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Jaymes MacKinnon, Community Engagement Coordinator

Jaymes MacKinnon, Community Engagement Coordinator

M.A. Political Science (McGill University | B.A. (Hons.) Political Science and History (McGill University)

Born and raised in Toronto, Jaymes is a researcher interested in the narratives that drive conversations about climate and energy politics in Canada. 

Her investment in energy transition was sown and grown through spending time with family throughout so-called Canada. Living, working, and playing across the provinces, while continuously feeling the land, air, and water change each year has driven Jaymes’ commitment to addressing the impacts of resource extraction through a community-led approach. 

Jaymes is passionate about foregrounding the narratives of those with direct experience living and working in proximity to extractive industries in forging a path to a more equitable future. Prior to joining Iron and Earth, Jaymes worked as an intern analyst at the Pembina Institute, where she conducted policy research on gender inequity in Alberta’s energy industry. She previously served as a research assistant for Dr. Kelly Gordon on a project focusing on the intersections of gender and conservatism in Canada.

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.