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Disruptors & Dilemmas presents Canadians Powering the Transition to Global Sustainability

May 24 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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Join us on Wednesday, May 24 for a special Calgary edition of the University of Toronto’s Disruptors & Dilemmas, presented by Bennett Jones. Our panel features Calgary-based U of T alumni from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, the Faculty of Arts & Science, and the Rotman School of Management.

The desire for a sustainable global future is top of mind for everyone these days. With net-zero goals front and centre for countries and companies alike, now more than ever we are seeing interest and investment in the energy sector. These innovations are having an impact globally at home.

From harnessing renewable energy sources, to clean tech emissions capture and the business behind financing it all, our panel of entrepreneurs and business leaders will discuss their experiences of Canadian ingenuity and leadership driving the global sustainability transition.

Event Program

  • 4:30 P.M. Registration & networking 
  • 5:00 P.M. Panel discussion 
  • 6:00 P.M. Networking reception 


Dan Balaban (BSc ’97 Computer Science & Philosophy)
CEO & Executive Chair
Greengate Power  

Dan is the CEO & Executive Chair of Greengate, a leader in the energy transition space for over 14 years. Under Dan’s leadership, Greengate has developed over 1 GW or $2 billion of operating and in construction renewable energy projects. Prior to Greengate, Dan was the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Roughneck.ca Inc., a leading provider of software solutions for the oil and gas industry. Earlier in his career, Dan worked as a management consultant with top tier firms including EY and PwC. Dan was a Senior Manager with PwC and a key member of the firm’s e-business consulting practice. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. Dan is also a member of the board of the Pembina Institute, formerly the Chair of the Calgary JCC, and formerly a member of the board of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta. Dan was selected as one of Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2009, named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2010 and 2013 by Alberta Venture magazine, a winner of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2012 Prairies, and named one of Canada’s Clean50 for 2015. 


Audrey Mascarenhas (BASc ’82 Chemical Engineering)
President & CEO

Audrey Mascarenhas has worked in energy for more than 35 years with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. and Questor Technology Inc. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers. Audrey served as a distinguished lecturer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2010/2011. She is a member of the Schulich Industry Engineering Advisory Council and currently chairs the Canadian federal government clean technology strategy table. Audrey was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Prairies Award for Cleantech and Environmental Services and received a national citation for Values-Based Innovation. She was also chosen by Business in Calgary as a 2014 Leaders of Tomorrow, is a 2014 Board Diversity 50 cohort and one of Canada’s 2017 Clean50. Audrey is a fellow of the Energy Futures Lab and co-chairs the Governor General’s Innovation Awards assessment committee. 



Anthony Aulicino (BASc ’95, MBA ‘00)
Chief Financial Officer
CES Energy Solutions Corp. 

As Chief Financial Officer, Tony oversees financial management, treasury, capital market financings, corporate development, investor relations and corporate services.  Tony has 22 years of experience in corporate finance, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, and the North American energy services industry.  Prior to joining CES as Chief Financial Office in 2018, Tony led Energy Services Investment Banking at Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets, where he most recently held the title of Managing Director.  Early in his career, Tony practiced as a Professional Engineer in the manufacturing sector for five years earning two patents.  He completed an MBA (Finance Specialization) from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toronto. 



Claire Kennedy (BASc ’89 Chemical Engineering) 

Senior Advisor, Clients and Industries, Bennett Jones LLP
Co-Chair, Defy Gravity Campaign
Former Chair, Governing Council of the University of Toronto 

Claire Kennedy is Senior Advisor, Clients and Industries, at Bennett Jones LLP. She is recognized as one of Canada's leading lawyers in tax and transfer pricing and represents large taxpayers during audits and disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency. Ms Kennedy is also a professional engineer. 

Ms Kennedy is a seasoned board director and currently serves as lead director of the Bank of Canada and chair of its Audit & Finance Committee. She is also Chair of Neo Performance Materials Inc. and a director of Alamos Gold Inc. 

She received her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and has completed the Making Corporate Boards More Effective program at the Harvard Business School and the Advanced Management Program at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. She holds a BASc (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Toronto, and an LLB from Queen’s University. 

In 2015, Ms Kennedy received the Citizenship Award from the Professional Engineers of Ontario and in 2017 she was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Awards. 

Ms Kennedy has served on the University of Toronto's Governing Council since 2012 and was first elected Chair in 2017. She is a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee at the Rotman School of Management and has been extensively involved at the Faculty of Engineering. She is past President of the Engineering Alumni Association and founder and Chair of its Biz Skule™ committee, a successful alumni outreach program. 


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May 24
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