October 17, 2022

Vancouver, BC

Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Territories

The Board of Directors of the Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) today announces that Executive Director Laureen Whyte has departed her role, effective Oct 6th, and Kwatuuma Cole Sayers (Cole) has been appointed Interim Executive Director.

Ms. Whyte took over as Executive Director in 2019, and the Board would like to thank Laureen for her efforts in representing the industry’s interests over the last two and a half years.

Cole Sayers, who has been a CEBC Board Director since 2020, brings a wealth of experience as an advisor and advocate on clean energy development, particularly to First Nations interested in advancing opportunities in clean energy and technology.  From the Hupacasath First Nation, Cole has led funding initiatives such as the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative that support First Nations clean energy development. Cole is particularly skilled at building strong relationships with government, First Nations, and industry stakeholders, and is committed to working with these groups to support sustainable, economic growth in the clean energy industry.

“Clean Energy BC has been an important voice of the clean energy industry for more than 30 years, and the Board is working on the long-term strategic vision that best positions our organization for BC’s future clean energy transition,” said Yuho Okada, CEBC Board Chair. “Cole will lead our organization at a time of tremendous opportunity and transition in the clean energy sector, and the Board has every confidence that he is the best leader to drive our strategic vision for continued success.” 

 “CEBC is a critical voice in BC’s clean energy dialogue, and I am excited to implement our association’s strategic vision and to build positive relationships, as the province moves forward on a diverse, innovative clean energy sector,” said Cole Sayers. 

About Clean Energy BC

CEBC represents over 130 clean energy producers, including First Nations (32), as well as service providers, and academic institutions contributing to British Columbia’s renewable energy industry. CEBC’s mission is to support BC’s transition to low-carbon energy through the development of effective climate policy and clean energy electrification. 

For further information, please contact: 

Kwatuuma Cole Sayers at [email protected]