Energy Breakfast Meeting: Special Program

Clean Energy and the Future of Canada's First Peoples

Monday, February 29th, 2016
7:15 – 8:45 am
Breakfast meeting presentation previously scheduled for March 2nd has been postponed to April 6th

Vancouver Community College, Room 112
250 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $30 (Students $10) – Coffee/tea, Muffins
Online payment through PayPal, Five Pack ticket or pay cash/cheque at door

Presenter: Chris Henderson, Lumos Energy & Chairman of Strategic Partnerships for Globe 2016

Chris Henderson is head of Lumos Energy.  He is also Chairman of Strategic Partnerships for Globe 2016, which takes place in Vancouver, March 2-4, 2016.   
For the past two and a half decades, Chris’ professional focus has been at the intersection of clean energy, sustainable development, environmental action, economic development and Indigenous communities.  He is one of the most respected commentators on aboriginal clean energy opportunities in Canada, and acts as a Clean Energy Advisor to over a dozen Indigenous communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast. 
Chris is the author of “ABORIGINAL POWER – Clean Energy and the Future of Canada’s First Peoples”.   Copies will be available at the Energy Breakfast.  

Topic: ABORIGINAL POWER:  Clean Energy and the Future of Canada’s First Peoples

Through his long-standing relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, Chris has worked to make hydro, wind, and biomass projects a reality – contributing to sustainable community prosperity through co-ownership of renewable energy projects.  
Chris will describe his ideas and experiences with specific case examples – technology challenges and how clean energy can transform Indigenous communities. He will also present a business case for sustainable prosperity for all Canadians. 
His case studies illustrate the importance of community engagement and capacity building: how clean-energy projects lead to skills development, training, jobs and, ultimately, confidence within aboriginal communities. The strategies he proposes for building capacity are an important contribution to sustainable development. 
He will describe the efforts of northern and remote communities to break their dependency on diesel fuel, the obstacles they encounter, and the need for governments, utilities, corporations and capital markets to recognize the potential of Aboriginal Power.

The subject of this Energy Breakfast is fully in line with PEIA’s efforts to launch an “Off-grid Sustainable Energy Initiative”.  OSEI is aimed at displacing fossil fuels in remote First Nations communities with sustainable energy, by recognizing and overcoming the obstacles that have frequently stalled progress in the past at the “study” stage.  A business plan is nearing completion. 
RSVP:  REGISTER online for the PEIA Energy Breakfast at 
Note:   Past speaker’s presentations, when available, are posted on our website in the Energy Breakfast tabs.
Five Pack of Tickets for $100
For purchases of a Five Pack, the following conditions will apply:
  • Confirmation of attendance online will be required for catering.
  • Once reserved – "Use it or lose it". Cancellations are accepted up to 2 days prior to meeting.
  • Substitutions are acceptable and guests can also be included in the five-pack.
  • Unused breakfasts can be carried over to the next year.
To purchase a ‘virtual’ ticket or Five Pack, visit the PEIA website through the event registration page, or go to:
The Pacific Energy Innovation Association (PEIA) is an independent, non-profit association of energy professionals incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia.  Its mission is:  

To initiate and promote discussion and action for energy innovation, efficiency and sustainability.

PEIA offers objective, thought-provoking dialogue on energy supply, demand and the associated technologies and policies required by sustainable economies.  It furthers its mission through: 
  • Events – such as the Charting Our Energy Future series of forums, issue-specific discussion workshops and networking receptions.
  • Energy Breakfasts – informal, early-morning discussion meetings, featuring a presentation by an authoritative speaker on a current subject, with plenty of opportunity for questions, comments and interaction among all those attending. 
  • Projects – to promote action by: defining and evaluating issues and options; formulating strategies & plans for action; communicating with stakeholders & decision makers about progress.
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