Core Team

CORE Team

The ERGP core manages the center's operations.

Deborah Archibald
Freddy Cáceres
Alem Cherinet
John P. Hayes
Erika Mcneill

Deborah Archibald

ERGP Director
Deborah Archibald

Deborah Archibald (H.Bsc., Geology), Lakehead University; Masters of Management Science, University of Waterloo), is the Director of the Extractive Resource Government Program (ERGP) at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. She has experience both as a government official and as a mining geologist, with background in both the technical and regulatory issues faced in the mining industry. As an Under-Secretary with a subnational government in Canada (i.e., the Northwest Territories), Ms. Archibald was responsible for establishing a legislative framework for the responsible and sustainable management of oil, gas, and mineral resources; for developing and implementing a Northwest Territories Mineral Development Strategy; oversight of the NWT Geological Survey and for initiating the development of the NWT Mineral Resources Act. This public sector experience is underpinned by her formal training as a geologist and ten years experience in the private sector as both a mineral exploration geologist and mine operations geologist. In April 2017, Ms. Archibald left the GNWT to establish her own consulting firm to provide strategic advice to all levels of government on the development of their mineral and petroleum resources. She joined the School of Public Policy as the Director of the ERGP in November of 2017.

Freddy Cáceres

ERGP Manager
Freddy Cáceres

Freddy Cáceres (Bsc. Biological Sciences, Bachelor of Applied Technology in GIS, a MSc Energy and Environment, a Master’s in Safety and Work Risk Prevention, a Certificate in Integrated Management: Quality, Environment and Social Responsibility; and an Engineering degree in Environmental Management)  is a biologist and professional engineer with over 20 years of experience working on environmental and social sustainability through the integration of environmental sciences, social responsibility, health & safety and cultural aspects in project and business management systems. He has been the founder and CEO of an Ecuador-based consulting firm and has 15 years of experience in ESIAs for energy, mining, infrastructure, water supply, sanitation, agriculture, urban and rural development, education and health sectors, including environmental impact assessment, management plans, OH&S, emergency preparedness, hazardous waste, and environmental monitoring and audit. He has relevant related experience in Ecuador and Peru. He has extensive work experience with the World Bank Environmental and Social Framework, particularly with Environmental and Social standards, based on the IFC ES Performance Standards.

Alem Cherinet

ERGP Project Coordinator
Alem Cherinet

Alem Cherinet (BAs University of Calgary; MA University of Calgary) is the ERGP Projects Coordinator, responsible for domestic and international project management across the center’s programming spectrum.  As an organizational analyst and consultant, she has worked in public, private, NGO, and academic sectors with a portfolio of more than fifteen years in project building, management, strategic advising, capacity building, and policy development. Alem’s expertise is in the field of complex governance, specializing in  dynamics of conflict, violence, human rights, and security.  A Political Scientist with undergraduate degrees in International Relations and Latin American Studies, she is recognized for specialties in brokering, negotiation, and identifying crucial mechanisms in problem solving.

Alem is a former resident of the University of Calgary Latin American Research Centre, and an Affiliate of the Rethinking Latin American Studies from the South (RLASS) working group.

John P. Hayes

Research Coordinator
John Hayes

John P. Hayes (BA Hons.University of British Columbia; MA York University) is the ERGP Research Coordinator. He is currently a PhD candidate (ABD) in Political Science at McMaster University, specializing in comparative public policy and international relations. He is also a research affiliate of the Development Studies Department at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, México. John is a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholar (2019-2022) and a recipient of the International Development Research Centre’s doctoral award (2020), which has supported his research on the Mexican mining industry. His doctoral thesis examines the multistakeholder dynamics of Mexican federal policy implementation related to natural resource governance in the democratic era (2000-present). His main policy areas of focus are fiscal governance, land and subsoil rights, and environmental regulation.

Erika Mcneill

ERGP Administrative Coordinator
Erika Mcneill

Erika McNeill (Social Work Diploma, Selkirk College) is the ERGP Administrative Coordinator. Drawing from her background she works to ensure team members are well equipped with the resources and knowledge required to tackle their work.  Erika provides guidance with the navigation of complex institutional systems and has lent administrative support for safety, human resources, finance, quality assurance, process development, project coordination, facilitation, and training activities in construction, oil and gas, adult education, and in various groups within the University of Calgary prior to joining the ERGP and the School of Public Policy.