Join Shannon Phillips and Shaun Loney at the 2017 Environmental Gathering

Join Minister Shannon Phillips and Ashoka Fellow Shaun Loney at the 2017 Environmental Gathering!

We are excited to announce that Shannon Phillips, the Minister of Environment and Parks and the Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office, and Shaun Loney, social entrepreneur and author, will be joining us as keynote speakers at the 2017 Environmental Gathering.

Since speaking at the inaugural Gathering in February, Minister Phillips has spearheaded the legislation and implementation of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, while also being responsible for the protection of the Castle Wilderness area.

An Ashoka fellow, Shaun Loney is cofounder of Aki Energy, an aboriginal social enterprise linking First Nations to the green economy through community-centered sustainable energy development. He has recently authored a new book, An Army of Problem Solvers: Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy, where Loney argues that we can’t achieve reconciliation and Nation-to-Nation healing without allowing for the re-emergence of local economies. You can learn more about Shannon and Shaun in their biographies below.

Early bird pricing for the 2017 Environmental Gathering is currently open. Don’t miss this chance to register for the event at a reduced rate! First 150 Early Bird registrants get a free copy of An Army of Problem Solvers: Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy. 

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Stay Tuned!

The Gathering Advisory Committee and Alberta Ecotrust staff are actively working to complete the program and confirm speakers for the Gathering.

Within the next week we will be posting a Request for Proposals to solicit presentations and workshops from Alberta’s environmental community. Please stay connected with us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news about the 2017 Environmental Gathering. All program details and speakers will be updated regularly on our event website at


About Shannon Phillips

shannon_phillips_bioShannon Phillips represents the southern Alberta riding of Lethbridge-West. Ms. Phillips is the Minister of Environment and Parks and the Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office. Previously, she also served as the Minister for the Status of Women.

Since taking office, Ms. Phillips has led the government’s Climate Leadership Plan which is designed to diversify the economy, create new jobs and improve Alberta’s health. As Minister of Environment and Parks, she has been responsible for the creation of Alberta’s newest park in the Castle and a historic reinvestment in Alberta’s park system.

Raised in Edmonton, Ms. Phillips graduated with honours from the University of Alberta with a Master of Arts Degree in political science.


About Shaun Loney

Shaun LoneyIn 2013, seven years after founding BUILD, Shaun co-founded Aki Energy. This non-profit social enterprise employs First Nations communities in green energy and health food initiatives, and reaches more communities every year. The job now is to engage the new Canadian government so that we can remove the barriers preventing the re-emergence of the local economy.

After over a decade in the social purpose field, Shaun has just written a book called An Army of Problem Solvers: Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy. The book talks about problem solvers and what they can do to improve Canadian society. Why are there no gardens in Garden Hill First Nation? What does reconciliation really mean for Canada? In all of this there is a new role for government: it must shift from focusing on problems to focusing on problem solvers.

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