Jennifer Winter

Assistant Professor and Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Calgary.

Describe a typical day

I don’t have typical days! But in any given week, I am usually teaching or advising students, writing a research paper, writing an op-ed or blogging on a policy issue, providing commentary for the media on a current hot topic, debating with my colleagues, and doing some less-fun administrative stuff like reviewing budgets.

Perks of your job and things you like about your current company.

One of the best things about the School of Public Policy and the University of Calgary is the variety in what I do day-to-day and week-to-week. I also have a lot of interaction with the broader community, through speaking with the media and public speaking engagements, which I really enjoy.

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

At work, I’m proud that my contributions have helped the School of Public Policy be the top policy school in Canada, and one of the most-referenced research institutions when it comes to public policy discourse in Canada.

Outside of work, I’m proud of the fact that I very rarely turn down new opportunities – I’m always looking for new experiences and new ways to challenge myself.

Thoughts on the future of the industry as it relates to your field.

There’s a lot of change going on in energy and environmental policy in Alberta and Canada. That’s very exciting for me as a researcher as well as a policy wonk. The energy industry has a lot of challenges ahead, but that just means more opportunity for innovation and change, which I am excited to see.

Current community involvement efforts.

I’m on the Future Leaders board of World Petroleum Council Canada, and I occasionally volunteer at the Calgary food bank. I also sing in Cum Vino Cantus, a really awesome choir!

Why YWE?

The sad fact is that despite the strides towards gender equality, we still have a ways to go. I’m not a big fan of women-only groups, but what makes YWE stand out is the commitment to professional development and recognition of the many spectacular young (and not-so-young) women in the energy sector.

What are you reading?

The First Time Manager by Loren B. Belker, Jim McCormick and Gary S. Topchik. Also, The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.