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Keith Hirsche, Founder/President RenuWell Energy Solutions Inc

Keith Hirsche, Founder/President RenuWell Energy Solutions Inc

Keith is a fourth-generation Albertan and second-generation in the oil and gas industry. In 1977, he began a geoscience research career that focused on improving recovery from oil and gas fields in Alberta and internationally. Keith’s work experience includes research support for in-situ oilsands projects, software development and Canada’s first CO2 sequestration/EOR project. In 2003, while visiting extended family in Denmark, he was introduced to renewable energy technology. Shortly afterwards, Keith founded Elemental Energy Inc to explore how conventional and renewable energy systems can be combined for a more sustainable future. 

Since early 2016, Keith has worked with key stakeholders to realize the potential of using abandoned oil and gas sites as a foundation for solar energy development. This RenuWell Project has slowly developed and matured through ongoing discussions with the oil and gas industry, renewable energy developers, landowners and Alberta’s regulatory agencies. 

During the early stages of the RenuWell Project, Keith learned about Iron and Earth and recognized the vital role the organization plays in preparing oil and gas workers to be part of the ongoing energy transition. Iron and Earth has been a key part of the RenuWell Project since its inception.

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.