David Layzell

April 17, 2019 | 9:45- 10:30 am

Keynote IV – Disruption & Beyond David Layzell is Director- Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research Initiative and will provide thought provoking insight into the new Transition Pathway Accelerator for energy systems, how the energy sector is changing our freight infrastructure across Canada and how Personal Mobility initiatives will disrupt the EV and personal driving sector.

About David Layzell

David Layzell is a Professor at the University of Calgary, Director of the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) Initiative, and co-founder of the Transitions Pathways Accelerator (TPA). In CESAR and the TPA he works to identify and implement credible and compelling transition pathways that are capable of transforming the energy systems of Canada to achieve climate change targets and other societal objectives.

Between 2008 and 2012, he was Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE), a cross-faculty, graduate research and training institute at the University of Calgary. Before arriving in Calgary, Dr. Layzell was a professor at Queen’s University (Kingston) and the Executive Director of BIOCAP Canada, a research foundation focused on biological solutions to climate change. While at Queen’s, he founded a scientific instrumentation company called Qubit Systems Inc. and was elected ‘Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’ (FRSC) in 1998 for his research contributions.

While leading BIOCAP and ISEEE, Layzell was instrumental in launching a number of national research networks focused on climate change solutions including Fluxnet Canada, the Green Crop Network, the Greenhouse Gas Management Canada Network, and the Carbon Management Canada NCE.