The Board of Directors governs the Institute. Board members are appointed by the University of Calgary Faculty of Law and University of Calgary President. The Board of Directors is responsible for the operations of the Institute. It meets to determine financial policy, set priorities, initiate research projects and oversee the general work and well-being of the organization.
Board of Directors
- Dr. Ian Holloway, Q.C., Dean of Law, University of Calgary (Chairman)
- Nigel Bankes, Professor of Law, University of Calgary (Vice-Chairman)
- Dr. James Frideres, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal, University of Calgary
- Allan Ingelson, Associate Professor of Law and Executive Director, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, University of Calgary
- Martin Olszynski, Associate Professor of Law, University of Calgary
- Dr. Evaristus Oshionebo, Professor of Law, University of Calgary
- Kristen van de Biezenbos, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Calgary
Management & Staff
J. Owen Saunders
Alastair Lucas, QC
Professor Emeritus of Law
Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emerita
Associate Professor and Associate Dean Academic
Dr. Fenner Stewart, PhD
Dr. William N. Holden, PhD
Research Associate and Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, PhD
Dr. Judy Stewart, PhD
Dr. Verónica de la Rosa Jaimes, PhD
Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law (NREEL) Members
Chair of Natural Resources Law and Professor Nigel Bankes
Research interests: Carbon capture and storage; indigenous peoples' law, especially resource law (international and domestic); international water law (especially the Columbia River Treaty); domestic water law; oil and gas law (regulation and private law).
Associate Professor Shaun Fluker
Research interests: Access to the legal system for persons who advocate for environmental protection; the implementation of environmental norms in law; the regulation of environmental markets.
Assistant Professor Anna-Maria Hubert
Research interests: Public International Law; Law of the Sea; International Environmental Law; International Law and Policy relating to Science and Engineering Technologies.
Associate Professor Allan Ingelson, and Executive Director, Canadian Institute of Resources Law
Research interests: Regulation of the Canadian and international energy and mining sectors.
Professor Emerita of Law Arlene Kwasniak
Research interests: Water law, wetland conservation law, public lands and resources law; municipal and planning law (in particular regarding economic instruments such as conservation easements and transfer of development credits); environmental law (in particular regarding environmental assessments); legal and policy issues concerning environmental sustainability.
Professor and Dean Emeritus Alastair R. Lucas, Q.C.
Research interests: Constitutional jurisdiction over greenhouse gas emission regulation and carbon offset markets; regulation of interjurisdictional pipelines; environmental law and policy; comparative energy and environmental law; international environmental law; oil and gas and energy law.
Professor Sharon Mascher
Research interests: Environmental law; international environmental law; climate law; natural resources law; mining and energy law; oil and gas law; property law and laws affecting indigenous peoples.
Associate Professor and Associate Dean Nickie Nikolaou
Research interests: The regulation of energy and natural resources development; stakeholder engagement; liability for environmental damage; corporate social responsibility; the intersection between human rights and natural resources law; the role of local governments in energy development.
Associate Professor Martin Olszynski
Research interests: Environmental, water and natural resource law and policy; environmental valuation; ecosystem services, management and adaptive management.
Professor Dr. Evaristus Oshionebo
Research interests: Law and policy governing extraction and mining of natural resources; regulation of transnational corporations in Africa's extractive industries; sustainable extraction of natural resources.
Associate Professor Fenner Stewart
Research interests: Energy law and policy (regulation and private law); regulatory theory; corporate governance; governance of the oil and gas sector (including indigenous peoples' law); and legal theory (and its application to the areas of natural resources, energy and environmental law).
Assistant Professor Rudiger Tscherning
Research interests: International and comparative energy and natural resources law and policy; the conflict of laws (private international law); international infrastructure and construction law; international nuclear law and policy; international commercial law; transportation of energy and commodities.
Assistant Professor Kristen van de Biezenbos
Research Interests: Energy Extraction, Transportation, and Land Use Issues, Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy, Renewable Energy Markets and Regulation and Offshore Energy Law.
Associate Professor Dr. Elizabeth Whitsitt
Research interests: The relationship between international trade law and international investment law with a focus on principles of non-discrimination in each of those regimes; international trade and investment law implications for carbon management regimes; international investment law implications for sovereign wealth funds such as the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund and other similar energy revenue-based investment vehicles.
Assistant Professor David Wright
Research interests: Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law, Energy Law, Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Law, Climate Law, International Sustainable Development Law and the Rule of Law.