We commissioned a poll of fossil fuel industry workers to learn and understand how they envision transitioning to a net-zero economy.
What they said might surprise you:
Lead Author of the Prosperous Transition Plan Report
P. Eng. | MSc, CEM
Barend is a clean energy consultant who works on energy efficiency and renewable energy policy and technology analysis. His services support market transformation for clean energy technologies by supporting decision-makers in navigating environmental, social and economic dimensions of their projects. He researches energy transitions topics, including energy efficiency, distributed energy resource technologies, and grid modernization. His expertise includes energy efficiency portfolio and program design, potential studies, technical reference manuals, cost-effectiveness testing, and benchmarking and financing programs. Barend has nearly 10 years of professional experience in engineering, policy, and energy transitioning planning from his positions at Energy Efficiency Alberta, the Pembina Institute, and Shell. He is also a fellow of the Energy Futures Lab. Barend has a Master of Sustainable Energy Technology from the Delft University of Technology and is a Waterloo engineering graduate.
Barend is proud to be the lead author of Iron & Earth’s Prosperous Transition Plan report. He understands that transitioning to a clean economy requires an ‘all aboard’ approach, especially for fossil fuel and Indigenous workers, who have valuable and leading roles to play in shaping and realizing the net zero economy.
Volunteer Research Officer, Co-author of the Prosperous Transition Plan Report
B.A. (hons) Political Science and History (Dalhousie) | MSc. Nature, Society and Environmental Governance (Oxon)
Chris grew up on the west coast of Canada and moved all the way to the east coast for university. With family who work in the trades, and having made friends along the way who work in the fossil fuel sector, Chris appreciates how important these industries have been for the economic security of many Canadians. Chris has previously worked as an advisor to several Ministers at the provincial level, as a researcher in academic and non-academic settings, as a business consultant, and has experience in the non-profit sector as well.
Chris is passionate about guaranteeing fair, safe and decent employment for all workers while simultaneously ensuring that our future generations inherit a world that’s better and more sustainable than the one that was left to us. He has long appreciated Iron & Earth’s advocacy work that advanced this vision, and joined the organization early in 2021 as a researcher. He co-wrote Iron & Earth’s Prosperous Transition Plan to help ensure that fossil fuel workers, their families, and their communities have a prosperous transition as Canada moves towards its net-zero emissions goal.
Chris believes that no one should be left behind as a result of the transition to net-zero, and is passionate about ensuring the voices of all impacted workers and communities are reflected in this process. He continues to pitch in on Iron & Earth initiatives and particularly appreciates the opportunity to hear and learn from those impacted by the transition as we move towards ensuring a more equitable and sustainable future for all.