First Nations Workshop
Electrification Right Here, Right Now
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Ryan Baker is a Research Council Officer at the National Research Council Canada.
Jeremy Barretto is a partner in Business Law Group at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.
David Bennett is the Director of Communications & External Relations at FortisBC.
Tzeporah is an author and activist who now works as International Program Director at Stand.Earth.
Jay is a biologist at Hemmera, a leading Canadian environmental consultancy.
Tyler is Public Policy Manager at FortisBC focused on low-carbon strategy, policy, & projects.
Mark Collins is a long-time marine executive and the President and CEO of BC Ferries.
Bryan Cox is the President and CEO of the BC LNG Alliance. He will be moderating Plenary 1.
Patrick Crawford is the Chief Executive Officer at FYBR, creating turnkey tech solutions.
Steve is an engineering consultant and a board member at CEBC. He will be moderating Plenary 2.
Isabelle is the Lead, Regulatory and Environment at BluEarth Renewables & Co-Chair of CEBC.
Sven Demmig is the Head of Project Target Development at Siemens, based in Germany.
Kevin Desmond is the Chief Executive Officer at TransLink and will be speaking at Plenary 3.
Dave Earle is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the BC Trucking Association.
David is the Director of Sustainability & Indigenous Partnerships at Evolugen and Co-Chair of Generate.
Hon. Scott Fraser is the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. He is a keynote speaker.
Join Councillor Colleen Hardwick from Vancouver City Council at the Conference Opening.
Matt is the President and Chief Product Officer at Avalon Battery, storage for renewable energy.
Clay Howey is the Research Head for BCIT’s Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team.
David Isaac is the President of W Dusk Energy Group Inc. He will be speaking at Plenary 4.
David Keane has been the President of Woodfibre LNG since October 2018. He will be speaking at Plenary 1.
Jason works in Commercial and Business development at Enbridge with a focus on LNG.
Matt is the Vice President of Environment at Innergex and the Environmental Workshop lead.
Bonnie Lei is Microsoft’s AI for Earth Project Manager. She will be speaking at Plenary 7.
Peter Leighton is the Chief Operating Officer at RE Royalties who will be speaking at Plenary 8.
Patricia Lightburn is the Science & Policy Manager
at the David Suzuki Foundation
Guy Lonechild is the Chief Executive Officer at First Nations Power Authority based in Saskatchewan.
Sam is the Managing Principal at Knight Piésold with extensive hydroelectric experience.
Jessica Nixon is the CEO of Cowessess Ventures Ltd. based in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Greg Noble is a senior partner at Ernst & Young LLP who will be speaking at Plenary 3.
Yuho Okada is the President of Barkley Project Group and a board member at Clean Energy BC.
Rochelle Pancoast is a Member of the Board for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).
Sabina Russell is the Principal at Zen Energy Solutions, which advances clean energy solutions.
Janet is the Project Manager, Construction Environmental Management Specialist at Ecofish.
Carlos is the Executive
Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Geoscience BC.
Cole Sayers is the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiatives Coordinator at New Relationship Trust.
Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers is the President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council.
Peter Schriber is the VP Market Development Canada at Xpansiv. He will be speaking at Plenary 2.
Merran Smith is the founder and executive director of Clean Energy Canada who will be moderating Plenary 3.
Anna Stukas works in Business Development at Carbon Engineering. She will be speaking at Plenary 8.
Bill is the Vice President, Business Development and Partner Relations at Digital Technology Supercluster.
Heather Tebbetts is the Manager of Rates & Regulatory Affairs at Liberty Utilities.
John is the spokesperson for the Taku River Tlingit First Nation who will be speaking at Plenary 4.
David is the Associate Director of Business Development at EDF Renewables.
Dr. Weaver is the leader of the Green Party of BC and longtime supporter of BC’s clean energy sector.
Brian is the Vice President, Regional Leader British Columbia at Stantec & Co-Chair of CEBC & Generate.
Meet our lineup of speakers from
Generate 2018: Transformation Through Electrification
Logan specializes in scaling low-carbon energy and agriculture technologies. She spoke at Plenary 3 at Generate 2018.
Jamie is a mechanical engineer and consultant who has been the assisting the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations Development Corporation.
As the founder of The Thriving Collective, Cameron speaks to audiences around the world on how to thrive in an ever-changing world.
Gareth is an entrepreneur, chartered engineer, and CEO of Clir Renewables, a software start-up in the renewable energy industry.
Daniela Carcasole is an Assurance Partner at Ernst & Young with deep experience in the renewable energy sector.
Lynn is the Vice President, Western Canada of Natural Forces. She has over 25 years of experience in the N. American energy sector.
Autumn is the Lead, Regulatory Strategy and Environmental Compliance at Ecofish Research, with a focus on conflict resolution.
Bryan was the President & CEO of the Mining Association of BC, acting as the preeminent voice for the mining industry in BC.
What does a low-carbon future look like for BC’s associations? Greg is the President and CEO of the Business Council of BC.
Steve is the co-author of “Power Forward: Assessing the Economic & Environ-mental Benefits of Extensive Electrification in BC.“
Isabelle is the Lead, Regulatory and Environment at BluEarth Renewables Inc. and Clean Energy BC’s Board Chair.
Julian-Alberto is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of BC.
Andrew Frank is the CTO of Efficient Drivetrains Inc. and is recognized as the father of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Colleen is the VP of Corporate Relations at Innergex Renewable Energy.
James is an author, editor, and communications professional focused on the low-carbon economy and solutions to climate change.
Jim is the director of the Sustainability Office at TRU and developed the university’s first Strategic Sustainability Plan.
Richard is Practice Leader, Infrastructure BC for WSP, Chair of CEBC’s Marketing Committee & contributor to the white paper.
Dolly is from the Yunesit’in Government and currently works at the Tsilhqot’in Nation Government in Economic Development
Matthew is a chemical engineer who is currently helping to administer a government Electric Vehicle infrastructure program.
Val is the President and CEO of the British Columbian Chamber of Commerce and he also co-founded the organization Extreme Kindness in 2002.
Jae is the former Executive Director of the Clean Energy Association of BC who spoke at Plenary 1 and moderated Plenaries 2 and 4.
Dina is a Business Development Manager with the Business & Economic Development team at BC Hydro and has been with the company since 2003.
Diego is a Mechanical Engineer and the Business Center Sector Leader for Stantec, which is bringing renewables to Thompson Rivers University.
Blake is the VP of Energy Supply and Delivery Operations at Empire District Electric Company, Liberty Utilities, Algonquin Power.
Brian is responsible for Business Development at Powerex and speaks about renewable power development and markets.
Ron is a Principal of Kerr Wood Leidal and leads KWL’s Energy Sector with over thirty years of experience in the energy industry.
Anthony is a passionate and multi-disciplined engineer, eco-entrepreneur, and co-founder of Carbon Free Group.
Dave is the Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources for the British Columbian Government.
Kelly is the Senior Manager of Environment at TD Bank where she helps to deliver on the bank’s corporate environmental strategy.
Bobbi Plecas is the Deputy Minister of Climate Change in the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
Mark is the Manager, Business Renewables Centre at the Rocky Mountain Institute located in Boulder, Colorado.
Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation who will be facilitating the First Nations workshop.
Jaap is a business advisor and project management professional who moderated Plenary 6 on innovation at Generate 2018.
Stephen joined InstarAGF in 2014 to lead the evaluation, negotiation and structuring of acquisitions and investment opportunities.
Kevin is the CEO, Leadship at MAAS Blockchain Ltd., which services the Blockchain, Crypto, and AI industries.
Merran is a fellow at Simon Fraser University and the founder and executive director of Clean Energy Canada.
Tanya is the CEO of Blockchain Infrastructure Research who advises clients on cryptocurrency mining infrastructure.
The Honourable Amarjeet
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi is the Federal Minister of Natural Resources. He spoke about Generation Energy at Generate 2018.
Karen is the managing director for British Columbia at the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading energy think-tank.
Dennis “Whonoak” is a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation who works to enrich his community through sports and dance.
Tim Thompson is the Chairman and past CEO of Canadian Geothermal Energy startup company, Borealis GeoPower.
Juvarya is an economic development specialist who currently leads VEC’s green economy and economic transformation programs.
Kim Vinet is an energy professional and freeskier whose love of adventure and the outdoors led to an interest in environmentalism.
Ben Whyte is the Vice President of Engineering & Construction with Barkley Project Group and spoke at Plenary 8.
Nancy has served as Chief Operating Officer of GLOBE Series since 2015 where she’s responsible for operations and events.
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