Michael Wolinetz, Partner

With his background in physical sciences, energy modelling and economics, Michael is a natural fit with Navius Research. He is instinctively critical and academic in his work, applying quantitative methods to better understand the interaction between policy, economics, technology and the environment. His areas of expertise include:

  • Forecasting the energy and emissions impact of policies, energy markets and technological change in all sectors of the economy including transportation, buildings, industry and energy supply
  • Modelling the energy-economy system at local provincial, national and international scale
  • Analyzing the hourly and long-term interaction of emerging energy demand technologies and intermittent renewable electricity generation
  • Quantifying the adoption of alternative-fuel vehicles as a consequence of human behavior, policies and market barriers

Michael is also an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University where he supervises graduate students and participates in research. When he isn’t bothering his family and friends with “important” back-of-the-envelope calculations and spreadsheet models, he likes to be out in the Coast Mountains with those same people. He holds a Masters of Resource Management from Simon Fraser University and a bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Queen’s University.

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Recent Work

Research Brief: Hitting Canada’s Climate Targets with Biogas & RNG

Michael Wolinetz

March 2022

Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is a proven climate solution, with 279 projects across Canada already preventing more than 8 Mt CO2e of greenhouse gas emissions from reaching the atmosphere every year. But how much greater a role can biogas & RNG play in supporting Canada’s 2030 and 2050 climate goals?

To determine this, the Canadian Biogas Association commissioned Navius Research to model the impact of a number of potential government policies on the GHG reductions happening through biogas & RNG. This report presents and interprets the key findings of that modelling.

Our Team

Jotham Peters
Jotham PetersSenior Partner
Managing partner and primary model developer at Navius, with experience advising governments and organizations about energy and climate policy since 2006.
Michael Wolinetz
Michael WolinetzPartner
Lead techno-economic modeller for Navius Research since 2008, responsible for designing and executing energy and climate policy forecasting analyses using several quantitative models.
Noel Melton
Noel MeltonPartner
Consultant and published researcher providing insights to governments and other clients about the impact of energy and climate policies since 2008.
Brianne Riehl
Brianne RiehlSenior Project Manager & Manager of Client Relations
Climate and energy policy researcher and advisor since 2015, responsible for translating Navius’ complex modeling results into real-world insights.
Brett Zuehlke
Brett ZuehlkeSystems Manager
Brett comes to Navius with a background in environmental sciences and a diverse set of skills including statistical modelling and spatial analysis.
Mikela Hein
Mikela HeinProject Manager
Mikela joins Navius after the completion of her Masters Degree. Having spent the last few years studying Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, she is excited to continue her work in the field of climate policy and energy-economy modeling.
Franziska Förg
Franziska FörgAnalyst
Franziska joins Navius with a diverse background in energy-economy modeling, policy analysis, earth system studies, and spatial research methods.
Aurora Marstokk
Aurora MarstokkAnalyst
Aurora has a background in environmental economics, climate change, environmental policy, spatial analysis, and econometrics. She also has experience as a research assistant at the University of British Columbia.
Carlie Owen
Carlie OwenAnalyst
Carlie joins Navius with a background in engineering with a focus on power generation, and a passion for sustainability. She aims to bring a systematic approach to informing climate and energy policy.

Sam Harrison
Sam HarrisonAnalyst
With a background in energy systems engineering and economics, Sam has worked for governments, utilities, and NGOs on climate and energy policy since 2015.

Kjartan Jaccard
Kjartan JaccardAnalyst
Kjartan joins Navius with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Simon Fraser University. He applies a diverse knowledge of mathematical structures and rigorous understanding of approximation algorithms to the modelling process.

Abed Ayyad
Abed AyyadAnalyst
Abed joins Navius after completing his MSc in Energy Science at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where his research focused on the interplay between geography and the performance of photovoltaic (PV) systems. He brings a diverse range of experiences to the team.
Yunguang Chen
Yunguang ChenAnalyst
Economist with expertise in energy-economy integrated assessment models, climate and energy policy analysis, and resilience planning against natural disasters.

Douglas Bryan
Douglas BryanProject Manager
Energy economist specializing in markets and regulation, with experience advising governments and regulators across Canada, the UK, Ireland, and Australia.

Andrea Craig
Andrea CraigOffice Manager
Andrea joins Navius with 13 years of administrative experience in the legal industry. She assists in the development and implementation of firm policies and procedures, manages the administration of HR policies, programs and practices within the firm, provides executive support to the Partners, and oversees the day-to-day functions of the firm.