2. AJ Esquega (he/him)
Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek – Gull Bay First Nation
Anthony ‘AJ’ Esquega is from Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek – Gull Bay First Nation (KZA-GBFN), an Ojibwe Community situated on the Western shores of Lake Nipigon and within the Robinson Superior Treaty area. AJ is an elected Councillor for his Nation as well as the Mashkawiziiwin energy projects coordinator: the official liaison between the Chief and Council, community members, industry, funders, collaborators and various levels of Government. He is the middleman working hard at bringing the voices, ideas, and resources into the centre of community energy planning. He has a passion for clean energy integration and strongly believes that technology and nature can have a balance that is sustainable and healthy if done right. He wants to bring to his home community the skills and framework for healthier and stronger homes in KZA-GBFN. AJ believes in empowering the Youth and the next level of community leaders and is currently a mentor in his community and in the 20/20 Catalyst Program. AJ is happily married to his wife, daughter and chocolate lab. AJ also enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, and exploring the surrounding lands.