Advisory Council

Executive Director

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Professor Claudio Cañizares 

Executive Director, WISE
University Professor and Hydro One Endowed Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering 

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council comprises senior leaders from the business community engaged in the development of the energy sector and shaping its future directions. The Council members help guide our future initiatives, provide input to our strategic research directions and help to further the Institute's goals and mission.

Pratap Revuru
Senior Director, Microgrid Solutions & Strategic Partnerships
Schneider Electric SE
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Joachim Knebel
Head of Division 3
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Julia Zhu
Executive Vice President, Chief Digital & Innovation Officer
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Ehsan Nasr
Ph.D, P. Eng,
Bruce Orloff
Partner, Energy & Utilities
IBM Canada
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Nelson Leite
Chief Operating Officer, FuelPostive
Mario Montana
Solicitor - Mario Montana Solicitors
Nathan Joos
Director of Hydrogen Technologies, Cummins Inc.
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Claudio Cañizares
Executive Director
Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy
University of Waterloo
Harneet Panesar
Chief Operating Officer, Ontario Energy Board
David Devereaux
Director, Resource Planning, Independent Electricity System Operator
John Wilkinson
Board Member, Greenfield Global
Lindsay Arseneau-MacKinnon
Vice President, Energy Markets, Ontario Power Generation

Internal Board of Management

The Board provides operational oversight and approval. The directors include:

  • WISE Executive Director
  • Deans of Engineering, Environment and Science
  • Eight regular WISE faculty members from five faculties


Dr. Charmaine Dean, Vice-President, University Research, University of Waterloo


Dr. Mary Wells, Dean of Engineering

Dr. Bruce Frayne, Dean of Environment 

Dr. Chris Houser, Dean of Science 

Dr. Amelia Clarke, Professor & Associate Dean of Research, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

Dr. Kankar Bhattacharya, Professor & Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Dr. Sivabal Sivaloganathan, Professor & Chair, Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics

Dr. Suzanne Kearns, Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Management, Faculty of Environment; and Founding Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) 

Dr. Sarah Burch, Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Management, Faculty of Environment; and Executive Director, Waterloo Climate Institute (WCI)

Dr. Roy Brouwer, Professor, Economics, Faculty of Arts; and Executive Director, Water Institute (WI)

Dr. Maurice Dusseault, Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science

Dr. Ranjini Jha, Professor & Approved Doctoral Dissertation Supervisor; Finance, School of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Arts

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