Our Team

Zeeshan Syed

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and International Relations


On May 5, 2017, Zeeshan Syed was appointed Executive Vice President for the International Centre of Regulatory Excellence (ICORE) where he leads Corporate Development and International Relations. Prior to that, Mr. Syed was Vice President of National/International Relations with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). He oversaw major global initiatives that resulted in awards of excellence from the World Bank and the International Energy Agency (IEA). He has also led international climate change negotiations and oil market diversification policies with the Government of Alberta in Canada.

Mr. Syed was a member of the Department of Political Affairs' Energy Task Force with the United Nations Secretariat in New York, and has served in Ottawa with the Ministries of Health, Natural Resources, and with the Office of the Prime Minister.

Mr. Syed is a graduate of economics and international relations from the London School of Economics.

He loves history, travelling, and playing golf.

Phil Hoffmann

Program Training Consultant

Dr. Phillip Hoffmann has nearly 20 years’ experience as an instructor and administrator at post-secondary institutions in Alberta, Canada. He worked on faculty development and degree program design and approval as an Associate Dean at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, Alberta and is currently an independent training consultant with four years of experience in the oil and gas sector.

Dr. Hoffman has been with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) for two years as a senior advisor, designing, developing, and facilitating staff training for the AER’s Integrated Decision Approach to regulation. Through ICORE, Dr. Hoffman is the lead instructor for ICORE’s Course Delivery project with Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City, Mexico.

Dr. Hoffman was born in Australia, is a dual Canadian-Australian citizen, and holds his PhD in philosophy from the University of Calgary. He is author of Nothing So Absurd: An Invitation to Philosophy (Broadview Press, 2003).

Click here to see Phil discuss his experience working with the Universidad Panamericana.