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Minister Pat Bell

// Minister Pat Bell

Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation

Pat Bell was appointed Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation on March 14, 2011. He was re-elected for a third term as MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie in 2009.


Pat has previously served as Minister of Forests, Mines and Lands, Minister of Forests and Range, Minister of Agriculture and Lands and as Minister of State for Mining.


He has served on the Government Caucus Committee on Natural Resources and B.C. Task Force on Mining, and as chair of the Small Scale Salvage Review Committee. Pat has also served on the Legislative Select Standing Committees on Education and Crown Corporations.


Prior to becoming an MLA, Pat owned a trucking company and co-owned a logging company. He owns two Wendy's Restaurants in Prince George.

Committed to youth sport, Pat chaired the junior golf program at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club from 1993 to 1997. He also coached high school volleyball and supported the Prince George Barracuda Swim Club. Bell served for several years on the Tourism Prince George Board of Directors.


Born in Vancouver and educated at the University of British Columbia, Pat has lived in Prince George since 1988. He and his wife Brenda have three children.

Brian Baudais

// Brian Baudais

Technical Director, Energy Technologies, TransAlta Corporation

Brian Baudais is the Technical Director of Energy Technology at TransAlta Corporation in Calgary, Alberta.  He has been active in the electricity industry for over 19 years and has been involved in a wide variety of greenfield combined cycle, cogeneration and pulverized coal developments in North America.  Brian holds an Engineering degree from the University of Calgary and is a Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta.  Mr. Baudais’ current work covers the trends and direction of future electricity generation technologies with a focus on renewables as well as low carbon solutions for TransAlta’s fossil fuel based fleet.

Tzeporah Berman

// Tzeporah Berman

Co-director Greenpeace International Global Climate and Energy Program

Co-director, Greenpeace International Global Climate and Energy Program


Tzeporah Berman has been designing and managing successful environmental campaigns for nonprofits for the last eighteen years.  She has played an instrumental role in designing environmental procurement policies for some of the largest corporations in the world as well as creating industry and environmental collaborations to protect forests and change forests practices. Having shifted her work to focus on energy challenges, Tzeporah is now the Co-director of  Greenpeace International’s Climate and Energy Program. She is the former Executive Director and Co-founder of PowerUp Canada and Co-founder and Campaign Director of ForestEthics. Last year Tzeporah was appointed by the Premier of British Columbia, Canada to the Green Energy Task Force to design recommendations for the development of renewable energy in the region. Tzeporah was one of the experts in Leonardo Di Caprio’s environmental documentary 11th Hour, was one of six Canadian nominees for the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, has been profiled as “50 Visionaries Changing the World” in Utne Reader and was honored by inclusion into the BC Royal Museum permanent exhibit of “150 people who have changed the face of British Columbia.” Tzeporah was lauded as ‘Canada’s Queen of Green’ in the cover story for Readers Digest. She is represented by the Lavin Speakers Agency as well and Westwood Creative Artists. Tzeporah’s first book This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge has just been  published by Random House/Knopf Canada.   www.tzeporahberman.com Twitter/Tzeporah

Monday, September 26 2011 // 10:45am

Mayor Mike Bernier

// Mayor Mike Bernier

Mayor, City of Dawson Creek

Mayor Bernier was born and raised in North Vancouver and moved to Dawson Creek with his wife Valerie and their five children to work for Pacific Northern Gas in 1993. He has been the Manager for PNG in the South Peace since 2002. Mayor Bernier served as Councillor in the City of Dawson Creek from 2005-2008 prior to being elected Mayor in November of 2008.


Mayor Bernier has been working to build a positive economic climate, working closely with industry and community members to create a balanced, sustainable future for the City of Dawson Creek. With twenty years of experience in the natural gas industry he is able to bring this knowledge to the table when dealing with industry and business.


Mayor Bernier is a member of many committees and boards including: The BC Mayors Climate Leadership Council, the Union of BC Municipalities Executive, the Community Energy Association, the Council of Resource Community Mayors, Past President of the North Central Local Government Association, Northeast Regional Advisory Committee, Site C Regional and Local Government Liaison Committee and the South Peace Economic Development Commission.

Karl Carisse

// Karl Carisse

Mr. Carisse has been with the department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada since 1999, he is presently the Senior Director of the Innovation and Major Policy Transformation Directorate in the Community Infrastructure Branch.  His main focus is to lead the development of legislation for water regulations in First Nation communities as well as to develop national strategies for connectivity and alternative financing of on-reserve infrastructure.  From 2000 to 2004 he worked on the implementation of the First Nations Land Management Act and subsequent negotiations to implement this sectoral self-government initiative with First Nations.  Before entering the public service he worked with a private research firm developing various historical and legal documents in support of First Nation lands claims, treaty land entitlements, and community histories.  Mr. Carisse has a Master's degree in History and minor in Communications.

David Cobb

// David Cobb

President & Chief Executive Officer, BC Hydro

Dave Cobb was appointed President and CEO of BC Hydro, effective May 25, 2010. Prior to joining BC Hydro, Dave held a number of leadership positions in sports and business, most recently as the Executive Vice President and Deputy CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).


Prior to his involvement with VANOC, Dave worked for 12 years with the Vancouver Canucks hockey organization and Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment. He was also Alternate Governor of the National Hockey League and spent five years with KPMG in the audit practice division, where he managed a portfolio of public and private companies in the retail, health care, entertainment and resource industries.


Dave is a member of the BC Institute of Chartered Accountants and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University.


Dave and his wife Marion have a young daughter, Gillian.

Monday, September 26 2011 // 9:15am

Minister Rich Coleman (Invited)

// Minister Rich Coleman (Invited)

Minister of Energy and Mines

Rich Coleman was appointed Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing on March 14, 2011. He was re-elected for a fourth term as MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove in the 2009 general election.


Rich’s previous cabinet positions include Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Housing, Minister of Housing and Social Development and Minister of Forests and Range.


Before entering public life, Rich was governor of the BC Kinsmen, president of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce, and a director of several volunteer boards.

Steve Davis

// Steve Davis

Steve Davis, President of Steve Davis & Associates Ltd.

Steve Davis, President of Steve Davis & Associates Ltd., has been a Director since 1992 and was President of the Association from 2001-2009, increasing membership by 1,500% and revenues to more than $1 million while guiding the Association through BC Utilities Commission hearings and BC Hydro Calls For Power.  He had previously been a project developer with Ledcor and established his consulting firm in 2002 which has carried out 20 assignments for hydro, wind and biomass companies.

Chief Ralph Dick

// Chief Ralph Dick

Chief, We Wai Kai Nation

Originally a resident of Cape Mudge village, Chief Ralph Dick's family relocated to Quinsam in 1957.  They are now the longest residing residents in Quinsam to date.  Currently holding his second consecutive four-year term as Chief of We Wai Kai Nation, Ralph Dick Sr. gives praise to current and past council for their diligent work in the area of band business, capacity building and community development.  (...read more)

Dan George

// Dan George

President/CEO, Four Directions Management Services Ltd.

Dan George is the President/CEO of Four Directions Management Services Ltd. (1993), a wholly owned Aboriginal economic, social and community development organization dedicated to responding to the expressed needs of individuals, organizations, communities and all levels of government in British Columbia, Canada, and abroad. FDMS has a diverse network of consultants providing expertise in strategic facilitation, conflict transformation, organizational development and communications.


He is a proud member of the Gilseyhu Clan (Big Frog) of the Wet’suwet’en people from Hagwilget, BC. He has been married for twenty-five years to his wife Teresa, and together they have two daughters, Amanda and Brittany, one granddaughter, Kiana and one grandson, Daniel.


Dan recently completed his Masters of Administration in Conflict Analysis and Management at Royal Roads University (October 2010). He also holds a Certified Professional Facilitator designation from the International Association of Facilitators.

Wendy Grant-John

// Wendy Grant-John

Executive Advisor, Aboriginal Client Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Wendy Grant-John is a Senior Aboriginal Advisor at Deloitte. She is a sitting member of Chief and Council for the Musqueam Indian Band, which is a part of the Coast Salish Nation. She has spent most of her adult life working for her community as well as representing First Nations across this country in many different forums.


Mrs. Grant-John served three terms as Chief of the Musqueam and was the first woman elected Regional Chief to the Assembly of First Nations.  As Musqueam Chief, she helped to negotiate one of the first Aboriginal commercial fisheries in Canada, and was a part of her community’s two landmark Supreme Court cases that have helped to define Aboriginal rights.


She has previously worked at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as Associate Regional Director General of British Columbia and has served as a lay bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia and as a Board Member with Canada Lands Company Limited.  She has also served as a Commissioner on the Pacific Salmon Commission.  She was a founding member and director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and a founder of the Musqueam Weavers. Most recently Mrs. Grant-John was the official Representative for the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada on the issue of Matrimonial Real Property on Reserve.


Over the years Mrs. Grant-John has been involved in various projects and sat on many Boards and committees both provincially and federally including the Aboriginal Economic Development Board.


Mrs. Grant-John has an honorary doctorate of Law from Royal Roads University and has won many distinctions and awards, including the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Social Action.  At the 2006 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, she was recognized for her career in advancing Aboriginal culture, social and political advancement in Canada and for diversifying the economic base of the Musqueam. Mrs. Grant-John is the proud mother of four children and grandmother of nine.

George Hoberg

// George Hoberg

Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management, UBC

George Hoberg is a Professor in the Department of Forest Resources Management at UBC where he teaches courses on sustainable energy and forest policy. He received a BS from UC Berkeley, and his PhD from MIT. A political scientist by training, he is a faculty associate in the Department of Political Science and Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, and member of the Clean Energy Research Centre. His research interests include energy policy, forest policy, and more generally the design of policies and institutions to promote sustainability. His current research is focused on BC electricity policy and environmental governance of the oil sands. He is co-author of the recent book Policies for Sustainably Managing Canada's Forests: Tenure, Stumpage Fees, and Forest Practices. He has also written books on BC forest policy, environmental policy in the US, toxic substances regulation, and edited two books on comparative Canada-US policies and the US influence on Canada. From 2001-2006, he was head of the Department of Forest Resources Management at UBC. He blogs at http://greenpolicyprof.org/wordpress

Matt Horne

// Matt Horne

Director, B.C. Energy Solutions, Pembina Institute

Matt Horne has been with the Pembina Institute since 2003 and is currently the Director of the B.C. Energy Solutions program. His focus is on policy change that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in British Columbia and provide replicable models for the rest of Canada. In pursuit of this goal, he has worked on initiatives with the province, municipalities and First Nations. Prior to joining Pembina, Matt worked extensively with energy-economy models on projects attempting to estimate the costs and benefits of climate change policy in Canada. Matt holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Master of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University.

Mark Jaccard

// Mark Jaccard

Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University

Mark has been professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, since 1986 – interrupted from 1992-97 while he served as Chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission. His PhD is from the Energy Economics and Policy Institute at the University of Grenoble. Internationally, Mark is known for his work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Nobel Peace Prize in 2007), the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (co-chair of task force on sustainable use of coal in 2009), and the Global Energy Assessment (convening lead author for sustainable energy policy in 2007 - 2011). In 2006, his book, Sustainable Fossil Fuels, won the Donner Prize for policy. In 2008, he was named British Columbia Academic of the Year, in 2009 was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2010 he won the Sterling Prize for Controversy.  Mark’s research and applied focus is on the design and application of energy-economy models, especially for assessing the cost and effectiveness of climate policies.

Andrew Leach

// Andrew Leach

Associate Professor, Natural Resources, Energy, and Environment Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta

Andrew Leach is an energy and environmental economist and is Associate Professor at the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Queen’s University, and a B.Sc (Environmental Sciences) and M.A. (Economics) from the University of Guelph.  Dr. Leach was previously Assistant Professor at HEC Montreal. Dr. Leach teaches courses in energy markets and environmental management as part of the Alberta School of Business Natural Resources, Energy and Environment (NREE) programs. His academic research interests span climate and energy economics and policy. Dr. Leach has also consulted for the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE), the Auditor General of Alberta, Alberta Environment, Alberta Finance and Enterprise, and Alberta Energy.  Outside of work hours, his free time is spent with his two kids, Will (3) and Caroline (1), as well as renovating his house, cycling, and running.

Heather MacKnight

// Heather MacKnight

Regional Executive Director, South Coast, of BC’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Heather MacKnight is the Regional Executive Director, South Coast, of BC’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.  She also serves as the Executive Sponsor for the clean energy sector within the Ministry.  In this capacity, she has led a number of initiatives to improve the way BC manages the Province’s authorization process for clean energy projects.


Heather joined the BC government in 2004. She has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree from the University of New Brunswick.  She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP).

Glenn McDonnell

// Glenn McDonnell

Glenn McDonnell has over 25 years experience in civil engineering, most of it with Sigma Engineering Ltd and its affiliates including Synex Energy Resources Ltd.  Since graduation from UBC he has been involved in design, construction, feasibility studies and financial analysis of several privately funded energy projects as well as preliminary analysis of many other projects.  He has also authored or co-authored several studies concerning energy supplies to remote communities in B C and Canada as well as small hydro power studies on specific projects.  Glenn has been involved with several studies that described the potential benefits of incorporating small hydro power into the Provincial system and has managed studies covering the potential small hydro resource in BC.  As one of the founders of the Independent Power Association of BC he continues to take an active role in promoting the benefits of small independent power generation within BC.

Tim McEwan

// Tim McEwan

President and Chief Executive Officer, Initiatives Prince George

Tim McEwan, born and raise in Trail, British Columbia, was formally educated on Vancouver Island and spent much of his professional life working in senior public and private sector roles in Vancouver.


In February 2008, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Initiatives Prince George, a corporation governed by a private sector Board and owned by the City of Prince George that is responsible for facilitating economic development in Prince George in synergy with its vast Northern British Columbia service base.  (...read more)

Donald McInnes

// Donald McInnes

Executive Vice Chairman, Alterra Power Corp.

Donald McInnes was the founder, Vice Chair and CEO of Plutonic Power Corporation, a British Columbia-based renewable power development company with a broad portfolio of clean energy projects. Donald currently serves as Vice Chair of Clean Energy Association of British Columbia and is a director of Prostate Cancer Canada, the Powell River Economic Development Society, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award-British Columbia and Yukon Division and is a Governor of the British Columbia Business Council. He was a participant in the inaugural year (2010) of the SFU Leadership Exchange Program for the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business and was bestowed a Doctor of Technology honoris causa from the BC Institute of Technology in 2009. As well, he was a finalist for the 2008 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. McInnes is a frequent public speaker and contributor to the debate on public policy and the integration and value of clean power.

Monday, September 26 2011 // 8:30am

Jennie Moore

// Jennie Moore

Director, Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship at the British Columbia Institute of Technology

Jennie Moore is the Director, Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She has extensive experience in the realm of ecological sustainability and urban systems including climate change and energy management, green buildings and eco-industrial networking. Prior to joining BCIT she worked for over a decade at Metro Vancouver where she inspired the Sustainable Region Initiative and served as Manager of Strategic Initiatives. Jennie is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional and is completing a PhD in Planning at the University of British Columbia.

Janine North

// Janine North

Chief Executive Officer, Northern Development Initiative Trust

Janine North is the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Development Initiative Trust.  Ms. North was previously a senior advisor to the BC Forest Safety Council, a management consultant to banks and resource industry companies, a Forest District Manager, and the General Manager of a consortium of logging, trucking and road construction companies.


Ms. North is a director on the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, and a governor on the Business Council of British Columbia. She previously chaired the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund and served as Vice Chair of the Central Interior Logging Association, Vice President of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, and director of the Association of Mineral Exploration of BC.  Janine is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and an accredited corporate director.


Her commitment to excellence has been recognized through being honoured by Business in Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business Awards (2010), UNBC Honorary Lifetime Alumni (2010), Northern BC Woman of Influence and Impact (2009), Northern BC Mentor of the Year to Industry and Business (2010), Northern BC Newsmaker of the Year Northwest Powerline Coalition (Co-Chair) (2010), and Central Interior Logging Association Contractor of the Year (2004)

Tuesday, September 27 2011 // 3:00pm

Chief Derek Orr

// Chief Derek Orr

Derek is married to his beautiful wife Arlene, and together they have 3 children: Logan, Erica and Owen.  Derek's parents are Jane Inyallie and David Orr.  Working for McLeod Lake Indian Band since 2002, Derek has worked in different capacities including Youth Worker, Land Referral Officer, and Youth Councillor.  In 2007 he received his college diploma in Business Management and in 2008 he was elected Chief of McLeod Lake Indian Band.  Derek is the youngest Chief ever elected in McLeod Lake Indian Band history and when he was re-elected as chief in June 2011 he became the first Chief to be elected for two consecutive terms in over 15 years.  (...read more)

Dave Porter

// Dave Porter

CEO, BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council

Mr. Porter is a member of the Kaska Nation whose traditional territory covers a large part of north-easter British Columbia and south-eastern Yukon.  His career includes journalism, politics, communications and extensive public service on behalf of aboriginal organizations as well as public governments in the Yukon, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.  (...read more)

Jonathan Rhone

// Jonathan Rhone

President and CEO, Nexterra Systems Corp.

Jonathan Rhone is President and CEO of Nexterra Systems Corp. a leading developer and manufacturer of biomass gasification systems. He has an extensive track record with energy and technology businesses including Dome Petroleum, Amoco Canada and The Delphi Group. He serves on the Board of the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA), the BC Premier’s Technology Council and Chairs the BC Clean Tech CEO Alliance. In 2009 he was also honoured as the BCTIA's Person of the Year

Don Roberts

// Don Roberts

Vice-Chairman of CIBC Wholesale Banking, and Managing Director in Investment Banking

Mr. Roberts is a Vice-Chairman of CIBC Wholesale Banking, and Managing Director in Investment Banking.  He provides senior coverage of the Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Space, as well as the Global Forest Products Sector.


Prior to assuming his current position, he was consistently ranked among the top-ranked equity research analysts in the global paper & forest products industry over a 15-year period


•      In addition to his work with CIBC World Markets Inc., Mr. Roberts is also

•      An Adjunct Professor in the Department of Forest Resource Management at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver);

•      On the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee,  Rights and Resources Institute (Washington, D.C.); and,

•      Serves in an advisory capacity for a range of government, industry, and NGO groups.


Mr. Roberts has a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of British Columbia, a Master’s degree in Forestry Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and both an MBA and doctoral studies in International Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago. He is also a certified Board Director with the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Tuesday, September 27 2011 // 12:00pm
Keynote Luncheon Speaker

Linda Sahota

// Linda Sahota

Manager, Standing Offer Program, BC Hydro

Linda is a member of BC Hydro's Energy Planning, Procurement and Risk team, the group responsible for long term planning, acquiring power from the private sector and managing the resulting long-term electricity purchase agreements.


As part of the Commercial Acquisitions Team, Linda manages the Standing Offer Program (SOP).  The SOP encourages the development of small and clean or renewable energy projects throughout British Columbia, by streamlining the process for selling electricity to BC Hydro and simplifying the sales contract.


She is a CMA who has worked in the BC electricity sector at BC Hydro for over 20 years. During that period of time her responsibilities have included finance, strategic planning as well as energy procurement.

Sunday, September 25 2011

Judith Sayers

// Judith Sayers

Sayers Strategic Advice

Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation and mother of two. Currently she works as a Strategic Adviser to First Nations and corporations and is an Entrepreneur in Residence to the Peter Gustavson School of Business as well as an Assistant Professor of Business and Law at the University of Victoria.


Judith was the elected Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation that is located in Port Alberni, BC for 14 years and the Chief Negotiator for 15 years. In her role as Chief, she focused on capacity building, sustainable development and restoring and rehabilitating Hupacasath territory.


As Chief of her Nation, Judith was instrumental in the development of the China Creek Run of the River Project which operates in Hupacasath territory. Judith was the President and Chair of Upnit Power Ltd which operates the China Creek project for 6 years. Hupacasath is the majority owner in the China Creek project. China Creek project has received environmental awards from the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation, and in June of 2008, Judith received a silver award from the Canadian Environmental Awards in the Climate Change category for her role in developing the project.


Currently Judith remains involved in Energy issues through advising First Nations and corporations on clean energy projects.  She also sits on the Public Advisory panel to the Canadian Electricity Association. Judith speaks at many conferences, think tanks and strategic sessions concerning issues affecting energy including developing, transmitting and selling power, climate change, capacity needs, negotiating agreements, regulatory requirements and export of power.  Judith has a passion and commitment to ensuring that energy is produced in a sustainable way with minimal impact on the environment and strongly believes that alternative energies can be developed within First Nations values.


Judith’s educational background includes a business and law degree and an honourary Doctor of Laws fro Queen’s University. Judith has an extensive background of practicing law for 18 years in both Alberta and British Columbia, working in international forums, lobbying governments and other agencies for the promotion and protection of First Nations rights and title.

Judith was on the political executive of the First Nations Summit for a two-year term in 2006.  Judith serves on the boards of the New Relationship Trust, the Island Corridor Foundation, Industry Council for Aboriginal Business and Chairs the Joint Working Group on Heritage Conservation.


In February 2009, the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business inducted Judith in the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame. Further accomplishments include being 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 been honoured by Atira Women’s Resource Society as an Inspirational Women.

Fred Scott

// Fred Scott

Principal, Bastion Power Inc.

Fred Scott is a Principal in Bastion Power Inc., an early-stage power development company focussing on gas, biomass, wind, hydro and tidal stream energy. Bastion’s core management team have developed over 3,000 MW of generation worldwide, and have a combined 80 years of energy industry experience.


Prior to the inception of Bastion, Fred was the Director of Business Development (West) for Pristine Power Inc., a publicly traded power development corporation.  Pristine’s focus was on the design, engineering, finance, construction and operation of gas, wind and biomass generation facilities. Two of Pristine’s biomass projects, sold to Dalkia in 2010, were each awarded 33 MW contracts from BC Hydro earlier this year.


Fred has an extensive and varied 25 year career in the energy business, from drilling and completions engineering, energy marketing and trading, to power generation.

Fred is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta (1987).


Fred and his wife Erika have 3 young children, Ethan, Isabelle and Aubrey.

Jim Scouras

// Jim Scouras

Manager, Commercial Acquisition, BC Hydro

Jim is a member of BC Hydro's Energy Planning, Procurement and Risk team, the group responsible for long term planning, acquiring power from the private sector and managing the resulting long-term electricity purchase agreements.


Jim manages the Commercial Acquisitions Team, the group responsible for the design and implementation of BC Hydro energy procurement activities. He holds a Bachelor of Science, as well as a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management and has worked in the BC electricity sector at BC Hydro for 20 years. During that period of time his responsibilities have included environmental management, natural resource management strategy and policy as well as power acquisitions.

Sunday, September 25 2011

Marvin Shaffer

// Marvin Shaffer

Consulting economist and adjunct professor, Public Policy Program at Simon Fraser University

Marvin Shaffer is a consulting economist and adjunct professor in the Public Policy Program at Simon Fraser University. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and received his B.A., Honours in Economics, from McGill University. Marvin has managed his own consulting firm specializing in energy, transportation and natural resource economics for over thirty years. He has undertaken consulting assignments for a wide range of public and private sector clients as well as First Nations, labour unions and environmental organizations.  He has successfully negotiated major agreements in the energy and transportation fields, including the return of the downstream power benefits under the Columbia River Treaty and the  transfer of  transportation responsibilities from the province of British Columbia to MetroVancouver with the creation of TransLink.

Marvin previously held senior positions with the Government of British Columbia (head of the Crown Corporations Secretariat and Chief Executive Officer of the British Columbia Transportation Financing Authority). As well, he lectured in economics at the University of British Columbia, and the University of Queensland and University of Tasmania in Australia

Merran Smith

// Merran Smith

Director, Tides Canada Energy Initiative

Merran Smith is the Director of the Energy initiative at Tides Canada Foundation. The project is bringing together a diverse array of organizations, businesses and others to build support for a bold, credible, and scientifically-relevant vision of a low-carbon future for Canada.  Merran has a long track record of forging groundbreaking partnerships between unlikely bedfellows. Merran was the lead environmental architect of the Great Bear Rainforest conservation agreement which protects over two million hectares of coastal British Columbia, while providing for new economic models to support coastal First Nations communities.


Merran is on the board of the Coast Opportunity Foundation, and serves on B.C. Hydro’s Electricity Conservation and Efficiency advisory committee. She won the Wilburforce Foundation award for Outstanding Conservation Leadership in 2006 and the Seasons Fund Transformative Leadership Award in 2009.

Monday, September 26 2011 // 10:45am

Minister Steve Thomson (Invited)

// Minister Steve Thomson (Invited)

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Steve Thomson was appointed Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations on March 14, 2011. He was elected to represent the riding of Kelowna-Mission in 2009.


Steve previously served as Minister of Natural Resource Operations and Minister of Energy, and Minister of Agriculture and Lands.


Steve is the former executive director of the BC Agriculture Council and has developed his career and experience working on behalf of British Columbia farmers and ranchers. He has served as General Manager of the BC Fruit Growers Association and the BC Milk Producers Association.


He has also served as a director of the Kelowna Museum, the Okanagan Innovation Fund and the BC BioEnergy Network.

Mark Tonner

// Mark Tonner

Managing Director, Canada, GE Energy Financial Services

Mark is Managing Director at GE Energy Financial Services in Canada, based in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The business unit has more invested in Canada than any other country besides the United States.  Under Mark’s leadership, GE Energy Financial Services has played an active role in financing numerous Canadian energy projects, with renewable energy as its largest area of focus.  In British Columbia, GE Energy Financial Services has invested in the largest wind and run-of-river hydro projects in the province.


Mark has been leading GE Energy Financial Services’ business in Canada since 2004.  He joined GE in 1996 and, since then, has led a wide variety of debt, leasing and structured equity investments in Canada.  Mark holds a Commerce degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan.   Mark is active with numerous sports and charitable organizations throughout Western Canada.  (...read more)

Mayor Dianne Watts

// Mayor Dianne Watts

Mayor, City of Surrey

Dianne Watts was first elected as Mayor of Surrey in 2005 after serving nine years on City Council.  She was re-elected for her second term in 2008.


Her brand of civic leadership includes forming partnerships with other levels of government and the private sector in order to build healthy, vibrant communities.  She believes it’s important for governments to demonstrate leadership be advancing new technologies, reducing energy consumption and promoting sustainability.


She has implemented several key strategies including Surrey’s Economic Investment Action Plan, the Build Surrey Program, and the Sustainability Charter.

Jim West

// Jim West

Assistant General Manager, Customer & Energy Services, at Snohomish County PUD

Jim West is Assistant General Manager, Customer & Energy Services, at Snohomish County PUD, the second largest publicly owned utility in the state of Washington and the 12th largest in the US.  Previously he spent 29 years at the Tennessee Valley Authority, serving in a variety of roles across all aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy.  Jim also held management positions in research & development, where he led TVA’s technology planning process and created the company’s product development organization.  Prior to joining Snohomish PUD, Jim was Director of Product Management at CURRENT Group, LLC, a smart grid solutions provider based in Washington, DC.


Jim holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Tennessee.