Ben Thibault joined the team in 2021 as Senior Strategy Advisor where he applies his expertise in renewable energy and environment, energy, climate and electricity policy to provide strategic policy analysis and insights, government relations, and market intelligence advice to renewable energy and cleantech clients across Canada, the US and overseas.
Ben was born and raised in Lethbridge where he earned his B.Sc. in Biochemistry (great distinction) before attending Harvard Law School where he received his J.D. (magna cum laude) and landed a prestigious judicial clerkship with the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Ben returned home to Alberta in 2010, where he has gained over 11 years of experience in renewable energy and environment, energy, climate and electricity policy analysis and advocacy. For 6 years, Ben applied his legal and policy training in Calgary with the Pembina Institute’s clean energy transition work, including through strategic consulting and collaboration with industry and governments.
From 2016 to 2019, Ben served as a senior climate and electricity policy advisor to Alberta cabinet ministers and the Premier’s Office. Ben also advised the Premier and cabinet ministers with respect to utilities regulations, governance issues and appointments.
Since 2019, Ben served as executive director of Solar Alberta — a non-profit devoted to public education around renewable energy — and has provided independent consulting and research-and-writing services to a variety of clients. Ben recently co-authored an academic book chapter on Alberta’s electricity transition, which awaits peer review and publication.
Lately, when he’s not helping clients to navigate new and emerging policies and markets for emissions reductions, Ben can most likely be found at the playground or training a future cycling companion. His vegetable garden has almost as much square footage as his 1960s bungalow in Edmonton, where he lives with his wife and preschool-aged son.
At Prairie Sky Strategy we develop the strategy to bridge the gap between where your organization is today, and where you want it to be tomorrow.
You have growth objectives. You may have regulatory challenges. You may be headquartered in another jurisdiction and need “boots on the ground” in-market providing local insights, analysis and execution. That’s where Prairie Sky comes in.
We assist local, national and international organizations to identify barriers to success, and develop and implement a strategic roadmap to capitalize on the endless opportunities in Western Canada and beyond.