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A weekly renewable energy video podcast featuring interviews with influential experts, academia, businesses and organizations leading the way in sustainable business and clean technology. Hosted by Maria McGowan, topics will cover a wide range of renewable energy-related projects in a conversational, informative way. Each episode will be less than 30 minutes in length.
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Casual Inference
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Casual Inference

Lucy D'Agostino McGowan and Ellie Murray

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Keep it casual with the Casual Inference podcast. Your hosts Lucy D'Agostino McGowan and Ellie Murray talk all things epidemiology, statistics, data science, causal inference, and public health. Sponsored by the American Journal of Epidemiology.
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Cutting-edge battery research is happening at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Jeff Dahn Research Group labs is a lithium-ion battery R&D facility that is globally recognized, not only for its partnership with Tesla but for building some of the world’s most advanced battery technologies. This week, we welcome to the podcast Dr. Mic…
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Ever wondered how a single conversation could spark a revolution in the energy industry? Join us as Wes Scott, a conduit in the world of renewable energy, takes us on a journey from conferences to clean energy initiatives. Wes shares his journey and discusses the origins of the Smart Energy Event in Halifax, focusing on renewables in Nova Scotia. T…
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Embarking on the path of environmental advocacy, especially as an early adopter, can feel like a challenging journey, reminiscent of Kermit's lament in the famous song, "It’s not easy being green." However, for those like Stephen Mildenberger, the journey is a testament to the power of knowledge. In this episode, we delve into the inspiring narrati…
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Can we ensure the stability of large-scale solar arrays in the face of extreme weather events and changing regulations? Host Maria McGowan chats with Tom St. Onge from PRI Engineering, a civil engineering consulting firm specializing in geotechnical engineering. They discuss crucial processes involved in renewable energy projects' risk management r…
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How are construction companies contributing to a sustainable future? Host Maria McGowan sits down with Prabh Banga, Aecon’s VP of Sustainability. In addition to Aecon's focus on safety and sustainability, they’re also testing zero-emission equipment and low-carbon construction materials. Prabh offers valuable advice for companies looking to embark …
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In this episode of the Reimagined Energy Podcast, host Maria McGowan speaks with Rory O'Sullivan from Moltex Energy. They discuss Moltex's mission to develop nuclear technology that can produce affordable, clean energy while addressing the nuclear waste challenge. Moltex Energy offers three unique technologies: a molten salt reactor, a waste recycl…
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Do you have questions about Energy? Want to improve your understanding of how the energy sector works and how it impacts your life? In this episode of the Reimagined Energy Podcast, host Maria McGowan welcomes Michelle Robichaud from the Atlantica Centre for Energy. They discuss their interactive energy maps highlighting the region's diverse energy…
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Returning to the Reimagined Energy Podcast is Sadiq Pirani, a leading expert in transportation and sustainable urban planning. Sadiq discusses the shift towards eco-friendly and efficient modes of commuting. This episode discusses the transition from gas-powered vehicles to electric cars, he provides innovative solutions that promise safer, smarter…
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In this episode of the Reimagined Energy Podcast, Maria sat down with Claire Harris, a senior advisor in the area of environment and inclusion at NB Power. Claire shared insights into her remarkable journey in the energy sector, the shifts she's witnessed over the past decade, and what lies ahead for the industry. They delved into the evolving land…
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We are re-releasing an episode from 2021 in remembrance of Ralph D'Agostino, Sr. Ellie Murray and Lucy D’Agostino McGowan chat with Ralph D’Agostino Sr. and Ralph D’Agostino Jr. about their careers in statistics, looking back at how things have developed and forward at where they see the world of statistics and epidemiology going. Ralph D’Agostino …
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There are so many uses for artificial intelligence; in this case, it can help us save on energy costs. In this episode, Maria McGowan interviews Winston Morton from Climative, a climate data platform revolutionizing energy and climate assessments for homes and buildings. They discuss how Climative utilizes artificial intelligence for digital audits…
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Welcome to season two of the Reimagined Energy podcast! We were thrilled with the success of season one and can't wait to share more interviews with sustainability experts. What's in it for you? Each episode will feature sustainability news, innovations, tips, and insightful first-person experiences with renewable energy experts. See you soon!…
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That's a wrap for Season 1! Thanks to everyone who tuned in and joined us on this journey. Coming soon; Season 2! Join us this fall for more interviews, insight, and conversations with some of the brightest minds in renewable energy. Got a question or suggestion for the show? Know someone in the Renewable Energy Sector who would make a great guest?…
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If you've ever wondered whether solar energy is the right choice for you, this episode will provide the answers you need. Maria is joined with John Sheldon of Renu Energy, to demystify solar energy for both residential and commercial properties. John explains the planning and installation processes, and tax credits associated with solar energy. He …
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Ellie and Lucy chat with Dr. Cat Hicks, VP of Research Insights and Director of Developer Success Lab at Pluralsight Flow, about evidence science. Follow along on Twitter: Cat: @grimalkina The American Journal of Epidemiology: @AmJEpi Ellie: @EpiEllie Lucy: @LucyStats 🎶 Our intro/outro music is courtesy of Joseph McDade Edited by Quinn Rose: aspiri…
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A conversation with Dr. Nevenka Elezovic, Research Professor at the Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade. Sometimes, you must step outside your country (and continent) to see another perspective. In this case, in a recent “call for podcast guests” on a LinkedIn Renewable Energy Group, one of the responses was from Dr. El…
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Maria goes back to school to talk to Dr. Wayne Groszko, an applied energy research scientist at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) to discuss the school's work in the field of renewable and sustainable energy. Dr. Groszko and his team conduct various research projects, including the development of perovskite solar cells, testing solar panels …
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The Port of Halifax is one of the world’s largest naturally deep, ice-free harbours. It is Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway and a regional economic engine. Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority, unveils their focus on hydrogen as a potential fuel source for large ships and their determination to become a demand aggregat…
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Maria sits down with Mark Kirby, Senior Advisor of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, for a little science class on the elements. They discuss the limitless potential of hydrogen as a clean and sustainable energy source and share valuable insights into the latest advancements in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Mark shares his exp…
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How do we create change through the choices we make? By making small, consistent choices. Thinkwell Shift is a behavior change company that specializes in resource conservation. They encourage people to make lasting changes in their daily lives to conserve resources such as water, energy, and waste. Maria interviews Ruvi Mugara, Director of Project…
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How is nuclear energy part of the clean energy mix? Maria is joined by Fawn Zeuchner of ARC Clean Technology as they discuss the pivotal role of nuclear energy in combating climate change, meeting global energy demands, technological advancements, safety protocols, and dispelling common misconceptions. Tune in for a fresh perspective on the remarka…
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Approximately 95 percent of a lithium-ion battery can be recycled into new batteries.* Maria is joined by Ravi Gade, CEO of ES Recycle and an esteemed expert in lithium-ion batteries. Learn how end-of-life batteries can be reimagined and made stronger, and the transformative impact they could have. Tune in to hear about Ravi's groundbreaking resear…
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The transition to sustainable mobility will require how Canada rethinks how it interacts with its grids. Have you thought of electric vehicles being also used as portable energy storage providers when they are not in use? Think electric-powered school buses during the weekends and summer months, instead of sitting idle, they can be used to provide …
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Maria talks to Rob Bennett, CEO of BlockEnergy, a US-based energy company that is the first utility-owned community microgrid platform for new residential communities. Rob shares BlockEnergy's unique approach to developing advanced energy storage solutions and what it's like to live in a microgrid community. Maria and Rob discuss how parent-company…
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Maria speaks with Sadiq Pirani about safe, smart, and sustainable mobility solutions in Canada, with a focus on electric and autonomous vehicles, public transportation, and bikes. Pirani shares insights on how technology can make transportation safer and more efficient while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They discuss the role of bikes in a sus…
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Maria sits down with David Adams, President of Global Automakers of Canada, to discuss the future of the automotive industry. From electric vehicles to autonomous driving technology, they explore the challenges and opportunities facing the industry, as well as the role of government in shaping the future of transportation. Listen in for a fascinati…
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Lucy D'Agostino McGowan and Ellie Murray chat about a "Causal Quartet" and spend some extra time on M-Bias! Lucy, Travis, & Malcom's Causal Quartet Paper Lucy's quartets R package Follow along on Twitter: The American Journal of Epidemiology: @AmJEpi Ellie: @EpiEllie Lucy: @LucyStats 🎶 Our intro/outro music is courtesy of Joseph McDade Edited by Qu…
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Join Maria as she speaks with Maggie Woolsey-Gray, a board member of the Electric Vehicle Association of Atlantic Canada (EVAAC) to discuss the future of electric vehicles in the region. Maggie shares her wealth of knowledge and expertise with Maria as they talk about the benefits of EVs, including their positive impact on the environment and the p…
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In this episode, Maria sits down with Valerie Bennett, a leading expert on energy efficiency. Valerie highlights the benefits and opportunities of adopting energy-efficient technologies and practices, as well as the challenges and barriers that need to be addressed. They delve into the latest initiatives, programs, and policies implemented by Natur…
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Lucy D'Agostino McGowan and Ellie Murray chat about ENAR 2023 and Targeted Learning! Targeted Learning in R Handbook Follow along on Twitter: The American Journal of Epidemiology: @AmJEpi Ellie: @EpiEllie Lucy: @LucyStats 🎶 Our intro/outro music is courtesy of Joseph McDade Edited by Quinn Rose: aspiringrobot.com…
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This week, Maria is joined by Abhi Kantamneni, a researcher at Efficiency Canada, about his work on energy poverty. They explore the definition of energy poverty and how it affects communities, including its link to health issues, economic challenges, and climate change. Abhi shares his insights on policies and programs that can help alleviate ener…
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The Canadian EV space is evolving to overcome challenges and transition to a fully electric future. In this episode, Maria interviews Emma Jarratt, Executive Editor of Electric Autonomy Canada, a leading publication covering the latest news and developments in the world of electric vehicles. Emma shares insights on the industry's current state, the…
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Lucy D'Agostino McGowan and Ellie Murray chat with #EpiCookieChallenge winner, Viktoria Gastens! Follow along on Twitter: The American Journal of Epidemiology: @AmJEpi Viktoria: @VikiGastens Viktoria's Lab: @PopHealthLabCH Ellie: @EpiEllie Lucy: @LucyStats 🎶 Our intro/outro music is courtesy of Joseph McDade Edited by Quinn Rose: aspiringrobot.com…
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Welcome to the very first episode of our podcast! In this exciting kickoff, Maria has the pleasure of speaking with Shannon Miedema, a highly experienced director at Halifax Regional Municipality. Shannon dives into her work with HalifACT, an active organization committed to reducing the effects of climate change in Halifax, and shares fascinating …
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Lucy D'Agostino McGowan and Ellie Murray chat about confounding! ✍️ Lucy's new paper: Sensitivity Analyses for Unmeasured Confounders Follow along on Twitter: The American Journal of Epidemiology: @AmJEpi Ellie: @EpiEllie Lucy: @LucyStats 🎶 Our intro/outro music is courtesy of Joseph McDade Edited by Quinn Rose: aspiringrobot.com…
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Lucy D'Agostino McGowan and Ellie Murray chat about randomized controlled trials, thinking about efficacy vs effectiveness and saftey vs safetiness. ✍️ Frank Harrell's blog post "Randomized Clinical Trials Do Not Mimic Clinical Practice, Thank Goodness" Follow along on Twitter: The American Journal of Epidemiology: @AmJEpi Ellie: @EpiEllie Lucy: @L…
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Lucy D'Agostino McGowan and Ellie Murray chat with Maria Glymour, Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatstics at UCSF and incoming chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Boston University. Maria successfully convinces Ellie and Lucy that instrumental variables can be very useful in epidemiology. Follow up: ✍️ Andrew Heiss's blog post on marginal a…
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Lucy D'Agostino McGowan and Ellie Murray chat about critiquing methods research, average treatment effects, and positivity violations! Follow along on Twitter: The American Journal of Epidemiology: @AmJEpi Ellie: @EpiEllie Lucy: @LucyStats 🎶 Our intro/outro music is courtesy of Joseph McDadeBy Lucy D'Agostino McGowan and Ellie Murray
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Lucy D'Agostino McGowan and Ellie Murray chat with Travis Gerke, Director of Data Science at The Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium (PCCTC). This episode has lots of hot takes and lots of love for logistic regression! Follow along on Twitter: Travis Gerke: @travisgerke The American Journal of Epidemiology: @AmJEpi Ellie: @EpiEllie Lucy: @Lu…
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