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Board of Directors

Cody Parrish

MBA, Senior Land Negotiator with Ember Resources


"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose"

Dr. Suess


Cody Parrish, MBA Before serving on the Future Leaders Board of Directors, World Petroleum Council (WPC) Canada, Cody was the Program Director for the 4th WPC Youth Forum held in Calgary in 2013. He was responsible for leading a team of volunteers that developed and executed a world class program with speakers, experts, and industry leaders from around the globe. The organizing committee received a Calgary Champion award from Meetings & Conventions Calgary for their efforts. 

Cody has spent his professional background working in various land, strategy and planning roles. Cody is currently a Senior Land Negotiator with Ember Resources. Cody also serves on the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) General Meetings Committee. 

Cody holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Calgary as well as a MBA and Certificate in Socially Responsible Leadership from Queen’s University.  


Jennifer Winter

Assistant Professor and Scientific Director, Energy and Environmental Policy with University of Calgary


"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence"

Christopher Hitchens Suess


Dr. Jennifer Winter is an Assistant Professor and Scientific Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy research division at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. Jennifer also directs the Canadian Network for Energy Policy Research and Analysis. Her research evaluates climate policies, and examines the effects of government regulation and policy on energy development and the associated consequences and trade-offs.

Jennifer has published academic and policy papers, including five on carbon pricing, three examining Canadian energy literacy, two on the safe transportation of crude oil, four on market access opportunities for Canadian hydrocarbons, and one on the idea of “green jobs.” Current research projects include differences and similarities in Indigenous, government and industry perspectives on consultation and engagement; social impacts of hydraulic fracturing; comparing provincial emission-reduction policies; and federalism and climate policy. Dr. Winter is also co-editing two books; one on the experiences of Indigenous communities with resource development in Canada, and the second on measuring the impacts of energy infrastructure.

Dr. Winter is actively engaged in increasing public understanding of energy and environmental policy issues; recognition of her efforts include a 2014 Young Women in Energy Award, being named one of Alberta Oil Magazine’s Top 35 Under 35 in 2016, being named one of Avenue Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2017, and being named one of Canada’s 2019 Clean50 and Clean16 by Delta Management. She has advised the Government of Alberta in several capacities, including participating in two of the 2015 Royalty Review’s Working Groups and advising the Energy Diversification Advisory Committee.

In addition to serving on the Future Leaders Board of Directors of the World Petroleum Council Canada, Dr. Winter serves on the advisory board for the Alberta Narratives Project, the City of Calgary’s Climate Panel, is a member of the Mitigation Expert Panel at the Canadian Climate and Clean Growth Institute, and is a member of Global Affairs Canada’s Environmental Assessment Advisory Group. Prior to joining The School of Public Policy, Jennifer worked at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, researching Canadian labour markets.


Lauren Rooney

Business Strategy Senior Manager with Accenture


"Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life."


Lauren is a Senior Manager in Accenture’s Strategy Practice, where she works closely with her clients to analyze business problems and develop solutions that can help add value to their organizations. Her work is primarily focused on strategy development, operating model design, organizational effectiveness, and project management. Lauren works with clients across a number of sectors, including energy, manufacturing, insurance, telecommunication, government, and not-for-profit. In addition to her client work, she Co-Leads the Accenture Calgary Women’s Group, managing the programming and development of women’s initiatives for the office and was the former lead of the Accenture Calgary Energy Hub, helping the office grow their skills and understanding of the energy industry.

Prior to joining Accenture Lauren worked as a Business Development Analyst at Kinder Morgan Canada and in Corporate Sustainable Development at Suncor Energy. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business. In 2016 Lauren was the recipient of the Young Women in Energy Award.

Lauren is passionate about energy and sustainability; she is an Advisory Board Member and former president (2010-2012) of Fuse Collective (formally the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy Students’ Association). Lauren has been involved with WPC since 2009 and was part of the Planning Committee for the 4th WPC Youth Forum, hosted in Calgary, Alberta in 2013.


Maddy Swalm

Strategy Consultant with Criterium Group


Maddy is a Strategy Consultant at Criterium Group where she focuses on operating model and organizational design, operational optimization, digital strategies, and strategic project management. She primarily serves clients in the energy industry but has also had the opportunity to work with clients in other industries like banking, technology, mining, transit, and the public sector.

As Executive Director of Calgary’s WPC Future Leaders, Maddy enjoys engaging young professionals in dialog about the impact that the energy industry has on global economy as well as the future sustainable development of petroleum. Maddy has been involved with the Future Leaders since 2013 when she joined as part of the Planning Committee for the 4th WPC Youth Forum hosted in Calgary in October of that year. Maddy holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.

Outside of work, Maddy is a long-time active participant, and team captain, for her Alberta Ride to Conquer Cancer team. In her spare time, she enjoys being active outdoors, travelling, playing guitar, spending time with friends and family, trying new food, and tending to her numerous house plants!


Lukas Albrecht

Commodities Trader Balyasny Asset Management (BAM)


Lukas Albrecht is an accomplished commodities trader currently working at Balyasny Asset Management (BAM). In his current role, Lukas is responsible for integrating Western Canadian oil knowledge into the broader global portfolio, while also focusing on developing physical oil exposure for the enterprise.

Prior to BAM, Lukas worked at Castleton Commodities International, where he was a VP, Proprietary Crude Oil Trading, primarily focused on trading North American physical and financial oil, while also developing a physical oil business. Prior to his role at Castleton Commodities International, Lukas was an oil trader at Koch Industries' refining subsidiary Flint Hills Resources, successfully developing and scaling a derivatives book to complement the refining business.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours and Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary. He is a published author in Trade Theory, and a recipient of the Harry Johnson prize, providing a quantitative foundation for the recently signed Canadian Free Trade Agreement.

He is a chair for the World Petroleum Council Future Leaders Canada board where he perpetuates the message of responsible energy development. Lukas enjoys trekking, mountain biking and back country skiing in the Canadian Rockies with his wife Laura and an occasional violin concerto.


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