After graduating from the University of Regina with a degree in finance, Jessica worked for six years with a private consulting firm in the areas of feasibility analysis, business planning, sourcing funding, and project management. During this time, Cowessess First Nation was one of Jessica’s primary clients and Jessica was able to lead the 1 MW Cowessess Wind Battery Demonstration project which was commissioned in May 2013. With a drive to work in project implementation and construction, Jessica spent the next three years with a large general contracting company working as a project manager, while obtaining her Masters Degree in Business Administration. Following which Jessica joined Cowessess First Nation in May 2017 to lead the community’s economic development interests. Now as the Chief Executive Officer for Cowessess Ventures Ltd, the business development corporation that oversees six operating business’s on behalf of Cowessess First Nation, Jessica is the primary resource for project development on behalf of the community.
Cowessess commissioned 400kW of solar generation in 2018 and an additional 100kW in 2019. Cowessess is actively developing a 10 MW utility scale solar project in Saskatchewan under the First Nations Power Authority set aside with SaskPower, in addition to a 300kW community led net metering solar project – construction of these projects is planned for 2020. Jessica is based in Regina, Saskatchewan.