Ms. Fairburn is a trailblazer, business leader and champion of Canadian innovation.
She is a board director for Tundra Oil & Gas, Veerum Inc. (a digital tech company), Calgary Economic Development, Sustainable Development Technology Canada and the Public Policy Forum. She is also on the “Resources of the Future” Economic Strategy Table for the Canadian federal government, the Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies, and the Global Advisory Council for Emerald Technology Ventures, a Swiss-based industrial technology fund.
Ms. Fairburn has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector with diverse executive and senior leadership roles, recently as EVP Safety and Chief Digital Officer. She has also made a significant impact to the innovation eco-system. Ms. Fairburn led substantial change as the first Chair of the consolidated Alberta Innovates, an agency of the Alberta government that funds, advises and provides scale-up support to innovators across the health, energy, agriculture, forestry and digital sectors. She also co-founded COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance) and co-founded Evok Innovations – a unique cleantech / digital partnership and fund between entrepreneurs and industry.
Ms. Fairburn holds a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She has been named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and was honoured for Canadian sustainable development leadership as a 2013 Clean 16 award winner. She is also a member of Abundance 360 – a select group of global entrepreneurs and senior executives focused on capitalizing on transformative digital change.