Advisory Board

Rick Tofani

As the Executive Director of the Energy Connections Canada (ECC), Rick works together with a full range of pipeline industry participants to share ideas, develop solutions, promote research, and advocate on behalf of the industry. In doing so, ECC helps the industry continue to improve its performance, as it relates to its reputation, safety, reliability, efficiency, technology and environmental responsibility.

Wendy Landry

Wendy Landry is a member of Red Rock Indian Band; she strives to educate non-Indigenous people and corporations about Indigenous people, culture, history, and relations, striking down misconceptions and untruths as she goes. In addition to being the Mayor of Shuniah, Ontario, Wendy is a Sr Advisor, Indigenous, Municipal and Stakeholder relations at Enbridge Inc. With over 25 years of experience in the Public and Private sector including in the correctional field, and as a Professor at Confederation College, Wendy brings significant experience to YEIP. In April of 2017 Wendy was elected to represent 37 Municipalities as the President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association.  She is also on the Executive of the Associations of the Municipalities of Ontario.

Tim Egan

Timothy M. Egan became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Gas Association in September 2010.  Prior to his appointment he was President of High Park Group (HPG), a public affairs consulting firm. He has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Ottawa, and common and civil law degrees from McGill University. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1995.  Mr. Egan is publisher of the Energy Regulation Quarterly, and editor of the magazine Energy. He also serves as Canada’s representative on the International Gas Union (IGU), sitting on the Executive Committee and serving as North American Regional Coordinator.  Mr. Egan joined YEIP Advisory Board in 2020.

Carey Arnett

Carey Arnett, President of A&B Pipeliners, is a third generation pipeliner and began her career in 1997 in technical and business development roles with GreenPipe (a pipeline engineering and environmental services firm), where she proceeded to manage the company’s marketing group.  From 2002 to 2004, Carey worked for Ensight Information Services (a geomatics data provider with a focus on pipelines) as Manager of Business Development where she helped grow the company prior to Ensight being acquired by IHS.

Joe Paviglianiti

Joe has donated his time by providing mentoring to the YEIP Committees and steering the organization in its joint efforts with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Pipeline Systems Division (ASME PSD). He is currently Engineering Technical Leader on the Integrity Management Team at the Canada Energy Regulator (CER). 

Cynthia Hansen

Cynthia is responsible for the overall leadership and operations of Enbridge Gas Inc., following the amalgamation of Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas, as well as Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, Gazifère and St. Lawrence Gas. Cynthia is also Executive Sponsor for Asset and Work Management Transformation across Enbridge working with other business unit leaders.

Molly Beckel

Representing the past YEIP Presidents, Molly Beckel joins the advisory board with 9 years of pipeline industry experience at TC Energy. She is an accomplished customer-facing marketing representative with professional experience spanning facilities integrity and reliability engineering, business development, operations, and construction.  

Dr. Samer Adeeb

Dr. Adeeb is a Professor and Associate Chair (undergraduate program) at the University of Alberta, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and has been a faculty member since 2007.  In his previous professional experience he was a Stress Analysis Engineer at TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.  Samer’s research includes the effect of material plastic anisotropy on the longitudinal behavior of pipelines, the effect of the geometric variation of the pipeline on its buckling response, the Bourdon effect in pipelines, and the effect of the internal pressure on the failure strain of pipelines with circumferential flaws.

Dr. Ron Hugo

Ron acts as YEIP’s primary university liaison at the University of Calgary, providing the YEIP committees with opportunities to share the exciting developments & opportunities available to students in the infrastructure segment of the energy industry. He leads the Pipeline Engineering Centre and is a Professor in the Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Department at the University of Calgary.