Deanna Burgart is both an engineer and technologist who began her career in 1998 as a technician analyzing oil sands in a Calgary laboratory. She brings over 20 years of experience in energy and pipelines, and is passionate about global energy transitions, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She helps STEM-focused organizations meaningfully welcome perspectives and knowledge from Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States. She is a Senior Instructor at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering in Chemical and Petroleum engineering and is the first Teaching Chair focused on integrating Indigenous Knowledge into Engineering.
Deanna is co-founder and president of IndigeSTEAM, an Alberta based non-profit focused on creating ethical space for Indigenous youth and professionals in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). She serves on the Board of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) where she co-leads the Education committee. Their mandate is to serve K-12 Indigenous youth across Canada and the United States. She also serves on the Board of Contemporary Calgary Arts and several Indigenous advisory groups across Canada and the United States.
The EFL’s 2050 vision is very exciting to me as it beautifully summarizes my personal mission and passion in the space of profitable, sustainable and equitable energy transitions. I am especially passionate about Indigenous participation in this space, as well as helping everyone in the energy system understand the importance of reconciliation.