Zoë Kolbuc leads the partnerships and communications team at Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) an arm’s-length foundation created by the Government of Canada to promote sustainable development and support projects that develop and demonstrate new technologies to address issues related to climate change, air quality, and clean water and soil. SDTC invests in Canadian companies that, through their innovative technologies, contribute positively to Canada by creating quality jobs, driving economic growth and protecting the environment. Zoë works with all orders of government and with companies and innovation hubs to promote and enhance SDTC’s role in advancing clean technology projects across Canada.
Prior to joining SDTC, Zoë was the Director of External Affairs and Communications at Spectra Energy. Her responsibilities included leading the communications, government affairs and community investment teams for Spectra Energy’s Western Canadian Operations. She also spent six years at BP, one of the world’s largest integrated energy companies, most recently as the Director, External Affairs and Communications for BP Canada. This responsibility included government affairs, Aboriginal relations and external outreach in support of BP’s Canadian oil sands business. Zoë’s experience includes time in Alberta government as a senior political staffer: first, in the Ministry of Health, and then as Chief of Staff to the minister responsible for the department formerly known as Seniors and Community Supports.
Recognized as a leader in her field, Zoë was profiled in Oil & Gas magazine in 2015 as one of Alberta’s “Smart, Creative and Business Savvy” female leaders in the province’s energy industry: As a Board Member with the Calgary Children’s Cottage Society, Zoë is passionate about making her community a city where all families thrive. Zoë lives in Calgary with her husband JeanSébastien Rioux and their three young daughters.