Generate 2019:
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November 6th-8th

First Nations Workshop

Achieving First Nations Independence from the Grid

Wednesday, November 6th
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Regency Ballroom, Hyatt 3rd Floor


Clean Energy BC invites First Nations and the clean energy community to explore different pathways of developing renewable energy projects in BC, thereby reducing greenhouse gases. The main focuses of this full-day First Nations-led workshop will be how to create opportunities through exploring business values, how to do a solar project as well as a biomass project, and how to buy an existing project with a spotlight on the Tahltan Nation.

This session will present updates in government grants and how transformation to a low-carbon future through renewable energy can be financially supported. Preparing for climate change, severe weather events and flooding is foremost in First Nations’ minds; being able to be independent of the grid is critical in order to be prepared.

This course will identify strategies that advance First Nation communities’ transition off diesel towards grid independence while increasing energy sovereignty and fostering self-determination. This course is being facilitated by Dr. Judith Sayers, a member of the Hupacasath First Nation and current president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council.

Workshop Leader

Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers
President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council & CEBC Board Member

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8:30 am — Opening Comments, First Nations Welcome, Introductions of Workshop Host

8:45 am to 9:00 am — Industry Update with Martin Mullany, Executive Director of CEBC

9:00 am to 10:00 am — Session 1

The Landscape In BC ⁠— Industry, Market and Regulatory Update

  • First Nations Utilities with David Morton, Office of the Chair & CEO of the BCUC
  • BC Hydro Phase 2 Review, EPA Renewals, and the changing prices of various technologies with Martin Mullany

10:00 am to 11:00 am — Spotlight on the Tahltan Nation with Chief Chad Day

11:00 am to 11:15 am — Coffee Break & Networking

11:15 am to 12:15 pm — Session 2

Solar Projects: From Feasibility to Reality

Spotlight on the Tŝilhqot’in Solar Farm with Dolly Kershaw, Gabe Pukacz, and Michel de Spot

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm — Lunch

1:15 pm to 2:30 pm — Session 3

Biomass How-To’s

Spotlight on Kwadacha Biomass with Chief Donny Van Somer

2:30 pm to 2:45 pm — Coffee Break & Networking

2:45 pm to 3:45 pm — Session 4

Financing Your Project

  • Funding options
  • Securing development resources
  • Long-term viability


  • Katya McClintock, Community Clean Energy Branch of the Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
  • Cole Sayers, New Relationship Trust

3:45 pm to 4:15 pm — First Nations Roudtable Discussion

4:15 pm to 4:30 pm — Wrap-up and Closing Remarks from Workshop Host

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