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Elaine Laflamme, NET-Zero Pathways Instructor

Elaine LaflammePh.D. Educational Psychology (McGill University) | Certified Professional Co-Active Coach

I was born and raised in a small farming community in southern Saskatchewan, aptly known as the “Land of the Living Skies”, but I’ve spent most of my life in Calgary, Alberta. From Saskatchewan’s rolling hills to the top of Alberta’s majestic Rocky Mountains, the themes of wide open spaces and nature’s beauty remain constant in my life.

As the world seeks a net-zero future by 2050, another type of journey is evolving. Workers transitioning from fossil fuel to climate careers require training to apply their existing skills and acquire new ones. As an adult educator with Iron and Earth, I am excited about enabling growth in sustainable careers, as solutions deployed at scale continually emerge within the renewable energy industry. Leading as a guide-on-the-side, I coach others to exercise their own decision-making capabilities and embolden their imagination for socially prosperous transitions and positive impact.

Preserving the beauty of nature is essential to ensuring a healthy planet for future generations to enjoy. I am passionate about promoting environmental awareness that creates jobs, protects the planet, and provides economic advantages. It requires everyone’s efforts and involves recognizing the interconnectivity of our actions with the natural world.

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.