Energy Futures Youth Innovation Jam

Engaging young Albertan voices in the energy transition.

The Energy Futures Lab has created a space for young people to learn about an inclusive and equitable energy transition, make connections in the industry and apply their unique perspective to move towards action. 

At the Youth Innovation Jam, folk between the ages of 18-30 from across Alberta will sit alongside energy transition leaders for a day of exploring solutions and opportunities related to energy transition. 

The Innovation Jam will be a blend of keynote talks, small group activities, two-way learning and networking. The atmosphere will be fun yet productive, and folks will be encouraged to actively engage in the topics bringing their unique perspectives and skills to the table.

Event Details

May 7, 2022, 8:30 am-5:00 pm
The Ampersand (Conference Centre) | 112 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3N3
Click here to preview this cool new space (future home of the Energy Transition Centre)

Evening Event: 6:00-9:00 pm (optional)
IndigeSTEAM Mini Tipi paint and building workshop (registration required, $20 per person with bursaries available if needed)

How to Join

Energy Futures Lab will facilitate up to 50 youth applications to participate and attend. There is no cost to participate. 

Registration: click here to compete the form

All applications will be reviewed and successful applicants will be notified and invited to attend after April 22nd. 

If you need support or accommodation to attend please reach out. Bursaries are available for those in need of financial support: email 

What To Expect

  • Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
  • Opening Keynote Presentation 
  • Structured Networking
  • Promising Solutions Panel – Great Initiatives Contributing to the Energy Transition
    Laura MacTaggart – EFL Community Mobilizer
    Melanie Ross – SAIT Green Building Technologies
    Jordan Flagel – Executive Director and Founder Tree
    David Bellmont – President, Journey Engineering
    – Selishia Smith – Owner and Principal, iDIG Rentals and Services Inc.
  • Lunch, Networking, and Individual Time
  • Innovation Jam Block 1 – Youth Challenges
  • Innovation Jam Block 2 – Energy Futures Lab and Industry Challenges
  • Fireside Chat with Energy Leaders – Lessons in Leadership for Change Making and Impact
    Juli Rohl – EFL Director Impact Studio and Lead Animator
    Rochelle Longval – Renewable Energy Consultant
    Diandra Bruised Head – Council Member at Kainai Blood Tribe
    Connie Van der Byl – Academic Director, Mount Royal University
    Abbas Ali Beg – Manager, Clean Fuels Development, ATCO
  • Closing, Reflection, & Networking (refreshments and evening appetizers)

Optional: IndigeSTEAM Mini Tipi paint and building workshop from 6:00-9:00 pm (registration $20 with bursaries available if needed.) 

Keynote Speaker

Olivia Reshetylo
Senior Director of Programs, Student Energy

Olivia is Student Energy’s Senior Director of Programs, responsible for the oversight, development, and implementation of Student Energy’s program portfolio. Since joining Student Energy in 2015, she has co-founded the organization’s global Chapters program, co-designed and launched the organizations’ Fellowship program, and has overseen the development of the suite of programs now offered under Student Energy’s Programs Ecosystem.

Olivia has a passion for leadership development and creating opportunities for youth to shape their own energy futures. Olivia was an active Energy Futures Lab fellow from 2019 – to 2021, where she worked with the Energy Futures Lab team to create more intergenerational collaboration and meaningful youth inclusion within the Lab and its initiatives.

Olivia holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Mount Royal University.