Meet the members of the IGU Presidency 2015 - 2018
The United States team for the 2015-2018 triennium is well positioned to both serve the IGU membership and lead IGU and the world-wide gas industry. This team has years of energy industry experience, an extensive IGU history, association leadership, knowledge and advocacy expertise.
David Carroll joined Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in 2001, and has served as its president and CEO since 2006. GTI is a not-for-profit research, development, and training organization. For 70 years, GTI has been the leader in the development and deployment of technology solutions that contribute to a secure, abundant, and affordable energy future. GTI provides quantifiable economic value to the energy industry and its customers, while supporting government in achieving policy objectives. To date, GTI programs have resulted in nearly 500 products, 750 licenses, and more than 1,200 associated patents.
Mr. Carroll oversees the company’s operations and directs its programs for developing technologies, products and services that create exceptional value for customers in the natural gas industry and related industries.
Mr. Carroll is currently chairman of the Steering Committee for the 17th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG 17), due to take place in Houston, TX, in 2013.
He has previously served as president of two not-for-profit research funding organizations: Operations Technology Development, NFP, and Utilization Technology Development, NFP. He has also served as a board member of Changing World Technologies, Inc. and WestStart / CALSTART.
Prior to joining GTI, he held various technical and management positions with Praxair, Inc., Liquid Carbonic Industries (a subsidiary of Chicago Bridge & Iron), and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. He is a member of the Society of Gas Lighting, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, and serves on the board of Versa Power Systems.
Mr. Carroll earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in business administration from Lehigh University, and has completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Dave McCurdy, President and CEO, American Gas Association
Chairman, WGC National Organizing Committee 2015 - 2018
Dave McCurdy joined AGA as president and CEO in February 2011. AGA, founded in 1918, represents 201 local energy companies committed to the safe delivery of natural gas to more than 64 million customers throughout the United States. AGA members also include natural gas transmission companies and service providers. He joined after serving for four years as president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance). He led the Alliance during a period of unprecedented economic, environmental and regulatory challenges for the auto industry. During his tenure, the Alliance recorded significant achievements and McCurdy was instrumental in developing the historic agreement between automakers and the Obama administration establishing the national program to increase fuel economy by 40% and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2016.
Prior to his work at the Alliance, McCurdy served for eight years as president and CEO of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), where he helped promote the market development and competitiveness of the U.S. high-tech industry by crafting both domestic and international programs and policies for EIA’s nearly 1,300 member companies.
Before his tenure at EIA, McCurdy also had a distinguished career in Congress, spending 14 years (1981-1995) in the House of Representatives as the Member from the Fourth Congressional District of Oklahoma. As chairman and CEO of the McCurdy Group, L.L.C., he also led a successful business consulting and investment practice.
In 2008, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appointed McCurdy to the Defense Policy Board, which provides the secretary with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. McCurdy was reappointed to the Defense Policy Board in 2009 by the Obama administration.
McCurdy is a 1972 graduate of the University of Oklahoma and received his J.D. in 1975 from Oklahoma Law School. As a Rotary International Graduate Fellow, he studied international economics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He also held a commission in the United States Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of major and serving as a Judge Advocate General (JAG).
Mel Ydreos, Vice President Marketing and Customer Care, Union Gas Limited
Chairman, Coordination Committee, IGU 2015 - 2018
Mel Ydreos is vice president of marketing and customer care for Union Gas Limited. In his current capacity, Mr. Ydreos is responsible for Union’s marketing activities with its residential, commercial and industrial markets, and for Union’s Demand Side Management programs. Mr. Ydreos is also accountable for the entire revenue cycle through Union’s Customer Care operation.
In a career that spans over 30 years at Union Gas, Mr. Ydreos has gained extensive experience in engineering, field operations, marketing and energy conservation. Prior to his current role, Mr. Ydreos held the position of vice president, operations, and vice president, engineering and gas supply operations.
Mr. Ydreos also served as interim president and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) in the summer of 2010. Founded in 1907, CGA is the voice of Canada’s natural gas distribution industry, with a membership of natural gas distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers.
Mr. Ydreos joined Union Gas after graduating from the University of Waterloo with a civil engineering degree. Mr. Ydreos has been very active in the natural gas industry through his participation with the International Gas Union, and currently serves as chair of the Special Task Force on Geopolitics and Natural Gas for the 2009-2012 Malaysian Triennium. In the previous 2006-2009 Argentinean Triennium he served as the vice chair of the Special Task Force on Research and Development and led the IGU’s Best Practices Initiative. Previously, he was an active participant in the WOC-4 Distribution Committee and acted as chair of the Distribution Pipeline Integrity Working Group. He is also past chair of the Standing Committee on Operations for the Canadian Gas Association. He has served on the board of directors of Canadian Standards International and the Canadian Standards Association Group. Mr. Ydreos is also past chair of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority’s Natural Gas Advisory Council, and past chair of the Canadian Gas Association’s Eastern Workshop.
Mr. Ydreos is also the founding chair of the Board of Directors of Energy Technology and Innovation Canada. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Waterloo’s Sustainability Institute, a member of the Advisory Board of the International Bio-fuels Institute at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Mowat Centre’s Energy Fellow.
Mr. Ydreos has also volunteered his services to organizations such as United Way and is a past member of a number of Rotary Clubs.
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with nearly 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves 1.3 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across northern, south-western and eastern Ontario. Union Gas's growing storage and transmission business offers premium storage and transportation services to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest underground storage facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America. It offers customers an important link in the movement of natural gas from Western Canadian and U.S. supply basins to markets in central Canada and the northeast United States. A Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, Union Gas has assets of $5 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.
On behalf of AGA, Jay Copan is currently serving as executive director of the 17th International Conference and Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG 17), and he is managing the bidding process designed to place AGA in the presidency of the International Gas Union 2012-2015, while simultaneously hosting the World Gas Conference in Washington, D.C., in 2018.
Mr. Copan served in a variety of capacities for AGA from September 1982-February 2010.
At AGA, he was the senior association executive responsible for AGA’s financial community outreach activities, its membership operations, its meeting services business unit, and its international activities. Since 1999, he has represented the interests of the United States natural gas industry on the International Gas Union (IGU), an organization representing the gas industries of 76 countries. Through IGU, Mr. Copan assisted with the workings of Task Force B, which restructured IGU in the early 2000s. He has been actively engaged in hosting IGU executive meetings, and providing speakers for a number of IGU meetings in the past twelve years. Mr. Copan has represented the United States gas industry in presentations before audiences around the globe.
Mr. Copan previously served as the executive director of the American Gas Foundation, where he was responsible for that organization’s activities as an independent source of research and programs on energy and environmental issues that affect public policy, with a particular emphasis on natural gas.
Prior to joining AGA, he served as chief economist with the Federal Maritime Commission. He has published a variety of articles and has been active in numerous civic affairs.
Mr. Copan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and a Masters degree in business administration from the University of Maryland. He has taken post-graduate courses in economics at George Mason University. He and his wife, Maureen (also an active participant in IGU activities since 1999), have two daughters, two son-in-laws, and four grandchildren.