Shell Canada’s Chris Fry has been a Fellow in the Energy Futures Lab since its inception.
“I wanted to get involved because I felt it was important to include Indigenous voices in the Lab when talking about Alberta’s energy future,” says Chris. “I’ve gained a network and an understanding of just how complex the issues are in energy transition”.
“Through the Lab I’ve learned backcasting and gained new skills in strategic planning and collaborating with people who have different perspectives, I’ve had the opportunity to do some work with Shell’s New Energies Group and put some of these skills to use.”
– Chris Fry
One of the greatest lessons has been his discovery that there isn’t a comprehensive resource or organization led by Indigenous peoples that is advocating for alternative energy leadership. So Chris has partnered with several other Energy Futures Lab Fellows on an initiative called Accelerating Indigenous Energy Entrepreneurs.
“It’s been exciting to work with a bunch of folks on our initiative. Right now we’re developing a guidebook for Nations that will serve as a resource to promote renewable energy development,” says Chris.
Their initiative aims to support Indigenous communities’ leadership and entrepreneurship in alternative energy development in culturally and spiritually suitable ways. Outcomes include learning journeys documented by an Indigenous storyteller, business incubation and acceleration and an entrepreneurs’ network.
The team meets weekly by phone to advance their work and is currently seeking funding.
Chris has also taken lessons from the Lab back to Shell. “Through the Lab I’ve learned backcasting and gained new skills in strategic planning and collaborating with people who have different perspectives,” says Chris. “I’ve had the opportunity to do some work with Shell’s New Energies Group and put some of these skills to use.”
In addition to working for Shell as an External Relations Advisor, Chris also co-teaches Resource Development in Aboriginal communities for the Aboriginal Relations Leadership certificate offered through the University of Calgary. He has a Masters of Science degree in Sustainable Energy Development.
Shell recently contributed $50,000 to support the work of The Natural Step Canada’s Energy Futures Lab.
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