Dear ASI Community,

We hope you’re having a good summer! The past few months has seen the team at ASI busy with activities that advance our mandate of building resilient organizations and people to lead Canada’s transition to a low-carbon, socially-inclusive economy.

Read on to learn how our pilot transition leadership course landed with participants, how you can get involved in our new project to plot a micro-credentialing road map for Canada, hear new perspectives on the future of work, and (exciting!) meet our new CEO!


Our Spring Pilot is a Wrap!

June saw us wrap up our pilot offering of the Introduction to Transition Leadership course, delivered in partnership with Royal Roads University as part of their Climate Adaptation Fundamentals Micro-credential Program.

Over four weeks participants were exposed to key insights by thought leaders including Dr. Alexandra Stubbings, Dr. Laura Hall, and Sara Graves on how to navigate leadership challenges and opportunities emerging at the intersection of climate destabilization and social inequities. As one participant, Geo Takach, noted “I very much appreciate the thought, effort, insight and compassion from your important and timely course on climate-transition leadership.”

Through courses like this, along with other strategic partnerships, ASI is leading the way in offering leadership programs that accelerate Canada’s transition to a low-carbon, socially-inclusive economy. Learn more about ASI’s Transition Leadership programs, and the concepts of Transition Leadership that they are built on!

Interested in joining our fall programming? Join our contact list!

Building A National Micro-Credentialling Framework Roadmap

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new project, Building Capacity for Advancing Climate Change Leadership, in collaboration with Royal Roads University’s Resilience by Design Lab.

Secure, trackable, and portable, micro-credentials are a promising option to support leaders in the ongoing development of critical skills needed to address the growing impacts of climate change.

However, we still require a national framework for climate action micro-credentials to add structure to how these are awarded locally and regionally.

Through this project ASI and RRU will create an actionable roadmap for establishing a Canada-wide learning ecosystem that focuses on upskilling and reskilling the country’s workforce to address climate action. 

Please reach out to learn how your organization can get involved.

The Building Capacity for Advancing Climate Change Leadership is project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre. We’re grateful for their support and encourage you to visit their website to learn more about the innovative work that they support!

This Month’s Blog: Micro-credentials & Workforce Transition

Interested in learning how micro-credentials fit into the leadership and climate action space? Want to know more about how upskilling can expand the potential for individuals and organizations? Curious about your organizations can lead the transformation to climate resiliency?

If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, check out our latest blog post, Micro-Credentials: The Key to a Rapidly Transitioning Workforce?

Tamara Connell, CEO of ASISpeaking of Transition..

We’re thrilled to introduce Tamara Connell as ASI’s new CEO!

Tamara is a strong, creative, and entrepreneurial leader with extensive experience across the sustainability and social innovation spheres.With 20+ years of adult education experience, she has designed and delivered courses, programs, and other custom engagements all around the world.

Tamara has held previous senior leadership roles at RADIUS SFU, The Natural Step Canada, and Blekinge Institute of Technology. Tamara holds a BSc in Environmental Planning and a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. She’s also a certified Associate Coach with Integral Coaching Canada and a certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methods facilitator.  Outside of work, you’ll likely find Tamara camping, kayaking and exploring all the West Coast has to offer.

Click here to read what she’s excited about as she takes up the CEO reins.

We also want to express our enormous gratitude to ASI’s outgoing CEO Jennifer Hooper. Jennifer truly embodied transition leadership, cultivating and nurturing the growth of ASI over the past two years. Thank you, Jennifer for your leadership and for helping shape ASI into what it is today!

What We’re Reading This Summer

Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality by Bob and Cynthia Joseph explores how we can all work effectively in our every-day lives towards reconciliation. 

A key resource for those wishing to improve their cultural competency, it offers necessary knowledge and practical tools that help us respectfully avoid missteps in our business interactions and personal relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

ASI Board of Directors

Call for New Board Members: We’re seeking two Board members to guide ASI as we expand our efforts to help Canadian organizations unlock their potential in building a low-carbon, socially-inclusive economy.  If you are passionate about increasing leadership capacity to effectively address urgent sustainability and climate-related challenges, please join us.  Applications are welcomed until August 26.

Board Member Update: We’re thrilled to welcome Maxime Lakat to ASI’s Board of Directors. Maxime is the Founder and Executive Director of Re_Generation, Canada’s largest organization dedicated to advancing sustainable business by amplifying youth perspectives and providing youth with skills-building and career resources.

We’d also like to thank out-going Board member Marc-Andre Roy for his wisdom and governance support provided over the past three years.