CERI (Canadian Energy Research Institute)
Note: You have been re-directed to this website because the Canadian Energy Research Institute has ceased operations.
Below are details for their continuing legacy…
Founded in 1975, the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI), was an independent, registered charitable organization that specialized in the analysis of energy economics and related environmental policy issues in the energy production, transportation, and consumption sectors. Its mission was to provide relevant, independent, and objective economic research of energy and environmental issues to benefit business, government, academia, and the public. Over the years, CERI often was referred to as “Canada’s Voice on Energy.”
Unfortunately, earlier this year, CERI had to close its doors due to challenges with long term funding. However, its legacy will live on in the form of a unique gift to the University of Calgary, to fund future sustainability leaders.
Over its lifetime CERI produced more than 195 studies. CERI has donated that wealth of information — 48 years’ worth of data and research —its historical record of research papers and models – to the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. Since its beginnings, CERI supplied the university with its studies, which examined economic and environmental issues in the energy-production, transportation, and consumption sectors. Now, all this data and analysis will be available to present and future scholars and students.
In addition, CERI has funded several expendable and endowed scholarships for studies in a in a unique sustainability-focused program that spans four faculties at the University of Calgary. These new scholarships benefit students taking the Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development program (SEDV) — a combined offering through The School of Public Policy, Haskayne School of Business, Schulich School of Engineering, and the Faculty of Law — which prepares the next generation of leaders in sustainable energy.
The program, which has more than 400 graduates to date, is a prime example of the retraining and reskilling needed to keep Calgary and Alberta at the forefront of the energy sector. And, through its investment in SEDV scholarships, CERI’s mission endures even as it winds down operations.
CERI’s long-standing partnership with the University of Calgary, going back to the inception of CERI nearly half a century ago, also persists. Being housed in University Research Park, students and scholars over the years have played an active role in CERI’s work.
Dr. Ed McCauley, PhD, who served as CERI’s board chair during his time as the University of Calgary’s vice-president (research) before becoming the university’s president, can speak for both sides as to the value of such collaboration.
“CERI had access to scholars across the entire university, whether it be in economics, law, policy, or geoscience engineering — all these different fields that touch on the energy system. And, for our scholars, it was an opportunity for them to demonstrate their ability to mobilize the knowledge they’re creating every day at the University of Calgary, and how that knowledge can inform policy decisions associated with energy.”
Corinne Boone, outgoing CERI board chair adds, “On behalf of the CERI board, I would like to thank all the past and current staff, research advisory council members and volunteers, as well as past board members for their dedication and commitment to CERI and its mission. The entire organization and its research reflect the deep talent that exists in the Canadian energy research community. Although we are sad to see the organization fold, we are extremely happy that its legacy will live on where it all began – as part of the University of Calgary.”
CERI Data and Research
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