Winona Lafreniere


Project Manager | Indian Resource Council

Winona's Bio

Winona Lafreniere | Project Manager, Indian Resource Council
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Winona is Anishinaabe from Treaty 4 territory in Manitoba, currently living on Treaty 7 territory in Calgary, Alberta. She lives out her passion for the environment, lifelong learning, and humanity through storytelling, philanthropy, and Indigenous ‘Ways of Living and Being’. She is recognized for championing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of her role as Project Manager with the National Energy Business Centre of Excellence (Indian Resources Council) and her entrepreneurial pursuits as owner of Indigenous Innovative Solutions Inc.

Winona holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Sciences from the University of Manitoba, a Project Management Certificate from Simon Fraser University and is currently working on a number of national and international energy projects. Her vision for a greener planet continues with her work in Rwanda, Africa where she is empowering women and youth in the shaping of a more sustainable future.

She attributes her success to the strong connection she has with her culture which has led her to various partnerships with Ducks Unlimited, Project Forest, Clean Resource Innovative Network, Eco Canada, Rotary Club Calgary North and more recently as a Fellowship member with Energy Futures Lab.

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