Natalie Odd has worked in the environmental non-government organization (ENGO) sector for most of her career. Years ago, while working for a Calgary-based international sustainability consultancy, she focused her studies on environment and management. This led to positions at Green Calgary, Alberta Ecotrust and now the Alberta Environmental Network (AEN). The main thrust of her work is to support strategic cooperation among AEN’s members, most of which are ENGOs.

Working in the ENGO sector in Alberta is very interesting and continually challenging. Natalie’s work over the past 20 years was punctuated by taking part in the Leadership Calgary program (now the Human Venture Institute), an impactful experience that drives her to think critically, keep things in perspective and question her assumptions.

Calgary is Natalie’s home town. She feels very fortunate to have grown up here. Some of the other things that have shaped my life are immigrating to Canada, having a brother with special needs, playing team sports, coaching youth sport, being friends with Rod Ruff, the outdoors, running for office, living in South America and Europe, having children and having a strong, resilient mother.

 

Natalie is leading AEN’s Climate Caucus Spring Meeting on Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Calgary Central Public Library. Continue the energy of the Environmental Gathering, and take this opportunity to further strategic cooperation between our climate-active organizations! Register at no cost here.

 

Panel

Women’s Perspectives: Climate, Leadership & Community

Around the world, women lead on the fight against climate change. Even in Canada women are at the forefront of climate dialogue and climate action – in the nonprofit sector, in business and at home. Women make 85 percent of household purchase decisions in Canada and women in executive positions are more often than not mothers and grandmothers, too.

With diverse backgrounds in corporate law, engineering, technology, environmental science, and organizational leadership, four women who consider themselves climate champions will discuss their love and hope for their families and communities. They’ll share their concerns about climate change and the negative discourse around it, the importance of diverse voices and their pride in the advances and efforts of their respective companies and organizations.

Natalie will be joined by Pat Letizia, Executive Director at Alberta Ecotrust Foundation; Joy Romero, Vice President of Technology & Innovation at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.; and, Kate Chisholm, Chief Legal & Sustainability Officer at Capital Power in a casual and friendly conversation about women at the nexus of climate change, leadership and family, and how we can encourage and support each other to take action.

 

Look for the panel in the Friday Morning program at 9:00 am. If you haven’t already, get your tickets to the 2019 Environmental Gathering!