We are innovators, builders and ground breakers.

We are Emissions Reduction Alberta – ERA.

We are innovators. We are builders. And we are ground breakers.

We invest in and propel promising technologies that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions along the path of innovation from idea to market. Our plans are big and our vision is ambitious.

We know imagining new possibilities is the first step to advancing innovation. As innovators, we imagine a better future. A sustainable, lower carbon future. One we can create together.

Imagine a future where industry, innovators and government are aligned on common outcomes.

Imagine a future where entrepreneurs and industries operate to a higher standard of economic and environmental sustainability.

Imagine a future where scientists, researchers and technology developers get the support and investment they need to develop and commercialize game-changing technologies. And where those technologies pave the way for new companies and new industries.

Imagine a future where emissions are captured and used to create everyday products – from chemicals and fertilizers to cement and hockey sticks.

Imagine a future where new technologies mean new jobs – where thousands of Albertans go to work creating cleaner, more sustainable energy sources every day. And where those cleaner, more sustainable sources of energy power our homes, businesses, industries, and communities.

Imagine a future where those who share and support our vision know they are helping to create a better province for future generations.

Imagine a future we can build together where Alberta’s reputation is synonymous with economic growth, community health and environmental leadership on a local, national and global scale.

This future is possible. It will take work. But we know it will be worth it.

As builders, our investments are a cornerstone in the foundation for a prosperous Alberta with a diverse economy, a healthy environment, and technologies that are sought throughout the world. This type of progress takes time and sustained commitment.

ERA has proven that this progress is possible.

Our efforts are helping to create tomorrow. From supporting inventors to collaborating with investors and industry, we are working together to identify and develop solutions that address our most urgent challenges.

Doing the same thing better is no longer enough. We need to develop new ideas that lead to new technologies and new products.

As ground breakers, we know there’s no reward without risk. ERA is investing in a diverse portfolio of transformative, sustainable technologies that reduce emissions. This is our moment to push technology beyond conventional limits. We have the opportunity not only to innovate, but to change the game entirely.

But we need to act now.

In the future, we should never have to ask ourselves if we have done enough. We can produce oil with lower emissions. We can create power from landfill waste. We can eliminate methane emissions. And we can create a stronger innovation ecosystem that generates new industries and jobs in Alberta. We have the people, the resources and the drive to do all of this and show the world that Alberta can be a leader in clean energy production.

The future is uncertain, but our ability to make a difference has never been clearer. The world is calling for action – ERA is responding.

Our actions will help define who we are as a province, and how the world sees us as clean energy leaders.

We are dreamers – but we are also doers. Together, we can do more than imagine a better future. We can build one. A future that our families and communities will benefit from, and one we can all be proud to have helped create.

Mandate and Vision


To identify and accelerate innovative solutions that secure Alberta’s success in a lower carbon economy.


Alberta is recognized as an innovation and technology leader in a lower carbon world.

Strategic Priorities

To achieve ERA’s vision and mandate, we will:

  1. Accelerate GHG reducing technologies.
    Fund innovative solutions that result in meaningful GHG emissions reduction in Alberta and contribute to a lower carbon world.
  2. Advance innovation system priorities.
    Leverage our strengths to contribute to critical climate change innovation priorities in Alberta.

To deliver on priorities 1 and 2, ERA will:

  1. Measure and communicate success.
    Define and report on metrics to demonstrate results.
  2. Advance operational excellence.
    Strive for excellence in operations and efficiency while maintaining responsiveness to stakeholders and funders.

ERA Annual Reports

Our annual reports demonstrate our ongoing commitment to accelerating technologies that reduce GHG emissions and to delivering on the performance metrics that are set out in our business plan.

Technology Roadmap

ERA has developed a Technology Roadmap to help guide investment decisions and inform our portfolio mix.

Business Plan

ERA’s vision, mandate and strategic priorities guide our operations. Our Business Plan outlines how we will achieve our mandate and how performance will be measured.

Research Reports

ERA prepares or participates in research and analysis that supports our mandate

The Team

ERA Management Team (from left to right) Mark Summers, Amanda Amyotte, Heather Stephens, Elizabeth Shirt, Jennifer Cleall and Steve MacDonald.

ERA Management Team (from left to right) Mark Summers, Amanda Amyotte, Heather Stephens, Elizabeth Shirt, Jennifer Cleall and Steve MacDonald.

Senior Management

Steve MacDonald

Chief Executive Officer

Steve MacDonald

Steve MacDonald

Chief Executive Officer

Steve MacDonald leads the ERA senior management team. Steve has had an extensive career in the Alberta Public Service sector with senior executive roles in various ministries, including Treasury Board, Energy, Innovation and Advanced Education, and Executive Council. He played a central role in the development of Alberta’s renewed Climate Leadership Plan that establishes a comprehensive vision, strategies and outcomes to support environmental sustainability and economic growth for Alberta.

Elizabeth Shirt

Executive Director, Policy and Strategy

Elizabeth Shirt

Elizabeth Shirt

Executive Director, Policy and Strategy

Elizabeth Shirt is ERA’s Executive Director of Policy and Strategy. She has an extensive background in climate change and energy policy. Prior to joining ERA, she was Director of the Climate Change Secretariat for the Government of Alberta. She has also served as Director, Energy and Climate Change Framework Development and Director of Innovation Policy and Programs. Elizabeth’s previous experience includes providing policy advice to the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Canadian Electricity Association.

Dr. Mark Summers

Executive Director, Technology and Innovation

Dr. Mark Summers

Dr. Mark Summers

Executive Director, Technology and Innovation

Mark Summers is Executive Director of Technology and Innovation for ERA. In this role, he leads ERA’s technology evaluation process and team of project managers. Mark’s background includes technology investment program and portfolio management, renewable energy technology, and climate change policy. Prior to joining ERA, he was Director of Renewable Energy at Alberta Innovates. He has also served as a Climate Change Engineer in the Climate Change Secretariat for the Government of Alberta, and a researcher at the University of Alberta. Mark graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Engineering Physics and a PhD in nanostructured engineering.