Clean Energy in The Age of Green Economy – Investment, Projects and Economic Impact, A British Columbia Perspective
On April 22nd, 2016, top level representatives of 175 countries, including Canada, gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC and signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This signing represented a culmination of continuing, and growing interest in the environment and associated sustainable development globally. It provides a roadmap for climate actions that will reduce emissions and build climate resilience.
Suitable policy decisions, technology developments, innovative solutions plus timely and meaningful projects will be key aspects of the overall implementation to meeting the goals and objectives of the Paris Agreement. To achieve sustainable development goals, Renewable Energy solutions and projects are receiving increasing attention and investment toward a better environment. These investments and projects can bring benefits to the economy including job creation, enhanced living standard plus economic expansion and growth. Relevant activities are occurring locally, nationally, regionally and globally.
The question for many in the local community of interest is - what has been and is happening in British Columbia in this area? On Wednesday, May 25th, come join us at the GreenTech Exchange Forum and hear some insightful elements of the answer. We may be surprised at some of the findings.
Speakers: Paul Kariya, Chief Patrick Michell and Jessica Courtney
When: May 25th, 2016, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 7000. 515 W Hastings, Vancouver
Paul Kariya, Executive Director Clean Energy BC
Paul Kariya is Executive Director of Clean Energy BC. Prior to this he was Executive Director of Pacific Salmon Foundation. Kariya has also worked in the public sector both federally and provincially. He was CEO of the provincial crown corporation, Fisheries Renewal BC and Executive Director of the BC Treaty Commission, which was established by Canada, BC and First Nations. Paul holds a BA (Hon) from UBC and a MA and PhD from Clark University in Massachusetts. Paul serves on the board of trustees of A Rocha International (Christians in Conservation) and is affiliated with several other not-for-profit organizations. Between 2005 – 2010 Paul was a Commissioner representing Canada on the Pacific Salmon Commission.
Chief Patrick Michell, Nlaka'pamux Nation
Patrick Michell is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation and has lived in the Fraser Canyon all his life. Patrick has an Administrative Management diploma from Douglas College and a Bachelor of Laws (UBC). After working in Vancouver with DFO and INAC, Patrick articled with the Ministry of Attorney General in Victoria before being called to the Bar in 1997. Patrick then practiced in the Fraser Canyon until he became a full-time worker for the Kwoiek Hydro Project performing the role of Community Liaison (2005) which transitioned into the Economic Development Officer after the project completed in January 2014. Patrick has been part of all four phases for the hydro project in 1978 and is now overseeing the installation of two small scale solar projects (6 Kw ground & 2 Kw pillar) at Kanaka Bar and small wind (VAWT technology) is been explored for installation to begin in 2017. With the retirement of Chief James Frank in Spring of 2015, Patrick became the Chief of Kanaka Bar in the communities first election in over 30 years.
Jessica Courtney, MA
Jessica is a Manager in the Economics and Research Practice of MNP LLP, a Canadian consulting and business advisory firm, with several years of consulting experience in energy and utilities, film and television, health care and tourism. At MNP, Jessica has been the lead consultant on a number of projects involving data analysis, cost-benefit analysis, economic modelling, performance measurement and applied research. She has experience analyzing large and diverse sets of data and information, and providing concise and meaningful conclusions to clients, regulators and stakeholders. Prior to joining MNP, Jessica worked as an analyst at BC Hydro where she prepared and communicated analytical reports on quality assurance and performance improvement issues and contributed to the development of economic attributes of energy resource options.
Jessica holds a Masters degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Windsor.