Kathleen Vaillancourt

Kathleen Vaillancourt is associate consultant at IEECP.

She is the founder of ESMIA Consultants, a consulting firm based in Montreal (Canada) that offers a solid expertise in the development and application of E3 (Energy-Economy-Environment) optimization models for strategic decision-making at urban, regional, national and global scales. She has been an energy modeller for the past 15 years and has specialized in the development of MARKAL/TIMES energy models and their applications for studying complex issues such as energy security and climate change mitigation.

Throughout her career, she has participated to the development of 10 national and global energy models for high-profile organizations in Canada and internationally. Learning from these experiences, she developed the North American TIMES energy model (NATEM), the only detailed optimization platform allowing for comprehensive energy and climate policy analysis in North America.

She has a successful track record of Canadian and international projects involving the applications of 3E models for studying the energy transition and defining optimal pathways toward low carbon futures. She supports decision makers in governments and industries on how to achieve decarbonisation targets such as national INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution) or the more ambitious “well below 2oC” temperature goal.

Kathleen Vaillancourt is involved in the Energy Technology Systems Analysis Program (ETSAP) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) where she provides in-person training and online technical support on how to develop MARKAL/TIMES energy models for strategic decision-making. She supervises several internships, masters and PhD students on energy-related topics. She holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Quebec in Montreal and an MBA from HEC Montreal.