Vanessa Corkal

Policy Analyst, Energy

Vanessa Corkal combines her expertise in climate change adaptation and food security with over nine years of documentary, journalism and non-profit experience. In her work, she focuses on capacity building for community, civil society and government partners to develop and implement effective climate change and livelihood strategies. 

Vanessa crafts compelling research, content and communications while managing complex project logistics. Her interests lie in community-based adaptation and mitigation, Indigenous knowledge, agro-biodiversity and biocultural diversity. Previous work experiences include climate change research, communications and project management for the Prairie Climate Centre (University of Winnipeg) and the First Nation Adapt program (Crown-Indigenous Relations & Northern Affairs, Government of Canada). She holds a Master of Climate Change from the University of Waterloo. 

In her documentary work, Vanessa has researched and produced pieces for international media company VICE and coordinated documentaries for Rezolution Pictures, a Cree-owned, Montreal-based film company.

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Areas of expertise
Climate Change Adaptation
Climate Change and Energy Policy
First Nations
Food Security
Indigenous Rights
Participatory Planning
Socio-ecological Systems
Staff type
Master of Climate Change, University of Waterloo, 2018
Languages spoken
English, French, Spanish