Colleen Giroux-Schmidt

Colleen Giroux-Schmidt brings over two decades of experience in resource development with an extensive knowledge of the renewable energy sector. As Vice President – Corporate Relations for Innergex Renewable Energy Inc., she leads engagement and relationship activities with…

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all levels of government, Indigenous communities, local communities, strategic partners, and other stakeholders. Her team leads the policy research and advocacy portfolio with the goal of increasing renewable energy opportunities to help jurisdictions meet their climate change goals. Colleen is also responsible for the management of Innergex’ Vancouver office.

Ms. Giroux-Schmidt has a strong background in government relations, relationship building, regulatory and policy development as well as project management. She has had the opportunity to be involved in the development, environmental assessment and permitting, construction, and operations phases of numerous clean energy projects, in multiple technologoes and in multiple jurisdictions, which has afforded her a broad perspective on developing clean energy projects from conception to operation.

Colleen is well-versed in association management, starting with several years working with the Association for Mineral Exploration BC. She served as the first female Chair of the Board of Directors for Clean Energy BC (CEBC) from 2014 through 2017, where she helped promote and support the growth of British Columbia’s clean energy industry. Today, she is active with many of the associations Innergex is a member of and is the past-chair of CEBC’s annual Generate Conference. Colleen continues to participate in government working groups and taskforces, both provincially and federally. In 2020, Ms. Giroux-Schmidt was appointed to Co-Chair BC’s Climate Solutions Council, a role she continues in today.

In 2016, Ms. Giroux-Schmidt was appointed to Canada’s newly created Generation Energy Council. The council was created to give shape to Canada’s energy future by providing recommendations on how Canada can transition to a reliable, affordable, low-carbon economy. It reported directly to the Honourable James Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. In 2017, Colleen was one of six experts invited to brief the BC Cabinet before their decision on the Site C project. In 2018, she served on the Environmental Assessment Revitalization Committee, reporting to the Honourable George Heyman, BC’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

In 2014, Colleen was chosen to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program with the US State Department on renewable energy policy. She has also been recognized through a nomination for the Minerva Foundation’s 2014 Women in Energy awards and AME BC’s Honourable Service Roll. In 2017, she received the Merit Award for Distinguished Service from CEBC and in 2018 she received the 2018 Wind Power Woman of Distinction Award from WIRE and CanWEA. These recognitions reflect her significant expertise and her contribution to the renewable energy sector both in BC and across Canada.

Colleen is committed to working collaboratively with governments, First Nations, industry, and other stakeholders to develop workable solutions and policies that ensure renewable energy development will be supported to meet climate objectives and future energy needs.

Patrick Beatty

Patrick is responsible for the Canadian public affairs and global public policy for Invenergy, North America’s largest privately held renewable energy company. He has close to a decade and a half’s worth of experience in…

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politics and the energy sector working on public policy issues, stakeholder engagement, regulatory affairs, and indigenous consultation. He has been an active member of Clean Energy BC’s Market Committee since 2019.

Prior to the private sector, Patrick worked for a member of parliament and a cabinet minister in Ottawa. He is a co-founder of the Young Diplomats of Canada and has represented Canada at the Youth G8 in London and the OECD Forum in Paris. Patrick holds his Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.

Lisa Dang

Lisa Dang is an energy professional with over a decade of experience in the industry. She is presently the Manager of Regulatory Affairs for Evolugen by Brookfield Renewable, focusing on…

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Western Canada. She previously worked at the British Columbia Utilities Commission on the Regulatory Rates team, where she led several proceedings and prepared information requests, decisions and orders.

Prior to her work in regulatory affairs, Lisa held roles in finance and accounting functions. Lisa was an Associate at the Bank of Montreal on their capital markets team, servicing large corporate energy clients. She also worked at Imperial Oil in the Controllers Department in various positions through the energy value chain including upstream, downstream and chemicals operations.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Mathematics from McGill University and a Masters of Business Administration from McMaster University.

Guy Lonechild

Guy Lonechild (White Bear First Nations- Treaty #4) is a well-known advocate in creating new economic opportunities and serves as President and CEO of First Nations Power Authority connecting both Indigenous and Industry…

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leaders in renewable and alternative energy development.  As a first of its kind organization, Mr. Lonechild heads the organization as our strategic leader and serves the FNPA Board and provides leadership direction to the FNPA Team.

Guy served as Vice-Chief and Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (1999-2008 and 2009-2011), where he oversaw the 25-year Economic Development Strategy highlighting important work in Alternative Energy, Oil and Gas, Agriculture, Tourism, Gaming, Housing and Community Infrastructure, Education, Health and Social Development.

Before entering politics, Guy served in various capacities as band administrator and private consultant to First Nations in Business and Community Development.  He holds a Masters of Business Administration in Strategic Leadership from Cape Breton University and Associates Degree in Golf Complex Operations Management. He and his wife Leah have one child, Darian Lonechild and enjoy quality time with friends and extended family.

Trent Moraes

Nangkilslas, Trent Moraes, is a Haida from Skidegate, Haida Gwaii. He is an elected member of the Skidegate Band Councillor and is the current Deputy Chief Councillor. He spent a decade in administration as the…

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Director of Housing, Lands & Energy for the Skidegate Band Council. Trent helped create and maintain an Energy portfolio in Skidegate and for Haida Gwaii. 

Trent is also a member of several groups concerning energy and climate adaptation including the First Nations Home Energy Save Advisory, Indigenous Clean Energy Opportunities Electricity Table Advisory Group and current Chair of the Indigenous Services Canada Aboriginal Capital Committee, Indigenous Climate Adaptations Working Group, First Nations Remote Community Energy Strategy Working Group and the Indigenous Coastal Climate Coalition. 

Trent helped the Skidegate Band Council study the needs of the community and Haida Gwaii, created awareness on the emerging technologies and energy efficiency strategies available, and invested in solar hot water and solar PV for community and residential buildings. Skidegate has engaged BC Hydro on many levels and helped create Indigenous pilot programs for B.C. The Skidegate community goal is to become one of the greenest communities in B.C.

Geoff Osborne

Geoff is passionate about our energy transition. He has a 12+ year track record of successfully developing, financing and operating first of kind energy projects across Canada. He presently…

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heads up Capstone’s North American growth strategy as Director, BD. Capstone owns and operates multiple hydro facilities in BC and has a long-standing track record of operational excellence and strong Indigenous partnerships.

Geoff personally leads Capstone’s BC regulatory efforts (IRP, CFP), wind/solar/storage acquisitions and has been active in CEBC’s Call for Power Working Group. He helped to found NRStor in 2012 and various subsidiaries, leaving as Director, Strategy & Operations; key highlights include:

  • Heavily involved in Canada’s largest battery project, NRStor’s 250MW/1000MWh Oneida Battery Project (partnership with Six Nations and Northland Power)
  • Extensive experience with battery/flywheel/CAES/hybrid/DG technologies and innovative FTM/BTM business models (eg. value-stacking, utility ratebasing, etc.) and corporate PPAs
  • NRStor’s commercial and industrial business unit (sold to Blackstone and rebranded as AYPA) and MPOWER (Canada’s Certified Tesla Powerwall home battery installer)
  • Currently sits on ESC leadership council; elected to sit on the CanREA Ontario steering committee; actively engaged in various ISO/utility working groups; personally led the merger between ASA/ESO to create Energy Storage Canada
  • Championed regulatory reform in Canada (particularly for storage) including tax code changes (eg. 43.1/43.2), market rules and tariff design, utility procurement rules and IRPs, federal ITC, etc.

Stephen Rayner

Stephen Rayner, also known by his traditional name n̓ aasquʔisʔatḥ, sits on the Elected Council of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations following a successful election in 2023. Within the council, he…

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holds dual portfolios which focus on Green Energy and Climate Sustainability, as well as Law and Policy.

Prior to his tenure in Prior to his tenure in governance, he held a position as Project Manager at the Barkley Project Group, where he established and led the Community Infrastructure Development Department. During this tenure, he led a team of professionals dedicated to supporting various nations in a myriad of areas, including project management, planning, development, capacity building, asset management, and economic development. Since being elected to the council, he has moved to business advisor.

Before his tenure at the Barkley Project Group, he dedicated 7.5 years to serving the Huu-ay-aht First Nations community, where he was the Director of Capital and Infrastructure. During

this time, he oversaw the planning, development, design, construction, commissioning, operation, and replacement of all Huu-ay-aht First Nations owned infrastructure.

Through his diverse experiences and unwavering commitment to community development, he endeavors to continue driving positive change and fostering sustainable practices that resonate with the values of communities.

Carlie Smith

Carlie Smith is a renewable energy professional with Boralex and brings over 17 years of experience developing large scale renewable projects across North America. Her primary focus…

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has been on environmental strategy and risk management during development and construction of projects, and she has been directly involved in developing, permitting, and constructing projects in BC. She has developed a collaborative approach to development and works to support the energy transition through the development of thoughtful, equitable projects.

David Thornton

David brings to EDF Renewables Canada’s development team over a decade of public policy development and stakeholder relations experience in the renewable energy industry. He communicates corporate positions on…

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government legislation, regulation and procurement policy in targeted electricity markets across Canada.

David offers strategic advice based on EDF Renewables over 30-year experience developing, constructing, and operating renewable energy facilities across North America to government and industry leaders, including commentary on power system planning, transmission, interconnection and electricity market design. David also works to expand EDF Renewables Canada’s corporate leadership positions within public policy and stakeholder engagements and external communication activities.

David works closely with renewable energy industry associations across Canada and in North-east United States. Currently, David is an elected member to CanREA’s Federal and Ontario Steering Committees, and Energy Storage Canada’s Leadership Council. David is also a Board Member of Marine Renewables Canada.