7th Annual indigenous clean energy forum

June 26 & 27, 2023

TCU Place | 35 22 Street East Saskatoon, SK

Treaty 6 Territory

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Creating an Indigenous-led procurement standard in the Canadian economy.

Two-Day Forum Highlights:

  • Indigenous-led Equity Participation
  • Fireside Chats between Indigenous Leadership
  • Financing SMRs
  • Decarbonizing Fossil Fuel & Mining Sectors
  • Indigenous Leadership in Reconciliation
  • Reconciliation in Action
  • Reconciliation, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Clean Energy Education
  • Indigenous Clean Energy Finance
  • Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS)
  • Pathways to Net-Zero
  • Open Forum …and more!

Join our Chairman Chief Felix Thomas for our Chairmans Gala & Awards

June 26, 2023 from 6:30PM to 10:00PM

Featuring Clean Energy Awards ceremony, live music, excellent food, silent auction and surprise guests.

Join us in person or virtually!
For more information email: events@fnpa.ca

Meet Our Speakers

Cliffton Cross

Cliffton Cross is a Frog Lake First Nations #121 and #122 Council Member, and has been elected with FLFN for a third term. Cliffton is proud to say that he was born and raised, attended K-12, graduated, married, and raised a family in his home First Nation. Councillor Cross has over 20 years’ experience working with the youth of his community, and he was previously employed with the community for 10 years, as FLFNs Youth and Recreation Director.

Katie Smith-Parent

Katie leads Business Development for Industry Diversification for Spartan Controls, an industrial technology company with process automation, valve, measurement and control solutions in Western Canada.  In addition, Katie is the Executive Director of Young Women in Energy (YWE), a non-profit Alberta organization of more than 4,500 members that provides voice, presence, development, and leadership of women working in the energy industry. 

Chief Billy Morin

Chief Billy Morin served three consecutive (2013-22) terms leading one of Alberta’s most progressive indigenous Nations. Chief Morin honors the original spirit and intent of Treaty Six by working with all levels of government and private sector to champion Reconcili-Action by creating unprecedented business partnerships for his and other First Nations. 

Lori Janson

Lori Janson is the Director, Project Communications & External Affairs for the JGC I Fluor BC LNG Joint Venture (JFJV) on the LNG Canada Project. She started on March 16, 2020, just as the global pandemic was impacting Canada and the LNG Canada Project.

Lori is a senior communications and marketing professional with more than 25 years’ experience in marketing, external affairs, government relations, Indigenous relations, and corporate communications in both the private and government sectors.

Dr. Doyle Anderson

Dr. Doyle Anderson is the founder, President and CEO of FIELDS, Facilitators of Innovative Education, Leadership Development, and Sustainability. Dr. Anderson is a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation and has over 25 years of experience building Indigenous education and economic leadership capacity. Dr. Anderson has spearheaded numerous technology-focused community and industry-driven Indigenous economic and skilled workforce development projects in Canada and the U.S., building a talent pipeline to revitalize Indigenous economies and fuel industry growth in Indigenous traditional territories.

Carol Anne Hilton

Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO and founder of the Indigenomics Institute and the Global Center of Indigenomics. Carol Anne is a dynamic Indigenous national and international business leader, author, speaker, director and senior adviser with an international Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is of Nuu chah nulth descent from the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island.

Carol Anne is an award winning, best selling author of ‘Indigenomics- Taking A Seat at the Economic Table’ and is currently authoring a second book.

Guy Lonechild

Mr. Lonechild (White Bear First Nations- Treaty #4) is a well-known advocate in creating new economic opportunities and serves as President and CEO of First Nations Power Authority connecting both Indigenous and Industry leaders in renewable and alternative energy development.  As a first of its kind organization, Mr. Lonechild heads the organization as our strategic leader and serves the FNPA Board and provides leadership direction to the FNPA Team.

Jennifer Tidmarsh

With a strong background in the energy sector, Jennifer has worked with various organizations, associations, regulated and unregulated businesses, Indigenous communities, governments, and ministerial departments. Prior to becoming the Vice President of Indigenous Relations and Partnerships at Ontario Power Generation, Jennifer was the President of Transmission in Canada for NextEra Energy, the largest renewables developer in North America. 

Ranjith (Ran) Narayanasamy

Ranjith (Ran) Narayanasamy is an accomplished leader with an extensive track record in various high-impact sectors, including engineering, project management, hydroelectric development, cyber security, and Indigenous business development. As the President & CEO of PTRC, Ran oversees the strategic development and implementation of Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage (CCUS) and geothermal initiatives.

Chief Judy Desjarlais

Judy Desjarlais is the elected Chief of the Blueberry River First Nations, a Treaty 8 Nation located in Northeast British Columbia, 80 Kms west of Fort St. John. Chief Judy Desjarlais is of Dunne’Za (Beaver) and Nehiyaw (Cree) descent. Raised by her grandparents on the Blueberry River First Nations reserve, which was a valuable time of her life learning the cultural traditional values instilled in her by her grandparents.


Joshua Thomas is an engineer-in-training, graduated from the U of S with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering.  He was contracted by FNPA for project management and coordination services in April 2020.  Joshua set up and ran PheedLoop for the FNPA National SMR Forum with Indigenous Communities.  Joshua has been conducting community energy plans for FNPA members.

Nathan Kaye

Nathan Kaye is a member of Zagime Anishnabek Nation in Treaty 4 Territory and is a strong advocate for sustainable living and reconnecting with traditional Indigenous ideologies. He has worked in communities from Alberta to Ontario, including his Nation in a number of capacities to bring sustainable initiatives and projects to those communities while inspiring Indigenous youth to play a role in being stewards of the land.

Ken Hartwick

Ken Hartwick is OPG’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ken joined OPG in March 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President – Finance. He was appointed President and CEO in April 2019. Under Ken’s tenure, OPG has released its first-ever Climate Change Plan, advanced its electrification efforts through the Ivy charging partnership and PowerON subsidiary, launched a Reconciliation Action Plan, and is currently leading the development of Canada’s first Small Modular Reactor. 

Questions or Concerns? Ask One of our Organizers

Alexandria Shrake
Alexandria Shrake






Martin Ritchotte
Martin Ritchotte

Administrative Coordinator


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