Nabaa Alam

Age: 24
Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta
Lives In: Calgary, Alberta
Imperial Oil, Calgary, Alberta
World Economic Forum, Global Shapers Calgary Hub

I challenge Canada’s future leaders to act as disruptors and challenge the status quo. Only then can we push for innovative ideas and begin to solve the world’s biggest problems.

I once thought my opportunity to impact the world ended with an injury I sustained while playing for the Canadian Men’s National Soccer Team. Initially, this made me consider an engineering career designing medical devices for sports injuries. Once I entered the engineering program at the University of Alberta, however, my career goals and trajectory shifted. I was afforded internships in the oil sector where I became inspired to make an impact in the energy field. As an engineer grounded by a passion for ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, I work towards improving current oil technologies and evaluating renewable energy options.

Which SDG are you most passionate about and why?

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. In my opinion, energy will become the most important issue in the 21st century. Energy is intrinsically connected to all parts of our lives and I believe that everyone must have equitable access to sustainable energy. There are political, financial and environmental implications to energy production and I want to be part of the solution for better decisions regarding sustainable energy.

What lesson can you share about building meaningful partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals?

When it comes to tackling the SDGs, an “all-hands-on-deck” approach is required. We can no longer consider ourselves on different teams, rather we must work collectively towards the success of the goals. An excellent example of this is right here in Alberta where an alliance between Canada’s largest oil sands companies exists to share ideas and innovations. It is almost unprecedented for competing companies of this magnitude to share technology with each other, but they do so to tackle together crucial issues such as climate change, water conservation, and the development of affordable clean energy.



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