Vicki is the Director of Water Innovations at Alberta Innovates. In addition to being recognized as one of Canada’s Young Women in Energy award winners, Vicki has been a speaker at multiple Inside Education events over the past few years and always appreciates the enthusiasm the students and teachers have for learning. She plans to continue to connect and share leading edge research with the Inside Education programs in her role on the board. . When she isn’t working, Vicki can be found exploring with her two young boys.
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.
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 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 for education have grown.
Neil is a high school teacher at St. Albert 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. In addition to numerous agriculture education projects in his school, Neil also led a group of students from Morinville High to the international Envirothon in North Carolina. Neil’s vast experience and background includes two terms as the youngest-ever Councillor for the City of St. Albert.
Laura has 23 years of experience in engineering and team leadership in the 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.