Lennox Island First Nation, PEI
Drew Bernard is the Energy Lead and proud member of Lennox Island First Nation in Prince Edward Island. Graduating from Holland College in 2021 in the Energy Systems Engineering Technology program, Drew realized a need for work to be done in his community to combat climate change. Fast forward to 2023, Drew has completed an extensive energy opportunities assessment, had energy efficiency audits completed on all on-reserve houses and buildings, installed 65 heat pumps to begin heating electrification, and has partnered with PEI’s sole power provider to complete a utility scale solar array by 2025 that will offset Lennox Island’s emissions by 10:1. Drew has future aspirations to build an on-reserve microgrid and band-owned utility that will bring true sovereignty to his small but mighty First Nation in Canada’s smallest province.