Pembina Institute welcomes Cheryl De Paoli as new strategic partnerships directorFormer Alberta Real Estate Foundation executive director has partnership-building experience with corporate, governmental and non-governmental organizations

July 20, 2020

CALGARY — Cheryl De Paoli is the new strategic partnerships director at Pembina Institute, starting July 20. She will be based in Calgary.

De Paoli joins Pembina after serving as executive director at the Alberta Real Estate Foundation (AREF) for nine years, where she managed $17 million in assets, built its granting program to $2 million a year, and was an active member of the charitable foundation community in Canada.


“We’re extremely pleased to have Cheryl join our team in this important role at such an important time. Pembina Institute is working to ensure Canada comes out of the COVID-19 pandemic better positioned to prosper in a low-carbon world. That means having low-carbon job opportunities for Canadians that will survive future disruptions. The partnerships we build will make these solutions stronger — and Cheryl is known for developing effective and thoughtful partnerships with diverse stakeholders.”

— Linda Coady, executive director, Pembina Institute

“This is a pivotal moment for Canada. I’m excited about advancing Pembina’s partnerships with the wide range of stakeholders in industry, governments and civil society all across Canada who share our vision of achieving net-zero emissions and a sustainable economy.”

— Cheryl De Paoli, strategic partnerships director, Pembina Institute

De Paoli also serves as a member of the steering committee for the Energy Futures Lab, was on the board of directors for the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, and completed the 2019 Community Shift program for not-for-profit leaders at the Ivey School of Business. She has partnership-building experience with global corporate, governmental and non-governmental organizations, including in Argentina, India, Mexico, Turkey, and the U.S. She holds a master of science in business from the University of Bath, and bachelor of commerce from the University of Calgary.



Sarah MacWhirter
Communications director, Pembina Institute

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