Bruce Wilson, Board Chair

Bruce.pngWith over thirty years in the oil & gas industry, most recently as GM Asia-Pacific for Subsea & Pipelines Engineering with Shell International, Bruce has broad perspectives on the hydrocarbon and energy business. He has designed bridges, built an earth dam in Africa, installed production platforms in the North Sea and many deepwater systems and pipelines worldwide. He has acted as a company site representative in numerous locations including Gulf of Mexico, Middle East, Norway and offshore Brazil. His project experience has taken him from conceptual engineering and project economics to construction and operational handover. He understands value chains, business performance and how to achieve quality in design, decision-making and manufacture.

He has lived and worked in numerous countries, appreciating the nuances of each culture and the value of diversity in all its forms. A supporter for many years of environmental causes, he left Shell in late 2018 to more directly focus on personal action to address the urgent challenges of climate change. He understands the complexities, the magnitude and the demanding timeline of the energy transition and, as he lives through his personal transition, has a true understanding of the aspirations and concerns that many workers in our legacy industries face. He is determined to support a just and equitable transition for all and to align himself with like-minded, action-oriented individuals.

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.