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.

Isabelle Deguise

Isabelle Deguise has over a decade of experience in BC’s renewable energy sector and has been involved in the development, construction and operation of over 20 renewable energy projects.

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She has played a large role in successfully permitting and constructing five hydro-electric projects in the past six years. Isabelle is responsible for regulatory and environmental aspects of projects under development, construction and operation for BluEarth Renewables, Canada’s most experienced pure-play renewable developer. She also has significant experience working with Indigenous partners and all levels of government. She is an experienced, passionate advocate for the clean energy sector, and has a robust understanding of the myriad of issues that face resource development in the province.

Brian Yates

Brian is the Vice President, Regional Leader British Columbia at Stantec. Brian has spent his career leading large-scale environmental assessments and consultation efforts for a range of energy, ports, mining, and linear infrastructure clients. His passion is building great teams and helping them grow and succeed.

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Originally from Nova Scotia, Brian has lived in Indonesia and Singapore before settling in Vancouver—this allowed him to develop a deep appreciation for diversity in teams, clients, and projects. He’s led numerous environmental assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, BC Environmental Assessment Act and implemented associated permitting and environmental management plans across Canada and Asia.

Brian also serves on the Board of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia. He’s active in the community with Scouts Canada, Little League, and the parent advisory group for his kids’ school.

Cole Sayers

Cole Sayers is from the Hupacasath First Nation and currently manages the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (BCICEI) at the New Relationship Trust (NRT).

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Based in North Vancouver, the NRT is an independent non-profit organization 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 the Clean Energy Association of B.C.

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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.

Steve Davis

Steve’s consulting firm is focused on clean power projects and policies in BC. As an IPP and P3 infrastructure consultant he applies his experience of developing several dozen power and public-private partnership projects and his knowledge of the B.C. electricity market and policies.

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From 2014 – 2017 Steve was Manager of Business Development at ENGIE/GDF SUEZ Canada Inc. He focused on IPP project development in Western Canada including leading bids on a 350 MW CCGT, acquiring a dozen wind and hydro and district energy projects, securing new wind power sites and negotiating agreements with First Nations.

From 2001 – 2014 Steve’s consulting firm provided commercial, financial and strategic market advice on developing clean power projects and P3 infrastructure in B.C. In addition to forecasting industry-level trends and opportunities based on his IPPBC experience Steve advised on project-level matters based on his dozen years of running the project development subsidiaries for FortisBC and Ledcor.

From 2001 – 2009 Steve was President of CEBC (previously called the Independent Power Producers association of BC or IPPBC). He led CEBC’s advocacy efforts which resulted in BC Hydro issuing 8 Calls for Power. Steve has been a Director since 1993. Steve co-authored over a dozen major reports and commentaries on BC Hydro power procurement contracts and call processes and provincial energy policy and provided testimonies at the BC Utilities Commission. Steve was also Founding Director of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and represented B.C. on C2P3 for 10 years.

From 1989 – 2001 Steve worked for FortisBC and Ledcor developing projects fueled by biomass, run-of-river hydro, and co-generation totaling over $200 million. Steve’s P3 project work includes; water and wastewater treatment plants, waterworks and natural gas pipeline networks, highways, bridges, and power transmission lines.

He has a Civil Engineering degree from UBC and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.