- Executive Director, Public Affairs International Gas Union (IGU)
Menelaos (Mel) Ydreos is the Executive Director of EnergyVantage, a consulting firm specializing in supporting transformational energy strategies and solutions. Areas of specialization include global energy policy and strategy, market assessment and implementation strategies and organizational cultural, revenue and cost transformation.
Clients of EnergyVantage include the International Gas Union where Ydreos is leading the Union’s global advocacy efforts. He currently serves the Union in the capacity of Executive Director, Public Affairs.
In his previous role with Union Gas Ltd-A Spectra Energy Company, Ydreos lead the company’s government, municipal and aboriginal affairs activities. Other roles held during his career with Union Gas included Vice President, marketing
and customer care, Vice President, operations and Vice President, engineering and gas supply operations. Mr. Ydreos also was Acting President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association in the summer of 2009.
He is active in the natural gas industry through his participation with the International Gas Union. Ydreos supported the American Gas Association in securing the IGU’s 2015-18 presidency, as well as the 2018 World Gas Conference, which will be held in Washington DC. He serves as Chairman, Co-ordination Committee, for the 2015-18 IGU’s USA Triennium overseeing the work and contribution of 1,000 global industry experts involved in the many IGU committees and task forces. In the previous 2009-12 Malaysian Triennium, he served as chair of the Special Task Force on Geopolitics and Natural Gas. In the 2006-09 Argentinean Triennium, Ydreos served as the vice chair of the Special Task Force on Research and Development and led the IGU’s Best Practices Initiative.
Ydreos is the Founding Chair of Energy Technology and Innovation Canada, a past member of the Advisory Board of the University of Waterloo’s Sustainability Institute, a past member of Pollution Probe’s Board of Directors and a past member of the Advisory Committee of the Mowat Centre’s Energy Fellow. Ydreos is past chair of the Standing Committee on Operations for the Canadian Gas Association, and has served on the board of directors of Canadian Standards International.