Lynne CouvesProgram Director, Renewables in Remote Communities

Portrait of Lynne Couves

Lynne is the director of the Pembina Institute's renewables in remote communities program, supporting the clean and equitable energy transition of remote communities in Canada. She is mixed blood Inuk, raised in the place known as Calgary, within the Treaty 7 territory of Southern Alberta and Métis Nation Region 3. 

Much of her career has been focused on coordinating and leading projects with Indigenous communities, focused on social and economic development and multistakeholder collaborations. This work experience led her to a deeper understanding of the importance of Indigenous sovereignty and further developed curiosities about the energy challenges faced locally and globally, including the vital role of Indigenous peoples in the transition to clean energy.

She holds a BA in communication and culture from the University of Calgary and is working on an MA in environmental education and communication through Royal Roads University. You will find her (re)creating in the fresh air, watercolour painting, beading, and spending time as a mother, wife, daughter, sister, auntie, niece, cousin, friend, community member, kin.

Contact Lynne Couves

cell: 403-483-3850 • email:

Lynne Couves's Recent Publications

Solar panels in Kotzebue

Remote clean energy and the federal budget Exploring the role of federal budgets in advancing remote clean energy and what we’re looking for in Budget 2024

Blog April 8, 2024- By Emily He, Fibha Nazim, Lynne Couves
Remote communities in Canada are transitioning their energy grids off diesel to cleaner, more reliable power. For these communities this is a costly, complex challenge requiring collaboration with governments, utilities, and industry. As Budget 2024 approaches, we highlight the federal role in advancing this work.
Solar panels in Kotzebue, Alaska

Lessons learned on remote energy and international exchange Remote community success stories, common challenges, and the imperative to share

Blog Oct. 31, 2023- By Lynne Couves, Emily He
Transitioning remote communities off-diesel and toward clean and renewable energy requires the confrontation of a wide range of financial, social, and environmental barriers which limit momentum on clean energy action. Key to bringing down those pervasive barriers are capacity building and knowledge exchange — both key outcomes of the 2023 Alaska Wind Workshop, an event the Pembina Institute’s Renewables in Remote Communities (RiRC) program attended and presented at.


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