Conflict of Interest Disclosure

The American Economics Association has guidelines for the disclosure of potential conflicts of interests for economists. These conflicts can arise through financial support; paid and unpaid positions as officers, directors or board members of non-profit and for-profit organizations; and if other interested third parties have financial, ideological, or political stakes in one’s work.

This page is my best-efforts disclosure based on the last five years of activity (2016-2021). More detail on my past professional affiliations, associations, and activities are listed on my CV.

Note: I am a publicly engaged scholar and have nothing to hide regarding my activities; however, given the breadth of these activities, I may have inadvertently omitted activities that some may feel should be individually disclosed.

*Thanks to Andrew Leach (UofA), Kevin Milligan (UBC), Lindsay Tedds (UCalgary) and Trevor Tombe (UCalgary) for letting me borrow form and substance from their conflict disclosure statements.

Employment

I am or have been employed by the University of Calgary in the following capacities:

  • Associate Professor (with tenure), July 2020 - present

  • Scientific Director, Energy and Environmental Policy, School of Public Policy, 2016 - present

  • Assistant Professor, 2015-2020

  • Associate Director, Energy and Environmental Policy, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, 2014-2015 (non-academic staff)

  • Research Associate, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, 2012-2014 (non-academic staff)

The University of Calgary’s Conflict of Interest Policy is found here.

Sources of Financial Support

This includes significant financial support — above $10,000 — as well as minor and ad hoc sources.

Academic financial support (not including expense (e.g. travel) reimbursement)

  • University of Calgary: salary/stipends (2015-present)

  • University of Calgary: $10,000 annual research allowance (2015-2022)

Other Compensation

  • Canadian Institute for Climate Choices (ongoing): Professional services honoraria for participation in events, meetings, etc., 2019 - present

  • Government of British Columbia (2021): Professional services, consulting on the B.C royalty system

Awarded Research Grants/Contracts (2016-2021 where I am PI; full list available on Awards page)

  • Smart Prosperity Institute ($10,000). Principal Investigator for Environmental Taxes and Energy Poverty in Canada: 2021-2022.

  • Calgary Foundation ($35,000). Principal Investigator for Multiple Account Benefit-Cost Analysis of Coal Mining in Alberta: 2021.

  • University of Calgary Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources ($150,000), Principal Investigator for Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas Development: 2020- 2023.

  • Alberta Innovates ($71,875). For production of report An Analysis of Policy Mechanisms to Support Commercial Deployment of Bitumen Partial Upgrading in Alberta: 2020-2021.

  • University of Calgary Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources ($181,000), Principal Investigator for Methane Emissions Policy and Regulation in Canada: Assessing Options and Effectiveness: 2019-2023.

  • SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant ($30,000), Principal Investigator for Public interest determination in environmental decision-making: 2019-2020.

  • Emissions Reduction Alberta ($15,500). For production of report A Review of Barriers to Full-Scale Deployment of Emissions-Reduction Technologies: 2019. Subsequently published.

  • University of Calgary Faculty of Arts Scholarly Activity Grant ($1,000), Principal Investigator for Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics Association (CREEA) PhD and ECR Workshop: 2019.

  • Smart Prosperity Institute ($10,000), Principal Investigator for Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics Association (CREEA) PhD and ECR Workshop: 2019.

  • SSHRC Partnership Development Grant ($200,000), Principal Investigator for Canadian Northern Corridor: 2018-2020.

  • University of Calgary Vice President of Research Office ($10,000), Principal Investigator for Canadian Northern Corridor: 2018-2020.

  • School of Public Policy, University of Calgary: Strategic Research Initiative ($30,000), Principal Investigator for Canadian Northern Corridor: 2018-2019.

  • School of Public Policy, University of Calgary: Strategic Research Initiative ($5,000), Principal Investigator for End of Life for Oil and Gas Wells: 2018-2019.

  • University of Calgary Faculty Seed Grant ($15,000), Principal Investigator for Canadian Methane Policy and Regulation: 2018-2019.

  • Smart Prosperity Institute ($48,000), Principal Investigator for Carbon Pricing Costs for Households and Revenue Recycling Options in Canada: 2018-2020 (project grant).

  • Alberta Innovates ($74,000), for production of report on Regulation of Partial Upgrading in Alberta: 2018-2019. Subsequently published.

  • Government of Canada ($10,000), for production of report Best practices in Regulation Development & Management: 2018

  • Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment ($15,000), for production of report Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Marine Activities: 2018.

  • School of Public Policy, University of Calgary: Strategic Research Initiative ($40,000), Principal Investigator for Canadian Methane Policy and Regulation: 2017-2018.

  • School of Public Policy, University of Calgary: Strategic Research Initiative ($45,000), Principal Investigator for Canadian Northern Corridor: 2017-2018.

  • School of Public Policy, University of Calgary: Strategic Research Initiative ($50,000), Principal Investigator for Canadian Emissions Policy: 2017-2018.

  • Alberta Innovates ($50,000), for production of report Partial Upgrading Impact Study: 2016. Subsequently published.

  • SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant ($25,000), Principal Investigator for Indigenous, Industry and Government Perspectives on Consultation in Resource Development: 2016-2017.

Minor (Past Five Years)

  • CBC Opinion (2021; paid), series of op-eds on federal parties' climate policy in their election platforms

  • Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University (2021, 2019)

  • Parliamentary Internship Program, speaking honoraria (2021)

  • Government of Alberta (2019): review of internal economic analysis of carbon pricing policies

  • Instituto Español de Estudios Estrategicos (2019), contribution of "Canada’s Role in Global Energy Markets" to Energy and Geostrategy 2019 and conference panel discussion

  • Occasional author fees for contributions to Alberta Views, CBC Opinion and other media outlets

  • Travel expenses for conference and workshop presentations where I am an invited speaker

Relevant Paid or Unpaid Activity

Current Affiliations

  • Director, Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources, 2020 – present (unpaid)

  • Mitigation Expert Panel Member, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, 2019 - present (paid)

  • Member, City of Calgary Climate Panel, 2018 - present (unpaid)

  • Member, Environmental Assessment Advisory Group, Global Affairs Canada, 2017 - present (unpaid)

  • Treasurer, World Petroleum Council Canada Future Leaders, 2017 - present (unpaid)

  • Treasurer, Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics Association, 2016 – present (unpaid)

  • Board Member, World Petroleum Council Canada Future Leaders, 2014 - present (unpaid)

Past Affiliations

  • Advisor, Federal Initiatives on Indigenous Relations, Government of Alberta, 2018 (unpaid)

  • Advisor to the Energy Diversification Advisory Committee, Government of Alberta, 2017 (salary offset)

  • Member, Oil Sands and Crude Oil and Liquids working groups, Alberta Royalty Review, 2015-2016 (unpaid)

Other

  • Occasional op-ed contributions to local and national newspapers (unpaid)

  • Peer review (unpaid) for many economic journals, SSHRC, think tanks

Other Disclosures

Family conflicts of interest

To the best of my knowledge, no members of my immediate family have personal or financial relationships which would be viewed by a reasonable individual to constitute a conflict of interest with either my research or public commentary.

Asset disclosure

I hold only equity assets via indexed exchange traded funds (ETFs). My spouse holds ETFs and has minor holdings of individual corporate equities within the Canadian financial and energy sectors. I have no say in the purchase or sale of shares held by my spouse.

Political Activity

I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of a municipal, provincial or federal party. I have made no political donations that I can recall. I have occasional policy conversations with candidates, elected officials and staff from major political parties, as well as government officials at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.

My spouse is not a member of any federal or provincial political party.

Social Media

I blog for the School of Public Policy and other organizations and I receive no income or other compensation for these blog posts. The time which I devote to this and to my Twitter account are personal, unpaid time.