Training Canada's Future Leaders in Low-Carbon Energy

... Because Canada's Energy Sector is Changing

Talent Grows Here

REDEVELOP provides soft skills training to graduate students in Geoscience, Engineering and Public Policy as they work across disciplines, distance and cultures, preparing them for future leadership within industry, government and Indigenous communities with technical knowledge that crosscuts western views in the natural sciences and traditional knowledge that will support informed decision-making.


REDEVELOP Certification

Upon completion of the program, graduates are awarded the valuable REDEVELOP Certification, symbolizing excellence in talent, adaptability, and professionalism.

Indigenous Relations Certification

REDEVELOP grads are certified by the University of Calgary's Writing Symbols Lodge in Indigenous Relations, an essential skill in high demand across Canada.


Project Management

Students learn project management by completing projects in collaboration with multiple partners.

Conflict Resolution

Through theory and practice, students learn the fundamentals of conflict resolution.

Occupational Psychology

Our graduates learn to identify strengths and weaknesses in themselves and others, and what they need to succeed on teams.

Public Communication

Communicating complex topics to the public is difficult but essential. Our students learn how to.

Participating Universities

CREATE Program Lead

Scholarship Funding Provided By


Funding for REDEVELOP comes from NSERC's Collaborative Research and Training Grant #386133824 in the amount of $1.625M over 6 years (2017-22)
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REDEVELOP Virtual Conference 2020

May 4 - 5, 2020

The REDEVELOP annual conference brings people together to discuss Canada’s energy future. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have endeavored to maintain the integrity of REDEVELOP training by offering a virtual conference experience to our students and sponsors from industry, government and Indigenous communities from across North America. This conference will use the Zoom virtual platform, it’s free, and participation is by invitation only. Contact the REDEVELOP Program Manager to request an invite.

The REDEVELOP Challenge will start each morning at 9:00 (MDT) with a message from the Chair and some testimonials from a few graduates and sponsors. Each student team will deliver a 20-minute presentation, followed by a 90-s video, demonstrating the intersection of science and policy, in Dragon’s Den format. This is a competition, where points are assigned based on the quality of the research and its presentation to both a technical and general audience.

This year, we have a team working on an evaluation system to repurpose orphan wells, and an LNG team doing an environmental (cost) – economic (benefit) analysis. The Fugitive Gases team is investigating the evolution of well cement seals, and there’s a team developing a solution to the bitumen transportation bottleneck. Start times for the four teams will be 9:30 and 11:00 on Mon. May 4 and Tues. May 5, 2020.

Dragons for the 2020 REDEVELOP Challenge

Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson is a Technical Leader on the Energy Supply and Data Team at the Canada Energy Regulator (CER). Mike led several assessments of Canada’s oil and gas resource potential and, more recently, assessed some resource economics. He has shaped the CER’s regulatory philosophy for energy trade and provided advice on Canada’s energy markets to policy makers, including Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. Mike has also been assessing the generation potential and economics of solar and wind in almost every community in Canada, building reports and datasets relied upon by homeowners, businesses and community groups in decision-making associated with wind or solar options. Mike is a well-known speaker at conferences and in media interviews, informing Canadians about Canada’s oil and gas resources, energy supply, and solar power. Mike has a BSc and MSc in Earth Sciences from Brock University, in Ontario.

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor, P.Eng, is a seasoned energy-sector leader with decades of experience in industry, regulatory and government at the federal and international levels. He has been a pioneer in Canada’s unconventional resource development, leading innovations, like saline (100%) water usage in natural gas stimulation and reducing the footprint in well pad installations. Mark helped develop the first induced seismicity protocol in North America; a move critical to the sustained health and acceptance of the unconventional resource sector. Mark has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, and is highly skilled at building and sustaining collaborative high-impact teams who work across disciplines and distance.

Chelsea Benally is from the Diné (Navajo) Nation in northern Arizona.  In 2018, she became the first Indigenous female to obtain a PhD in Engineering from the University of Alberta. Chelsea’s degree is in Environmental Engineering (from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering), and her thesis research investigated treatment of oil sands process water by membrane filtration and adsorption. Prior to relocating to Alberta with her son, Chelsea obtained MSc and BSc degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona.

REDEVELOP Virtual Conference Schedule


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may, 2020