Inside Education is governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors representing a diversity of industry, government, education, community and conservation perspectives — valuable and necessary for quality bias-balanced education. Members share their expertise, leadership and enthusiasm with us by providing direction and guidance for the Society’s vision, mission and goals.

Allow us to introduce them to you…

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We are thrilled to introduce David as the President & Chair of the Inside Education Board of Directors. People still talk about the presentations David gives for our Teacher Professional Development programs! Once, after noticing a bit of an energy lag prior to another indoor presentation on a sunny day, David gathered all the teachers and challenged them to look at multiple perspectives by changing their perspective with “let’s go outside!” We first met David through his work in wind energy, and his current role with AltaLink continues to provide us insight into an important Inside Education topic area of electricity.

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Allison Mostowich is an experienced engagement and outreach professional in the areas of internal and external communications, energy efficiency, innovation commercialization, conventional resources, regulatory environments and small business startups. She has led teams and managed programs at the Energy Resources Conservation Board, the Alberta Energy Regulator, Energy Efficiency Alberta (where we first met Allison) and now Emissions Reduction Alberta. Her experience working with multiple levels of government, multiple leadership levels in organizations and businesses throughout the province has built Allison’s strong focus on an inclusive and practical approach to decision-making and implementation.

Jessica Martin-Thompson
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Jessica has been actively involved with environmental education for over a decade, with both the program development and funding lense. A lifelong love for nature led her to pursue a degree in Environmental Science which she has utilized in careers with nonprofits, government, and industry. Jessica’s brand new role is as Climate Initiatives Specialist with the charitable Community Energy Association in British Columbia. In her spare time, she spends time gardening and exploring the outdoors with her husband and two beautiful children.


 
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Neil teaches biology, math, science, and agriculture at Morinville Community High School. Neil is a veteran of many of Inside Education’s adventures, including oil sands and agriculture professional development programs, he’s come with us on A+ for Energy adventures, and as one of Alberta’s leaders in ag-education, really helped us launch our own agriculture education programs in 2016. Neil’s vast experience and background include two terms as the youngest-ever Councillor for the City of St. Albert.

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The ‘roots’ of Inside Education’s natural resources education programming lie in forest education (we couldn’t resist). Janet is a fourth-generation part of a century-old Alberta forest company, through her work as Communications Director of Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. and President of Millar Western Industries Ltd. As well as being a long-time supporter of Inside Education, Janet serves on the public affairs committees of the Forest Products Association of Canada and the Alberta Forest Products Association. While championing projects like Inside Education’s Huestis Demonstration Forest Education Program, Janet also serves as the board liaison on our Communications and Health and Safety Committees.

Helen-Colbourne
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Originally from Newfoundland. Helen has always had a love of science and a desire to work with complex learners. She is a proud mom of two boys and has worked hard to instill the love of learning into her children and all of her students. Helen has been involved with Inside Education for many years and has participated in a variety of Inside Education programs with her students and colleagues – Gener8, Navig8, Water in a World for 7 Billion, and A+ for Energy. She is a strong supporter of A+ for Energy and Inside Education Programming and is honoured to be a part of the Inside Education team. Currently, she is a Principal at Louise Dean School in Calgary, a high school for pregnant and parenting teens.

Laura Lunt
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Laura has 23 years of experience in engineering and team leadership in oil and gas, durables, and non-durable manufacturing. Laura has been a senior executive in the energy sector for more than 10 years, most recently as Vice President Oil Sands and Heavy Oil at Pembina Pipeline Corporation. For 6 years, she held a Board member position on a not-for-profit organization, Women Building Futures, which prepares women for economically prosperous careers in industries where women have historically been under-represented. Laura believes in the power of higher education and supporting learning and development to help enhance people’s careers, their lives and open up possibilities for new lines of thinking.
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If Alberta nominated a “Mr. Water,” there is a very good chance David Hill would be awarded this distinction. From his days working in the world of irrigation farming to his role at Alberta Innovates supporting water research across the province and now to his new role at the University of Lethbridge, David has been a champion for water education. David’s water expertise has been invaluable to Inside Education’s water education programming. If you ever have a chance to see his water pictures from around the world…do it!

Michael nemith
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Mike has been involved with Inside Education since 2016 when he first participated in a provincial youth summit. He enjoyed participation in subsequent water and energy youth summits put on by Inside Education that he was thrilled at the initiation to join the Board of Directors in May 2019. Mike has a passion for sustainable industrial development and natural resources, and helping youth, including his four children, understand tradeoffs around energy, water, and food from a sustainability perspective. Mike provides great insight into our agriculture education programs in his role as Senior Advisor – Agriculture and Environmental at Nutrien.
RobHarris
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We have known Rob for many years through his role as Director of Engagement and Education at Alberta Environment and Parks – in fact, he manages the area within the Alberta Government that Inside Education grew out of way back in the 1980s. In his daily life, Rob and his family live on a property that his family has farmed for four generations! As he says, this has helped sew the seeds from which his passion for the land, the environment, and education have grown.

Trent Zacharias
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Trent was first introduced to Inside Education 20 years ago and it took him that long to collect enough wisdom and courage to join our illustrious board! (Ed Note: His words, we’re delighted to have him!) Trent has a diverse experience in the resource industry, having worked in forestry and oil and gas….. forever. Trent’s day job is Manager of Community and Indigenous Affairs for Cenovus Energy. Trent’s main job is being the “fun” parent to Aiden, Abby, and Madison.

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Ken is new to the Inside Education Board. He is looking forward to supporting Inside Education on its mission to provide Alberta educators with the resources and tools to engage their students about the environment and sustainable resource development. A Calgary-based lawyer specializing in corporate/commercial disputes and employment law, Ken advises not-for-profit and charitable organizations on a number of matters. Ken also represents a diverse client base that includes individuals, energy production companies, and oil and gas service companies. Outside of the office, Ken enjoys traveling and being outdoors with his family.