Erinn Drage | Programme Officer, International Union for Conservation of Nature, World Commission on Protected Areas
Youth Environmental Action Panel (Saturday Morning)
Erinn Drage is an environmentalist, filmmaker, protected areas enthusiast and outdoor adventure guide. In recent years Erinn has worked as an expedition guide in the Arctic and Antarctica, directed, shot, and edited digital media series’ for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and conducted research on nature-based tourism economies in the Denali region of Alaska.
Her first feature-length documentary, In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors, follows the story of the Sahtú Dene and the Canol Trail in the Northwest Territories. She currently works full-time in international conservation policy with Parks Canada and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), while pursuing her other passions by writing and editing film projects on the side.
Dinara Millington | Western Network Lead, The Transition Accelerator
Round Tables (Friday afternoon)
As the Western Network Lead at The Transition Accelerator, Dinara Millington is responsible for catalyzing the development and linkage of a network of strategically located hydrogen hubs across Western Canada. This work includes building and managing strategic relationships, identifying promising locations for new hubs in Western Canada, and developing systems of communication and knowledge sharing to link new hubs.
Dinara’s advanced knowledge of the energy industry and regulatory landscape, along with her technical and leadership skills have contributed to her almost 20-year energy career. In her previous role, Dinara was responsible for leading research programs, liaising with board and senior management, assisting in fundraising, and managing various committees.
Her effective communication skills and ability to work with a range of internal and external stakeholders are evidenced through publication of numerous research reports and appearances in articles and television interviews with local, national, and international media. Dinara holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Economics from the University of Calgary.
Lisa Dryden | Environmental Innovation and Research Advisor, Vertex Resource Group Ltd.
Innovation Gallery (Saturday morning)
Lisa Dryden, Environmental Innovation and Research Advisor with Vertex Resource Group Ltd., holds a BSc. in Environmental and Conservation Sciences, majoring in Land Reclamation from the University of Alberta, and a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) Designation in Alberta. She started her career as an Environmental Scientist where she consulted on remediation and reclamation projects for upstream oil and gas.
Also working in the non-profit world, she fostered relationships that promoted an industry association and the environment industry with other industry sectors and levels of government. Lisa currently works in Research and Development at Vertex Resource Group Ltd., focusing on managing and expanding projects that better the environment industry and promotes the company’s long-term success.
Fei Cheng | MSc student, Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta
Innovation Gallery (Saturday 11:15-12:15)
Fei completed her BSc in environmental engineering at the University of Alberta. Her research is related to the reuse of an industrial waste material (called bauxite residue produced from the alumina refinery industry) for wastewater treatment application (mainly oil sands process-affected water). Through her research, she wants to share the idea that all wastes are valuable products.
Pablo Pina | Academic Chair, Sustainability, MacPhail School of Energy, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Innovation Gallery (Saturday morning)
Trained to understand how the earth works and how it supports life in areas of biological, physical, and earth sciences, Pablo Pina has pursued his passion for water and environmental sustainability through a career that has brought together research, consulting and higher education.
With a bioscience undergraduate degree, a master’s in environmental biology and a doctorate in water and land resources, Pablo has worked as a research associate at the University of Calgary and consulted with clients across the non-profit sector, industry and government. His research and presentations on it have taken him from Canada and the United States to Mexico and Central and South America, along with Switzerland and France.
Pablo joined SAIT in 2017, taking a role as the Academic Chair of Water Sustainability — helping SAIT develop and unveil the groundbreaking Integrated Water Management diploma program in 2019. In 2020, his role evolved as he was named the Academic Chair of Sustainability which has him contributing to the development of the sustainability portfolio through innovation, research integration and talent development.