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The Helios Centre is organized around a flexible structure, consisting of a core team based in Montreal combined with a network of energy experts from around the world.

Core Team

PHILIP RAPHALS, Executive Director

Cofounder and executive director of the Helios Centre, a non-profit energy research and consulting group based in Montreal, Philip Raphals has been recognized as an expert witness by energy regulators in the provinces of Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, in many aspects of sustainable energy policy, including least-cost energy planning, utility regulation and green power certification. He has also provided expert affidavits in proceedings before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1999) and for the Federal Court of Canada (2012).

Mr. Raphals appeared as an expert witness in hearings before Joint Review Panels concerning large hydropower projects in Labrador (the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project) and British Columbia (Site C).

In 1997, he advised a standing committee of the Quebec National Assembly in its oversight hearings concerning Hydro-Quebec. In 2001, he authored a major study on the implications of electricity market restructuring for hydropower developments, entitled Restructured Rivers: Hydropower in the Era of Competitive Energy Markets. In 2005, he advised the Federal Review Commission studying the Eastmain 1A/Rupert Diversion hydro project with respect to project justification.

Mr. Raphals has been an invited speaker before the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources and at numerous energy industry conferences, as well as at Yale and other universities. In 2013, he was part of an expert roundtable on electricity surpluses and economic development convened by the Quebec Commission on Energy Issues.

Senior Analyst

RICHARD HENDRIKS, Director of Camerado Energy Consulting, an Ontario-based firm providing environmental assessment, energy planning, policy analysis, and research services to clients across Canada. For the past two decades he has been engaged in the planning and assessment of several large-scale hydroelectric developments, providing testimony before regulatory bodies concerning their economic viability, environmental effects, socio-economic impacts and benefits, and implications for Indigenous rights.

Mr. Hendriks has been qualified as an expert witness by the Manitoba Public Utilities Board in the policy and planning aspects of large-scale hydroelectric development and in the socio-economic implications and environmental consequences of such development for Indigenous people. He was an expert witness before the Utilities Board during its Need For and Alternatives To review of the proposed Keeyask and Conawapa hydroelectric projects.

In 2010 Mr. Hendriks testified before the Alberta Utilities Commission during its Inquiry on Hydroelectric Power Generation that reviewed the policy, planning and regulatory context for additional hydroelectric development in that Province. In 2013 he addressed the Alberta Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship on considerations for electricity resource planning during its Review of the Potential for Expanded Hydroelectric Energy Production in Northern Alberta.

Mr. Hendriks testified on several environmental and economic matters before the Joint Review Panel for the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project. He also testified on environmental and socio-economic matters before the Joint Review Panel for the Site C Project, and he provided environmental assessment advice to the Treaty 8 Tribal Association.

Mr. Hendriks was recently retained by the Expert Panel for Review of Federal Environmental Assessment Processes to provide expert written advice to the Panel concerning the incorporation of Indigenous consent into federal environmental assessment.


ADONIS PÉREZ LORENZO, Specialist in renewable energies. His latest work includes the writing of numerous articles in specialized journals; design and assembly of different photovoltaic, wind and hybrid systems for electrification, water pumping, and water treatment in the small islands north of Camaguey province, Cuba. These requests came directly from the Cuban Minister of the Interior. He was the creator of the Circles of Interests called "The Way of the Sun". He helped design and install self-standing photovoltaic systems and photovoltaic water pumps for rural households that are not connected to the grid that supplies the eastern and central regions of the country. Over the past five years he has continued to work on similar projects in Quebec.

Mr. Pérez Lorenzo was trained at the University of Camaguey, where he studied electrical engineering, general electricity techniques, and wind, photovoltaic, and hydroelectric power. He obtained a Diploma in Professional Studies at the Technological Polytechnic Institute in the province of Ciego de Avila, in the field of industrial electrical systems.


The Helios Centre enjoys working relationships with a wide range of experts worldwide. In recent years, our colleagues have included:

PETER BRADFORD has chaired the New York State Public Service Commission and the Maine Public Utilities Commission, has served as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and was a member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1977 until 1982. A graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School, Mr. Bradford has written many articles on utility regulation and nuclear power, and authored the book Fragile Structures: a Story of Oil Refineries, National Security and the Coast of Maine. He teaches Energy Policy and Environmental Protection as a Visiting Lecturer at Yale and advises and teaches on utility regulation, restructuring and energy policy in the U.S. and abroad. He was a member of an International Expert Panel advising the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development on least cost alternatives to continued operation of Chernobyl, and serves on the Policy Advisory Committee of the China Sustainable Energy Project of the Packard Foundation.

IAN GOODMAN, president of The Goodman Group, Ltd.; specializes in research and consulting relating to hydroelectric systems, trans-border energy trade, electricity and natural gas resource planning, aboriginal issues, and employment and other economic development impacts of various energy options. He has 28 years of experience advising aboriginals, government agencies, consumer and environmental advocates, and other clients throughout Canada and the United States. Mr. Goodman has testified in more than forty-five regulatory proceedings, legislative hearings, and court cases. He has co-authored over forty reports, and his papers have been published in various professional journals and conference proceedings. Mr. Goodman studied civil engineering and transportation planning at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).




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