Larissa Stendie is an independent consultant working with the Corporate Mapping Project. She also serves as an advisor for the Saanich Inlet Network and BC Sustainable Energy Association, and as a public engagement planner for BC MLA Adam Olsen. She formerly worked as a research manager with Parkland Institute.
For over a decade, Larissa has occupied a liminal space between academia and activism, having worked on justice issues related to extractive industries, Indigenous Peoples and communities in Sierra Leone, Peru, occupied Palestine, Canada, The Gambia, and Norway.
She holds an interdisciplinary Masters of Philosophy in Culture, Environment and Sustainability from the SUM Centre at the University of Oslo, where her research focused a political ecology lens on indigenous consultation (FPIC) and deliberative democracy. She served on the imminent Executive Steering Council of the Arne Naess Chair projects, was a presenter at several Oslo Sustainability Summits and worked for The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health (with Harvard's Global Health Institute). She has written feature and journal articles in French, Norwegian and Swedish publications, and co-authored a chapter in Laurie Adkin’s recent book First World Petro-Politics.
On returning to Canada, she was Energy and Climate Campaigner for Sierra Club BC, developing post-carbon transition and resiliency programming with 13 communities, and partnered with Tsartlip First Nation to host a large Salish Sea Gathering.
Larissa lives on her sailboat in Victoria, BC.