The BC Sustainable Energy Association is a volunteer driven organization, assisted by the following staff.
Our projects (listed here) have their own staff, and are funded through their own project financing.
Nigel Protter, Pemberton
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Renewable energy champion, wave energy developer, project manager, entrepreneur – Nigel had a busy career in digital communications and business development before taking two years out to do an MBA at SFU specializing in innovation and sustainability in the electricity sector, studying energy policy and practice in BC compared with jurisdictions around the world.
With his MBA under his belt, he brought Danish wind/hydro integration know-how to BC, co-founded SyncWave Energy (a wave energy converter technology), co-founded the Ocean Renewable Energy group, was a Director of Clean Energy BC, and worked as Chief Administrative Officer for the Lower Stl’atl’imx Tribal Council.
Nigel moved to Whistler in 1978, where he and a friend built a cabin in the woods and lived off the grid, and where he operated the "Espresso Express," a cappuccino bus that was the first business in Whistler Village, and volunteered as a ski patroller on Whistler Mountain.
Nigel co-organized and competed in the 2012 Paragliding National Championship out of Pemberton, where pilots from around the world were blown away by the powerful, big flying while orbiting high among the bald eagles and turkey vultures. Down on the ground, as volunteer trail builder and Executive Director of the local trails association he helped establish one of the most popular trail networks in BC.
Tom Hackney, Victoria
Tom is a policy specialist, and leads the BCSEA participation in Utilities Commission proceedings, where we advocate the benefits of conservation and renewable energy, and work to ensure that the costs of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change are fully considered by our energy regulators. Successes include the defeat of the proposed Duke Point gas-fired generation plant and the government strategy of meeting BC's new electricity needs with gas-fired power. Tom develops and advocates BCSEA's policies, making sure government knows the best possible ways to fight climate change. He is especially interested in finding what will best stimulate society and the body politic to make the big changes that will put us on the road to sustainability. Tom co-founded the BCSEA in 2003, and is the past Vice-President of Policy.
Guy Dauncey, Victoria
Guy Dauncey is a speaker, author and sustainable communities consultant who works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future, and to translate that vision into action. He is author of the award-winning book The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming, and co-author of Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic, and other titles. He is currently completing a major new book titled A Better World: A New Vision of the Future, set in the year 2032 when Vancouver has become the world's greenest city. He is co-founder of the Victoria Carshare Cooperative, and is founder and past President of the BCSEA. His website is www.earthfuture.com.
David Dakers, Victoria
David is a former Certified Management Accountant (1985-2008) with over 25 years of financial management experience in the energy sector, most recently as Corporate Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of a publicly listed junior energy company. In the short term, David's intent is to apply his business acumen and financing expertise to facilitate BCSEA's growth as the organization's business plan and mandate are expanded to keep pace with BC's sustainable energy issues. In the long term, David hopes to participate with emerging green technology and provide the strategic leadership, project management and financing support required to successfully incubate and commercially introduce products to the investment community and its rapidly expanding opportunity for ethical funds.
Renee Lormé-Gulbrandsen, Victoria
Renee started with BCSEA in May 2013. She has spent her career focusing on programming and operational management of non-profit organizations and currently splits her time between BCSEA and The International Institute for Child Rights and Development where she is the Administrative Director. While her background is in Social Justice, she has been persuing a certification in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management with a particular interest in non-profit sustainability and social enterprise. A native New Yorker, Renee shares her life with her husband and two sons, and is excited to be a part of the BCSEA team.