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Nathan Lemphers

PhD Candidate

Nathan is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and is a Research Assistant at the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Nathan’s research explores the relationship between fossil fuel development and effective climate governance. In particular, he is interested in what Canada can learn from the way other fossil fuel-rich advanced nations, like the United States, Australia and Norway, are addressing climate change.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Nathan spent four years as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Pembina Institute, a Canadian environmental and energy policy think tank. In that capacity, he has published over a dozen policy reports focused on the environmental impacts and economics of oilsands and pipeline development.  At Pembina, Nathan contributed to private and public sector consulting projects on such topics as offshore oil and gas drilling regulations, wetlands policy, sustainable design and sustainability consulting. He has recently testified at the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline Joint Review Panel hearing, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources on market diversification in the energy sector, and the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources on the safety of hydrocarbon transport in Canada. Nathan’s commentary on climate and energy policy has been widely sought after, appearing in newspapers such as the Montreal Gazette, the Globe and Mail, the New York Times and the Washington Post, and he has regularly appeared on CBC, Global and CTV television programs. 

He holds a BSc in Environmental and Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta and a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Certificate in Environmental Policy and Planning, where he wrote his thesis on the interface between the corporate environmental performance of three oilsands mines and Alberta’s environmental policies.