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

Rae-Anne Wadey installing solar panels (photo by David Dodge). Text overlaid on image: Women in the Energy Transition. September 29th: Join us for the inaugural 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.

Our work

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. Stay tuned for the publication of our first gender equity report in fall of 2021 and upcoming work to engage with women in energy directly on these issues.

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.


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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

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

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.

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