Lori is a practical visionary and compassionate leader who encourages connection and understanding built on diverse perspectives and who sees possibility for initiatives that help transform us personally and collectively. She thrives on the sometimes-wild edges between people, organizations and systems believing in the power of relationships to help navigate meaningful change.
For over 30 years Lori has worked in the environmental, social, philanthropic, and corporate sectors. Her experiences of working within and across these sectors has helped her develop a unique perspective and skillset for navigating differences to build bridges of understanding and connection between organizations, people and ideas that have led to the creation of successful initiatives and projects that have helped to shift hearts, minds, and systems.
Until recently Lori was the Executive Director of the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) and Suncor’s Director of Community Investment and Social Innovation. She worked for SEF for 18 years. During her time with SEF, she led a team that actively participated in new approaches to transforming some of society’s toughest challenges. She worked alongside many inspiring people and participated in shaping a better world by co-creating initiatives such as an Indigenous Youth Advisory Council who are in a reciprocal relationship with SEF, and the Energy Future Lab that instigated and lead a dialogue about the future of energy and what it will take to get us there. She also co-led a series of Gatherings hosted by SEF over eight years that brought together people from across Canada and from multiple sectors to learn, co-create and progress actions related to reconciliation, the future of energy and community resilience. These relationships and experiences, and many more, have helped shape her approach to the work she does in the world.
Consequently, Lori feels honoured to be in relationship with others and is currently involved on the board of the Tamarack Institute and the steering committee for the Energy Future Lab.
But most importantly, Lori is a partner, stepmom, dog mom, daughter, sister, and auntie. Lori finds inspiration and creativity from time spent immersed in the wilds of the Canadian Rockies, the Pacific West Coast, and other areas of outstanding natural beauty.