Raquel Fernandes, Business Development Officer - Iron & Earth

Raquel Fernandes, Business Development Officer

Raquel Fernandes

Bachelor of Laws, LLB (Hons)

I am a first-generation Canadian, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario with close ties to my Portuguese heritage and community.

For university, I moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from The City Law School, City University of London where I was a mentor for the LLB Mentoring Scheme. After graduating, completing the Federation of Law Societies of Canada National Committee on Accreditation exams and working in the legal field for six years, I decided to change my career path. Since then, I have gained experience in marketing, digital content & website creation, entrepreneurship, business-to-business relations, and customer success. I have also earned multiple licenses and certifications through online learning platforms. I believe that it is important to always expand your knowledge!

I am passionate about advocacy, education, and building better communities. Through travelling the world, spending more time outdoors and in the farmlands of Portugal, my love for nature grew but so did my concern for the environment. I have been passionate about climate change ever since learning about it as a little kid in grade school so I am incredibly excited to make impactful positive contributions to climate solutions and help to reach our Net-Zero goal!

 

Iron & Earth was founded and operates on Indigenous land within Treaty Six Territory and Métis Region 4 in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (in Nehiyawewin/Cree), so-called Edmonton. The home of many Indigenous Peoples including the Nehiyawak/Cree, Tsuut’ina, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois, Dene Suliné, Anishinaabe/Ojibway/Saulteaux, and the Inuk/Inuit.

We pay our respects to all Indigenous Peoples of this land. Through their spiritual and practical relationships with the land, a rich heritage for our learning and our life as a community has been created and maintained. We recognize that the transition to a low-carbon future must be led by Indigenous Peoples and that there will be no justice unless we acknowledge and repair our relationship with the land.

We are committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and upholding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledge that we are always learning and unlearning practices that minimize harm and lead to the development of trust between us and Indigenous Peoples across Nations and urban centers.