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Richard Dixon

Richard Dixon

Academic Coordinator, Organizational Business

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Richard Dixon specializes in regulation, professional regulators, strategic management and foresight, ethics, and energy research with practical experience in government, profit, and non-profit fields.

Currently, he is the Program Director of the Leadership and Management Development Program at Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business. In this position, he has co-led the development and taught North America’s first AI-powered Virtual Co-op. Richard was the first Chief of Strategic Foresight in the Alberta Energy Regulator. He provided Executive and Board members with strategic knowledge, intelligence, and foresight for strategic decision-making. Previously, Professor Dixon was the Centre for Applied Business Research in Energy and the Environment’s (CABREE) first Executive Director and Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta. He taught graduate students, extensive media commentary on energy issues, and led many energy studies in this role. Before this role, he led the Strategic Intelligence unit in Alberta Environment, where he was responsible for identifying emerging energy and environmental issues and developing proactive strategic responses for the Ministry and the Government of Alberta. In the Alberta government, he also co-chaired the government’s Emissions Trading Project, which won the Premier’s Gold Award of Excellence. The Project was the basis for the development of North America’s first mandatory carbon tax. Currently, Richard is working on another degree, a Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Ethics, from Walden University. His thesis focuses on significant changes impacting professions and professional regulators in Canada.

Research interests

  • regulation
  • professional regulators
  • strategic management and foresight
  • ethics
  • energy and environment
  • AI in education

Educational credentials

  • Ph.D. pending (ABD), Walden University
  • MBA, Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy, University of Alberta
  • M.Div. Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon

Professional affiliations

  • Association for Strategic Planning
  • World Futures Society
  • Association of Professional Futurists