National Aboriginal Economic Development Symposium

Posted 2013-05-29
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On May 29th and 30th, Arctic Energy Alliance’s (AEA) Linda Todd and Marie-Soleil Lacoursiere represented the AEA at the 2013 National Aboriginal Economic Development Symposium – Renewable Energy Forum in Victoria, BC. The topic of this year’s event was “Partnerships Connecting Power”. 

The AEA was invited to present on some of the innovative partnerships that have taken place between the AEA and different stakeholders of the NWT on renewable energy projects. In this presentation, AEA outlined the support that was provided to businesses of Norman Wells through their conversion process from natural gas. The AEA also presented some of the multiple partnerships created to successfully organize and deliver community capacity building projects such as AEA’s wood stove exchange programs and WETT training, AEA’s solar PV design and install training to take place in July in Inuvik, and most recently AEA’s electric water-heater replacement project. 

As part of the panel in which AEA’s presentation took place, Fort Providence and Fort McPherson were also represented; Pat Mazarolle (Fort Providence) and Johnny Kay and Elizabeth Wright (Fort McPherson) talked about their respective community-based biomass district heat projects.  They shared the challenges, lessons-learned and the partnerships (including AEA) they realized throughout the process of installing their district heating systems.

The AEA is thankful to the University of Victoria for its kind invitation to contribute and hopefully inspire at this event. The AEA also extends its sincere gratitude to Pat Mazarolle, Elizabeth Wright, and Johnny Kay to share some of the lessons they have learned along their path towards self-reliance and sustainability through biomass.