Women in Energy Transformation Dialogue 3: Solutions, Career Pathways, and Intergenerational Networking
Date: Thursday, Mar 31, 2022
Time: 1:15pm- 3:15pm PT
Location: In-Person, GLOBE Forum 2022
Indigenous women are among Canada’s most dedicated and influential climate leaders. Many have experienced firsthand the impacts of climate change on their communities and now advocate strongly for better inclusion of Indigenous voices in climate and energy decision-making.
The Women in Energy Transformation Series is pleased to host its first in-person dialogue, co-hosted with Indigenous Clean Energy. Participants will dive deep into the experiences of Indigenous women in Canada’s energy sector through stories and networking. The voices of Indigenous climate leaders will be the guiding force in this solutions-oriented discussion. Be sure to attend to meet and connect with others who are passionate about ensuring an equitable clean energy future.
- Freddie Huppé Campbell, Global Hub Program Manager, Indigenous Clean Energy
- Chief Sharleen Gale, Chief, Fort Nelson First Nation, and Chair, First Nations Major Projects Coalition (FNMPC)
- Terri Lynn Morrison, Associate Executive Director, Indigenous Clean Energy
- (Moderator) Linda Coady, Executive Director, Pembina Institute
This session will follow the GLOBE Forum Women’s Lunch and is only available to GLOBE Forum All Access pass holders.
Minding the Gap: Barriers and Key Themes in Equality and Inclusion
Date: Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021
Time: 9:00am- 10:15am PT / 12:00pm-1:15pm ET
Location: Online – Attendance is complimentary
Building on the outcomes from the first dialogue, the second dialogue of the Women in Energy Transformation series will focus on key themes surrounding gender equity and inclusion emerging at COP26 and take a deeper dive into barriers for women in the energy sector as identified from the Pembina Institute’s recent report. Don’t miss this highly interactive session where we will explore these barriers as peers and begin to discuss ways to overcome them in our collective path towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in Canada by 2050.
This session will take place as part of Destination Net Zero: Nature and Bioeconomy Days and feature an opening plenary interview with Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change, Patricia Fuller, moderated by GLOBE Series’ Managing Director, Elizabeth Shirt.
Opening Plenary Interview:
- Patricia Fuller, Ambassador for Climate Change, Government of Canada
Featured speakers include:
- Bipasha Baruah, Professor & Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues, University of Western Ontario
- Luisa Da Silva, Executive Director, Iron & Earth
- Maryam Monsef, Canada’s Former Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
- Anna Stukas, VP Business Development, Carbon Engineering Ltd
- Deanna Burgart, Senior Instructor, University of Calgary
- (Moderator) Elizabeth Shirt, Managing Director, GLOBE Series
Five Barriers in Equality and Inclusion
Lack of access to opportunity
There are many ways in which women do not have the same access to information and opportunities as men do in the energy industry. Women and girls are less likely to enroll in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs than men, often due to discouraging social norms and stereotypes – but STEM education degrees are required for many jobs in energy. As another example, women often do not have access to informal and predominantly male networks (e.g., email chains, clubs, happy hour networking) where opportunities are offered and exchanged.
Lack of good jobs
What defines a good job for a man and a woman are different. Due to cultural norms and expectations, women often have domestic and social responsibilities that they balance with work, so many women prefer jobs that have flexible hours and a consistent location (i.e., part-time positions without travel requirements). However, these positions often lack important aspects that characterize a “good” job for anyone: opportunities for advancement, health benefits, and job security (during tight financial times, part-time employees are more likely to be laid off than full-time ones).
Inability to advance
Women struggle to work their way up the career ladder in the energy industry: as seniority level increases, the number of women decreases. Due to domestic and social responsibilities, women often have gaps in employment and occupy part-time positions, and these characteristics are often perceived negatively when individuals are considered for advancement (e.g., women can be perceived as not dedicated to their jobs). Women also have less access to informal networks and mentorship, where opportunities for advancement are often presented.
Resource extraction industries like the oil and gas sector are among the greatest drivers of income inequality between men and women in Canada. The roles that women often occupy, in departments such as human resources, finance, and administration, are paid less than the technical and leadership roles men often occupy. These “feminized” jobs are under-valued, contributing to a big gap in pay between men and women in energy. There is also evidence that women are compensated less even when they occupy similar roles to men in the industry.
The fossil-fuels based energy industry in Canada was built during an era of a masculine, “frontier” culture that still persists today. Women, and especially Indigenous women, are more likely to be harassed and experience violence in the energy industry. There is evidence that these workplace cultures are spilling over not only into the communities around remote worksites, but also into the renewable energy industry as workers (and therefore norms) transition over from the fossil fuels industry.
Profiling Women Leaders of the Energy Transformation
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021
Time: 9:00am- 11:00am PT / 12:00pm-2:00pm ET
Location: Online – Attendance is complimentary
Full and equal participation of women in Canada’s energy systems is crucial to our nation’s fight against climate change. This first dialogue in the Women in Energy Transformation series brings together four women in a set of rapid-fire interviews exploring their energy transformation stories. Discover their contributions to drive change, learn about the barriers and opportunities they have experienced, and be part of the conversation about successfully achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in Canada by 2050.
Featured speakers include:
- Kehkashan Basu, Founder & President, Green Hope Foundation
- Jordyn Burnouf, Sr. Associate, Medicine Rope Strategies, and Member, Indigenous Clean Energy Advisory Council
- Heather Campbell, Executive Director, Clean Technology, Alberta Innovates
- Alexandra Tavasoli, CEO, The Solistra Corporation and Finalist, MaRS Discovery District’s Women In Cleantech Challenge
Special thank you to our Sponsors:
- Michelle George, VP Engineering & Storage and Transmission Operations at Enbridge.
- Breanne Fox, Director of Commercial Management and Carbon Technology at Capital Power
- Rhona DelFrari, Chief Sustainability Officer & Senior Vice-President & Stakeholder Engagement at Cenovus
- Mollie Johnson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Low Carbon Energy, Natural Resources Canada
Join us to celebrate the women who are advancing Canada’s transformation to a clean energy economy and have your voice heard via focused discussion groups and networking activities.
This Women in Energy Transformation dialogue is bullfrog-powered with 100% green electricity.