Dr. Shahrzad Rahbar


​​Dr. Rahbar brings twenty years of progressively senior experience in the gas industry, over a decade of which has been as Vice-President with the Canadian Gas Association. She has been an active contributor to the development of energy, technology and regulatory policy in Canada. Shahrzad has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the UK and two patents to her name. She has served on the Executive Committee of the International Gas Union and as Vice-Chair of the Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow. Her knowledge of the energy industry and the evolution of regulatory models will be an asset to IGUA.


Dereck Francis,  CPA, CGA


Dereck has more than 26 years of experience in energy working in many sectors including natural gas and power procurement,  regulatory, plus storage and transportation sales.  Prior to joining Suncor Dereck spent time with legacy Union Gas  in the Storage and Transport Sales department.  Joining Suncor in 2003 Dereck has been responsible for energy procurement for Suncor / Petro Canada’s assets east of Alberta.    Dereck has been with IGUA for over 10 years recently serving as Vice Chair.  Dereck holds a degree in Accounting/Finance from Ryerson University  later completing the CGA/CPA programs.    

Vice Chairman

Kandarp Joshi   


Serge Laflamme, ing., P. Eng.


Serge Laflamme has a degree in electrical Engineering from the Université de Laval. He joined Tembec in 1997 and over the course of his 20 year career has worked in the areas of engineering, project management, construction, energy management and procurement. In 2006, Mr. Laflamme was promoted to a corporate role supporting energy management for energy procurement and project development. He was appointed as Manager, Energy and commodity Procurement in October 2014. In 2017, Tembec has been acquired by Rayonier Advanced Materials and have been promoted as Manager, Energy Procurement for all facilities in Canada, USA and France. Serge is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. He sits as a Director on the IGUA Board, Treasurer on the IGUA executive board and is actively involved with Industry associations focusing on the energy sector.


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