SISU Institute

Sisu Institute is a not-for-profit organization that works with communities, stakeholders, governments, First Nations, and other not-for-profit organizations to identify ways to address climate change and transition to a clean energy economy. We provide communications and strategic planning support to those that are working to stop climate change and transition to 100% clean energy by 2050. By facilitating partnerships and collaboration, we help strengthen and amplify the work being done in communities across Canada.

Sisu Institute is based in Sointula BC, a small coastal community on the Central Coast of BC. From here, we work with organizations from New Brunswick to Vancouver Islands and everywhere in between.

Jen Lash

Prior to establishing the Sisu Institute in 2011, Executive Director Jen Lash was a pioneer in the ocean conservation movement. She is the founder and served as the Executive Director of Living Oceans Society, the largest marine conservation organization in Canada from 1998 - 2011. In this capacity she successfully maintained the moratorium on offshore oil and gas, slowed the expansion of open net cage salmon farms, and spearheaded a world class agreement that restricts bottom trawling and protects cold water corals and deep water species in British Columbia. In 2011 she moved from protecting the ocean to working with communities, environmental groups, First Nations and others to find new and effective ways to stop runaway climate change.

She has explored the deep sea in a one-person submarine, skied in the best powder on Vancouver Island, and can often be found hiking the beaches and forests of coastal BC. She is the mother of two teenagers. Her dog Juno often joins in on conference calls.

...from Jen

Climate change poses a risk to the things that mean the most to me – my kids, communities like mine, the ocean, and our country. Doing my part to stop climate change is the best way I can make a difference and set Canada on a path to a healthy and vibrant future.

I am honoured to work with so many inspirational people across Canada.”


Jen Lash
SISU Institute
Box 375 Sointula, BC | Canada V0N 3E0

JenLash [@] | 250 974 8170