CASES Students & Postdocs (Past)

These talented students have moved on after contributing to the CASES Partnership project. Read their bios below.

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Renata Leonhardt BSc Former CASES Student (UofS)

Renata is a geologist enthusiastic about the energy sector. Her career in the energy sector started in 2015 while working on research projects with leading petroleum companies in Brazil. She transitioned her career to focus on renewable energy in 2019 when she began her studies at the University of Saskatchewan. There she received a master’s degree from the Department of Geography and Planning and worked as a research group leader in the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives. Her research focused on the relationships and connections between energy policy and local renewable energy projects. Currently, she is a PhD student at the University of Victoria studying regional energy transitions and renewable energy clusters.


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Kate Robb BA Former CASES Student (UofW)

Kate completed both a BA in Environmental Studies and a Master's in Development Practice in Indigenous Development at the University of Winnipeg. Through the CASES project, her graduate research focused on public participation in state-level energy strategies as well as the licensing processes for hydroelectric development in Canada. Following an internship with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) in the summer of 2021, Kate began a research fellowship with ACEP and CASES where she continues to expand her knowledge of energy policy and renewable energy in the north.


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Michael Kvern CASES Student (UofW)

Michael recently graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a B.A. Honours in Geography. He is interested in the nexus between energy, land use, and resilience. His undergraduate thesis developed the foundations of a community energy plan for Churchill, Manitoba by providing energy consumption data and facilitating a vision and priorities to guide future energy planning. It also served to inform a new regional scale definition of energy security. Working with Dr. Patricia Fitzpatrick, Michael has researched small-scale renewable energy in Manitoba and how local agency can lead to a diverse energy system. In the fall, Michael will be starting a master’s in planning at the University of Guelph, where he will focus on how provincial land use policies can contribute to a low carbon energy transition.


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Andrea Dsouza BA CASES Student (UofW)

Hello! I am currently a student in the Master’s of Development Practise in Indigenous Community Development program at the University of Winnipeg. I was born and raised in Bangalore, India, and moved to Vancouver to complete an undergraduate degree in First Nations and Indigenous Studies at UBC. My interest in community development stems from the belief that Indigenous communities should play a central role in the decisions that impact their lives. My research interest is in the field of sustainable energy development in rural and northern Indigenous communities. I am also passionate about engaging in reflexive research practices and am constantly unpacking how my positionality as a diasporic woman on Turtle Island, impacts the work I do. My goal is to journey alongside Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, so that together we can work out our shared responsibility to these lands.


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Camila Martins Godinho BSc CASES Mitacs Intern (UofS)

Camila is Master’s student in the Geography and Planning department at the University of Saskatchewan. Her project is focused on environmental impact assessment, more specifically on identifying environmental and socio-economic impacts and their mitigation actions from wind energy projects in western Canada. Camila completed her B.Sc. honours in Business and Economics in Brazil. Her focus was on managing impacts from government projects in remote communities in Brazil and Spain. In addition to her thesis project, she also works as a research assistant for Prof. Greg Poelzer studying policies for renewable energy projects in partnership with indigenous communities and energy security.


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Layane Fernandes de Sousa Moura CASES MSEM Student (UofS)

Layane is a Brazilian environmental engineer who is now pursuing a professional master's degree in Environmental and Sustainable Management at the University of Saskatchewan. Layane is currently developing a project for First Nations Power Authority (FNPA) in partnership with CASES where she is creating an education hub on their website, which is highly relevant due to the current COVID19 pandemic. This project aims to develop tools and resources for renewable energy and energy efficiency education with Indigenous communities.


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Ali Yousry BSc CASES MSEM Student (UofS)

Ali has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and a minor degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo (AUC). He is currently pursuing a professional master’s degree in Environmental and Sustainable Management and is a prospective master’s student of Economics (Fall 2020). He is currently working on a project in partnership with CASES looking at energy security in northern and indigenous communities in Saskatchewan.