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.

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.

Matt Schwann

Matt joined BluEarth Renewables in 2015 and is currently Vice President, Development with leadership responsibility for advancement of BluEarth’s current development portfolio and land acquisitions …

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Previous to his current position, Matt led commercial transactions at BluEarth, including the negotiation of key agreements and associated due diligence. Since joining BluEarth, Matt has held senior corporate development and finance roles, including responsibility for BluEarth’s project and corporate financings. Prior to joining BluEarth, he worked in corporate banking with Union Bank, managing key client relationships and providing loan facilities to Canadian energy companies.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Management from the University of Lethbridge and is a CFA charterholder.

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.

Cole Sayers

Cole Sayers is from the Hupacasath First Nation and managed the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (BCICEI) at the New Relationship Trust (NRT) from 2017 to 2022. Based in North Vancouver, the NRT is an independent non-profit organization …

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dedicated to strengthening First Nations in BC through capacity building. The NRT implements the $9.5 million BCICEI which provides support and capacity-building funds to First Nation communities working on the development of clean energy projects. To date, the NRT BCICEI has supported 56 projects in First Nations communities in each region of BC. The BCICEI is delivered in partnership with Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Province of British Columbia.

Cole believes in a more diverse and innovative energy future for British Columbia. He draws on his background in political science and Indigenous knowledge to analyze policy options and provide recommendations. He has experience evaluating the viability and benefits of proposed clean energy projects and is familiar with project financing in First Nations communities, including the early-stage development costs.

Relationship building grounds his work. He is an effective liaison between government, First Nations, crown corporation, and industry stakeholders, and he is committed to working with these groups to support sustainable, economic growth in the clean energy industry. He is a strong advocate for First Nations involvement in the clean energy sector and is looking forward to advancing First Nations and clean energy industry partnerships.

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.

Carlie Smith

As a Project Manager in Boralex’s Vancouver Development office Carlie Smith leads renewable energy projects through development and construction, with specific focus on environmental and regulatory considerations …

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She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BSc in Environmental Science, is a registered professional planner with an interest in land use policy and environmental management, and has been a regular contributor to Clean Energy BC for over a decade, through co-chairing the Client Advisory Committee, sitting on the Wind Committee, and participating in various sub-working groups.