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Hope Sanderson

Hope is a doctoral candidate and consultant working across many of society’s sectors and with parties whose interests are both complementary and conflictual. She spent close to 25 years working in the energy sector, including several years with TransCanada Corporation. Much of her career has focused on leading stakeholder and Indigenous engagement, and government advocacy on energy projects such as the Alaska and Mackenzie pipeline projects in Canada’s far north; offshore projects in Newfoundland; and power, gas and LNG projects in Quebec. A synergist, effective problem solver and negotiator, Hope led the Government and Industry Relations portfolio for Talisman’s North American Operations in Canada. Hope is Metis, of Cree descent and remains strongly connected to and actively engaged in the Indigenous community across Canada.

In her volunteer capacities, she is a past Indigenous Board Member with the Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta, was appointed by the Alberta Minister of Child and Family Services in 2005 as Indigenous Board Member of the Calgary and Area Child and Family Services. In 2012 she was appointed by the Alberta Premier and Minister of Aboriginal Relations to the Council for the Economic Security of Aboriginal Women. In 2015, Hope was inducted to the International Women’s Forum, a prestigious international network of highly accomplished women and nominated one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

Hope is fluent in English and French and holds a bilingual Bachelor of Arts degree from Faculté St. Jean at the University of Alberta, a certificate in Community Relations from Boston College, a Stakeholder Negotiation Certificate from Harvard and MIT as well as an MBA with a specialization in PR and Communications, jointly conferred by Royal Roads University and l’École Supérieure de Commerce in Grenoble, France. Hope is completing a Doctorate of Management at SMC University in Zurich, Switzerland and will defend her research on the governance of First Nation safe drinking water in 2017. Her doctoral research explored strategies to how best govern sustained access to safe drinking water for First Nations in respect of traditional knowledge and Indigenous governance.

 

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