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October 24, sessions 4-6

Session 4

Launching Alberta’s Emissions Neutral Building Information Exchange (ENBIX)

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation in partnership with the City of Calgary, Smart Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure Association, and the Calgary Construction Association ran a half year engagement activity with industry in Calgary to determine what would be required to develop an industry led organization to help build knowledge and skills around emissions neutral buildings that contribute towards Calgary’s climate goals. This activity was called "Shaping the Exchange”, and this session will explore what it discovered and what is next for Alberta’s “Emissions Neutral Building Information Exchange” (ENBIX).


Andrea Linsky

Manager, Emissions-Neutral Buildings, Alberta Ecotrust

Andrea has over 15 years of experience in renewable energy, demand-side management, corporate emissions reductions, training and capacity-building for energy management, and high-performance construction. Andrea holds a Masters of Education in Leadership, and is a Professional Engineer with extensive technical training in energy management and high-performance building.

Andrea’s passion lies in bringing people together to create positive change. She is excited to be able to do this at Alberta Ecotrust where she works as the Manager of Emissions-Neutral Buildings and leads the development and operations of the Emissions-Neutral Buildings Information Exchange (ENBIX). Andrea has been actively involved in utility advisory committees and boards for over ten years and is always looking for ways to support discussions around energy efficiency and emissions reductions.

Bill Black

President and COO, Calgary Construction Association

Bill is President & COO of the Calgary Construction Association and has a career spanning 41 years in the construction industry. No stranger to the challenges of the construction sector and a highly adaptable individual, Bill brings a fresh perspective to the challenges and opportunities that he engages with. A constant champion of change and an outspoken advocate for a better industry, Bill believes in always pushing for opportunity no matter what the challenges are.

Pam Goertzen

Executive Director, Smart Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure Association (SSRIA)

Pamela Goertzen is the founding Executive Director of SSRIA, where she has deployed a comprehensive suite of programs and activities that are driving the organizational mission to accelerate the adoption of low-carbon building solutions. Through her strategic leadership and commitment to relationship building, Pamela continues to foster critical partnerships and alliances to grow SSRIA and its environmental and economic impact in Alberta.

Claire Beckstead

Leader, Community Energy, The City of Calgary

Claire is passionate about helping cities and communities translate the overwhelming problem of climate change into tangible solutions on the ground. For the last 15 years, she has been working with leading local governments in Alberta, BC, Ontario, and the Yukon to develop and implement creative solutions to the challenges of energy and climate change. She currently leads a team of diverse professionals as the Leader of the Community Energy team at the City of Calgary working to reduce city-wide GHG emissions in Calgary. Claire holds a Master’s of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.

Session 5

Indigenous and Planetary Health

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

The Climate Conversations 2023-24 speaker series brings you its first keynote speaker, Dr. Nicole Redvers ND, MPH Deninu K’ue First Nation, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Western Research Chair & Director, Indigenous Planetary Health.

Learn about the interconnections between planetary health, human health, and biodiversity, and the importance of reciprocal relationships with the planet from an Indigenous worldview. Increase your awareness and knowledge of the importance of Indigenous languages and knowledge systems to planetary and human health. We will discuss ways to support and advocate for the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in planetary health at local, regional, and international levels. We will also learn how the campus community can implement planetary health principles and practices, and ways to support the leadership of Indigenous communities in this area. 

This event is part of the Mobilizing Alberta Climate Conversations speaker series hosted by the University of Calgary as part of UCalgary Sustainability Week 2023 (Oct. 23-28). This session is co-hosted by the City of Calgary Climate Symposium Oct. 23-27, 2023 and the UCalgary Cumming School of Medicine.

The City of Calgary has partnered with various community groups to provide climate-related videos, activities, online sessions, and more. Each of these offerings are briefly described below, however, full details and registration information will be found on the website for each of the partnering groups. By following the links and registering with our partners, your personal information may be used and disclosed as per the privacy policies of the respective partners and/or the registration platforms they are using. For information about the collection and use of your personal information, please contact the partner directly or visit their website.


Clark Svrcek, MD, CCFP, P.Eng., M.Eng.

Dr. Clark Svrcek is a Family Physician at the South Health Campus Academic Teaching Clinic and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary.  His previous life as a civil/environmental engineer has informed his research and education interests in Planetary Health, the intersections of nature and the built environment, and how that all comes together in active, healthy communities.


Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH

Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH, is a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation (NWT, Canada) and has worked with Indigenous patients, scholars, and communities around the globe her entire career. She is an Associate Professor, Western Research Chair, and Director of Indigenous Planetary Health at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. She has been actively involved at regional, national, and international levels promoting the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in both human and planetary health research and practice. Dr. Redvers is the author of the trade paperback book titled, ‘The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principles’

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Session 6

Urban Electrification of Transportation

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

The Calgary Climate Strategy identifies accelerating the move to zero emissions vehicles as major part of its Mitigation Plan to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050. The City of Calgary is advancing this move by implementing actions in our existing Electric Vehicle and Low Emissions Vehicle Strategy and by carrying out supporting programs and initiatives through our Electric Mobility Program.


Mariam Bello, P.Eng.

Corporate Environmental Specialist, Community Energy, The City of Calgary

Mariam is a transportation engineer with passion for sustainable transportation. Her experience in both the public and private sector includes long-range transportation planning for all modes of transportation, design of streets that encourage walking and wheeling, and public transit planning. In her current role with the Climate Mitigation division at The City of Calgary, Mariam is working to develop programs and resources to support Calgarians in using low-carbon transportation options.


William York, P.Eng., B.Sc.

President and Board Member, Electric Vehicle Association of Alberta (EVAA)

William graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta with a bachelors in electrical engineering. Since then, he has worked in the electric utility industry and currently serves as a senior engineer of eMobility at ATCO. William is also on the board of the Electric Vehicle Association of Alberta. Most importantly, William is an EV owner since 2018 and has travelled more than pure electric 105,000kms since then.

Jason Wang

Senior Analyst, The Pembina Institute

Jason Ruochen Wang is a senior analyst working on the Pembina Institute's electricity program, focusing on Canada’s net-zero electricity grid goal, electric vehicle infrastructure, and regulatory reform for utilities.

Jason has a degree in mechanical engineering (University of Alberta) and an M.Sc. in Engineering and Policy Analysis (TU Delft). He has previously worked with the Government of Alberta on climate policy analysis, industrial carbon pricing regulations, and adaptation risk management.

He previously led the University of Alberta EcoCar team, which builds and races ultra-efficient hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Cedric Smith

Director, Transportation, Pollution Probe

Cedric is Director, Transportation at Pollution Probe, a leading Canadian environmental non-profit. In this position, Cedric leads research and stakeholder engagement in areas including electric vehicles, rail and light- and heavy- duty vehicle decarbonization. Prior to his time at Pollution Probe, Cedric worked as a Program Manager at the Pembina Institute and in various positions at economics think tanks and in the public sector.