Jodi Lammiman is an Edmonton transplant who lives with her partner Chris and wild child kitten Nola. As a child she was often scolded for asking the ‘wrong questions’, disappearing outdoors for hours, and having her head stuck in a book. Twenty-some years later, not much has changed. Jodi would describe herself as a seeker, questioner, and an advocate for social and environmental justice. But even more than that, she seeks to be a person who listens well and loves deeply.
She believes in following her curiosity wherever it might lead. Thus far, it has led her into and out of faith, to live in the woods with 8 others at a retreat centre, to study under eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, and to hold her questions tightly and the answers less so, recognizing that the answers are often changing.
With education in Sacred Literature, Leadership, and Spiritual Direction, Jodi spends a lot of her time helping other people explore their own questions about life, meaning, and intentional participation in social action. She believes that reflection, social and environmental action, and spirituality must be undertaken in the context of love and community in order to create meaningful change in the world. To this end, she and fellow Next Up alumnus Amy Spark created Refugia Retreats, an initiative that offers retreats, workshops, spiritual direction, and facilitation in order to foster curiosity, attentiveness, and reflection as catalysts for societal and personal change.
When not working at Refugia or as Community Wellness Coordinator at King’s University, Jodi is an avid fan of reading anything she can get her hands on (particularly YA fiction), drawing, and having long, rambling conversations with friends who are more like family.
Jessica Letizia is a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) professional, born and raised in Calgary, with a keen interest in making this world a better place – an interest she developed at a young age. She recently completed her Master’s Thesis on Utilizing GIS as a Decision-Support Tool for Food Policy Implementation, and hopes to find a way to continue to apply GIS technology to the various issues and problems facing our society.
Her degrees in Geography, GIS, and Environmental Design, coupled with her long history as a public servant and non-profit employee/volunteer, have armed her with the tools she needs to help disrupt the status quo. Jessica also loves music and will probably beat you at a game of Tetris!
Jessica works for Alberta Health Services in Addictions and Mental Health and is passionate about dispelling myths and reducing the stigma associated with mental health and substance misuse. She is a member of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, sits on their Social Justice Committee, and was chair for the Committee’s Environmental Adhoc; which organized a clean energy themed member engagement day this past September. As a healthcare professional she cares deeply about the impacts of climate change on the determinants of health across the globe, and as a labour activist feels strongly about the mass potential for jobs emerging from a green economy.
Greg Bennett is the founder and CEO of Atheria.io, an industrial intelligence platform that enables developers to effortlessly build the next generation of apps for agile industrial enterprises. Previous to Atheria, Greg was Director of Digital Transformation at Imaginea Energy where he led world-first Cloud, IoT, Machine Learning and Blockchain projects in collaboration with companies like Google, Citrix, Consensys and IOTA. In addition to his digital projects, Greg was was instrumental in shaping Imaginea's 3P vision as the co-architect of the Clean Hydrocarbon ecosystem.
Greg believes that together, we can eliminate the negative impacts of industry on planet and people. That’s a bold vision, shaped by his professional career spanning 15 years, 5 industries and 3 startups. Intrigued? He’d love to talk with you about it. You can catch him on Twitter (@recrdx) or skateboarding to his next meeting.
Desmond Bull is elected councillor for the Louis Bull Tribe of the Maskwacis Nation of this treaty 6 territory. He has worked with the Green Economy Network in Edmonton, been appointed to the Alberta Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel, a fellow in the Energy Futures Lab of Alberta, completed the 20/20 Catalysts program, a board member for Solar Alberta and currently working with the Indigenous Electricity Technical Working Group
Desiree has had a few careers throughout the years running the scale from researcher for the crown prosecutors office, Mental health worker, to most recently first responder. Although through all that she just loves being a wife and a mom who loves creating food and hates seeing anyone leave hungry.
Desiree along with her husband Randy have worked closely with the Metis Nation of Alberta on bringing information on climate change to different regions and zones throughout the province. Recently they have also been engaging with the Government of Alberta within a Indigenous Electricity technical working group, the North Saskatchewan regional plan and the Lower Athabasca regional plan.
Desiree also sits on the Education and Outreach board of the The Lakeland Industry and Community Association in hopes of educating young people about all our earth has to offer.
Derek grew up in rural southern Ontario and graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario with a degree in history. After graduating, he hit the road and spent close to a decade working as a tour guide in Germany. It was during this time he attended the UN climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009, which ignited a new chapter in his life as a climate movement organizer. He helped organized climate actions across Europe from 2010-2012 and upon returning to Canada in 2013 he became involved in the campaigns to stop the Line 9 and Energy East pipelines.
Derek has a diverse experience in the not-for-profit sector: campaigns coordinator for Ecology Ottawa's municipal election campaign in 2014 and the Eat Think Vote campaign in 2015; logistics coordinator for the 100% Possible March in Ottawa in 2015 and currently, project coordinator of Rural Routes to Climate Solutions, a central Alberta-based project seeking to empower Alberta's agricultural producers with climate solutions. Derek is also an avid farm hand, having worked on farms in Ontario, Quebec, Ontario and even Tasmania.
Delshani is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Calgary. She is a community-based, population and public health researcher; engagement and participation with community groups and organizations is a central tenet of her practice.
Delshani applied to the Climate Leadership Program to formally integrate a climate or ecology perspective into her population health theoretical research framework. This perspective is advantageous and relevant because the physical environment, environmental health, and ecology play a significant role in how people interact and understand their health, and impact how they access health services. Developing a foundational understanding of the impacts and effects of climate as applied to health will enable evidence-informed decision making and intervention development in health promotion.
Delshani grew up in Banff National Park, so her connection to the mountains runs deep. On the weekends (and the occasional Monday), you will find her hiking during the summer, and cross-country ski during the winter. When she is in Calgary and not sitting at my desk, she’s in a yoga class or having a glass of wine with friends. She is also a podcast junkie, listening to at least two episodes everyday while getting organized for the day, walking to and from work, or while doing nothing on the couch. She talks too fast and laugh too loud, but those are also often the moments she is most passionate.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta with a strong Metis, traditional upbringing. Holds an extensive administrative background along with 4 years of working in Information Technology. Acquired the opportunity to work with the Government of Alberta’s Indigenous Climate Leadership Initiative representing the Metis Settlements General Council and the 8 Metis Settlements of Alberta. Loves the mountains, rivers and long hikes.
From an early age, Angelica found herself navigating a world informed by her strong sense of compassion and empathy. As she got older she was determined to ensure that her actions would leave a small but positive imprint – on the lands she traversed and the lives she encountered.
She completed a degree from the University of Calgary in Development Studies. With a passion for cultural exchange and experiential learning, her studies introduced and accorded her the opportunities to volunteer and study in Nepal, Jamaica, Uganda, and Japan. An adventurer at heart, she loves to explore the diversity of the human condition, and has lived in various parts of Canada as well as abroad in New Zealand. Having returned to Calgary in 2017, she is focused on fostering connections in a field where her background in international development intersects on a community-based level, through work with the resettlement and integration of newcomers.
Angelica believes in the interconnected nature of our world and strives to understand the ways these dynamics play into systems of oppression and injustice. She is keen to find creative methods to incorporate climate justice into her work and the various communities she immerses herself in.