Portrait Name Wesley Lines Location Yellowknives Dene First Nation, NWT Description Wesley Lines is a member of Yellowknives Dene First Nation and grew up in Ndilǫ, Northwest Territories. He is an Electrical Engineer working at BC Hydro. Wesley holds a master’s degree in Clean Energy Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a […]


Portrait Name Una Gott Location Sandy Lake First Nation, ON Description Una is a single mother of two very special boys. She’s worked very hard to get where she is in life because of them. She has graduated from Confederation College in 2015 studying Police Foundations. She is a firm believer of leaving the world […]


Portrait Name Taylor Behn-Tsakoza Location Fort Nelson First Nation, BC Description Taylor Behn-Tsakoza is a proud Dene woman from the Fort Nelson First Nation, BC Treaty 8 Territory. Born and raised in her community, Taylor returned home the day after her last exam of her Health and Physical Education degree to work towards her vision […]


Portrait Name Steven Crowchild Location Tsuut’ina Nation, AB Description Steven Crowchild (Ninagha Naʔitsidi) is a Tsuut’ina Isgiya, father, and elected member of the Tsuut’ina Nation Chief and Council. Steven holds the Governance and Administration Portfolio and sits on the Education Board. Before being elected to council in November 2019, Steven worked in the areas of […]


Portrait Name Sean Brennan Location Haida Gwaii, BC Description Sean is the Energy Coordinator in Old Masset on Haida Gwaii. From the Ts’aahl Laanaas Eagle Clan, Sean has been working towards Haida sovereignty his whole career. Coming from a forestry background, Sean has contributed to writing the Haida Gwaii Land Use Plan, helped develop Cultural […]


Portrait Name Penny Polchies Location St. Mary’s First Nation, BC Description Millicent (Penny) Polchies is the Economic Development Manager with the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI). In this role, Penny leads a team providing all aspects of Indigenous economic development and sustainability; they also build support within the realm of Indigenous entrepreneurship. A big believer in […]


Portrait Name Leighton Gall Location Victoria, BC Description Leighton Gall is a Métis entrepreneur and Masters of Global Management student at Royal Roads University. He is also pursuing dual master’s credits in the Science and Policy of Climate Change program. His past experiences include working in Canada’s oil & gas sector, and in Nicaragua and […]


Portrait Name Jacob Jadis Location Abegweit First Nation, PEI Description Jacob is a proud father and member of the Mi’kmaq First Nation. He grew up in and currently resides in the community of Scotchfort, Abegweit First Nation on Prince Edward Island. Jacob graduated with a Diploma in Information Systems Management from Nova Scotia Institute of […]


Portrait Name Holly Johnson Location Haida Gwaii, BC Description Holly is employed by Skidegate Band Council on Haida Gwaii as a Climate Action Coordinator. Holly focuses on planning and coordinating energy and climate activities and deliverables associated with capacity-building, clean energy, demand-side management, and community engagement. She is very enthusiastic about learning about new renewable […]


Portrait Name Elijah Mecham Location Nuxalk Nation, BC Description Elijah is a Nuxalk member, born and raised in the Bella Coola Valley in British Columbia. Elijah has experience working in wind power and industry, before moving back home to work for his nation. Currently, he is the Clean Energy Community Engagement Coordinator, and the Climate […]


Portrait Name Daphne Kay Location Cowessess First Nation, SK Description Daphne is a proud Anishinaabe woman from the Cowessess First Nation, Treaty 4 Territory. Daphne studied Political Science at the University of Regina and Land Management at the University of Saskatchewan. Daphne worked in the Lands and Resources Department of Cowessess First Nation for two […]


Portrait Name Crystal Campbell Location Six Nations of the Grand River, ON Description Crystal lives in Brantford, Ontario, just on the outskirts of Six Nations of the Grand River with her two young girls and used to own her own business for 10 years as a residential cleaner. She has worked in various restaurants in […]


Portrait Name Chad Bonnetrouge Location Dene First Nation, NWT Description Chad is a member of the Dene First Nation. He was born in Yellowknife and raised in Fort Providence, Northwest Territories. He has done some volunteer work in his community while growing up until he moved to Alberta to finish his last two years of […]


Portrait Name Austin Zacharko Location Métis Nation of Alberta Description Austin is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta and holds his heritage in high regard. He grew up in Alberta and is a registered E.I.T with APEGA. He has completed a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta as well as an […]


Portrait Name Andy Pirti Location Montreal Description Andy Pirti currently resides in the Montreal area but was born and raised in a small town called Akulivik, situated in northern Quebec, on the coast of Hudson’s Bay.   In 1995, he went to Cegep Marie-Victorin, where he took the social science program. For 10 years he had done […]


Portrait Name Tyler Jobb Location Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, SK Description Tyler Jobb is an ambitious First Nations entrepreneur and is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. He is the founder of Jobb Developments, a rapidly growing contracting company based in Northern Saskatchewan. Tyler plans to bring clean energy projects to his communities […]


Portrait Name Tim Tutcho Location Deline Got’ine Government, NT Description Tim Tutcho is the Communications Officer for the Deline Got’ine Government, a combined Indigenous/public government that is Treaty-based with self-governing authorities. But unlike other self-governments, it represents and serves not only Deline First Nation Citizens, but all residents of Deline.  In 2010, Tim interned for the […]


Portrait Name Sioban Slade Location NunatuKavut, NL Description Siobhan Slade is NunkatuKvummiuk from St. Lewis (Fox Harbour), NunatuKavut territory in Labrador. She is a single mother to a beautiful little boy and by trade she is a heavy-duty equipment technician. She is presently working with NunatuKavut community council in collaboration with Nunacor as the NATURE […]


Portrait Name Sharon Waughtal Location Ahatahkakoop Cree Nation, SK Description Sharon Waughtal (Masuskapoe) is originally from Ahatahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan – Treaty 6 Territory. She is currently working with Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. as their Climate Change Coordinator serving six First Nation communities in Northeastern Alberta. She has worked previously with the Federal Government […]


Portrait Name Sal Poirier Location Madawaska First Nation, NB Description Sal Poirier is from the Wolastoqiyik tribe in the Wabanaki region. His community is the Madawaska First Nation. He is the environmental officer for the community. He is the first in his community to hold this position since it was created in 2017. He graduated from the University of New […]


Portrait Name Richard Nerysoo Location Fort McPherson, NWT Description Richard was born in a camp on the Peel River north of Fort McPherson, NWT. Richard is a consultant and advisor with negotiation, political and policy experience. Richard served as Premier of NWT from 1984 to 1985 and as a member of Cabinet for 10 years. […]


Portrait Name Peter Aqqaq Location Taloyoak, NU Description Peter was born and raised in the little arctic community of Taloyoak, Nunavut.  Every day, Peter is inspired by his two wonderful children who fill his heart with joy and pride. He was a Conservation Officer for the Government of Nunavut for a couple years, then decided to […]


Portrait Name Paul Andersen Location Makkovik, NL Description Paul Andersen, is Inuk from the Nunatsiavut region of Northern Labrador. He is also from and lives in Makkovik, Labrador. He is currently the local Recreation & Youth Coordinator for Makkovik. He first really became interested in clean energy when he worked as a labourer on a […]


Portrait Name Melissa McDonald Location Red Rock Indian Band, ON Description Melissa McDonald works with Red Rock Indian Band, which is in Northwestern Ontario. As the Energy Initiatives Officer, her energy priorities include having cleaner energy systems, reducing consumption, reducing costs and educating the community. So far, she has worked on switching streetlights and facility […]


Portrait Name Leona Humchitt Location Heiltsuk First Nation, BC Description Leona Humchitt is a proud member of the Heiltsuk First Nation of Bella Bella, B.C., a remote, isolated community located in the central coast of British Columbia. The population is 2,500, with 1,300 living on reserve. In 2014, Leona was elected to the local Heiltsuk […]


Portrait Name Leon Cardinal Location Fishing Lake Métis Settlement, SK Description Leon is a member of the Fishing Lake Métis Settlement in Treaty 6 territory. He is a father to three and grandfather to three. Leon works as a climate change coordinator full-time now for the settlement. Sustainable, reliable and affordable energy sources are important […]


Portrait Name Kirt Dedam Location Listuguj, QC Description Kirt is from the Mi’gmaq tribe located in Listuguj, QC, within the district territory of Gespe’gewa’gi, which means “last acquired land.” Over the past 25 years, he is proud to say his community has been advancing towards self-governance, economic development, and culture and language revitalization, among many […]


Portrait Name Jordyn Burnouf Location Île-à-la-Crosse, SK Description Jordyn Burnouf is a Black Lake First Nation member and grew up in the Métis community of Île-à-la-Crosse. Jordyn has committed over 12 years to empowering and building capacity for Indigenous youth. Jordyn was recently awarded Saskatchewan’s Women of Distinction Award for her work with the community […]


Portrait Name Jimmy Arqviq Location Hamlet of Gjoa Haven, NU Description Jimmy is a Building Maintenance Foreman for the Hamlet of Gjoa Haven. He has worked for the Hamlet for over 18 years. Jimmy is interested in green energy because the cost of power in Nunavut is so expensive and he would like to explore […]


Portrait Name Jason Rasevych Location Ginoogaming First Nation, ON Description Jason Rasevych is a proud Oji-Cree community member from Ginoogaming First Nation in Northern Ontario, Treaty 9.  He is an accomplished advisor, facilitator, negotiator, entrepreneur and economic development professional with over 15 years of experience working with First Nations and community owned economic development corporations. […]