Prof. Mahnic

Prof. Robert Mahnic holds the position of Professor of Management within the Bachelor of Business Administration program at Monarch Business School Switzerland. He is a Ph.D. Candidate at Monarch and holds an M.Phil. in Business Research from Monarch, a Master of Arts degree in Economic Geography from the University of Saskatchewan, an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography from the University of Regina and a Certificate in Management Studies from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Prof. Mahnic started his career as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Northern Studies, University of Saskatchewan. He also served as the Director, Communications and Development at the Canadian Circumpolar Institute at the University of Alberta.

Prof. Mahnic is currently Director of Communiplan Consulting Services in Calgary. His professional career has included management, senior advisor and technical leadership positions with TC Energy, the National Energy Board (now the Canada Energy Regulator), Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, AMEC Earth & Environmental, Communiplan Consulting Services, Enbridge Pipelines, the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Municipal Affairs. He has held positions related to: regulatory policy and planning, regulatory facility applications and compliance; socio-economic impact assessment; management of oil and gas community benefit plans; government and community relations; and Indigenous and stakeholder engagement. Prof. Mahnic has more than 35 years of Canadian and international experience (United States, Russia, Mongolia) in the energy pipeline sector in roles with private industry, consulting firms and government.

Prof. Mahnic has participated in many academic, consulting and professional research projects and has been a principal or contributing author of more than 100 consulting and management reports and several journal articles. He has also presented or facilitated group discussions at more than 30 major conferences and workshops.

Academic Positions Held
  • Professor of Management, Bachelor of Business Administration Program, Monarch Business School Switzerland
Academic Positions Held In The Past
  • Advisor, Petroleum Industry Management Program, Bow Valley College, Calgary
  • Advisory Board Member, School of Business, Northern Lakes College, Slave Lake
  • Director, Communications and Development, Canadian Circumpolar Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton
  • Research Assistant, Institute for Northern Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D. in Business Research, Monarch Business School Switzerland (in progress)
  • M.Phil. in Business Research, Monarch Business School Switzerland
  • M.A. in Economic Geography, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • B.A. (Hons.) High Honours in Human Geography, University of Regina, Canada
  • Crisis Management Certificate, Monarch Business School Switzerland
  • Certificate in Management Studies, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary
Awards And Honors
  • University of Saskatchewan: Graduate Student Scholarship and Musk-Ox Northern Studies Scholarship
  • University of Regina: SaskSport Hockey Scholarship, Regina Pats Hockey Club Scholarship, Cdn. Assoc. of Geographers-Student of the Year Award
  • University of Regina: Graduate with High Honours in Geography
Main Academic Interests
  • Energy Infrastructure Development
  • Indigenous Participation in Resource Development
  • Stakeholder Issue Management
  • Regulatory Policy and Compliance
  • Humanistic management & Organizational Behaviour
  • Socio-Economic Impact Assessment
Professional Positions Held In The Past
  • Manager, Regulatory Facilities Applications, TC Energy, Calgary, Canada
  • Technical Lead, Socio-Economic Programs, TC Energy, Calgary, Canada
  • Regulatory Hearing Manager, Canada Energy Regulator, Calgary, Canada
  • Manager, Petroleum Dev. and Benefits, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Yellowknife, Canada
  • General Manager and Director, Communiplan Consulting Services, Edmonton, Canada
  • Senior Public Affairs Advisor, Enbridge Pipelines, Edmonton, Canada
Associations And Memberships
  • Member, Academy of Management
  • Member, Association for Borderlands Studies
  • Member, Canadian Association of Geographers
  • Member, Industry Studies Association
  • Member, International Association for Impact Assessment
  • Member, International Humanistic Management Association
  • Member, Western Social Science Association
  • Member, Western Regional Science Association
  • English
  • French (Beginner)
Selected and Recent Publications
  • Mahnic, R. (June 2020), Ready… Set… No! Canada’s failure to get out of the oil and gas pipeline starting blocks: Is there a path forward? paper accepted for presentation at the Industry Studies Association conference, MIT, Cambridge, MA
  • Mahnic, R. (April 2020), Expansion and Politicization of Transboundary Pipeline Megaprojects: A Clash of Canadian and American Interests, paper accepted for presentation at the Association for Borderlands Studies conference, Portland, OR
  • Mahnic, R. (April 2020), Pipeline Regulatory Transcripts and Content Analysis: Classification of Western Canadian Stakeholder and Indigenous Interests, paper accepted for presentation at the Western Social Science Association conference, Portland, OR
  • Mahnic, R. (March 2020), Wicked Problems or Grand Challenges? A Framework for Addressing Stakeholder and Indigenous Interest Management Concerns in the North American Energy Pipeline Sector, paper accepted for presentation at Western Business & Management Research Conference, Napa Valley, CA
  • Mahnic, R. (September 2019), Examining Construction Investment Trends and Response Lag in the Canadian Prairie Provinces, 1967–2017, paper accepted for presentation at the Prairie Canadian Association of Geographers annual meeting, University of Regina
  • Mahnic, R. (March 2019), Sticks, Stones and Steel: A Regional Analysis of Canadian Construction Investment, 1995-2015, paper presented at the Western Canadian Association of Geographers annual meeting, University of Victoria.
Symposiums & Conferences Attended
  • 2019 – October: Doctoral Workshop, Monarch Business School, Disentis, Switzerland
  • 2019 – March: Western Canadian Association of Geographers, annual meeting, University of Victoria, BC
  • 2018 – October: Doctoral Workshop, Monarch Business School, Rapperswil, Switzerland
  • 2018 – June: Regulatory Excellence Summit, hosted by Alberta Energy Regulator, Calgary, AB
  • 2018 – May: A New Federal Pipeline Regulator: Is There a Future for Major Projects in Canada, School of Public Policy, Calgary, AB