Dr. Jennifer Winter is one of finest minds doing deep thinking about Canadian energy today.
At the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, she's now hard at work on a chapter for an upcoming book that examines how energy policy shapes climate deliberations. She's also starting research on how energy-related investment creates often-hidden economic value, probing beyond the obvious to tease out dynamics that bear scrutiny in energy affairs.
The questions she asks and the answers she seeks are as diverse and complex as energy itself.
Her work contributes to significant and constructive change on the Canadian "energy scape."
It's little wonder that back in 2014, she was among the first individuals recognized in the inaugural Young Women in Energy awards program for her efforts.
Now, YWE is prepping to recognize its 2017 slate of 10 young women making a difference — in other words, those in different ways "changing the face of energy."
But to do so, YWE wants to see its nominations pipeline chock full of deserving candidates.
That's why we all need to take some time and reflect on the women around us — and how the things they're doing are helping propel change.
Awards programs are important for a variety of reasons. Obviously, they validate and valourize individual achievements in a fashion that signals similar possibilities for all of us. But in a sector that has been battered and bruised in many ways, and arguably is still unsure of itself, YWE's awards program points to a future being shaped and defined by some incredibly intelligent and dedicated folks.
If they see value in the sector's future, and they're pushing for positive change, why not be bullish about energy's future?
This year, 10 young women from all walks of energy life will be recognized for the marks they're making on the ways we do energy.
The deadline is Sept. 30. Visit www.youngwomeninenergy.com/awards to nominate a deserving candidate.