Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation and mother of two. Currently she is the President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, located in Port Alberni BC.
She works as a Strategic Adviser to First Nations and corporations and is an adjunct professor with the Peter Gustavson School of Business and the School of Environmental Studies both at the University of Victoria as well as the School of Environmental Studies.
Judith was the elected Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation that is located in Port Alberni, BC for 14 years and the Chief Negotiator for 15 years. In her role as Chief, she focused on capacity building, sustainable development and restoring and rehabilitating Hupacasath territory.
As Chief of her Nation, Judith was instrumental in the development of the China Creek Run of the River Project which operates in Hupacasath territory. Judith was the President and Chair of Upnit Power Ltd which operates the China Creek project for 6 years. Hupacasath is the majority owner in the China Creek project. China Creek project has received environmental awards from the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation, and in June of 2008, Judith received a silver award from the Canadian Environmental Awards in the Climate Change category for her role in developing the project.
Currently Judith remains involved in Energy issues through helping to coordinate the work of the BC First Nations Clean Energy Working Group, She also speaks at conferences, think tanks and strategic sessions and is a mentor for the 2020 Catalyst Program.Judith has a passion and commitment to ensuring that energy is produced in a sustainable way with minimal impact on the environment and strongly believes that alternative energies can be developed within First Nations values.
Judith’s educational background includes a business and law degree and an honourary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University. Judith has an extensive background of practicing law for 18 years in both Alberta and British Columbia, working in international forums, lobbying governments and other agencies for the promotion and protection of First Nations rights and title.
Judith serves on the boards of the New Relationship Trust Foundation, Clean Energy BC, BC Ferries and the Island Corridor Foundation,
Judith was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2017 and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement by Clean Energy BC in 2015 and was admitted into Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame in 2009.