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.
Trina Innes | Executive Director, Sustainability Services, Alberta Municipalities
Future of Energy Panel (Friday 10:30-11:30)
Trina is Executive Director of Sustainability Services at Alberta Municipalities where she leads a portfolio of climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives including the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre and Clean Energy Improvement Program. Trina was recognized by the Women in Energy Transition Series in 2022, and as a Clean16 honoree in 2020 for national leadership in sustainability. Previously she served as a Chief Sustainability Officer in higher education. Trina is a Certified Climate Change Professional (CC-P®), Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP™), and corporate director (ICD.D).
Ratik Kapoor | Executive Lead, Relectric Car Team
Innovation Gallery (Saturday morning)
Ratik Kapoor is a final year electrical and computer engineering student at the University of Calgary and the founder of the Relectric Car Team. He’s passionate about sustainability in transportation and tech infrastructure. On Relectric, Ratik helps his team push the boundaries of electric vehicle conversions through hardware and software development. During his university career, Ratik has also interned at Tesla and Versa Networks.
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.
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.