GuyLaine Charles, LL.M. (ISDA Documentation; NAESB Negotiation; Dodd Frank Act)

GuyLaine Charles is the founder of Charles Law, PLLC, a boutique law firm located in New York City.  Her clients include energy companies, institutional investors, hedge-funds, private equity funds, proprietary trading funds, and asset managers based in the United States and Canada. She advises on the negotiation and documentation of trading agreements including physical and financial over-the-counter derivative and commodities transactions through ISDA Master Agreements, the NAESB Gas Contract, and the Edison Energy Institute Master Agreement for electricity.

GuyLaine has practiced law since 1995 and is admitted to the New York Bar and the Law Society of Upper Canada (the Ontario bar). Before founding Charles Law, she was a partner at Teigland-Hunt LLC and prior to that worked at other major firms in New York and Toronto. GuyLaine has presented at several ISDA conferences, provided ISDA tutorials for clients, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, the American University Washington College School of Law, the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and Georgetown Law.

GuyLaine obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Law Degree from the University of Ottawa. She also holds a Master’s in Law from Dalhousie University.

Marcel Chorel, B. Eng. (Electricity Fundamentals & Restructuring; Wind Energy Fundamentals; Renewable Energy Fundamentals)

Marcel Chorel’s career in the electric utility industry has spanned over 40 years, and in that time he has been involved in almost every conceivable area: sales, planning, design, construction, operations, marketing and administration, and economic analysis. For a decade, Marcel worked for SaskPower Corporation before moving on to TransAlta Utilities. He rose to become the Director of Generation Planning and was Director of Land Administration at the time of his retirement. Since then Marcel has worked as a consultant and served on the Boards of Directors of a number of credit unions.

Marcel began teaching electricity courses at the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) in 1996 and has helped over a thousand people understand the fundamentals of electricity and the industry’s ongoing restructuring efforts in Canada and throughout the world.  He was instrumental in developing Wind Energy Fundamentals and Renewable Energy Fundamentals for Oak Leaf and has instructed both courses to enthusiastic reviews.

Marcel earned a BSc in Electrical Engineering and a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. He also completed the Senior Executive Program at the University of Western Ontario.

Carmen Dybwad, PhD (Natural Gas: From Wellhead to Burner-Tip; Upstream Oil & Gas)

With over 30 years of experience in the energy sector, Carmen brings a wealth of experience to the classroom. Carmen began her career in energy with SaskPower Corporation as Manager of Environment and Planning. She then moved to Calgary and the national scene as a member of the National Energy Board. Since leaving public office, Carmen has served as the President of the Energy Council of Canada. During her tenure with the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) Carmen had the honour of providing a briefing to a Canadian Senate Committee on Energy and Environment. She returned to Regina as CEO of a not-for-profit company dedicated to carbon capture and storage. In addition to academic awards, Carmen was recognized as the 2012 Saskatchewan Business Magazine Woman of Influence; the 2012 Regina YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Science, Technology and Environment; and, in 2013, the Bayer Canada 150th Anniversary Award for Science and Innovation.

Carmen holds BA’s and MA’s in Economics from the University of Regina and a PhD in Resource Development Planning from the University of Waterloo. Dr. Dybwad is presently an Adjunct Professor with the University of Regina.

George Eynon, MSc (Natural Gas: From Wellhead to Burner-Tip; Upstream Oil & Gas; Canada’s Oil Sands Industry)

George Eynon is currently the 100th President of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).  He is also President and Principal of GEOS – Eynon & Associates Consulting Inc.

George brings to his teaching more than 40 years of experience in the energy industry in upstream operations, energy and management consulting, and regulation — in a variety of roles.

He has 10 years aggregate regulatory experience — in the oil & gas sector in Alberta with the ERCB/AER and in the engineering & geosciences professions with APEGA.

George accumulated 20 years of experience in oil & gas upstream operations, in progressively more senior technical, management, and executive roles.  He shares with course participants his hands-on experience in natural gas, crude oil, and oil sands bitumen exploration & production around the world—having worked throughout North America, Western Canada, Europe, the North Sea, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Australasia, and West Africa.

George has 15 years combined regulatory, energy and management consulting & research experience in government, regulatory, and corporate environments world-wide: Canada, USA, UK, Norway, Denmark, France, Poland, Hungary, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Australia, among other nations. Most recently he consulted to the EU and some of its constituent members on appropriate upstream oil & gas regulatory frameworks.

George gained industry experience with Amoco, Paramount, Superior, Suncor, Bow Valley, SMI, and Derek. He has consulted and conducted research for Ziff Energy, CERA-Cambridge Energy Research Associates, and CERI-the Canadian Energy Research Institute. He has also served on boards and developed governance experience through the ERCB/AER, Derek and SMI, CSPG, AAPG, APEGA, and Geoscientists Canada.

George is a life-long teacher and learner. He holds a BSc [London] and MSc [McMaster]. He graduated from the Senior Executive Management Program [MIT Sloan School] and the Institute of Corporate Directors [ICD] program [Haskayne School, Calgary]. Throughout his career, from graduate teaching assistant to the present day, George has taken every opportunity to pass on his knowledge to people of all ages, and levels of skill or professional development — and to industry, professional, technical, academic, government, and general public audiences.

Alan Murray, PhD (Wellhead to Burner-Tip; Natural Gas Market Fundamentals)

Alan Murray is a former Chief Engineer at the National Energy Board and is an Adjunct Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Calgary. A mechanical engineer by training, he holds a doctorate in Civil Engineering from the Queen’s University of Belfast and is a Fellow of the ASME.

Alan worked in a number of areas in Pipeline Design and Construction, System Planning, Logistics and Procurement, for Nova Corporation, subsequently TransCanada Pipelines, where he was Director of Pipeline Services. The founding Chair of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division, Alan is the co-author of the text books Pipeline Design and Construction – a Practical Approach and Pipeline Integrity Assurance and has published 55 papers on a variety of engineering topics. He received the ASME Award of Distinction in 2006 and currently serves on a number of Codes and Standards committees and Government panels on energy research and development.

Don White, B. Eng. (Electric Industry Fundamentals and Restructuring)

Don White is an accomplished power industry professional with over 35 years of experience in many aspects of the electric power industry. Don’s roles over this period include power plant operations and engineering support, plant major maintenance for both coal and gas-fired power plants as well as plant automation and optimization. Don has related experience in generation and strategic planning, insurance and risk management, project management and plant information technology (IT) capabilities.

Don’s career was spent at B.C. Hydro and TransAlta Corporation.  He has worked at both Canadian and international power plants utilizing coal, gas, hydro and wind generation technologies. Don brings his comprehensive and practical electric power industry experience to the classroom, sharing technical knowledge, specific experience, and relevant anecdotes with participants. Don holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from UBC.

Steve Yallouz, PhD (Energy Industry Financial Analysis; Energy Industry Risk Management; Natural Gas Market Fundamentals)

Steve possesses 30 years of diversified energy industry experience including exploration, production, corporate planning, strategic business analysis, and government and regulatory affairs. His experience includes working in exploration and production with Geophysical Services Inc and Union Pacific Resources, as an Exploration Geophysicist. He has also served on the Boards of Causeway Energy, Bushmills Exploration and Montana Land and Exploration. Based in Vancouver BC, more recently, Steve has held executive and management positions in the downstream utility and marketing sector, including Canwest Gas Supply, Terasen Gas and Altagas.

Steve is currently Program Head for the Bachelor in Business Administration program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  His primary teaching and research focus is Strategic Planning & Business Analysis.

Steve holds a BSc in Geophysics from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s Degree in Business and Policy from the State University of New York. In 2019, he completed a PhD at the University of Switzerland, Academy of Business Management.


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