Bastiaan Straatman has been modeling complex systems throughout his career, but since early 2012, he has been focused on developing and using the Canadian Energy Systems Simulation (CanESS) model to study the past, present and possible future energy systems of Canada. His past work has involved spatial decision support models, models of evolutionary dynamics in economics and models depicting greenhouse gas emissions in municipalities. Bastiaan holds a Master degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Geography. He currently has a fulltime position as a modeller with whatIf? Technologies Inc.