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 honored for Canadian sustainable development leadership as a 2013 Clean 16 award winner.
In her current position as Executive Vice-President Business Innovation with Cenovus Energy, Ms. Fairburn is at the leading edge of collaborative innovation in Alberta’s resource industry. She understands the challenges facing Alberta and how investment in technology and innovation across all sectors will provide greater economic diversity, environmental and social progress. This expertise, coupled with her network, governance experience and public policy understanding enables her to drive the innovation agenda forward, through collaboration with multiple stakeholders.
Ms. Fairburn’s previous executive and senior leadership responsibilities include strategic planning, environment, portfolio management, corporate venture capital, refining, operations and technology development. She has worked with the Canadian government as a visiting executive in the Privy Council office. Ms. Fairburn was pivotal in the creation of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and was its inaugural Chair. She is co-founder and Director of Evok Innovations – a unique partnership between cleantech entrepreneurs, Suncor and Cenovus to transform the Canadian oil and gas value chain by accelerating technology that addresses the most pressing environmental and economic challenges. She is also a Director with the Public Policy Forum and Sustainable Technology Development Canada and has been the Board Chair of Alberta Innovates Technology Futures.