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.
World Commission on Protected Areas
Jasveen Brar's Bio
Jasveen Brar | Executive Director, Youth Climate Lab
Energy Roundtables: March 17, 3:00-4:15pm
Jasveen (she/her) is a climate educator from the prairies. Her work centres around environmental justice, intersectional environmentalism and ensuring that youth are involved in decision-making. She holds a B.Sc. from Dalhousie University in Biology and Sustainability and has experience working in ocean conservation, polar policy and education.
Jasveen is also the Executive Director at Youth Climate Lab, a Canada-based, global non-profit organization of youth mobilizing youth to create just, climate-resilient futures.
Bonnie Drozdowski | Director, Environmental Services, InnoTech Alberta
Round Tables (Friday afternoon)
Environmental and management professional with a passion for addressing environmental challenges and supporting and motivating others to do the same. Over fifteen years of experience managing and participating in multifaceted projects including integrating business and science to generate creative, practical solutions and business opportunities in the environmental and clean tech industries in Alberta in various different sectors including, upstream oil and gas, mineable and in-situ oil sands, coal mining, sand and gravel, diamond mining, forestry, pulp and paper, GHG mitigation and renewables. Keenly focused on convening collaborative partnerships and key areas of technical expertise to achieve mutually beneficial, holistic outcomes.
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.
Director of Community and Indigenous Affairs | Cenovus Energy
Round Table Topic: Indigenous Housing Initiative
Trent Zacharias is Director of Community and Indigenous at Cenovus Energy. In his role with Cenovus he is responsible for leading the company’s engagement with Indigenous peoples, ranging from consultation and business development, to Indigenous housing and broader inclusion initiatives.
Trent is also responsible for leading Cenovus’s social investment team, which focuses on developing strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations such as Inside Education, and Cenovus’s employee volunteering and giving program.