Wood Business

Virtual Event
Women in Forestry 2023
March 7, 2023 at 11:00am EST

Women in Energy Transformation: Key learnings and opportunities

  • Linda Coady, President and CEO, BC Council of Forest Industries
  • Elizabeth Shirt, President, Globe Series
The Women in Energy Transformation Dialogue Series was a year-long initiative delivered in partnership by the Pembina Institute and GLOBE Series between September 2021 and October 2022. Comprising four virtual and in-person dialogues and supported by research and analysis, the goal of the series was to cast light on how women can participate in and benefit from the move to an inclusive, net-zero energy economy. Linda Coady and Elizabeth Shirt will cover key takeaways from the real stories and experiences that were showcased through the series, and learnings that can help advance the role of women in natural resource sectors.

Linda Coady
Linda Coady joined the BC Council of Forest Industries on July 18, 2022 as the president and CEO.

Prior to joining COFI, Linda was the executive director of the Pembina Institute. Her other roles prior to that include chief sustainability officer for Enbridge Inc., vice-president of sustainability for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, vice-president of the Pacific Region for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada, and vice-president of environmental affairs for the B.C. Coastal Group of Weyerhaeuser Canada.

Linda has also been a distinguished fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and has taught corporate social responsibility at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. She has served on several advisory groups to different levels of government on climate and energy issues, including as a member of the City of Vancouver’s 2009 “Greenest City” Task Force, the 2015 advisory panel to the Province of Alberta on climate leadership, and the 2018 Generation Energy Council to the Government of Canada. She was recently appointed to Canada’s Net-Zero Advisory Body, which provides independent advice to the federal government on meeting requirements under Canada’s new Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act.

Elizabeth Shirt
Elizabeth is a recognized energy, sustainability, and clean technology expert with nearly 20 years of experience. She has spent her career working with industry, innovators, investors, governments and environmental organizations, in pursuit of the policy, technical, financial and cultural solutions that will help accelerate a cleaner, more sustainable future. As president of GLOBE Series, she leads a passionate and highly skilled team that convenes the innovators and changemakers who are accelerating the clean economy.

In her previous role as Emission Reductions Alberta’s executive director of policy and strategy, Elizabeth was responsible for leading on strategic initiatives and events. These ranged from developing ERA’s Technology Roadmap to delivering its biennial, three-day SPARK conference. She led the organization’s strategic stakeholder engagement and partnerships initiatives, and held the pen on its annual business plan.

Prior to joining ERA, Elizabeth served in various roles with the Government of Alberta, including director of the Climate Change Secretariat that supported the development of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan and director of innovation policy and programs within Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education. Elizabeth’s previous experience also includes providing government relations support to Capital Power and providing policy advice to the Canadian Electricity Association in Ottawa and the Nuclear Energy Institute in Washington, DC.

Elizabeth has a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University and bachelor’s degrees in economics and geography from the University of Mary Washington.