Alison Cretney

Managing Director
Energy Futures Lab


Alison joined The Natural Step to manage the Energy Futures Lab, providing project management, research and analysis, facilitation and relationship building support to the Lab.

Alison’s career has been at the cross-section of energy and environment. Beginning as an environmental and projects engineer with BP Canada, she then spent over a decade with the Pembina Institute, providing the corporate and government sectors strategic advice and support. Alison worked with a variety of clients to share her expertise in analyzing emerging sustainable business opportunities, change management, mulitstakeholder facilitation, carbon measurement and management, and facilitating integration of sustainability issues and systems thinking in decision-making and design. Clients included Suncor, Shell, TD Bank, Alberta Energy Regulator, ConocoPhillips, TransCanada, BC Hydro, Vancity, Mountain Equipment Coop, Cameco, Sun Life, Manitoba Hydro, Precision Drilling, First Calgary Savings, Insurance Corporation of BC and DFAIT. Alison was drawn to the Energy Futures Lab, a multi-interest collaboration, by its potential for creating systemic change towards a “fit for the future” energy system in Alberta.

Alison is a registered professional engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta. She has a Masters of Science in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden with a focus on participatory engagement approaches to planning for strategic sustainable development.