Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon is a Senior Fellow at the Pembina Institute and Research Fellow, Global Research Initiative, University of Calgary. At Pembina Sara leads the Business Renewables Centre Canada, a modern marketplace where corporations and institutions can learn how to buy renewable energy directly from developers. At the University of Calgary her research is focused on low carbon energy transitions at the intersection of policy, business and technology.
Sara has expertise in emissions reduction policy, electricity grids and markets, and clean tech innovation. She has worked with governments (provincial and national), utilities, renewable energy developers, financial institutions, and oil and gas companies. Her work has included modelling of the North American power sector, research on the cleantech industry, and development of international and domestic policy for climate change and emissions reduction.
She sits on the board of Emissions Reduction Alberta and was a member of the Alberta Clean Technology Task Force. Previously Sara led the clean economy program at the Pembina Institute. Prior to joining the Pembina Institute, Sara was the manager of the cleantech practice at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. She holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Geneva.