Yuho Okada

Yuho Okada, MBA, is the President of Barkley Project Group. Based on Vancouver Island, Barkley Project Group is a relationship-driven business growing through strong partnerships with Indigenous communities across BC …

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Known for its pragmatic approach to project management, Barkley Project Group works together with communities to provide the technical capacity needed in developing community owned sustainable energy and infrastructure projects from idea to operation. Barkley Project Group brings industry insights, extensive technical expertise, and tireless work ethic in assisting clients who pursue sustainable community development.

Previous to engaging in his current executive management role, Yuho has 8 years of hands-on experience in project management including project development, financing, strategic planning, economic analysis, and business planning for numerous clean energy projects in BC and Yukon. Yuho has also been leading Barkley’s business interests in the Japanese renewable energy market since 2013. He holds a BSc in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from Royal Roads University.

Chris Ball

An experienced financial executive with over forty years in international banking and infrastructure finance, Chris has specific expertise with renewable energy and was awarded a Life Time Achievement Award in 2013 by …

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the Clean Energy Association of B.C. He has managed the financing of over $750 million for independent power projects in BC and keeps a condo here.

Chris is currently Executive Vice-President and Co-owner of Corpfinance International Inc. (CFI). CFI is a boutique investment bank, which has over $1 Billion in assets under management and has raised over $7 Billion in capital funding since inception in 1985. Chris is also a holder of the Director designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Chris has played a key role in the funding of a number of energy companies including the original financing for both Innergex and Boralex, and is a director of the First Nations Power Authority. As a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Algonquin Power, he has played a pivotal role in overseeing its growth from $90 Million in assets at it’s inception to over $10 Billion in assets today.

Since 1994, Chris has also been involved in helping many start-up energy projects in BC to become operating facilities including Rutherford Creek, Furry Creek, McNair Creek and Tyson Creek. He has also been involved in over $200 million of not-for-profit housing in BC, providing some 1000 residents with affordable care units.

Chris’s relations and past negotiations with municipal, provincial and federal government agencies across North America will also assist him as a Director to Clean Energy BC.

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.

Andrea Gray

Andrea is a commercial litigator with McCarthy Tétrault LLP, a leading Canadian law firm. Her practice focusses on disputes and pre-dispute risk management in the power, infrastructure, and construction…

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industries. Andrea has assisted numerous clients engaged in various aspects and stages of renewable energy projects. In resolving complex legal issues and mitigating risk, she emphasizes strategic and practical advice to ensure the efficient advancement of her clients’ projects and assets. As an experienced advocate, she seeks to develop a deep understanding of her clients’ businesses and the circumstances in which they operate in order to align business and legal outcomes. Andrea obtained her juris doctor from the University of Calgary School of Law in 2013. She is called to the bar and regularly appears before courts in both British Columbia and Alberta.

Simon Laroche

Simon is Vice President, Trading and Marketing at Evolugen, Brookfield Renewable’s Canadian platform. Simon joined the Brookfield family in 2004 as a Trader and developed an acute expertise in North American physical and …

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financial energy markets. Prior to becoming VP, he led the front office team, comprised of more than 30 traders and energy professionals responsible for Trading in North America. Now with the Evolugen team, Simon is responsible for commercial initiatives, including trading, origination, long-term contracting and regulatory affairs in Canada. He also supports business development, strategy and growth initiatives.

Simon holds a bachelor’s in finance and an MBA with honours from Laval University in Quebec City, QC.

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’s 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 technologies 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.

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.