Joanne Martineau, P.Eng

Manager of Indigenous Relations, Inter Pipeline

Joanne is Nehiyaw – Plains Cree from Frog Lake FN, and also has Metis heritage.  Joanne is a Professional Engineer, with a degree in Chemical Engineering and also has a second post-secondary designation in Business Administration with a major in accounting.   She was the recipient of several scholarships while in university, including one from NASA, being the only Canadian recipient that year. 

A strong supporter and mentor of Women in the STEM careers, and with Indigenous students, Joanne has served on the board of director and as a member of various non-profit organizations, and presented as youth conferences such as Indspire and many others.   While in university, Joanne was president of the AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) and CASTS (Canadian Aboriginals in Science and Technology Society), and several other volunteer organizations.   Currently a volunteer with Alpine Club of Canada, Joanne spends a lot of time in the outdoors with her 2 children and 2 grandchildren and families.

Joanne was a stay-at-home mom for several years before pursing her education.  She has worked in the energy industry as an engineer all her professional career; from Fort MacMurray as an operations engineer, then moved to engineering design work, then spent 11 years travelling around the world helping to commission and start up various oil and gas processing facilities, then settling back into Alberta.   Her overseas work took her for 2 years in Mexico, 1.5 years in Brazil, 6 years in Russia and former Soviet states – the ‘Stan’ countries, where she work with commissioning and start up teams in many locations from jungles to Siberian frozen tundra.

Joanne currently works for Interpipeline where she spent the 4 years in operations helping with the Heartland Petrochemical plant start up, as Manager of Project Services, overseeing the Capital Project team.   Now the Manager of Indigenous Relations, Joanne says she walks in two worlds as an engineer and indigenous woman and works to find the balance and harmony in the two. 

Leoni Rivers

Founder & CEO, Leoni Rivers Consulting

Leoni Rivers is a member of the Squamish Nation and was born in Kitwanga, BC, part of the Gitxsan Nation. Leoni’s Gitxsan name is Ksigegiasu. Leoni is in the Fireweed Clan, in the Wilp (House Group) Hanamuxw from Gitsegukla, Gitxsan Territories.  Leoni Rivers has a Bachelor of Arts in Education, UBC, a Diploma of Public Sector Management and a Certificate in Administration of Aboriginal Governments both from the University of Victoria.  Leoni Rivers has several years of experience in the area of Indigenous Affairs and working collaboratively with First Nations and Métis communities in Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon.

Leoni has worked in the private and public sectors and has extensive experience in strategic planning, policy development, financial management, strategic communications, and public administration. Using her 17+ years of Indigenous experience, she quickly established strategic approaches to community relations and corporate responsibility. Leoni’s work with all levels of government demonstrated her speciality to built diverse relationships to manage environmental, social and political risks associated with doing business across Canada. Leoni is a team builder/leader, innovator, partner, communicator with ample experience working nationally and across diverse cultures.

Leoni continues to work with Indigenous and Metis communities, industry, governments and other stakeholders to promote social and economic opportunities to enhance the economic reconciliation of Indigenous Peoples and regional and federal policies.

Jeffrey Priest

Associate Dean Graduate Studies and MEng, Schulich School of Engineering, Professor (Geotechnical)

Jeff received his B.Eng and PhD from the University of Southampton (UK) in 2000 and 2004 respectively. Dr. Priest is a geotechnical engineer, with research broadly associated with understanding the geomechanical performance of soil and rocks through laboratory and field measurements. His research has primarily focused on the behavior of gas-hydrate-bearing soils, and  linking observed microseismicity to the geomechanical response of shale rock during hydraulic fracturing.

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Ahmed Elmeligy

Ahmed Elmeligy, P.Eng. (AB), is a proud graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he earned a BASc in Chemical Engineering. With over 5 years of experience in the oil & gas sector, Ahmed has held diverse roles in oil refining and oil sands processing. Ahmed takes pride in his contributions in providing Canadians with high-quality fuel products. Today, Ahmed’s focus has shifted to one of the most urgent challenges of our time: climate change. He is undertaking a Master of Public Policy (MPP) at UCalgary, honing skills vital for addressing complex environmental and energy policy dilemmas. Fluent in both English and Arabic, Ahmed blends his professional pursuits with personal passions. When not engaged in policy or engineering tasks, he can either be found climbing indoors/outdoors, working towards his private pilot license, or dedicating time to volunteer initiatives in the community.

Katherine Westerlund

Katherine Westerlund is a Masters of Applied Science student at the University of Toronto, studying for an MASc in Civil Engineering with an anticipated graduation in summer 2025. She has experience working in office-based design and construction engineering roles with the Mott MacDonald Vancouver Tunnels group on large scale water and transportation infrastructure systems. She has a professional interest in the integration of decarbonization / low carbon engineering, artificial intelligence, and tunnel engineering. She is the Canadian representative on the International Tunnelling Association’s Working Group 15 (Underground and Environment) and a lead author of the upcoming “Sustainability in the Underground” guidance document to be published by the Underground Construction Association. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, rock climbing, and long distance running.

Najmeh Khaleghifar

Najmeh Khaleghifar, presently pursuing a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering while holding a Ph.D. in Economics, has dedicated her research to the intricacies of the electricity market. Utilizing DSGE (Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium) models, she has examined the relationships between electricity retailers and household consumers, ultimately determining the optimal electricity pricing and generation. Her work not only delves into financial aspects but also investigates the cause of reducing carbon emissions by curbing fossil fuel consumption.

Najmeh’s contributions to the field are evident through her publications in academic journals and conferences. Moreover, she has also authored a book entitled “Residential Load Management and Tariff Offering in Power Systems”.

Currently, her research includes investigating the application of geothermal energy for electricity generation and water treatment, and economic aspects of geothermal power plants, with special emphasis on understanding drilling costs.

Nilesh Joisar

Nilesh is presently pursuing an MSc in Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV) at the University of Calgary. He received a B.E. in Electronics Engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. He also has qualifications from the Indian School of Business-NUS Singapore’s executive programme in general management, disruptive strategy/innovation from Harvard, and business analytics from Wharton. Having worked for Honeywell, a Fortune 100 technology company, Nilesh has gained remarkable experience in consulting, operations, sales, and business leadership. As a thinker of energy systems, he is passionate about technologies related to the circular economy, hydrogen, and carbon capture & utilisation. He enjoys meeting new people, travelling, and experiencing other cultures.

Alaa Abdallah

Alaa Abdallah earned her master’s degree in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Jordan in 2021. Her master’s thesis looked into studying the abundance of elements in stars, with a particular focus on aluminum in massive stars. With a strong background in astrophysics, she has improved her skills and knowledge, becoming a passionate figure in the field. Beyond her academic pursuits, she is a stargazer and a skilled photographer, specializing in astrophotography to capture the enchanting beauty of the night sky. Her leisure activities also include enjoying games, particularly Paddington. Currently, as a PhD student in geophysics at the University of Alberta, Alaa has transitioned her scientific focus to earth’s mysteries, working on estimating the energy budgets of earthquakes. Her enthusiasm for understanding the earth and her commitment to exploring sustainable energy sources exemplify her dedication to improving the world. With a wide range of scientific interests, she is poised to make significant contributions to both astrophysics and geophysics while actively pursuing a more sustainable and energy-efficient future.

Mohammad Hossein Khosravi

Mohammad Hossein Khosravi is a first-year Ph.D. Earth Sciences (Geophysics) student at the University of Toronto, where he is working on utilizing deep learning algorithms for phase-picking and detecting microseismic events induced by human activity underground. He received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in petroleum exploration engineering from the University of Tehran and the Petroleum University of Technology. After receiving his master’s degree, he worked as a Geophysicist at Tehran Energy Consultants company for about a year. Mohammad has professional and research experience in seismology, rock physics, rock mechanics, and machine learning. He is an enthusiastic researcher who is always eager to learn new things and works hard to broaden his expertise. Mohammad has developed soft skills such as teamwork, communication, leadership, and critical thinking through his different experiences. He is always keen to create new connections with professionals in the geoscience field.

Mohammadamin Sedghizadeh

Mohammadamin Sedghizadeh is a dedicated Ph.D. candidate at Western University in Canada, specializing in Geophysics. He holds a master’s degree in Geophysics from Western University and another in Petroleum Exploration Engineering from the Islamic Azad University in Tehran, Iran.

Currently, Mohammadamin is immersed in seismic analysis research, with a particular focus on both natural and induced seismicity. His enthusiasm lies in crafting advanced clustering and simulation methods for seismic sequences. Notably, he has contributed two substantial papers to the scientific community. One, published in the “Applied Sciences” journal, explores seismic behaviour in Alaska, while the other, featured in “Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics,” delves into the statistical and clustering analysis of microseismic events in a Saskatchewan potash mine.

Prior to his Ph.D. pursuits, Mohammadamin gained hands-on experience as a Well Driller Assistant at Rahpooyan Farasahel Kish Company in Ahwaz, Iran, and as a Mud Logging Specialist at Cyrus Drilling Services and Engineering Company. His background in the field strengthens his research endeavours and contributes to his expertise in the realm of geophysics.

Mojtaba Rahmani

Mojtaba just started his Ph.D. program in Chemical Engineering under the supervision of Professor Maurice Dusseault and Professor Eric Croiset. Mojtaba received his M.Sc. (2023) and B.Sc. (2020) both in Petroleum Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. His research is currently geared toward mechanistic understanding, quantitative evaluation, modeling, and prediction of multi-phase flow through porous media with application to EOR (Enhanced Oil Recovery), geo-energy engineering, and CO2 capture and sequestration. Mojtaba is interested in projects that, if successful, have the potential to impact a large number of people by strengthening knowledge and improving state-of-the-art technologies. In addition to scientific research, politics, and history, Mojtaba enjoys traveling, running, listening to music.

Samira Fakhraeian

Samira Fakhraeian is a student at the University of Alberta, where she is working towards her master’s degree in Geophysics. Her focus revolves around microseismic detections and their practical applications. With the supervision of Dr. Mirko Van der Baan, Samira is aiming to uncover more microseismic events within vast datasets. Leveraging machine learning techniques, she is keen on enhancing the detection process and making it more efficient. Before her current pursuit, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in physics, which serves as a foundation for her ongoing studies in geophysics.

Stuart Mills

Stuart is an MSc student in Sustainable Energy Development at the University of Calgary. He completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Dalhousie University in 2019. After graduation, Stuart worked as an Engineer in Training registered with APEGA and has experience in Integrity Engineering as well as Emergency, Quality, and Project Management. Stuart returned to school to pursue a master’s degree as he is looking to become part of Canada’s Energy transition. In his spare time, Stuart enjoys playing hockey, soccer, and badminton; he also enjoys cooking, hiking, and making chocolates.

Utkarsh Pratap Singh

Utkarsh Pratap Singh is a PhD student in Geophysics at University of Alberta, from India. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Science with a major in Physics from Banaras Hindu University (B.H.U), India. With a strong inclination towards earth sciences developed during his bachelor’s degree, he was motivated to apply his built-up knowledge of physics to the field of Earth-Sciences, so he went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Geophysics from B.H.U. He is currently working on a research project based on Detection of Earthquakes through a template matching or waveform matching approach focused mainly with micro seismic events.

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