Courtney SmithSenior Communications Lead

Portrait of Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith is a senior communications lead for the Pembina Institute, shaping communications on electricity and oil and gas work. She is based in Vancouver.

Courtney has previously worked in comms roles with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), including with their ClimateWest initiative to address risks and opportunities of climate change for Canada’s prairie provinces. Before that, she held roles at the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment & Security as well as at York University.

Courtney's interests in the correlation between environmental health and the well-being of local communities and ecosystems developed throughout her personal travel experiences. This encouraged her to focus her research on international climate negotiations and policy development in climate change mitigation and adaptation while completing her double master's in public and international affairs (York University) and international relations (Sciences-Po Strasbourg). She also holds a Bachelor of Journalism (Carleton University) and is fluent in English and French.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, hiking, and discovering new music.

Contact Courtney Smith

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Courtney Smith's Recent Publications

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Is Alberta's renewable energy industry being treated fairly? How to assess the outcome of the Alberta Utilities Commission inquiry into the ongoing economic, orderly and efficient development of electricity generation

Publication Feb. 15, 2024- By Jason Wang, Courtney Smith, Scott MacDougall
When Alberta’s renewable energy moratorium ends (February 29, 2024), the Pembina Institute will be evaluating if the Government of Alberta made reasonable changes, within the context of the lack of accountability awarded other sectors needing substantial reform, through seven criteria.
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National Inventory Report suggests Canada’s climate policies are starting to work Emissions are declining but Canada needs to pick up the pace to achieve 2030 climate targets

Blog April 25, 2023- By Courtney Smith
Canada's National Inventory Report for the 2021 greenhouse gas emissions reporting period shows climate policies are starting to have an impact, but Canada needs to significantly accelerate emissions reductions to achieve its 2030 targets. Oil and gas emissions are increasing and rules, such as an oil and gas cap, are needed to help the sector reduce emissions.


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