OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Axel Meisen, PhD
Interim President, Fusion Energy Council of Canada

Dr. Meisen held the inaugural Chair in Foresight at the Alberta Research Council, after serving as president of Memorial University of Newfoundland, president of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and Dean of Applied Science and Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of British Columbia.  He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2008.  He currently advises boards and senior management in Canada and abroad on strategy development of major initiatives with long-term time horizons.

 Dr. Meisen has Bachelor, Master, and doctorate degrees in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, California Institute of Technology, and McGill University, respectively

Dr. Meisen was appointed Interim President, Fusion Energy Council of Canada, in January 2021 to serve the balance of the term of the previous President.

Glenn Stowkowy, BSc, P.Eng
Past President, Fusion Energy Council of Canada
Director, University of Alberta Property Trust Inc. 

Glenn Stowkowy received his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta and since graduation has worked as an electrical engineering consultant as a professional engineer in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Glenn previously served as the representative for Alumni Council on the University of Alberta Board of Governors. He is Past-President of the University of Alberta Alumni Association and a former Senator of the University.

Glenn was Vice President at Stantec and Senior Principal at AES Engineering.

Over his 40-year career, Glenn has been the electrical engineer of Record on numerous notable projects including Rogers Place Arena, Stantec Tower, JW Marriott Edmonton Hotel, Edmonton International Airport Redevelopment, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Calgary International Airport, National Institute for Nanotechnology, MacEwan University Robbins Health Learning Centre and more.

He has served on a number of professional and community organizations including the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society, the Illuminating Engineering Society, a coach with the St. Albert Minor Hockey Association and a referee with Hockey Alberta.

Brian Kryska, BSc, P.Eng
Vice President, Fusion Energy Council of Canada
CEO, Aerotek Engineering

Mr. Brian Kryska currently serves as CFO on the board of Fusion Energy Council of Canada. Mr. Kryska has arranged mergers, acquisitions and financing deals in excess of $200 million and has led due diligence, negotiation, legal, mediation teams and has secured funding for commercialization of advanced energy technologies. His acquisition work included petrochemical plants and industrial projects. He partnered in an international OCTG (Oil Pipe) distribution company doing $70 million. Mr. Kryska has provided business re-engineering, product commercialization and has demonstrated efficacy in cost management and maximizing ROI. He garners a combined proficiency in finance, business, engineering and physics.

As the founder of Aerotek Engineering (in 1981), Mr. Kryska brought new technologies to market and authored four patents. He has also held executive positions in research management and product commercialization. Mr. Kryska graduated from the University of Alberta in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He has completed additional graduate studies in Engineering and Business Administration at the UofA and at Carlton in Ottawa. Mr. Kryska has served on numerous boards. He lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta with his wife Monica and four children.

Kirk H. Michaelian, PhD
Treasurer, Fusion Energy Council of Canada

Kirk H. Michaelian received his PhD in Chemical Physics from Simon Fraser University. After graduation he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and as a research associate at the University of Alberta. Kirk was then employed as a Research Scientist at Natural Resources Canada for 37 years, where his research focused on instrumentation and signal recovery in photoacoustic and Raman spectroscopy. He is currently an emeritus scientist with the same department. Kirk is an Honourary Fellow at the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon, and an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and the University of Calgary. He is the author of more than 175 journal articles and two books on spectroscopy.

Abra Mueller, B.Sc.
Secretary, Fusion Energy Council of Canada

Abra received a B.Sc. in Public Health from the University of Colorado where she also worked as a program coordinator and co-taught Business Ethics at the CU Denver Business School. She is currently pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, while working for the capital projects and engineering department at The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.

Abra’s professional experience includes serving as a Vice President of Education on the Board of Directors of St. Anthony’s Hospital and Medical Campus, (Denver, Colorado), an executive committee member for IEEE’s Power Energy and Industrial Application Society (Alberta, Canada), a board member for The Society for the Preservation of Canada’s Nuclear Heritage (Ontario, Canada), and as a Communications Officer for The Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Abra is passionate about electromagnetics, biking, gardening and skiing.

Will Bridge, B.Eng., ICD.D
Director, Fusion Energy Council of Canada

Will is an experienced power industry executive and corporate director with a track record of infrastructure investment in domestic and international markets including Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Australia, Chile, and the UK.

Mr. Bridge is originally from British Columbia where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria and began his career trading power in the Western U.S. for BC Hydro’s subsidiary Powerex.

With the opening of the power market in Alberta in 1996, Mr. Bridge moved to Calgary and through his career, worked on the executive teams of both ATCO Power and TransAlta Corporation in a variety of positions including Executive Vice-President, Generation Technology & Procurement; Executive Vice-President, Business Development and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Bridge is a holder of the Institute of Corporate Directors Director designation and currently serves as Board Chair for the Alberta Electric System Operator; Vice-Chair of the Board for Calgary Housing Company, an Alberta based affordable housing company; and Board Director for the Fusion Energy Council of Canada.

In addition to his current roles, he has held board positions with the Canadian Electricity Association, the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the Association of Power Producers of Ontario, and is past Chair of PaceKids School for Children with Motor Disabilities.

Blair P. Bromley, PhD
Director, Fusion Energy Council of Canada

Blair is a Fellow of the CNS and is the current chair of the Fusion Energy and Accelerator Science and Technology Division of the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS-FEASTD), since 2010. He has a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Toronto, 1993), a M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering (University of Illinois, 1998) and a PhD. in Nuclear Engineering (University of Illinois, 2001). Dr. Bromley has been employed as a Reactor Physicist with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Chalk River Laboratories (2003-2014), and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) (2014-present). He also has prior work experience at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) (2001-2003), and Los Alamos National Laboratory (1994-1998). Dr. Bromley has served multiple volunteer roles in various divisions and committees within the Canadian Nuclear Society, the American Nuclear Society (ANS), and Women-in-Nuclear, Eastern Ontario Chapter (WiN-EO). More information about Dr. Bromley’s profile and research contributions can be found on LinkedIn.com, and also ResearchGate.com.

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Mark Brostrom, P. Eng
Director, Fusion Energy Council of Canada

Mark Brostrom currently is the Director of City Environmental Strategies.

(City of Edmonton Sustainable Development Department). He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1984 and worked in the private sector prior to joining the City of Edmonton in 1990.

Since joining the City of Edmonton in 1990 Mark has worked in the area of environmental and energy policy and programs. Mark is currently leading the City Environmental Strategies Section which is implementing Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy and Edmonton’s Adaptation and Resilience Strategy that provide frameworks for Edmonton a low carbon and climate resilient city.

Mark is an Alberta Energy Futures Lab Fellow, a Board member on the Alberta Water Council, the Alberta Emerald Awards Foundation and ICLEI Canada. In 2010, Mark received the FCM Sustainable Community Award of Excellence and in 2013 received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his long-standing commitment to advancing municipal sustainability.

Christopher Holly, BSc, MPA
Director, Fusion Energy Council of Canada

Christopher Holly has been involved in energy development since the 1970’s.  During his career, he has been a participant, secretary or chair in various industry and Cabinet Task Forces; industry boards and agencies; royal commissions; and expert panels (before regulators such as the National Energy Board, the Alberta Energy Regulator, the California Air Resources Board, and the European Union). He was also responsible for policy and operations of various research programs, totalling over $1 billion of research activities.

Prior to his retirement in March 2016, Christopher was the Executive Director, Energy Technical Services, of the Alberta Department of Energy. He was with the Alberta Government since 1988.  Previously, he worked for various federal and provincial government agencies and the private sector.

He has direct working policy knowledge of (1) the complete spectrum of energy resources from renewables, fossil fuels through to nuclear energy for heat production, transportation, and electricity generation, and (2) innovation and resource development.

He has a  BSc (Physics) from the University of Alberta (1983), and a Masters in Public Administration (specializing in energy and innovation policy) from the University of Victoria (1987).

Today, he operates a small farm in the Kettle Valley of British Columbia and continues to be involved in the energy industry primarily as an advocate for increasing energy literacy and furthering the public understanding of the complexity of energy systems.

Rick Phaneuf, P.Eng, BEd
Director, Fusion Energy Council of Canada

Rick Phaneuf has Bachelor Degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and Education from the University of Regina. He worked in private industry in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. He currently works for the Government of Alberta in Edmonton. He has served on the executive of several engineering, education, sports, and community organizations.

Andranik Sarkissian, Phd, PPhys
Director, Fusion Energy Council of Canada

Andranik is the president and CTO of PLASMIONIQUE Inc, a Canadian company specialized in design and fabrication of Plasma, Vacuum and Laser based systems for Advanced Surface Engineering and Nanomaterials Synthesis. Prior to founding PLASMIONIQUE in 1999, Dr. Sarkissian was an associate professor at Institut national de la recherche scientifique, division of énergie et matériaux (INRS-EM), where he initiated Canadian research program on Plasma-Based Ion Implantation for applications to surface engineering. Concurrently he was a scientific member of CCFM, the former Canadian national research centre for Nuclear Fusion, from 1990 to 1999, where he was responsible for development of several diagnostics for Tokamak de Varennes, and pursued his scientific research on physical processes related to plasma confinement in Tokamak reactors, plasma turbulence, plasma-wall interactions and impurity transport. Dr. Sarkissian received his MSc in 1981 from North London Polytechnique in UK, on Physical Basis of Electronics, his PhD in 1988 from the University of Saskatchewan in Plasma Physics and Thermonuclear Fusion, and his MBA in Innovation Strategy from McGill University in 2001. He is an accredited Professional Physicist, and an active member of Canadian Association of Physicists, where he also served as director of Corporate Members, for two terms, and currently serves on scientific advisory group of NSERC Green Surface Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Green SEAM) Network. He is also the Canadian member of International Union for Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) – Physics and Industry working group. Dr. Sarkissian has been author and co-author of numerous scientific publications related to nuclear fusion, plasma surface engineering and nanomaterial synthesis and their applications.

Ying Y. Tsui, PhD, P.Eng
Director, Fusion Energy Council of Canada

Ying Y. Tsui is a professor and the Associate Dean of Research and Internationalization in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has been a Guest Scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. His research is focused on laser matter interactions, warm dense matter, high energy density physics and inertial confinement fusion.

Chijin Xiao, PhD
Director, Fusion Energy Council of Canada

Chijin obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei and the Doctor of Natural Science degree from the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, all specializing in Plasma Physics. He joined the Plasma Physics Laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then as a Research Associate before joining the faculty of the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr Xiao is currently a tenure full professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Xiao’s research interests have been in plasma physics and engineering for fusion research and industrial applications, particularly in plasma production and diagnostics. Over his career, Dr. Xiao has worked on a variety of plasma devices including the STOR-M tokamak, compact torus injectors, dense plasma focus, RF and microwave plasma devices. Dr. Xiao has trained many HQPs including Ph.D. and M.Sc. students, PDFs and a research engineer. Dr. Xiao was one of the main contributors to the Fusion 2030 document. Dr Xiao is currently the principal investigator for the STOR-M tokamak.

Robert Fedosejevs, PhD, P.Eng
Board Member at Large, Fusion Energy Council of Canada

Robert Fedosejevs is a full Professor Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta.  He has carried out research related to fusion energy and applications of laser produced plasmas at the University of Alberta since he joined the University in 1980.  He received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of Toronto in 1973 and 1979 respectively. He has been a research collaborator with numerous institutions around the world including the Max Planck Institute in Germany, the Center for Intense Lasers (CELIA) in France and the Center for Ultrashort Pulsed Lasers (CLPU) in Spain.  He has held positions of Senior Industrial Research Chair in Lasers and Applications at the Univeristy of Alberta, Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations (a federally funded national research network in photonics) and President of the Canadian Association of Physicists. He also has organized international conferences including the International Conference on Plasma Science in 2002.  He has published over 250 scientific articles, given 70 invited talks and contributed to over 330 conference presentations.

Perry Kinkaide, MSc, PhD, CMC
Board Member at Large, Fusion Energy Council of Canada
President of Kinkaide Enterprises Inc. (KEI)

Perry Kinkaide, MSc, PhD, CMC is a scientist and accomplished manager in several fields. Since retiring from KPMG Consulting in 2001, he has remained active as an advisor and director for several diverse public and private organizations. His most senior career positions include: former Managing Director of KPMG Consulting in Edmonton and Assistant Deputy Minister with the Alberta Government. He received his PhD in Brain Research from the University of Alberta.

Perry is the President of Kinkaide Enterprises Inc. (KEI), allocating start-up capital and assigning operating officers to emerging technology-based, enterprises in Western Canada.  He is also the past-President and CEO of the Alberta Council of Technologies (ABCtech) that he founded in 2005.

Allan A Offenberger, PhD
Board Member at Large, Fusion Energy Council of Canada
Professor Emeritus of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta

Allan Offenberger is Professor Emeritus of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta.  He received his B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. degrees (1962, 1963) from the University of British Columbia and Ph.D. degree (1968) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His research program for more than 40 years was focused on the development of high power lasers and their application to plasma physics and inertial fusion energy research.  He has published extensively and given many invited talks at international conferences, universities, government and industrial laboratories as well as to service and other non-governmental organizations in Asia, Europe and North America.

He is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Physicists and has served on many scientific advisory & research grant committees and boards, as a consultant to university, government & industrial institutions and, as a reviewer for research proposals, publications, university appointments & promotions.

Allan has been a guest professor and consultant at, among others: UK Atomic Energy Agency-Culham Laboratory; University of California-Los Alamos National Laboratory; Oxford University-Rutherford Appleton Laboratory; University of California-Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and; Osaka University-Institute of Laser Engineering (major labs for laser development and fusion energy R&D).

Allan was the Founding President of the Alberta/Canada Fusion Technology Alliance, now renamed as the Fusion Energy Council of Canada.

Klaas Rodenburg, MA C.Tech, LEED AP, ENV SP
Board Member at Large, Fusion Energy Council of Canada

Klaas has been in the building design industry for more than 35 years receiving his LEED AP accreditation in 2003. He has served as the Chair of the Alberta Chapter of the CaGBC as well as a director on the CaGBC Board and has served as the CEO of the Alberta Center of Excellence for Building Information Modelling (aceBIM). He has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Industrial Design (1984) and a Master of Arts degree in Communications and Technology (MACT) (2009) both at the University of Alberta.

Klaas was the Sustainable Design Coordinator at Stantec before moving to Mammoet Canada Western in 2014 as a quality advisor where he is a member of the Sustainovation Steering Committee, a Global initiative responsible for identifying and implementing innovative solutions to sustainability challenges faced by Mammoet and it’s sister companies. He is currently the volunteer Past President of the Alberta Council of Technology (ABCTech), has taught sustainability courses at NAIT, Lakeland College and U of A and has presented at a variety of sustainability focused events.