CALGARY — A woman from northern Ontario has been appointed to the Indigenous Advisory Committee for the recently-created Canada Energy Regulator (CER).
Kaella-Marie Earle is Anishinaabekwe from Aroland First Nation and Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory.
Earle is employed by Enbridge Gas Inc. in engineering construction system improvement where she manages the construction of natural gas pipeline projects.
According to a news release from CER, her career goal is "to weave her Indigenous cultural values into her engineering work in a way that will lead the oil and gas industry to a lower carbon energy future."
Earle is a member of Young Pipeliners Association of Canada, and co-chairs its Indigenous Inclusion Committee.
She has regular speaking engagements at conferences to advocate for Indigenous people and for women in energy and mining.
Earle is also the director and founder of Maamiwi Gibeshiwin Indigenous cultural training and allyship retreat.
The Indigenous Advisory Committee for Calgary-based CER will advise the board of directors on how it can build a new relationship with Indigneous peoples.
Members of the committee are leaders at the local, regional and national level.
Three of the nine members are appointed directly by national Indigenous organizations: the Assembly of First Nations, the Metis National Council and Inuit tapiriit Kanatami.
The Canada Energy Regulator was created last year to replace the National Energy Board.