Shawna Stirrett joined the Wordfest Board in 2015. She is a national and international policy advisor with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). Prior to joining the AER, she worked as a senior policy analyst with the Canada West Foundation where she focused on policy ideas for the sustainable development of energy resources, how to minimize the environmental footprint of Canadian cities and what it takes to build vibrant and engaging communities. She is the co-author of three books and over a dozen research reports. Shawna has a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Calgary and, more importantly, she loves to read and is passionate about sharing the power of story with those around her.