- November 18, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
During this webinar, we will take closer look at how Indigenous communities and peoples are leading the way for Canada’s clean energy transition. The session will be hosted by the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE) – Canada’s leading non-profit for Indigenous clean energy capacity-building. ICE will discuss how they have helped advance broad sustainable prosperity by supporting First Nation, Inuit and Métis clean energy participation and leadership from coast-to-coast-to-coast. ICE is an open and inclusive community where Indigenous peoples and allies strengthen their capacity and relationships by engaging in intensive collaboration to make clean energy projects a reality.
Eryn Stewart is honoured and feels very fortunate to work at the forefront of Indigenous leadership in Canada’s clean energy economy. She led the development of the 20/20 Catalysts Program, Canada’s first and highly successful, Indigenous clean energy capacity-building program. Now in its fifth year, 20/20 has supported over 100 Indigenous clean energy champions on their energy journeys. Eryn work focuses on clean energy in northern communities pioneering community energy planning and energy education initiatives.
In 2017, Eryn was one of twenty emerging leaders selected by the Arctic Council to take part in the Arctic Remote Energy Network Academy–a program to promote information sharing across the Arctic on the integration of renewable energy in remote communities. Alongside partners at Gwich’in Council International, Eryn also recently authored a book titled the “Arctic Community Energy Planning and Implementation Toolkit” for communities across the circumpolar Arctic –this book is fundamental reshaping a new narrative for how community energy planning is done across the Arctic.
Eryn was honoured with distinction as a 30 under 30 in Sustainability in 2018. She was also awarded the University of Waterloo’s Young Alumni Inspiration Award in 2020. One of Eryn’s passion is women’s leadership in clean energy. She specifically promotes inclusion and advancement of Indigenous women in the sector.
Terri Lynn Morrison
A Mi’gmaq from Listuguj, Quebec, Terri Lynn focuses on building relationships with key partners to help amplify the impact of Indigenous clean energy in Canada for the organization.
She brings 20 years of experience working for Indigenous communities, prior to joining ICE in 2019, she worked for the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government and, the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat (MMS), in Quebec.
Her experience in clean energy began in 2009, when she was hired as the Project Director of the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n (MIU) wind farm. The MU is a 50-50 partnership between three Mi’gmaq communities of Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj and their partner, Innergex. MU is the first wind farm developed jointly with First Nations in the Gaspé Peninsula. The project represents a concrete opportunity for the region, providing local financial benefits and employment creation for the Mi’gmaq communities.
She was recognized during the Quebec Wind Energy Conference as a Rising Star for her significant contribution in fostering social acceptability for the project. Ms. Morrison shared her rallying vision with the Mi’gmaq communities and managed the process leading to the hiring of 116 Mi’gmaq workers during construction, the project also received the Excellence in Human Resources Award for this unprecedented success at the same event, and recently won the Wind Energy Project award at CanWEA in 2019.
Darrell Brown is a Cree business owner based in Winnipeg. Darrell is the President of Kisik Clean Energy and Kisik Commercial Furniture. He is a 2004 founding member and past chair of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce based in Manitoba. He holds an Advanced Diploma in International Business from Red River College in Manitoba and a Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance and Management Excellence from the Banff Centre. Darrell holds the designation of ICD.D from The Rotman, Directors Education Program through The Institute for Corporate Directors. Darrell also holds a certificate in the 20/20 Catalysts Program focusing on the Indigenous Clean Energy Sector. Darrell is the newly elected chair of the Indigenous Clean Energy, a social enterprise to advance renewable energy for Indigenous people across Canada.