We all have a role to play in creating our energy future. Moving forward requires deep conversations – with stakeholders, governments, community members and industry partners, among others. These conversations help us understand multiple pathways and remember what we have in common – good quality of life, a healthy environment and vibrant communities. By considering and working with whole systems, there is opportunity to transform ourselves, our organizations and society.
We define social innovation as any initiative, product, process, program or design that challenges or changes society’s actions and beliefs. Successful social innovations create long-term transformative impact. As a part of our strategy, we aim to build capacity for social innovation – including within Suncor.
Through the Suncor Energy Foundation, our community investment initiatives and through our relationships with communities, we work deeply with partners and communities to create value for society and address community issues of mutual interest in a way that seeks solutions and benefits everyone.
Through connections that started and were nurtured at the Suncor Energy Foundation Gathering, Student Energy, hosted their first Indigenous youth energy summit in 2019, SevenGen. It brought together 200 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth from across Canada to explore how to unite communities, build relationships and break social barriers in the energy conversation.
“The goal is to engage youth in climate and energy topics and equip them with the confidence to be part of the larger conversation in the country,” reflects Cory Beaver, a Mount Royal University student, member of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation and co-chair of the summit.
“We're not just doing this for the next couple of years. We want to fight for a better reality for our children, and our grandchildren and future generations,” adds summit co-chair Disa Crow Chief, a member of the Siksika First Nation.