environment The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, along with Alberta Ecotrust and The Pembina Institute invite you to join a conversation about the nonprofit sector’s role in climate change leadership. A panel of experts have been assembled to wrestle with questions such as how to make the transition to a lower carbon economy which represents a ‘third industrial revolution’, and why people are talking about the concept of a ‘just transition’. You’ll hear from nonprofit leaders who are making the connection between climate change and issues such as gender and poverty. You will have the opportunity to apply a climate change lens to your work. Panelists include: Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon, Director of the Pembina Institute’s Clean Economy program in Alberta, Krystal Northey, Community Development Coordinator, Women’s Centre of Calgary and Helen Corbett, Executive Director, All One Sky.


Sara Hastings-Simon
Program Director
Clean Economy

sara-hastings-simonSara Hastings-Simon is the director of the Pembina Institute’s clean economy program in Alberta. Sara has experience in renewables, energy efficiency and cleantech, through the lenses of policy, business and technology. Her work has included development of a detailed model of the North American power sector, research and presentations on success factors in the cleantech industry, international and domestic policy for climate change and emissions reduction, and consulting work on key business issues in the cleantech sector with utilities, solar developers, venture capital firms and governments.Prior to joining the Pembina Institute, Sara was the manager of the cleantech practice at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. She holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Geneva.

Helen Corbett
Executive Director
All One Sky

helen-corbettHelen has worked as a writer, editor and communications consultant for over three decades. She has specialized in communicating complex environmental issues to the general public, with a particular interest in climate change and its impact on vulnerable populations. Helen’s work in the climate change field includes 14 years supervising communications for Alberta’s Climate Change Central (C3), and more recently, as executive director of the environmental charity, All One Sky Foundation. Prior to that, Helen spent 17 years making documentary films and researching Aleut sealing cultures in the Russian Far East and Alaska. Helen is a Research Associate at the Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary. She was a Ford Fellow in environmental politics, University of California, Berkeley; and received two Mesa Refuge fellowships for environmental writing.

Other questions the panelists will explore:

  • How does the nonprofit sector demonstrate leadership and effect meaningful change?
  • Why is it important to apply a climate change lens to your operational management and to the very issues you exist to address?
  • What does your organization need to know about the transition to a lower carbon future?
  • You’ll also hear about the opportunities that will unfold as we move to a lower carbon economy.


Tuesday, October 25 from 1 – 4 pm


Women’s Centre of Calgary (39, 4 St NE)


$45 CCVO members | $65 non-members


Questions about this session may be directed to Geoff Braun at gbraun@calgarycvo.org.