The Natural Step Canada Staffing Announcement


Chad Park to be on Partial Sabbatical Leave from Jan. 15 to June 30, 2018

The Natural Step Canada (TNS Canada) is today announcing that Chad Park, Chief Innovation Officer & Director of the Energy Futures Lab (EFL), will be taking a partial sabbatical leave from January 15 to June 30, 2018.  

During this period Chad will work remotely from Costa Rica - reducing his availability to three days per week - with the remainder of his time being used for professional development, independent study, research, and​ ​writing ​projects​ that are expected to accrue future benefit to the organization.  

Over the next 6 months, Chad will continue to provide leadership to the Energy Futures Lab; especially as it relates to advancing key strategic initiatives and partnerships and in setting the lab’s long-term strategic direction in collaboration with the EFL team and the Senior Leadership Team of TNS Canada. This will include the development of plans to expand the EFL beyond its current focus in Alberta.  

During this period Alison Cretney - who will now take on the title of Managing Director, Energy Futures Lab - will assume some of Chad’s roles and responsibilities, including oversight of day-to-day operations.  Alison will also serve during this period as a member of TNS Canada’s Senior Leadership Team.  

Chad will continue to be accessible through his email address at  

Should you have any questions regarding this announcement you can either contact Chad directly, or reach out to me at

Although it will be a year of change, we look forward to a very productive and exciting year ahead. We anticipate that our Sustainability Transition Labs and other activities will help Canadians move ever closer to our vision of a society that thrives within nature’s limits.


David Hughes 

President and CEO 

The Natural Step Canada