First up on Energy Connections’ agenda will be a dialogue between representatives from different levels of government, First Nations and industry, on the current state of policies and programs surrounding sustainable energy in BC. The objective of this first session is give a clear understanding of the high-level framework of policies currently in place in BC. Policies and programs form the backbone of community action and dictate the role sustainable energy can play in our province, so it is the natural starting point of discussion for Energy Connections 2017.
This session will provide an insightful analysis on the current political landscape surrounding renewable energy. Topics of discussion will include greenhouse gas emission targets, federal and provincial energy demand, industry growth and many others. Dialogues and the exchange of ideas on this subject matter will be instrumental in setting the stage for renewable energy advancements that can be achieved in the future. For this level of dialogue, we have gathered some of the top minds from across government, communities and industry. BCSEA is proud to to hosting a discussion panel composed of several specialists in the realm of renewable energy in BC.
Award winning author, James Glave, will be the moderator of this first session discussion panel. He has invaluable experience as a sustainability communicator and marketing specialist for organizations like Clean Energy Canada, the GLOBE Series, as well as his very own advising company, Glave Communications. He will undoubtedly add a stimulating and energetic component to the development of the dialogue.
Our first speaker, Judith Sayers is a renowned First Nations adviser focusing on sustainable development and capacity building. She has fifteen years of experience as Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation and was responsible for the establishment of several sustainable development projects. She was also Chief Negotiator in the BC Treaty Process, and is extremely well-versed in First Nations agreements and negotiations. She is an adjunct professor at the School of Environmental Studies at UVIC where she lends her expertise in sustainability and renewable energy projects for research purposes. She will be providing input for how Aboriginal communities can foster clean energy projects.
The second speaker will be a representative of the provincial government’s Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM). While the official speaker has yet to be announced, the BC MEM representative will allow for an overarching, province wide and governmental perspective, bringing attendees up to speed on the work currently underway to increase renewable energy initiatives at a provincial level.
The third and final speaker will be Matt Horne. Matt has recently taken up the position of Climate Policy Manager with the City of Vancouver. He will be leading the city’s inspiring transition to 100% renewable energy by the year 2050. Matt is also a member of BC’s Climate Leadership Team representing environmental interests. Matt has had 13 years of experience working for the distinguished Pembina Institute under various titles; these include Director of the Climate Change Program and Associate Director. He will be representing the City of Vancouver, and therefore demonstrating ways in which municipal governments can successfully transition towards renewable energy supplies.
Interested? Take a look at the Energy Connections 2017 website for more details on what's in store for the day!
Marco Sanelli is a 4th year student in the Natural Resource Conservation major in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC.