May 15, 2006

People (May 15, 2006)

- Dr Matthew Johnson, of Carleton University's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department has been named the Canada Research Chair in energy and combustion-generated air emissions, as of May 1, 2006. In this post, which is based at Carleton, he will continue pursuing research designed to help quantify, model, and mitigate airborne pollutant emissions associated with energy use and production in Canada. Dr Johnson is especially interested in emissions of fine particulate matter (PM) from combustion sources and will focus on developing practical models to help manage PM emissions from gas flares. Combustion accounts for approximately 91% of produced energy and 86% of consumed energy in Canada. And while the National Pollutant Release Inventory requires the reporting of PM emissions from industrial sources, there are currently no accepted protocols to meet this requirement for open sources such as flares. "This significantly handicaps industry and government," says Dr Johnson, who explains that "through interaction with government and industry, my work will help define pollutant regulation and emissions reduction strategies in the Canadian upstream energy industry." The $500,000 Research Chair was one of several recently announced by federal Industry Minister Maxime Bernier

- Don Fast, regional director general for Environment Canada's Pacific and Yukon region, has been appointed deputy minister in British Columbia's Ministry of Economic Development, effective May 15, 2006. A professional engineer with an MSc from York University, he has previously held senior-level positions in the BC and Saskatchewan governments, including Saskatchewan Environment. As Pacific region RDG, he led successful trade missions and negotiated several working agreements with the Chinese government.

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