Expert Advisory Council

The Expert Advisory Council (EAC) was established under Section 7 of The Climate and Green Plan Act, passed by the Legislature of Manitoba on November 8, 2018.

The EAC is an independent group of experts with a mandate to provide advice and recommendations to the Minister on the Government of Manitoba's Climate and Green Plan. Specifically, under the Act, the Council is to:

(a) provide advice and recommendations to the minister on programs, policies and measures to be included in the climate and green plan;

(b) review progress on the implementation of the climate and green plan, and provide advice on any required changes to the plan; and

(c) provide advice and recommendations to the minister respecting greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals to be established under section 3.

With this broad mandate, the EAC determined with the Minister, as its initial order of business, to focus on advice and recommendations to establish Manitoba's first carbon savings account and GHG emissions reduction goals. This will be the framework for all carbon reduction efforts within the province and hence, was necessary as our first focus.

The Minister of Sustainable Development has received our report and has accepted our recommended goal for greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

The Minister response to our recommendation is available English | French

Report of the Expert Advisory Council to the Minister of Sustainable Development. A Carbon Savings Account for Manitoba. June 2019



Recommendations

Recommendations for a Green Transportation Strategy for Manitoba - June 2021

Recommendations for a Provincial Water Management Strategy for Manitoba - January 2021




Mandate Letters

Mandate Letter from the Minister - October 2021

Mandate letter from the Minister - January 2020

Mandate Letter from the Minister - June 2019


 

 




Expert Advisory Council Members


Edward Onyebuchi, Chair
Edward Onyebuchi (Winnipeg) worked as a senior economic consultant at Manitoba Hydro for 26 years, where he provided business case and economic impact analysis for major capital projects and on corporate activities related to sustainable development, climate change and other environmental matters. He also worked internationally in electric power utilities in China, Liberia and Saudi Arabia, through Manitoba Hydro International. Prior to that, he worked for the Manitoba government as a senior policy analyst, where he coordinated the Sustainable Development Strategy. Edward Onyebuchi holds a master of natural resources management from the University of Manitoba and a PhD in community and regional planning from the University of British Columbia.

Andrew MacSkimming, Vice-chair
Andrew MacSkimming (Winnipeg) is a lawyer and owner of A.H MacSkimming Law Office. He has been a practicing lawyer since 2005 and has also worked as a senior policy advisor for the federal Office of the Minister of the Environment (2006 to 2007). Prior to that he worked as a lawyer and articling student with Environment Canada Legal Services and as a research analyst with a leading energy consulting and brokerage firm. Andrew MacSkimming has also served in a variety of public roles including as chair of the Manitoba Bar Association's Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section. He holds an LLM. or master of laws in environmental law (2004).

Bob Adamson
Bob Adamson is the chair of Nutrients for Life Canada, a national educational foundation that focuses on sustainable nutrition, and currently sits on the International Science Schools Network Executive. Bob was the STEM program leader for Pembina Trails School Division until his retirement in June 2021 as well the Founder and Director of a Provincial Ag Biotech program that has currently reached over 26,000 students. He attended and completed the Climate Reality Canada Leaders' Training presented by Al Gore. Bob Adamson has been the recipient of the Bioscience Educator of the Year Award, the Lieutenant Governor's Greenwing Conservation Award, the Prime Minister's Award for Teacher Excellence and the Manitoba Association of School Boards President's Award.

Laren Bill
Laren Bill is a member of the Pelican Lake First Nation in central Saskatchewan. He worked with the Treaty Land Entitlement Committee as an Implementation Advisor to First Nations in Manitoba for seven years. He has been the chairperson of the Implementation Monitoring Committee for Treaty Land Entitlement in Manitoba for the past seven years. His master's degree is in natural resources management with a focus on Traditional Land Use and Occupancy Studies from the University of Manitoba through the Natural Resources Institute.

Daryl Domitruk
Daryl Domitruk (Darlingford) is the executive director of Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers. He is a registered agrologist and serves on the provincial council of Agrologists Manitoba. Daryl's career spans over 30 years in the crop protection industry, farmer-led research organizations and the Manitoba civil service. As a civil servant, Daryl delivered farmer-focused programs in resource conservation and crop production, and directed research, renewable energy and science policy programs. He led the Pulse & Soybean Growers' research program prior to assuming overall leadership of the organization. Daryl Domitruk earned a bachelor of science in agriculture and a master of science from the University of Manitoba, and a PhD in crop science from the University of Saskatchewan.

Karla Guyn
Karla Guyn (Lockport) is the former CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada, having retired in the fall of 2021. Prior to assuming the role of CEO, she held several senior leadership positions with Ducks Unlimited Canada over her 24-year career with the organization. This included serving as the national director of conservation (2013 to 2016) and director of conservation planning (2006- to 2013). She is recognized as a North American conservation leader, serving on international committees including the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Karla Guyn holds a master of science and a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan.

Tanis Ostermann
Tanis Ostermann (St. Andrews) is the owner and principal of CanSustain, a sustainability and environmental management consultancy firm based in Winnipeg. She is an Environmental Professional, certified through the Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board and is a trained Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor. She currently serves as a member to the federal Sustainable Development Advisory Council and is a board trustee for FortWhyte Alive. Tanis Ostermann has a bachelor of science in environmental toxicology and a master of environment from the University of Manitoba.

Roger Rempel
Roger Rempel is a climate change technical service lead at Dillon Consulting. From 2017 to 2020, he served as the director of the Climate Group for Risk Sciences International. Roger is an environmental engineer with over 30 years of experience in environmental assessment, climate change vulnerability assessment, industrial risk assessment, environmental systems modeling and stakeholder engagement. Roger Rempel oversees the delivery of climate risk analytical and advisory services, including: development of climate analytics for engineering applications; forensic investigations of severe weather and climate-related infrastructure failures; climate change and human health; and climate change and essential services. He is a past-president of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies Manitoba and is a certified Infrastructure Resiliency Professional.

Dimple Roy
Dimple Roy (Winnipeg) is a director with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, where she has worked in various capacities since 2008. Dimple Roy provides research leadership, policy analyses and management functions on issues related to sustainable development in the context of people, land, water and agriculture in Canada and globally. She was also a policy analyst for the former department of Manitoba Conservation (2005 to 2006).

Laurie Streich
Laurie Streich (Winnipeg) retired from government in 2015. She served in many environment-related positions during her career, including her role as director of the pollution prevention branch of the former department of Manitoba Conservation. Laurie Streich has been a member of the Clean Environment Commission since 2016.


 



Contact

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