2018 #SFTop25 finalist - Helen Watts
HOMETOWN: Vancouver, British Columbia
TRADITIONAL TERRITORY: Unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territory.
Helen Watts is an up-and-coming young leader with the passion, grit and determination to make meaningful changes in the world.
Helen is the Partnerships Director of Student Energy, a Canadian charity with a network of 50,000 youth passionate about sustainable energy.
Helen has diversified the portfolio of the charity by advocating for youth in decision-making processes and ensuring youth have a platform to take action on climate and energy issues. She has also driven for innovative collaborations to grow youth leadership development in the sustainability sector.
Helen has only been with Student Energy for about a year, but within this time, she has co-delivered a national Youth Energy Vision Project with Natural Resources Canada’s Generation Energy and the youth-led non-profit CityHive. Through this, over 7,000 youth were engaged with discussions about how to decolonize and lower the carbon emissions of Canada’s future energy.
Continuing the project, Helen and her team worked with Natural Resource Canada and Leading Change, another youth-led non-profit, to design “Mapping Canada’s Energy Future”. This was a workshop that was a deliverable under Canada’s G7 Energy Ministerial, which brought over 100 youth from all over Canada to create potential actions to change Canada’s energy mix.
Helen has recently worked with the Youth Climate Lab, spearheading a partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute focused on engaging 10 youth innovators in developing countries. This collaboration is aimed at accelerating the innovators’ business plans for green growth solutions for their communities, and moving them from idea to implementation.
Throughout the projects Helen has been a part of, she has demonstrated her ability to manage a high workload and fast-paced environment, while continuing to be focused and collaborative. She maintains a positive and fun attitude through her passion for making meaningful impact.