Ras Takac, Board Director - Stand with oil sands workers calling for renewable energy

Ras Takac, Board Director

Ras.jpgRas is a multi-disciplined professional engineer with 15 years of experience in renewable energy, power generation, electrical utilities and construction. Competencies include asset management, industry research, Alberta and Saskatchewan relationship building, energy modelling, and project development. As a Transformer, he is able to take a product, person or project from a raw element or idea and change it into something much better. Seeing the vision and the final product required by an organization, Ras works backwards through the process; planning and executing the final product ultimately crafted by the team.

Ras has joined the Iron & Earth board of directors because of the consistency of the “why” of the organization and how it aligns with his personal mission, to create a sustainable energy future for Canada that would ensure the health and equity of workers, our families, communities, economy and the environment. He believes we can meet today's power needs while promoting clean sustainable energy technologies that everyone can benefit from.

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.