2 days / 12 talks
Transformation through Electrification

November 26 – 28
First Nations Workshop

Transformation Through Resilience

Energy Sovereignty, Self-Determination & Building Community Resilience

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Monday, November 26th

Clean Energy BC invites First Nations and the clean energy community to explore different pathways of developing projects in BC. Through this full day First Nations-led workshop the main focuses will be on creating opportunities, exploring business values, maximizing economic development, and enabling First Nations to build capacity with non-First Nations participants. This session will present updates in government programming and how transformation to a low-carbon future through renewable energy can be achieved. Building community resilience with clean energy development has proven to be a powerful and robust tactic in BC. This course will identify strategies that advance First Nations communities’ transition off diesel or become grid independent while increasing energy sovereignty and fostering self-determination. There will be a breakdown of practical approaches for funding projects and how-to’s required for installation. Transformation through Resilience is being facilitated by Dr. Judith Sayers, a member of the Hupacasath First Nation and current president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council.

Environmental Workshop

Staying Current

Updates on Science, Policy, and Technology in Environmental Management

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Monday, November 26th

Join us as the top environmental professionals share their knowledge and findings from the field on recent advances in environmental management of clean energy projects, environmental policy and emergent technology. This full day course will build on knowledge from BC and beyond. Staying Current is an unparalleled opportunity to network among other environmental professionals from industry and government, share experiences, gain invaluable insights applicable to your projects, all while advancing your professional development.

Autumn Cousins, Lead, Regulatory Strategy and Environmental Compliance at Ecofish Research Ltd.
Isabelle Deguise, Lead, Regulatory and Environment at BluEarth Renewables Inc.

Welcome, Introductions of Workshop Hosts

Session #1

From Drones to Artificial Intelligence: How Technology is Changing How We Manage and Monitor the Environment

  • Grant Lindemulder, Innergex: Sediment Management on Run-of-River Projects
  • Andre Zimmermann, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants: Operational Sediment Monitoring Using Drones
  • Charlie Palmer, Hemmera: Untangling the Complexity in Wind Energy Wildlife Effects
  • Aubry Tucker, Stantec: Use of Artificial Intelligence in Environmental Management and Monitoring
  • Morgan Hocking, Ecofish Research: Environmental DNA (eDNA) monitoring of priority fish species in BC streams

Coffee Break & Networking

Session #2

Professional Reliance in British Columbia: Re-Evaluating the Current Model

  • Leon Gaber, Project Director, Professional Reliance Review, Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy
  • Adam Lewis, Ecofish Research
  • Peter Mitchell, Director of Professional Practice, Standards and Development, Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Noon to 1pm – Lunch

Session #3

EA Revitalization: Unpacking the New Environmental Assessment Act

  • Nathan Braun, Executive Project Director, Environmental Assessment Office
  • Julia Mancinelli, Innergex
  • Shawn Hilton, SNC-Lavalin
  • Sam Adkins, Blakes LLP

Coffee Break & Networking

Session #4

Past, Present, Future: The Evolving Role of Environmental Monitors

  • Chris MacMillan, Sartori Environmental Services
  • TBA, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
  • David Cassidy, Lands Manager of Nisga’a Lisims Government
  • Isabelle Deguise, BluEarth Renewables Inc.

Closing Remarks from Workshop Hosts

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