our team

Raj

Raj

As founder and president, Raj oversees Newo’s development, education programs and charitable projects. He is also the co-founder of the Sunrise Farm Cooperative and the Spirit of the Land Foundation.

Sebastien

Sebastien

Sebastien is a graduate from the U of A Augustana Campus and former Spirit of the Land student. He conducts day-to-day business operations and has a keen interest in building organizational structures that allow people to thrive.

Verna

Verna

After years in trades and the fossil-fuel industry, Verna was looking for a way into green energy. She completed Newo’s solar PV training program offered through Yellowhead Tribal Council and is now pursuing energy-manager certification.

Lisa

Lisa

Lisa’s interest in solar energy started as preparation for the zombie apocolypse. As she learned about energy use in Newo’s 2018 course through Yellowhead Tribal Council, her focus became making the world a better place for her grandbabies to live in.

Joby

Joby

A graduate of one of Newo’s first training programs, Joby leads the Pecamu Makoce team with a passion for green energy, working outdoors, and becoming a role model in his community.

Kazimir

Kazimir

Kaz is a fifth-generation Treaty 6 person, gardener, and social entrepreneur, dedicated to creating regenerative culture. He heads up Newo’s work on food sovereignty and permaculture.

Jessica

Jessica

Jessica is a former journalist and onetime editor of the Camrose Canadian weekly newspaper who now manages Newo’s public relations and communications.

Cari

Cari

A former Spirit of the Land student, Cari is now on Newo’s communications and research teams. With interests in storytelling, history, and feminism, Cari’s passions intersect with Newo’s mission to foster harmonious relationships and share abundance.

Luke

Luke

Joining Newo with years of experience in agroforestry, PhD student Luke assists with research on community-led food sovereignty initiatives. He seeks to live responsibly and in harmony with the land and other Treaty peoples.

Maroof

Maroof

Maroof is a member of the energy audit and solar teams at Newo. With a background in civil engineering and NAIT’s alternative-energy technology program under his belt, Maroof seeks to combine the technological with the relational.

Juliana

Juliana

Juliana joins Newo’s administration team with experience working alongside the Alberta School of Business. In the final year of her management degree, Juliana seeks to create positive change and to generate opportunities for others to do the same.

Nathan

Nathan

Nathan, a graduate of NAIT’s alternative-energy technology program, wants to have a positive impact on the environment and energy industry in Alberta. He heads up Newo’s solar division, conducting site assessments, designing systems, and working onsite.

Maven

Maven

Maven is part of Newo’s energy audit team, but also dabbles in video editing. She has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys helping people find connections to the places they live in.

Garnet

Garnet

Garnet has a background in renewable energy, food rescue and non-profit work. He enjoys asking, “How do we create spaces that empower us to be the change?” At Newo, he’s exploring that question in the realm of energy audits.

Leslie

Leslie

Leslie joined Newo to contribute his expertise in business planning and operations, marketing, administration, not-for-profit management and governance to the team. Les is an avid cyclist, amateur photographer (@lesoteric), and aspiring artist.

Alana

Alana

Operations Coordinator for the Pecamu Makoce team, Alana holds a degree in administration and governance. She hopes to inspire and engage youth in the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation community to make a difference.

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