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October 29, 2019 0

Meet Hanna!

Hanna Donaldson is the Strategic Initiatives Director and a Senior Biologist with EDI who will be speaking at the Environmental Workshop on Wednesday, November 6th.

Register for the Environmental Workshop today to learn firsthand from Hannah about geothermal opportunities in BC, the advantages of a sunrise industry, and how sustainable projects can be developed for the future.

Take a sneak peak at what Hanna’s presentation has in store:

Location, location, location. Whether it’s real estate or siting a new geothermal plant, location matters. A key component in evaluating project feasibility is location. Successful projects consider accessibility to resources and markets and search out opportunities to capitalize on this. Projects that consider the physical setting of proposed areas improve environmental and social license approvals which leads to environmentally sustainable projects.

In today’s climate, there is an audible demand for sustainable and clean energy production with less reliance on fossil fuel burning. Sunrise industries such as solar, run-of-river hydro, wind and geothermal energy production are on the rise globally. Here in BC we have seen a multitude of successful clean energy projects including wind farms in the South Peace, a solar power project operating in Kimberley, and numerous independent power producers using run-of-river technology. But what about geothermal in BC? This presentation will speak to geothermal opportunities in BC, discuss the advantages as a sunrise industry, and illustrate how sustainable projects can be developed for the future.


October 28, 2019 0

1. Take inspiration from this year’s Keynote Speakers including:

2. Expand your knowledge at our 8 Plenary Sessions:

  • Check out the plenary sessions on our website, starting here

3. Take part in the dynamic conversations at our workshops:

4. Kick off the conference at our Chair’s Ice Breaker Reception:

Wednesday, November 6

  • CEBC Chair Isabelle Deguise invites you to meet us on the 34th floor of the Hyatt for spectacular Vancouver views, appetizers, and networking

5. Meet some of BC’s top clean energy organizations on the Trade Show Floor:

6. Savour the day by sipping on a microbrew (or two):

  • Select craft beers from Red Truck Brewing will be provided at Generate during Beers on the Trade Show Floor

7. Show your support for this year’s CEBC award winners at our Awards Dinner:

Thursday, November 7

  • Join us in celebration of the 2019 CEBC award winners at the Awards Dinner that will be taking place in the Hyatt’s beautiful Plaza Ballroom

8. Join us at our Members Breakfast & Strategic Update (for CEBC Members only):

Friday, November 8

9. Network to the max using Whova — New to Generate!

  • Consider it the “Tinder” of professional networking

10. Enjoy live music at our Closing Reception:

Friday, November 8

  • Taking place at the Mosaic Grille & Bar on the second floor of the Hyatt
  • Live band, appetizers, and drinks!


October 25, 2019 0
Show your support for the 2019 Clean Energy BC award winners by registering for the Awards Dinner, which will be taking place on Thursday, November 7th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver.
This will be an excellent networking opportunity that will include clean energy industry professionals, project developers, First Nation leaders, policy designers, community shapers, tech innovators, and young professionals!
Each of this year’s winners has made a meaningful impact to those around them through their hard work and dedication to advancing clean energy. We can’t wait for the Awards Dinner to give each of the winners below the recognition they deserve.
Project Excellence

Moose Lake Wind Project, Boralex

Operational Excellence

Forrest Kerr Hydro facility, owned by Axium Infrastructure Inc., Manulife Financial Corporation, Tahltan First Nation, and AltaGas Canada Inc.

Achieved by the dedicated team at the Northwest Hydro Facilities

Lifetime Achievement Award

Adam Lewis, Ecofish Research Ltd.

Community of the Year Award

Tsilhqot’in National Government

Distinguished Service Award

Matt Kennedy, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

Environmental Stewardship

‘Namgis First Nation & Evolugen by Brookfield Renewable for the Kokish Hydroelectric Facility

Community Improvement Award

Naghtaneqed Elementary/Junior Secondary School Solar Project,

School District 27 Caribou Chilcotin


Tahltan Nation Purchase of Interest in the Northwest Hydro Electric Facilities


New Relationship Trust Funding

And don’t forget to register for Generate 2019, which is bringing together today’s thought and action leaders who are on the cutting edge of BC’s drive towards decarbonization. 
View the full Generate schedule here.


October 10, 2019 0

Environmental Stewardship & Community Improvement 2018

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s (TFN) traditional territory is located in the Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island (Tofino area). In 2018, TFN completed construction of the 4 MW Winchie Creek hydro power project. This is TFN’s third clean energy facility under the Standing Offer Program. The TFN is also the majority owner of the two 6 MW hydropower plants at Canoe Creek (COD in 2010) and Haa-ak-suuk Creek (COD 2014), and the Plant Operators are TFN members. TFN is working towards the development of four more clean energy small hydro projects in the Clayoquot Sound. Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s three small hydro projects produce an average of 50 GWH/year, supplying much of the energy needed to meet the demands of the local communities of Ucluelet, Tofino and the Alberni Valley. The development of Nation’s clean energy projects has been overseen by TFN Tribal Parks, with a vision of sustainable development that has environmental stewardship as a priority. The facilities are located in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and are outstanding examples of sustainable economic development. All of the facilities’ diversion reaches are located upstream of fish bearing habitat. The footprint for each project has been kept as small as possible, leaving the forest intact with a goal to achieve a “park-like setting” post-construction. The Winchie Creek hydropower facility was constructed to produce power, but also to provide other environmental and community benefits. Downstream of the facility where Winchie Creek meets Kennedy Lake is the location of the previously inaccessible (by vehicle or equipment) Winchie Reserve. “Winchie” in the Nuu-chah-nulth language means “where the fish go”. Historically, this area was highly productive salmon habitat that supported the Nations’ fishery. A century of forest harvesting in the area ruined much of the fish habitat and salmon populations have plummeted. The decision to develop the clean energy project was made in part to develop access to this location to allow for the community to use the Reserve lands and also gain access to the Kennedy River side channel for the Nation to undertake salmon habitat restoration in the future, and to develop a fish hatchery as well. None of this would be possible without the development of Winchie Creek Hydro, which will also contribute financially to these environmental stewardship efforts. TFN’s Tribal Parks and Fisheries are currently funding and leading the restoration of several historically highly productive salmon eco-systems throughout Clayoquot Sound. This work is extremely important to BC Coastal ecosystems, as salmon is a key species that is used by whales, wolves, bears, eagles and humans. Revenues from TFN’s clean energy facilities help to support these and other environmental stewardship initiatives that TFN has planned for their traditional territory. This holistic approach to sustainable economic development combined with environmental protection and habitat restoration is truly industry leading and should be recognized and applauded.   Can you think of someone who deserves special recognition for a job well done or an outstanding achievement in the clean energy industry? If so, considering nominating them for a Clean Energy BC Award to make sure that they get that recognition! Make your nomination here. Don’t miss out on the action! Register for Generate 2019 today.


October 3, 2019 0

Merit Award for Distinguished Service 2018

Richard Harper has extensive experience in pipeline feasibility, predesign, design, and construction management for water, sewer, drainage, renewable energy and infrastructure systems. He is a specialist in trenchless technology including tunneling, HDD, pipe bursting, CIPP, and fold and form pipe jacking. Richard’s expertise also includes project management, design and construction management of large infrastructure projects including pipelines, reinforced concrete water retaining structures, intakes, pump stations, weirs, and shore protection. Many projects included a multidisciplinary approach that involved electrical, mechanical, civil, and environmental disciplines. Richard previously held positions as Director of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT), Program Chair for NASTT’s 2001 No-Dig Conference, and Treasurer for the Northwest Chapter of NASTT. He was also Chair of NASTT’s Directional Drilling subcommittee who led an industry consortium which developed permit specifications for HDD crossings of state highways for the California Department of Transportation. Richard is currently a member of the Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC), Chair of Marketing Committee and member of Hydro Committee. Richard was also a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Engineering Award of Excellence and Clean Energy BC Project of the Year Award as a team member for Cape Scott Wind Farm. When not trying to depuzzle GHGs, Richard enjoys Ocean Outrigger racing, Dragonboating, Beach Volleyball, and SCUBA Diving and still has hopes for the Canucks in the coming years.