President of Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council

Cloy-e-iss, Dr. Judith Sayers is President of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council. She is also Chancellor of Vancouver Island University.  She is an adjunct professor with the Gustavson School of Business and the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.

Judith has been involved in the Clean Energy industry since 2002 when her First Nation undertook to develop clean energy and decided on the 6.5 MW China Creek Run of the River project. As Chief of her First Nation, she was instrumental in the development of that project.   That project has been operational since 2005.  Judith has been very involved in the industry and has spoken at many forums, written opinions on First Nations and Clean Energy opportunities and relationship building.  Judith was on the Public Advisory Panel of the Canadian Electricity Association for 5 years and worked closely with the Aboriginal Relations Task Group.

Judith served nine years on the Clean Energy BC board and was the Chair of the First Nations Committee.  In September 2015, Judith was named to Canada’s 2016 Clean50 as a contributor to Clean Capitalism. In November 2015 Judith was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Clean Energy BC.  Judith has compiled a BC First Nations Clean Energy Toolkit for the BC First Nations Clean Energy Working Group.

Judith has been inducted into Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame and has been the recipient of the Bora Laskin Fellowship on Human Rights, a Finalist for the Buffet award for indigenous leadership and twice awarded the Woman of Distinction from the Alberni Chamber of Commerce. She has received the Silver Award from the Canadian Environmental Association for Climate Change.  Judith is also a member of the Order of Canada.