Vanessa is the Executive Director, Clean Technology at Alberta Innovates. The Clean Technology team contributes to the advancement of grid modernization and small modular nuclear reactor development and deployment through ecosystem development. The team supports technology development in areas of Grid Modernization, Clean Heat and Power, Critical Minerals, Energy Storage, Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage, and Hydrogen in Alberta.
Prior to joining Alberta Innovates, Vanessa spent more than 20 years in the upstream petroleum industry, where she drove innovation and developed her diverse background in project management, technology development and pilot operation.
Vanessa is passionate about energy literacy. In 2016, she founded a company informing elementary and junior high students about the value of diversity in the Canadian energy portfolio. Vanessa is a Professional Engineer and past member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers Canadian Educational Foundation (SPECEF) where she was the founding chair of the organization’s Energy Literacy Committee. Vanessa’s current board positions include the Decentralized Energy Canada’s Board of Directors and Foresight Clean Tech Accelerator’s Alberta Advisory Board.