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Elaine Laflamme, NET-Zero Pathways Instructor

Elaine Laflamme, NET-Zero Pathways Instructor

Ph.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 is committed to partnering with Indigenous workers to empower their communities to become self-sufficient in training programs, clean energy transition projects, and employment opportunities to combat environmental racism. It falls to all of us to continue the work of healing and reconciliation in our communities and our organizations. Our relationship with the land and the people who live here shapes who we are. It is in the spirit of reconciliation and honouring the past that we recognize treaties and agreements wherever they are and wherever we work.

We also acknowledge all peoples who live, work, and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.
As individuals and teams we may make mistakes along the way, but we are dedicated to growth, openness, compassion, and forgiveness. These principles in our work are essential to building successful and healthy relationships with individuals, communities, organizations, and governments.

We look forward to building a path to lead us to a better relationship with Indigenous nations and the environment around us based on peace, friendship, and respect.