Larissa Stendie, Board Director
MPhil.Sustainability | Public Engagement
Larissa is a researcher and consultant who has worked internationally and across Canada for the last 12 years on energy and climate issues through a justice lens. Currently, she is engaged with First Nations and communities on affordable, net-zero housing, renewable energy, and resilience planning, and worked with CCPA-BC/UVic on the Corporate Mapping Project. She holds an interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainability (political ecology) from the University of Oslo, and IAP2 engagement training. Prior to this, she was a research manager for Parkland Institute, Sierra Club BC’s climate and energy campaigner, a medic in the oil-patch, administrator of an Arctic diamond exploration camp, and worked in international development and documentary projects in Sierra Leone, Palestine, Peru, and The Gambia.
Larissa has been a strong supporter of Iron & Earth since its inception, and as an Albertan, has a grounded understanding of how important a just, post-carbon transition for workers and communities is. As part of the Board of Directors, Larissa hopes to support fund development, public/stakeholder engagement, and project development.
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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.