International CCS Knowledge Centre brings in new leadership

Apr 12 2024

Calgary-based energy executive Caralyn Bennett and Randy Brunet, a partner with Western Canadian-based law firm MLT Aikins LLP, recently joined the Knowledge Centre’s volunteer board.

The volunteer board includes seven members who bring diverse international perspectives and provide strategic guidance and oversight of the organisation.

“The addition of Caralyn and Randy, along with the appointment of James Fann as president and chief executive officer earlier this year, ensures the Knowledge Centre is well positioned to be a leading source of independent, trusted advice and unparalleled expertise to help industry, governments and other decision-makers accelerate the deployment of CCS technology,” said Graham Winkelman, chair of the Knowledge Centre’s board of directors.

“We are excited to have such respected experts as part of our team, and I look forward to working with Randy, Caralyn and the rest of the board as we support CCS projects and the broader industry to move forward in the coming years.”

The International CCS Knowledge Centre is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 by BHP and SaskPower to advance large-scale CCS projects as a critical means of managing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving the world’s ambitious climate goals.

Knowledge Centre staff were instrumental in the design, construction, start-up and ongoing optimisation of SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Unit 3 (BD3) CCS facility that began operation in 2014 and has captured more than 5.5 million tonnes of CO2 . It is supporting a wide range of clients and projects including the world’s first full-scale CCS facility at a cement plant that is currently under development at Heidelberg Materials’ Edmonton operation, 11 large-scale CCS/CCUS projects that are receiving funding from Emissions Reduction Alberta’s Carbon Capture Kickstart competition, and several CCS projects in the power generation and refinery sectors in the United States and the United Kingdom.

“The CCS industry is evolving quickly, and our goal is to ensure the Knowledge Centre is the most sought-after curator of information and lessons learned from CCS projects globally. The foundation of our expertise is our team’s hands-on involvement in the world’s first fully integrated CCS project on a commercial power plant, and we continue to expand our experience as we work with clients across heavy-emitting industries including cement, steel, fertilizer, power generation, forestry, and oil and gas production,” said the Knowledge Centre’s President and CEO James Fann.

“I would like to welcome Randy and Caralyn to our board. Their deep experience and acumen will be invaluable for realizing our plans to diversify our revenue base and enhance our offerings across the spectrum of technical, policy, regulatory and stakeholder engagement support for CCS projects.”

International CCS Knowledge Centre

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