Pembina Institute appoints former sustainability executive to top jobLinda Coady has worked with business and environmentalists to achieve progress on complex problems

March 31, 2020

CALGARY — The board of directors of the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading clean energy and environmental think tank, is pleased to announce Linda Coady will assume the role of executive director today. Formerly with Enbridge Inc., the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, WWF-Canada and Weyerhaeuser, Coady brings extensive experience finding common ground to Pembina’s work advancing climate action across all sectors of Canada’s economy.   


“Linda Coady is the ideal candidate to advance Pembina’s research and policy solutions. She has broad leadership experience in sustainable development in multiple sectors, including forestry, mining and oil and gas, as well as with environmental organizations, local communities and financial institutions. She brings a strong background in innovation and building working relationships across groups with diverse interests and perspectives.” — David Runnalls, chair of the board of directors, Pembina Institute

“Across Canada, there is now widespread agreement among governments, business and communities on the need to accelerate the transition to clean and low-carbon energy. Pembina has both the track record and the opportunity to help advance meaningful progress. I am eager to begin working with the Pembina team at this critical time. We are already seeing unparalleled impacts to Canada’s economy from COVID-19 and, at the same time, the ability to come together in our communities and as a federation to face an unprecedented global challenge. The steps we all take today will ensure we emerge from this crisis more resilient to global challenges in the future.”— Linda Coady, incoming executive director, Pembina Institute

“For 35 years, Pembina Institute has worked with industry, governments and communities on responsible fossil fuel and clean energy development to benefit communities, economy and ecosystems alike. We have a proven track record of collaboration and are excited to have Linda lead our team as we continue to contribute to civil discourse and public policy decision-making in a vibrant and healthy Canadian democracy.” — Simon Dyer, deputy executive director, Pembina Institute

Prior to joining Pembina Institute, Coady served as:

  • Chief Sustainability Officer for Calgary-based Enbridge Inc.;

  • Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Government of Canada on Indigenous Economic Participation in the Trans Mountain Pipeline; 

  • Co-chair of the Government of Canada’s Generation Energy Council which, based on input from 400,000 Canadians, put forward a consensus narrative on Canada’s transition to a low-carbon future; 

  • Member of the Advisory Panel on Climate Leadership for the Province of Alberta; 

  • Distinguished Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia;

  • Vice-president of Sustainability for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games;

  • Vice-president of Pacific Region for World Wildlife Fund Canada;

  • Vice-president of Environmental Affairs and Enterprise for the B.C. Coastal Group of forestry companies MacMillan Bloedel and Weyerhaeuser. 

Coady will assume the executive director role at Pembina Institute based in Vancouver beginning today, replacing interim director Simon Dyer, who will resume the role of deputy executive director.


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Sarah MacWhirter
Communications director, Pembina Institute

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