David Layzell


Background information

David Layzell works with innovative industry, governments and other academics to identify and deploy credible, compelling transition pathways that are capable of transforming Canada to a vibrant, low-carbon economy. His research program uses analytical and modelling tools to explore how existing or new technology, business model, policy or social innovations could transform or disrupt the systems that Canadians use for societal provisioning. Based on this work and through engagement with key stakeholders, he identifies strategies to direct the disruptive forces to achieve societal goals, including, but not limited to, climate change mitigation. This approach has led to the launch of the Transition Accelerator, a pan-Canadian initiative that is currently focused on directing disruptive forces impacting the personal and freight transportation sectors. Before launching CESAR in 2013, Layzell was Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE), at the University of Calgary (2008-12), and the Executive Director of BIOCAP Canada, a research foundation focused on biological solutions to climate change (1998-2008). As a Professor at Queen’s University between 1981 and 2008, he also founded a scientific instrumentation company called Qubit Systems Inc. and was elected ‘Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’ (FRSC) for his research contributions.

Model Usage

Policy Assessment

Defining credible compelling transition pathways that are capable of meeting climate change goals and then identifying policy and regulatory instruments to achieve them.


All of our models are about energy and material flows, most have an electricity component.

Models Developed

ModelRegistered as
CESAR Agrifood Energy and Carbon Flow ModelModel developed
CESAR Hydrogen Economy ModelModel

Models Used

ModelOutputs used

Calibrated historical energy data (1990-2013),scenarios to 2100