Driven by a passion for sustainability and authentic community inclusion in natural resource development, Michaela Bjorseth leads Community and Indigenous Engagement in North Eastern British Columbia for Enbridge Inc. Michaela focuses on balancing infrastructure projects and local community interests through dialogue, engagement, innovation and strategic collaboration.
Upon completion of a Bachelors of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary her career started in international development working for development organizations in Africa and Europe. Through this work she supported international governance, food security and community development programs and gained an acute interest in how local communities are impacted by globalization and development. This experience led to advanced studies in conflict and peace building and in 2010 Michaela attained a Masters of Arts in Conflict Management through Royal Roads University. Shortly thereafter she accepted a position with Spectra Energy in Fort St. John, BC with the goal of developing a better understanding of how major projects affect local communities – and how engagement can be focused to minimize impact while maximizing local benefits. Now after eight years of living and working in Northeast BC, Michaela calls picturesque Charlie Lake home, is a mother to three active children, wife to an entrepreneur/business owner and active yoga enthusiast.
Michaela joined the board in 2019 to represents to the North East region of BC.