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The FNPA Renewable Power Development & Industry Engagement 101 Session was a success!

Press Release

February 09, 2018

FNPA was pleased to present the Renewable Power Development & Industry Engagement 101 Session. Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Grey Eagle Resort in Tsuut’ina Nation, Alberta – Treaty 7 Territory.

The successful, one-day Session consisted of a breakout session to discuss key success factors for Community and Industry engagement, and a series of presentations on the Alberta Power System, Industry and Community engagement, the Alberta Government funding stream, community energy planning and project scoping and pre-feasibility assessment. The Session’s goals were to provide the fundamental knowledge Indigenous Communities need to identify their opportunities for utility and community scale renewable energy projects, and to provide an insight into developing working relationships between Industry and Indigenous Communities. (See Agenda Here)

The Session was well received, with approximately 150 attendees representing Indigenous Communities and Industry from across Canada.

Presentations were provided by:

Karen Lamothe: Director, Economic Development – Aboriginal Initiatives, Government of Alberta

Juan  Pfeiffer: Green Energy Advisor – Aboriginal Initiatives, Government of Alberta

Mike Deising: Director of Corporate Communications, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

Crystal Fafard: Associate – Maurice Law/Vice-Chair & Secretary, FNPA Board of Directors

Guy Lonechild: Chief Executive Officer – FNPA

Lee Ahenakew: Chair, Governance and Nominations – FNPA Board of Directors

Jenna Gall: Community Energy Project Coordinator – FNPA

Vickie Wetchie: Chief Executive Officer – Green Arrow. Akamihk

Jai Roberts: Renewable Energy Project Manager – FNPA

Darren Huculak: Alberta Business Manager – FNPA


FNPA would like to thank all those who attended for contributing to the success of the event. Thank you to our Emcee Vickie Wetchie, our Session Photographer Emil Starlight, staff of the Grey Eagle Resort, Chief Lee Crowchild, Elder Harley Crowchild, Chief Leonard Standing On The Road and everyone who graciously provided words of inspiration to our attendees and staff. FNPA also thanks its event sponsors, Natural Forces, BluEarth Renewables Inc, Almita Piling, Indian Resources Council and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

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