The Arctic continues to be highly dependent on non-renewable energy sources although variations between regions differ significantly. Further transitions toward renewable energy in the Arctic and abroad will require thoughtful policies with strengthened support of both sustainability and diversity.

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Industrial sectors - including the energy sector - have traditionally been male dominated and structural inequalities persist as women´s participation in the energy sector continues to be below that of the broader economy. At the same time, the role of greater gender diversity as instrumental for sustainable development, innovation and inclusive solutions is undeniable. The growing renewable sector and the accelerated shift towards sustainable grids will require the inclusion of gender perspectives both in terms of the impacts of energy projects and in terms of gender representation and empowerment.

Women have provided important contributions in shaping revolutionary and creative policies and frameworks for a smart transition.


Moderator: Joanna Osawe, CEO & President, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)

  • Opening Remarks: Opening Remarks:  Stephanie Dei, Director Research Partnerships at the Diversity Institute of Ryerson University
  • Michelle Branigan, CEO, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)
  • Malgorzata Smieszek, Lead Author, Gender and Environment, Pan-Arctic Report on Gender Equality Issues
  • Robert Hornung, CEO & President, Canadian Renewable Energy Association
  • Harpa Petursdottir, Chair of Women in Energy - Iceland
  • Closing remarks: Hjalti Ómar Ágústsson, Specialist, Directorate of Equality Iceland, Special Advisor GEA Project

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