Connie Van der Byl is the Academic Director of Mount Royal University’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) and an Associate Professor in the Bissett School of Business, teaching courses in business strategy, environmental management and sustainable development. Connie holds a PhD in Energy Management and Sustainable Development, as well as an MBA from the Haskayne School of Business and a BA (Honours) in Economics from the University of Waterloo. She acquired over ten years of experience in various business roles with NOVA Corporation and subsequently TransCanada Pipelines before embarking on a PhD. Dr. Van der Byl’s research interests tend to focus on energy and environment but also veer to other sectors in considering strategic responses to sustainability issues. Connie was an EFL Fellow from 2017 to 2021.