Canada has an opportunity to include everyone in our emerging energy economy....

Banner with Rae-Anne Wadey installing solar panels. Text: Women in the Energy Transition. November 24th: Join us for the second event of our national dialogue series.

Canada has an opportunity to include everyone in our emerging energy economy.

As we strive to drive down carbon pollution across our nation’s economy, Canada’s energy systems will undergo transformative change. These unique times of post-pandemic investment present an invaluable opportunity to purposefully rebuild in a sustainable way that includes everyone.

Karen Tam Wu and E3 Eco Group at green building tour for Earth Day at King Edward Villa in Vancouver, B.C.  April 13, 2016. Photo: Stephen Hui, Pembina Institute.Women provide a critical perspective.

Across Canada, women are leading a movement to address more than just the technical problem of how we produce energy. They are tackling climate change in innovative ways that consider how changes in our energy systems will impact society. Who will have jobs in the emerging energy economy? Who might be left behind? And how will our new energy systems avoid repeating mistakes?

By asking and answering these questions, women are driving the energy transition toward a climate-safe future that will diversify Canada’s economy, ensure we produce no more greenhouse gases than we store (net-zero emissions), and provide equitable opportunities to people from all walks of life.

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The Pembina Institute is listening to and elevating women's voices to inform a net-zero future that works for everyone in Alberta. Our team is conducting research and convening women to identify and discuss barriers and solutions, all with the goal of enhancing the participation and leadership of women in the net-zero transition. Inclusive gender representation in the net-zero transition is but one essential step toward addressing the uneven societal impacts of climate change.

Identifying barriers and solutions.

We are currently researching barriers that women face in Canada’s net-zero transition, focusing on those that affect their participation and leadership in Alberta’s traditional and emerging energy sectors. We published our first gender equity report - Women in Alberta's Energy Transition: A review of barriers to participation and leadership - in October of 2021, which provides a deep dive on the biggest barriers present in both the fossil fuels- and renewables-based energy sectors. Our follow-up report, Equitable Net-Zero: Recommendations for advancing gender equity in Alberta’s energy transition outlines ten actions to dismantle existing obstacles to to women benefiting from and succeeding within the energy sector in Alberta.

Women in Energy Transformation logo: a white "W" with neon blue and red streaks behind itJoin us for a national dialogue.

The Pembina Institute has partnered with GLOBE Series to host a series of events on women’s role in the energy transition in Canada.

Learn more

Heather Campbell and Calyssa Burke on stage at the Women in Alberta's Energy Transition event

Being a Woman in Alberta’s Energy Transition What it’s like to be both the question and the answer

Blog Oct. 4, 2022- By Calyssa Burke
On September 15, 2022 the Pembina Institute held a forum to share knowledge and discuss how to action the recommendations outlined in our Equitable Net-Zero report. The dialogues brought to life the words of the report and my research on women’s issues in energy over the past few months. To fully centre and advance gender equity we need to be intersectional, call out injustice and rebuild our structures to meaningfully include all people.

Equitable Net-Zero

Equitable Net-Zero Recommendations for advancing gender equity in Alberta’s energy transition

Publication Sept. 15, 2022- By Calyssa Burke, Sarah Winstanley, Jaymes MacKinnon
This report outlines ten actions to dismantle existing obstacles to to women benefiting from and succeeding within the energy sector in Alberta. It builds on the Pembina Institute’s 2021 publication Women in Alberta’s Energy Transition, which identified key barriers to participation, and is based on conversations with hundreds of women representing dozens of organizations — both in the traditional oil and gas sector as well as in the burgeoning renewables field — in Alberta.

Women in Alberta's Energy Transition with two Asian women in hardhats and high-visibility vests walking towards the camera on a green building construction site.

Women in Alberta's Energy Transition A review of barriers to participation and leadership

Publication Oct. 15, 2021- By Genevieve Doiron, Emma Severson-Baker, Laura Hughes

During a time of shifting global energy trends, Alberta's energy industry is also changing. The transition toward renewables provides an opportunity to purposefully create a net-zero energy economy for the province that includes and benefits everyone. This report examines drivers of gender inequity in Alberta's traditional and renewable energy sectors to help inform the policy and cultural shifts needed to ensure an equitable future for women in energy.

Kehkashan Basu, founder of the Green Hope Foundation, at a public speaking engagement. Photo by United Religions Initiative.

Canada’s climate leaders say no one must be left behind in the energy transition Inclusiveness and urgency front-of-mind for women leading the way to net-zero

Blog Sept. 23, 2021- By Pembina Institute

Two themes emerge when speaking with some of Canada’s most inspiring women in energy: the need to act with urgency, and the need to ensure no one is left behind. In this piece, women share their perspectives on why a just and equitable energy transition is important to them. Join the Pembina Institute and GLOBE Series on Sept. 29 to hear more.

Spire Landing, Passive House rental apartment building, under construction at Fraser Street and East 57th Avenue in Vancouver. July 6, 2018. Photo: Stephen Hui, Pembina Institute.

To reach climate goals, we need to break down gender barriers The Pembina Institute launches the Women in the Energy Transition program with a dialogue series on Sept. 29

Blog Sept. 16, 2021- By Pembina Institute

Canada’s net-zero transition provides the opportunity to create a future that includes everyone. Tackling job barriers for women is critical to make sure everyone can benefit from the emerging energy economy. That’s why the Pembina Institute has launched a wide-ranging inquiry into gender equity barriers in Canada’s energy industry, kicking off with live interviews with women climate leaders on Sept. 29.

Our partners

 Globe series, Young Women in Energy, Women's Centre of Calgary, WAGE Canada

The Pembina Institute wishes to thank Women and Gender Equality Canada and the McConnell Foundation for their generous support.

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