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Connie Van der Byl
Connie Van der Byl is the Academic Director of Mount Royal University’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) and an Associate Professor in the Bissett School of Business, teaching courses in business strategy, corporate social responsibility and environmental management. She is a Fellow with the Energy Futures Lab (EFL) and a member of the Global Affairs Canada Environmental Assessment Advisory Group (EAAG). Connie holds a PhD in Energy Management and Sustainable Development, as well as an MBA from the Haskayne School of Business and a BA (Honours) in Economics from the University of Waterloo. Connie acquired over ten years of experience in various business roles with NOVA Corporation and subsequently TransCanada Pipelines before embarking on a PhD.
Dr. Van der Byl’s research interests focus on energy organizations and their strategic response to sustainability issues. She is currently researching and writing on: stakeholder responses to the energy industry; the role of collaboration in achieving environmental performance; the evolution of entrepreneurial firms in sustainable industries; energy firm best practices in ESG disclosure; hydraulic fracturing water impacts; and the challenges, both environmental and economic, of corporate reconfiguration.