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First Nations Energy Summit 2023

January 17, 2023 @ 8:00 am - January 18, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Date and time:

Tues, Jan 17 – 9am – 4:30pm, followed by cocktail reception

Wed, Jan 18 – 9am – 4pm


Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel map

The 2023 First Nations Energy Summit will be held January 17 & 18th, 2023 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel.  The theme and focus of this year’s conference is Harnessing Our Power: Implementing UNDRIP and Climate Action through Clean Energy

Plenary Sessions topics on day 1 including discussions on State of the Industry, Future Opportunities in Clean Energy, Indigenous Utilities, and Funding.  An evening networking cocktail reception will follow at the end of the sessions on Day 1. 

On the second day, the agenda will include multiple workshops and breakout sessions.



Program Agenda

Tues, Jan 17, 2023

8am – 9am Registration

9:00am – 9:30am – Intro and Land acknowledgement

-Dennis Thomas-Whonoak, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

– MC Kwatuuma Cole Sayers, Executive Director of Clean Energy BC

Trent Moreas, Skidegate Band Council, Deputy Chief Councillor

9:30am – 11:00 am Session 1 – UNDRIP and Clean Energy Panel

-Moderator: Paul Kariya, CFN

Judith Sayers, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council, President

Chief Harvey McLeod, Upper Nicola Band Chief

Mihskakwan James Harper, Business Development Manager, NRStor Inc.

11:00am – 11:15am Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30pm Session 2 – Future Opportunities in clean energy: Climate policy and GHG reduction targets, electrification, Hydrogen

-Moderator – Dan Woynillowicz, Polaris Strategy + Insight, Principal

Evan Pivnick, Clean Energy Canada, Program Manager

Dr. Christina Hoicka, Canada Research Chair in Urban Planning for Climate Change Associate Professor, Geography and Civil Engineering, University of Victoria

Dave Lovekin, Pembina Institute Renewables in Remote Communities Program Director

12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch with Keynote speaker

Colleen Giroux-Schmidt, Vice President – Corporate Relations, Innergex

1:30pm – 3:00pm Session 3 – Hydrogen Market Opportunities

Sabina Russell, VP, Clean Fuels HTEC

Ged McLean, Executive Director of the BC Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy

Stephen Appleton, Country Manager Canada, Fortescue Future Industries

3:00pm – 3:30pm Coffee Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm Session 4 – Funders: NRT/Coast Funds, BC EMLI/MIRR, NRCAN/PacificCan

Intro by Sean LeRoy – EMLI

Sarah Powell, Program Specialist, CEDR

Ian Scholten, Program Director, Indigenous Clean Energy

Katya McClintock, Senior Energy Efficiency Coordinator, EMLI

5:30pm -7:30pm Cocktail Reception 

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023

8:30am – 9:30am – Buffet Breakfast

9:30am – 10:00am Workshop 1 – BC Hydrogen/First Nations Hydrogen Strategy

Rebecca Luedtke, Senior Policy Analyst, ICEO / BC Government

Oswald, Dias, Senior Policy Analyst, ICEO / BC Government

-Q+A – Morgan Chandler

Tricia Thomas

Kwatuuma Cole Sayers

10:00am – 11:15am Workshop 2 – Indigenous Utilities

Cameron Lusztig, Keppel Gate Consulting, President

Guy Lonechild, First Nations Power Authority, CEO

11:15am – 11:30am Coffee Break

11:30am – 1:00pm Project Highlight

– Moderator: Stephen Rayner, Barkley Project Group

Taylor Behn-Tsakoza, Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal Project, Community Liaison

Jamie Capot-Blanc, Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal Project, Project Coordinator

Sean Brennan, Energy Coordinator, Haida Nation/TYE

Janelle Flett, Barkley Project

1:00pm – 2:00pm Buffet Lunch

2:00pm – 3:30pm Capacity Building

Corey Cote-Diabo, Indigenous Clean Energy

Leona Humchitt – Indigenous Clean Energy

Ian Scholten, Program Director at Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise

Program Director at Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise,

3:30pm – 4:00pm Closing Remarks

Kwatuuma Cole Sayers

Exhibitor Opportunities

The tradeshow floor offers extensive networking opportunities among the clean energy industry’s leading developers, operator, suppliers, industry professionals, as well as government agencies and indigenous communities.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors of the event will reach approximately 100 participants at the conference and many more through our promotional activities before and after the event. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please contact Clean Energy BC at events@cleanenergybc.org.


For questions on First Nations Energy Summit, please contact: Heather Fulcher at events@cleanenergybc.org Phone: 604-618-4829





January 17, 2023 @ 8:00 am
January 18, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
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