects in the Province. He received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario and was a faculty member in the Department of Geography at Memorial University for almost 40 years where he continues as Honorary Research Professor. He is also an Associate of the Leslie J. Harris Centre for Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University where he is the Director of the Population Project, an exploration of the social and economic implications of the changing demographic structure and distribution of the population of Newfoundland and Labrador.