Eryn Stewart feels honoured and very fortunate to work on advancing Indigenous leadership in Canada’s clean energy economy. As the managing director at Indigenous Clean Energy, her work focuses on clean energy in northern communities pioneering community energy planning and energy education initiatives. One of Eryn’s passions is women’s leadership in clean energy. She specifically promotes the inclusion and advancement of Indigenous women in the sector.
She led the development of the 20/20 Catalysts Program, Canada’s first and most highly successful Indigenous clean energy capacity-building program. In its fifth year, 20/20 has supported over 100 Indigenous clean energy champions on their energy journeys.
In 2017, Eryn was one of twenty emerging leaders selected by the Arctic Council to participate in the Arctic Remote Energy Network Academy–a program to promote information sharing across the Arctic on the integration of renewable energy in remote communities. Alongside partners at Gwich’in Council International, Eryn also authored a book titled the “Arctic Community Energy Planning and Implementation Toolkit,” a resource for Arctic community energy planning.
Mentoring with ICE is essential because it promotes inclusive leadership in the clean energy sector and fosters capacity building in young Indigenous leaders. As a mentor, I intend to support Indigenous champions and communities in their clean energy initiatives that best align with their traditions, values, and cultures.
Indigenous women and youth interested in the clean energy sector