Thursday morning panel • Feb 24, 10:45 AM MST
Engaging Impacted Communities in Transition
The net-zero transition presents an opportunity to address the systemic inequalities that have historically existed in the traditional energy system. In this panel, we learned about how workers in the fossil fuel industry can transfer their skills to the clean energy economy that shared considerations for building the net-zero economy in an equitable, affordable, and accessible manner. The discussion focussed particularly on two specific groups — women and Indigenous communities — and presented the findings from a Pembina Institute report that examined coal transition programs and showed how the lessons learned from the coal phase-out can inform just transitions in different contexts.
Angele Alook is an assistant professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at York University. She is a proud member of Bigstone Cree Nation in Treaty 8 territory, where she has carried out research on issues of sociology of family and work, resource extraction, school-to-work transitions, Indigenous identity, and seeking the good life (miyo-pimatisiwin) in work-life balance.Read more
Sarah Winstanley is an analyst with Pembina Institute’s Women in Alberta’s Energy Transition project and offers a gender and intersectional lens to other projects. Sarah is a social worker who specializes in community development and engagement and has spent almost a decade working with girls and women leaders in Calgary and across the U.K. Before coming to the Pembina Institute, she led the creation of a range of activism programs for girls at the Women's Centre of Calgary. Read more
Grace Brown is a senior analyst in the Alberta clean energy program for the Pembina Institute. Her work focuses on regulatory reform and utility business model innovation to enable greater integration of renewables and a just energy transition. Prior to joining the Institute, Grace worked in the solar energy industry for over five years and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in Sichuan, China. Read more
Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez is Binizá (Zapotec) from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico. She is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Comparative Indigenous Feminist Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. She has written extensively on energy transition — specifically on wind power and climate mitigation initiatives — and Indigenous peoples. Read more