On July 1, 2014, Anne Rainville became a PhD Candidate at the TU Berlin’s Chair of Innovation Economics. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Knut Blind, Anne is conducting the Climate-KIC funded project entitled “Standardization as a Driving Force for Climate Innovation.” Prior to beginning her PhD studies, Anne obtained an MA in Communications Studies with an Energy and Environmental Systems Specialization, and a BSc (Honours) in Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.
For her PhD project, Anne is developing a Standardization Roadmap to support climate innovations through Climate-KIC, an innovation partnership created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Project outcomes will provide comprehensive analysis of the potential for standardization activities to promote climate innovations and recommendations for decision-making within the organization. This work will build upon knowledge gained in her Master’s studies, in which she conducted an empirical study on the potential for a Canadian standard for Life Cycle Assessment for crude oil products – this research has been recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Cleaner Production.1
Previously, Anne has worked for academia, private, and public sectors in a number of R&D and innovation areas. This has ranged from research on prion diseases and evaluation of Government of Canada programs to control the spread of the infective agent, to consulting work on Alberta’s Nanotechnology potential and Canada’s first major carbon capture and storage demonstration project. Most recently, Anne worked for a regional laboratory for the Government of Canada specializing in heavy oil and oil sands R&D, in Natural Resources Canada’s Innovation and Energy Technology Sector. In this capacity, she developed environmental scans to inform emerging oil sands and shale oil and gas initiatives, coordinated the execution of the joint Alberta-Canada oil sands R&D MOU, and conducted foresight activities to inform the restructuring of the Government’s fossil fuel R&D program. She looks forward to conducting her PhD research in Germany to gain insight into new types of and strategies for standardization and climate innovations.
1Rainville, A., R. Hawkins, J. Bergerson. (In Press). Building consensus in life cycle assessment: The potential for a Canadian product category rules standard to enhance credibility in greenhouse gas emissions estimates for Alberta’s oil sands. Journal of Cleaner Production. DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.06.067.