Alyssa Bruce, Program Delivery Director
MSc Sustainable Energy Development | BComm
Alyssa has over 17 years of experience in land asset administration and management in the upstream oil and gas industry. A growing awareness of the importance of reducing energy sector emissions and other cumulative impacts of energy development motivated Alyssa’s pursuit of a MSc in Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV) graduate degree from the University of Calgary.
Leveraging her career experience, Alyssa’s SEDV capstone research project investigated the opportunities and barriers to repurposing inactive oil and gas sites in Alberta for small-scale solar PV installations. Her partner organization representative for the capstone was Keith Hirsche and through this collaboration, Alyssa was introduced to the RenuWell Project and its partners, including Iron & Earth.
Alyssa is inspired by the breadth of skills and expertise of fossil fuel workers that are transferable to the renewable energy sector and she is driven to raise awareness of opportunities for career diversification. She is honoured to be a part of the Iron and Earth team as the Program Delivery Director and support the organization’s important work and unique purpose.
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Iron & Earth was founded and operates on Indigenous land within Treaty Six Territory and Métis Region 4 in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (in Nehiyawewin/Cree), so-called Edmonton. The home of many Indigenous Peoples including the Nehiyawak/Cree, Tsuut’ina, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois, Dene Suliné, Anishinaabe/Ojibway/Saulteaux, and the Inuk/Inuit.
We pay our respects to all Indigenous Peoples of this land. Through their spiritual and practical relationships with the land, a rich heritage for our learning and our life as a community has been created and maintained. We recognize that the transition to a low-carbon future must be led by Indigenous Peoples and that there will be no justice unless we acknowledge and repair our relationship with the land.
We are committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and upholding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledge that we are always learning and unlearning practices that minimize harm and lead to the development of trust between us and Indigenous Peoples across Nations and urban centers.