Alice Irene Whittaker is a writer and environmental communications leader. She has been published in national and international publications and shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards. In 2021, she received a literary grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec for a creative nonfiction book she is currently writing. She researches and writes frequently about circular living – the human experience of the circular economy – and on this topic she is frequently an interviewee for top-tier media, and speaks for local and national audiences. Alice Irene is the Director of Communications for Smart Prosperity Institute, as well as the Director of Marketing and Communications for The Natural Step Canada, where she leads communications for Circular Economy Leadership Canada. Previously, Alice Irene founded and was Executive Director of Mother Nature Partnership, a charity working at the intersection of gender equity and environmentalism. In recognition of this work, she received a Bill and Melinda Gates Innovation Award. She is a member of Women for Nature, a group of women of influence driving change for nature. Alice Irene is the mother of three young children, and she lives in a cabin in the woods in Québec.