CERI management team

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Allan Fogwill
President and CEO

Allan Fogwill joined CERI in November 2014 as President and CEO.  An energy sector executive with over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sector, Mr. Fogwill’s background has focused on economic and market analysis of energy sector issues along with policy development related to energy regulation and efficiency issues. 

Mr. Fogwill has previously worked for natural gas distribution companies in BC and Ontario and for the Ontario Energy Board dealing with market analysis and the analysis of distribution costs.  Prior to assuming his role at CERI, Mr. Fogwill provided regulatory consulting services to local distribution companies in Ontario.

Allan has a Master’s degree from Simon Fraser University in Natural Resources Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Geography.  He has also served as the Chair and CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Canadian Gas Research Institute.


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david mcwhinney
vice president, finance & operations

Mr. McWhinney graduated from the University of Calgary with a BCom degree in 1972.  Since that time, he has taken various professional development courses in a diverse range of topics ranging from accounting and taxation, to mortgage brokerage and lending and securities regulations.  In addition, he has been a presenter at conferences on real estate syndication and regulatory compliance.

Mr. McWhinney has many years experience in computer modeling and forecasting in various industries, IT management and organizational administration.  He brings with him over 40 years of experience in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, lease financing, consulting, and real estate syndication.


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Dinara Millington
vice president, research

Dinara Millington joined CERI in February 2004 and assumed her current role as Vice President, Research in April 2014.  Dinara is responsible for managing the Institute's research agenda including leading the oil sands projects, assisting in the production of market research, economic analysis and economic modeling.  Ms. Millington has participated in various projects involving oil sands, crude oil, natural gas, LNG, and renewable energy.

Dinara is also Editor-in-Chief of the Institute's Commodity Reports on crude oil and natural gas and provides economic commentary for CBC, Global TV, The Globe and Mail, the BNN and other local, national and international news outlets.

Dinara graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Calgary, specializing in Econometrics and Time-series Analysis.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with minor in Finance.  Ms. Millington spent some time studying at Masarykov University in Brno, Czech Republic, as well as worked and lived abroad in Kazakhstan.


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Lisa Rollins
Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Lisa Rollins is an accomplished public relations practitioner with more than 20 years of marketing and communications experience. A passionate advocate for science and informed decision making, Ms. Rollins believes the Canadian Energy Research Institute has a critical role to play as Canada’s voice on energy.

Ms. Rollins has developed communications and engagement strategies for many of Canada’s more challenging up and midstream oil and gas infrastructure projects. She has also worked in electricity transmission, telecommunications and data networking.

In 2003, she was part of the development of one of Alberta’s first multi-stakeholder advisory committees working with the Department of Energy (DOE), the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), Environment (AENV), Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Lisa has invested many hours of volunteer time with industry associations including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR). In 2012, her experience with hydraulic fracturing technology and government and media relations led to an opportunity in the United Kingdom where she acted as Director, Communications for a privately held shale gas explorer.

Born in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Lisa today calls Calgary home. She studied Public Relations at the University of Calgary and is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS).