Chris Henderson is Canada’s pre-eminent Clean Energy Advisor to Aboriginal communities. He advises Chiefs and Councils, Tribal Groups and Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations on how to effectively secure and leverage partnership positions in clean energy projects across Canada. Chris also guides utilities, financial firms, corporations and governments on engaging and partnering with Aboriginal communities. Chris has catalyzed clean energy projects in every Canadian province and territory. His book, Aboriginal Power, was published in 2013.
Chris’ professional pursuit with Lumos Energy represents an explicit recognition that the world is changing: bringing Indigenous communities into the mainstream of economic activity, from a vantage point of sustainable development, has the potential to generate a diverse array of economic, social and environmental benefits for all stakeholders
Chris is Program Director and Lead Mentor with the Indigenous Clean Energy: 20/20 Catalysts Program, a major Lumos initiative strengthening First Nations, Metis and Inuit clean energy Community Readiness, Community Capacity and Leadership Skills.
For the past 25 years, Chris has been a Canadian eco-entrepreneur, community leader, and environmental innovator. He has been at the forefront of ground-breaking local and national Canadian business, social, and ecological initiatives that have had local and global impact. Prior to leading Lumos Energy, Chris was Co-Founder and CEO of The Delphi Group. Currently, Chris also serves as: Board Chair of the Globe Series of Conferences; Member of the Editorial Board of the Energy Exchange Magazine; Managing Director of the EXCEL Partnership; and, Ambassador for the Arctic Inspiration Prize.
Chris lives in Ottawa with his family, where he is active with local environmental, renewable energy, and affordable housing causes.
Chris is an honorary member of several Aboriginal communities. In Inuktitut he is called “Tall Chris”, and has been given the names “Lightning” and “Point of the Spear” by Prairie Cree Nations. The most fitting of his Aboriginal names may be the one given to him by the Boreal Ojibwe which translates as “On Indian Time”.