Energy Futures Lab Fellow

Winona Lafreniere

National Energy Business Centre of Excellence - Indian Resources Council

Winona is Anishinaabe from Treaty 4 territory in Manitoba and relocated to Alberta in 2004. She lives out her passion for the environment and humanity through storytelling, philanthropy and creating synergies between Indigenous and Western ‘Ways of Living, Doing and Being’. She is recognized for championing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of her role as Director, National Energy Business Centre of Excellence with the Indian Resource Council and her entrepreneurial pursuits as owner of Indigenous Innovative Solutions Inc. Winona holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Sciences from the University of Manitoba, a Project Management Certificate from Simon Fraser University and is currently working on completing Permaculture Design Certification at Ecoversity in Costa Rica. Her volunteer work spans over three decades in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, Red Cross, Project Forest, ECO Canada, Rotary Calgary North and the Calgary Alliance for Common Good and more. Her vision for a greener planet continues with her work in Rwanda, Africa where she is empowering women and youth in the shaping of a more sustainable future and enabling them to articulate their voices as a collective.