Judy Fairburn

Co-CEO & Fund Managing Partner, The51

As Co-CEO and Fund Managing Partner of The51 (Financial Feminist™ platform and venture fund), Judy is a change-maker with a proven track record of building cutting-edge business ventures. 

She currently serves on the boards of VEERUM Inc., Petronas Canada and MEG Energy as well as the Business Council of Alberta , Calgary Economic Development and the Alberta Securities Commission New Economy Advisory Council. She is also a mentor to numerous women-led startups, Creative Destruction Lab Agriculture / Energy founders as well as the University of Calgary’s UCeed Student Fund.

Prior to co-founding The51, Judy was the first female Board Chair of Alberta Innovates (health, agriculture, clean energy and digital). A pioneer in corporate/entrepreneurial innovation, she co-founded a $100 million cleantech/digital venture fund (Evok Innovations). Her career includes roles as Cenovus Energy’s Chief Digital Officer, EVP Business Innovation, President Environment Opportunity Fund as well as VP-level operations / P&L / technology development roles. 

Judy holds an MSc degree (Chemical Engineering), an MBA and Institute of Corporate Directors designation. She is also a 4th generation farm owner, award-winning Creative Destruction Lab mentor, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, 2013 Clean 16 award winner, and recipient of the 2020 Calgary Influential Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award.