Abhu has a Bachelor of Engineering in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability and a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering from Carleton University. His master’s focused on the 3D documentation of heritage places and artifacts. Abhu has taught students from various backgrounds and levels of education. He has delivered cultural heritage workshops locally and internationally, including in Myanmar, Georgia, Korea, and Spain. Abhu is passionate about sustainability and viewing things from a lifecycle perspective. When he’s not at work, you can find him behind a camera, in the garden, or fermenting bubbly concoctions in the kitchen.
Alexandra is a Nakoda woman mixed with French ancestry, belonging to Carry the Kettle (Cega’kin) First Nation, Treaty 4 Territory. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. Alexandra strives to apply her education and Indigenous background to solve issues impacting Indigenous communities related to energy, infrastructure, sustainability, and socioeconomics. She aims to empower Indigenous communities to establish sovereignty through community-based project work and capacity-building initiatives. Alexandra is passionate about Indigenous women and youth in STEM, as she believes Indigenous knowledge can contribute to an evolving holistic framework in the field that will provide meaningful, long-lasting solutions for Indigenous communities. Alexandra’s hobbies include singing and song writing in the genre of R&B, travelling (when possible) and exploring the outdoors, fitness and yoga, photography and fashion, attempting to cook new recipes, and reading poetry or books by Indigenous authors to nurture cultural connectiveness.
Bonnie is an alumna of Carleton University in Ottawa. Her career is built around energy, from renewable energy project development to clean energy community engagement. At ICE, Bonnie provides comprehensive wrap-around support and resources to current and prospective program participants. Bonnie was a contributing author of the Arctic Community Energy Planning and Implementation Toolkit, a project led by Gwitch’in Council International for the Arctic Council. Since then, she has continued to work with northern communities and now acts as a mentor for NRCan’s Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative. She is passionate about collaborating and finding team solutions based on community values and visions. When she’s not working, Bonnie can be found in her verdant garden, in the saddle, or making art with her children.
Brigette has a Master’s degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University. She was a Social Innovation Fellow at Carleton, where she conducted research on impact investing at Canadian foundations. She was also named a Young Impact Leader by Future of Good for helping to develop a youth-led Truth and Reconciliation program and a COVID-19 granting program at The Winnipeg Foundation. Brigette is passionate about Indigenous and gender inclusion in climate solutions. Outside of work, her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, cross-country skiing, playing basketball, bike riding, reading, and creative writing.
Chris Henderson is a Canadian clean energy thought leader and eco-entrepreneur. For 35 years, he has been at the forefront of ground-breaking enterprises and social and ecological initiatives with large-scale Canadian and global impact. Chris is a trusted commentator on sustainable development issues that respect the planet and generate enduring outcomes for communities. His first professional focus is advising and equipping Indigenous Nations and Peoples with means to develop and own clean energy projects, catalyzing social and economic development opportunities that combat climate change. Secondly, he aims to provide strategic advice on accelerating energy transition to a low-carbon, abundant energy future. Chris’ first book Aboriginal Power was published in 2013. Outside of ICE, Chris is the Lumos Energy President, Delphi Group Co-Founder and Globe Series Board Chair. When he’s not working, Chris enjoys paddling a canoe on Canada’s lakes and rivers.
Corey is a proud member of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. At ICE, he works to grow Indigenous energy efficiency capacity to improve housing and quality of life in communities across Canada through the Bringing It Home initiative. Passionate about the health and success of Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island, Corey strives to support ICE initiatives which aim to help Indigenous communities lead the way to a cleaner, more sustainable, and environmentally-friendly future. When he’s not working, you can find him enjoying outdoor activities in his community such as camping, fishing, hunting or golfing.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology with a Minor in Mental Health, Addiction and Society from McMaster University. In her role at ICE, Emily develops and coordinates program materials, delivery, logistics, and outreach for Generation Power. Before joining ICE, Emily led a homelessness prevention program at an Indigenous cultural centre, working with youth and families to deliver culturally-grounded life skills sessions. She is passionate about utilizing interdisciplinary perspectives to support equitable community growth and challenge systemic barriers. In her free time, you can find Emily tending to her houseplants, learning world geography, or scoping out furniture at the thrift store.
Eryn developed and currently leads ICE’s keystone initiative: 20/20 Catalysts Program, Canada’s first and highly successful Indigenous clean energy capacity-building program. In five years, it has supported over 100 Indigenous clean energy champions. Currently, much of Eryn’s work focuses on clean energy in northern communities, supporting community energy planning and energy education initiatives. In 2017, Eryn was one of 20 emerging leaders selected by the Arctic Council to take part in the Arctic Remote Energy Network Academy. She was honoured with distinction as a 30 under 30 in Sustainability in 2018 and was awarded the University of Waterloo’s Young Alumni Inspiration Award in 2020. Eryn recently published Arctic Community Energy Planning and Implementation Toolkit in partnership with Gwich’in Council International for communities across the circumpolar Arctic. She is passionate about women leadership in the clean energy sector, specifically Indigenous women. When she is not working, Eryn enjoys scuba diving, basketball, spending time with loved ones and boardgames.
Freddie is a proud Michif woman originally from the Ktunaxa Kinbasket territory, colonially known as Kimberley, BC. Her Métis family name is from the community of Lac La Biche, AB. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy from the University of Mary (US) and a Master’s of Science in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding from Durham University (UK). As manager of ICE’s Global Hub programming, Freddie seeks to share, collaborate and act on unique, just and sustainable projects that encompass the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Sustainable Development Goals. She is passionate about supporting Indigenous and community-led approaches to clean energy globally. She strives to bring her teachings, perspectives and truths to her work and ground in communities and the collective. Outside of work, Freddie finds solace in beadwork, wood carving, poetry, photography, sports and new experiences.
Ian holds a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration from the University of Waterloo. Throughout his work, he has engaged in opportunities related to energy efficiency and electric vehicles. At ICE, he oversees the Bringing It Home and Charge Up programs. Ian is also proud to have been a part of the growth of the strong network of Indigenous clean energy leaders that have come through ICE’s 20/20 Catalyst program, who support communities in developing net-zero energy housing and pathways to major retrofit projects. He is passionate about engaging communities in important discussions about their energy futures and helping make those visions a reality. When he’s not at work, you can find Ian out on the trails enjoying nature with his partner Mel, making sawdust as a budding woodworker, or dreaming up a home DIY project.
Jessica is a member of the Nisga’a Nation from Gitlaxt’aamiks, in the Nass Valley. She has formal education from the Ontario College of Art and Design, and an Honours Bachelor of Science Double Major in Biology and Psychology from the University of Toronto. Most recently, she received a Workshop Facilitator Certificate from the Anti-oppression consulting firm Bakau Consulting. In her role as Program Coordinator, she brings a deep devotion to integrity, and a focus on equity. Jessica appreciates the work ICE is doing to create opportunities that align with ancestral values, embrace cultural identities, and create new pathways forward. Jessica is passionate about the power of narrative, art, color, and interconnectedness. Her greatest accomplishment is her devotion as a mother.
Justice is Ojibway from Ketegaunseebee (Garden River) First Nation. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Science with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Law from the University of Ottawa. Justice previously worked on healing and reconciliation programs for Indian Residential School Survivors and First Nations communities across Canada. She has a strong passion for advancing the socio-economic status of Indigenous people in Canada and hopes to use her education and previous work experience to make an impact on the futures of Indigenous people in Canada. In her free time, Justice enjoys spending time with her family, friends and community members.
Justin is a multidisciplinary educator, skilled carpenter, and mechanic that is passionate about science, climate justice, and youth empowerment. Justin grew up in Treaty 6 Territory (Edmonton, AB) and currently resides on the traditional and unceded territory of the sqilxʷ/syilx (okanagan) peoples. He is interested in the clean energy transition through sustainable development that is informed by both Indigenous knowledge systems and western science. With a background in Education from the University of Saskatchewan focused on science and social studies, Justin aims to support youth towards their vision of a clean energy future by building strong relationships and empowering them with learning resources that are aligned with cultural values. His hobbies include building science, fine woodworking, producing music, photography, and troubleshooting machines and electronics for friends and family.
Kayla is Ojibwe from Obaadjiwan (Batchewana First Nation), residing on the traditional territory of Baawaating. She holds a Diploma in Practical Nursing and is registered with the College of Nurses in Ontario. In her experiences as a nurse, she spent many years volunteering as well as working in indigenous communities on health promotion that created meaningful connections and experiences that shaped who she is as a professional today. She is a Hospice Nurse in a now casual capacity, and took a leap in a new direction in her career to work at ICE. Kayla is passionate about participating in the movement towards change in the clean energy sector, as well as using her previous experiences to promote conversations around health and how clean energy impacts our wellbeing. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her partner and family, as well as with her golden retriever, Hunnie.
Kayla is a Métis woman from the Fishing Lake Métis Settlement, which is a Bringing it Home Guide Community. Before joining ICE, she worked to help bring clean energy programs into her home Settlement as well as working in Employment, Education and Community Services. This experience ignited an interest in clean energy and building capacity in Indigenous communities, which made joining ICE to manage the Energy Advisor training program an obvious choice. She is excited to grow the new program, see more Indigenous people join the industry, and create that capacity for Indigenous communities to participate in energy audits and eventually retrofits to create healthier and safer communities. While she has many interests, Kayla can usually be found either camping, spending time with her family or in her craft room.
Larissa (She/Her) is the Bringing It Home Program Coordinator. She currently resides on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishinaabe territory. Larissa received her degree in Environmental Studies from Carleton University, where she developed her passion for regenerative design, renewable energy, and community planning. With professional experience providing capacity-building support and working with many environmental non-profits in her region, she has always admired ICE’s work and leadership in the sector.She continues to play a key role in supporting the employment of young professionals across Canada in the environmental sector through her role as Vice-Chair with Eco-Internships. Outside of work, she is always looking for new music and recipes and enjoys a variety of activities including camping, paddleboarding, yoga, and snowboarding.
Laura Cran holds a Diploma in Commerce and Marketing from Humber College. As Operations Manager at ICE, Laura provides backend support to programs and the organization, while building policies and procedures to improve the operations at ICE. Laura is passionate about moving towards a clean energy future and understands the importance of centering Indigenous voices in that process. When she is not working, Laura enjoys traveling, playing board games, and crafting.
Lina holds a Bachelor or Arts in Communication Studies and Journalism from Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) and a graduate diploma in Visual Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to her role as Communications Manager at ICE, she worked in TV production, print, digital media, and community radio. In 2019, Lina was a recipient of the CBC Joan Donaldson Scholarship. She is passionate about sharing the inspiring stories of Indigenous people transitioning to a greener future and raising awareness about clean energy initiatives and community projects. Outside of work, Lina enjoys being with her family, reading memoirs and cooking recipes from other nations.
Naisola (she/her) is a proud Maasai who grew up between Knysna, South Africa, and Nairobi, Kenya, and who currently resides in Mi’kma’ki. She recently graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma in Media and Communications, and is excited to start this new chapter of her journey with ICE. Naisola’s background includes digital marketing, logistics, and working with different communities through the non-profit sector. Naisola is passionate about human rights, content creation, and helping others. When she is not working, Naisola spends her time hiking with her dog, trying to grow a garden, travelling, attempting new hobbies, and programming.
Naz holds a Business Administration degree from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, where she made the dean’s honor roll. She specialized in human resources management and has a unique perspective from working with First Nations in the past. Before joining the ICE team in 2022, Naz spent more than five years at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, where she supported Indigenous community relations. When Naz isn’t hard at work, she enjoys powerlifting, watching documentaries, and listening to audiobooks, all while honouring her Fijian roots through her lifestyle.
Ray (They/He) is the Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program Coordinator for ICE. Ray is a trans/non-binary person of settler descent from Nauset Wampanoag territory in Massachusetts, United States. They currently reside on traditional Algonquin Anishinabe territory in Ottawa, Ontario. Ray holds a Masters in Environmental History from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and their research background focuses on the intersection of humans and the living environment, specifically the legacies of chemical warfare, resource extraction, and species degradation. Ray is passionate about the work ICE is doing to encourage a holistic framework for environmental remediation through Indigenous self-sovereignty, and is grateful to be a part of a team advocating for the decolonization of community, policy, and thought. When not working, Ray enjoys swimming, rowing, and being outdoors with friends and family.
Ricardo Dabydeen is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo pursuing studies in Honours Urban Planning and specializing in Urban Design. Coming from an interdisciplinary background, Ricardo prioritizes sustainability and inclusivity at ICE to formulate meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations to build a clean energy future. He has achieved consecutive term distinction status in his program and is the Team Lead Ambassador for the Faculty of Environment at his university. Along with his strong academic performance, his experiences in academic writing and environmental design play a big role in supporting partnerships and maintaining strong communications with key partners at ICE. Ricardo possesses a deep passion for green architecture and regularly volunteers at shelters that support youth without adequate homes or resources to thrive. When he is not designing, he loves to be among nature and rev out his dirt bike on the track.
Sonia Leo is a proud Lil̓wat7úl member of the Líl̓wat Nation, an Interior Salish community. For over ten years, Sonia has worked to serve the Indigenous community in various capacities and industries ranging from television to non-profit organizations. Harnessing her skills, energy, and enthusiasm to empower Indigenous people and help them shine is the bedrock of everything she does, both professionally and personally. As ICE’s Grants and Contributions Manager Sonia envisions making a valuable contribution to the organization with her administrative, writing, and research experience.Recently, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in International Tourism Management, with a focus on sustainability, and conducted research on the importance of cultural sustainability for Indigenous empowerment and self-determination. This experience gave her a deeper understanding of the importance of building trust and bridging silos with Indigenous people for community engagement, first-hand knowledge she brings to ICE. Through her ICE role, Sonia aspires to make a positive impact in partnerships as Indigenous communities strive to achieve meaningful inclusion in Canada’s clean energy future. A passionate believer in balancing the mind, body, and spirit, in her free time Sonia practices meditating, strength-training, and yoga.
Sydney is a proud Métis woman who holds a degree in Communication Studies from Capilano University in British Columbia. Through her work at ICE, she collaborates and engages with Indigenous communities across Canada by providing support in the development and timely delivery of initiatives that support ICE’s communications and online platform, the ICE Network. Sydney is passionate about moving towards a more sustainable energy future and she believes that youth play an important role in leading us to this goal. When she is not working, Sydney enjoys snowshoeing, spending time with her two dogs and playing board games with her family.
Terri Lynn is a proud First Nations Mi’gmaq woman from Listuguj, in the province of Quebec. As the Associate Executive Director of ICE, her work focuses on increasing Indigenous engagement and outreach for ICE and its programs, and advancing Indigenous inclusion in Canada’s clean energy economy. Her clean energy journey began in 2014, when she became the Project Director for a 150MW Wind Farm that was owned and developed with three Mi’gmaq communities and their partner, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. from Longueuil, Quebec. This project received the Excellence in Human Resources Award from the Quebec Wind Industry, with Terri Lynn recognized as the Rising Star for her contribution in fostering social acceptability for the project. As a mother, grandmother and auntie, Terri Lynn enjoys cooking, travelling, and spending time with her family in her free time.