Opening night of the 3E Festival
~ ENERGY ~
commences the discussion on the business
of meeting humankind's demand for energy.
Immediate game-changing solutions will be presented
that are able to free us from destructive short-term
forms of resource extraction.
Globally found successes for local application.
SUNDANCE CHIEF RUEBEN GEORGE
As well as being a Sun Dance Chief Pipe Carrier and sweat lodge leader, Sundance Chief Rueben George is an active participant in the Coast Salish Winter Spirit Dancing Ceremony. Rueben started his career early as an indigenous spiritual leader following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Chief Dan George, the Oscar nominated and universally respected First Nations spiritual leader. Rueben founded the Dukes Youth Healing Centre 19 years ago and has created a reference library of successful psychological healing programs which he has translated into First Nation’s culture and spirituality.
Rueben has worked across Canada and the United States facilitating workshops on healing and wellness. In his present position as director of community development for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Rueben oversees education, social services, employment and training, Youth and Elders programs, family support programs and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation daycare and Early Childhood Learning Centre. Rueben insures that the foundation of all these programs is the culture and spirituality of the Tsleil-Waututh. Rueben is also Manager of the Sacred Trust Initiative.
On behalf of his First Nation, Rueben George is co-coordinating the fight against the Kinder Morgan proposed tar sands oil pipeline and tanker expansion into Vancouver Harbour, in the unceded Traditional Territory of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. This pipeline is currently the only route for oil from the Alberta Tar Sands to make its way from Canada to new markets in China and the Pacific region. This fight has significant implications for Indigenous global sovereignty, climate change and the future of the global oil economy!
JEREMY MOORHOUSE Senior Analyst Clean Energy Canada
Jeremy works to advance the electricity, transportation, and carbon objectives of Clean Energy Canada within British Columbia. For eight years he has engineered improvement to the environmental performance of energy systems across Canada.
Jeremy has a masters degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University and has served as a technical analyst with the Pembina Institute.
As technical and research lead for CEC, Jeremy managed the research for 'Tracking the Energy Revolution' reports, and co-authored 'Lock In Jobs, Not Pollution', and 'The Cleanest LNG in the World?' - publications used to inform public and policy discussion on British Columbia’s proposed involvement in the LNG industry. These studies of impact include: British Columbia's land and water ecosystems and the people who live within them; the development of LNG infrastructure; carbon emissions; global climate; and this province's international reputation for climate leadership.
British Columbia Regional Director CanWEA
In his role as regional director, Ian leads the initiatives concerning public policy of the Canadian Wind Energy Association's (CanWEA)’s British Columbia based membership. In his advocacy role he ensures representation of its members to government and other stakeholders as he encourages responsible and sustainable wind energy development in the province. Ian has worked federally and provincially in government relations for the past 10 years. Most recently he was Executive Director of the Alliance of Beverage Licensees. Prior to this appointment he worked with Vision Vancouver, a municipal political party. Ian is a former Director of Policy and Governmental Affairs at Dynamotive Corp and has served as Chief of Staff for a Member of Parliament.
These roles have put him in touch with government at all levels, providing advocacy and governmental relations expertise in addition to running local Vancouver operations, advocacy and fundraising.
On the second 3E Festival evening
~ ENVIRONMENT ~
we first assess exactly what is at risk, whether this risk
is acceptable, and the return or gain, beyond the
current adult generation.
Understanding the mental gridlock that has disempowered
us to date, allows us to participate in solving what seems
to be an insurmountable problem.
Dr. EOIN FINN B.Sc., Ph.D.(Physical Chemistry),
MBA (International Business), CMC
Eoin is retired Partner in Charge KMPG, and Principal IBM Global Services, with 32 years experience in Business and IT Strategic Planning, Project Management, Software Development and Electronic Commerce. Eoin (pronounced 'Owen') brings to the discussion his keen interest in the business use of Internet technology, 30 years as a seasonal resident of Boyer Island, in Howe Sound, and an accumulated wealth of skills and experience as his credentials suggest. He has created a captivating and easy to understand graphic presentation of the realities of both the LNG tanker traffic and the LNG refining operations proposed by Woodfibre LNG Ltd. Eoin has been guest speaker to over 60 community held meetings, as he is sought after for his clear and honest delivery of scrupulously well researched facts. His information is known as science-driven and consistently current.
Climate Campaigner Wilderness Committee, Vancouver
Eoin Madden grew up in Ireland, where he witnessed the mild and rainy climate shift dramatically to extreme weather patterns. He traded in his career as a criminal lawyer, completed a post-graduate degree in
climate change and then moved to Canada. Eoin (pronounced 'Owen') learned the lay of the land both legally and geographically by working at Ecojustice and then by tracking the Kinder Morgan applications to regulatory bodies for the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
The role he has now taken is helping British Columbians stop harmful resource projects - from coal mines and port expansions to pipelines and oil tankers - and move toward real action on climate change.
In Eoin's words - "The climate impacts hitting home are becoming more difficult every year. However, as so often in life, major breakthroughs seem to come at the most uncomfortable of times. I believe that we will meet the challenge of climate change, and we'll emerge from that challenge with renewed confidence in our own power to change our communities.
Communities all along the western waters known as the Salish Sea are coming together across borders to save our shared climate.
As residents of the Pacific Northwest, we stand to play a critical role in averting the worst of global climate change. Join us in changing the course of history."
Follow Eoin Madden on Twitter: www.twitter.com/EoinWC www.wildernesscommittee.org
Lauren is a change agent, passionate about Canadian water health and security. Lauren is a systems thinker; viewing the world as the interconnected interaction of multiple systems within one Gaia entity.
For the past two years Lauren worked as an Environmental Research Scientist, Blogger and Presenter for a watershed management company in Alberta. Prior to this she spent three years as an Environmental Scientist in the field, remediating and reclaiming hydrocarbon contaminated soil and water systems. Overall the past five years have allowed Lauren to see first-hand the impact that fossil fuel production is having on our shared ecologies and watershed systems. As a researcher in watershed management, she uncovered and documented insider information on current problems surrounding water contamination, allocation and regulatory shortfalls when it comes to LNG development in British Columbia.
Before launching a career in water, Lauren worked as a Permaculture Designer and Educator. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master’s of Science in Ecological Economics and began the first stages of her PhD in socio-ecological resiliency at an ecological university in southern Mexico, where she taught local community food resilience courses.
Some of Lauren's public available work includes a blog and speaker series on Rewilding Our Rivers – A Discussion Series On Natural Flood Mitigation Options and a published journal article on Community Resilience.
The third 3E Festival evening
~ ECONOMICS ~
explores the emergence from a fossil fuel dictated
economy and modern alternatives to the harbouring
of a refining, cooling and exporting terminal for the
Liquid Fractured Gas industry in Howe Sound.
What are the community enhancing and sustaining
choices for West Vancouver - Sea-to-Sky Country -
Coast Salish Nations Traditional Territory?
Director General Western Canada and Science & Technology David Suzuki Foundation
Jay leads the Western Canada team in its efforts to achieve sustainable practices in the western provinces. He has a biology degree from Kenyon College in the U.S. and over 15 years experience working on solutions to environmental challenges.
Before becoming Director, Jay led the Foundation's aquaculture and offshore oil and gas campaigns, and shared responsibilities on marine fisheries and sustainable seafood campaigns.
Prior to this, Jay worked on pulp, paper and toxics issues in Canada and the U.S. and spent four years working in commercial fisheries.
He has also worked in the U.S.Congress on foreign policy and military issues, and spent several years working with Greenpeace in both the U.S. and Canada.
Renewable Energy Advocate
Matt Blackman is a Squamish resident, passionate about developing energy self-sufficiency in his home community. Matt's interest in curtailing fossil fuel addiction and attracting new 'green' entrepreneurs and businesses has inspired him to build upon previous initiatives such as the District of Squamish Community Energy Action Plan of 2006.
As supplement to this discussion of policy development, is a study for a Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU), to provide central heating using alternative energy sources. Matt is excited to find support in the 2010 analysis, indicating a “promising opportunity for district energy in the Waterfront Landing development, with potential for expansion to other areas in the downtown peninsula". The analogy he draws, is that the Woodfibre LNG proposal has been a lightening rod for this community to focus on renewable, efficient energy technologies and for the DOS to encourage district projects within it's jurisdiction.
Further Profile Posting in Process
The fourth 3E Festival evening of
~ INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE ~
gives particular respect to all youth, globally and
locally, who are growing into the responsible position
of stewards of the land, air and water.
How can youth direct policies going forward
to unify economics and environment,
energy and the future, into common solutions
and long-term, respectful agreements?
Speaker Sliammon First Nation, Singer Songwriter
"Hi. My name is Ta’Kaiya. I feel that as humans, as participants and beings that walk upon this earth, it is our responsibility to help the earth. We all need to take steps towards a clean and healthy future regarding animals, humans, plants, and the various ecosystems. Our earth is our home. Over the past four years, I’ve been an advocate for providing better qualities of living in Indigenous First Nations territories, and ending the oppression, racism, and corruption we face from our government and within our community.
I’ve spoke at UN meetings across the globe, including The TUNZA UN children and youth conference on the environment, in Bandung Indonesia, and the Rio+20 UN conference on the environment in Rio de Janeiro. I advocate to change not only the human condition, but also in the condition of our planet. In my culture it’s a fact, and an understanding of life, that everything is connected, and we were put on this earth to be stewards and caretakers of the environment. In my culture, it’s a teaching to do more than connect the dots, to see the picture as a whole. I feel that advocating and speaking at mere conferences isn’t enough. Actions speak louder than words."
At 14 years old, Ta’Kaiya is already a veteran of international affairs and the youngest indigenous person to give an intervention at the United Nations in New York. Ta'Kaiya has spoken at the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Peoples and was a speaker, singer and panelist at several of the UN Earth Summit Rio +20 events. She proposed the idea of an Indigenous Children’s Fund at the United Nations and has spoken out against the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, taking her concerns directly to the C.E.O
Ta'kaiya has been presented with numerous cultural honours for her support and solidarity amongst First Nations, and has received also numerous awards in recognition of her leadership, performance, and contribution to indigenous rights and the environment. In 2014 Ta'kaiya was the winner of the United Nations Association of Canada John Gibbard Memorial Award.
Ta’Kaiya pursues her activism through song, speech and art. Her song “Shallow Waters” highlights concern about oil spills off the coast of British Columbia.
She challenges all of us to pay greater attention to our planet and to learn from indigenous culture and from youth.
EMILY KELSALL Environment Youth Activist, Speaker, Stand-Up Comedian
Emily is an empassioned youth of the west coast, with a voracious appetite to take on issues that need tending. She works with a local group called Kids for Climate Action as well as Our Horizon (http://ourhorizon.org/), and from that inspiration created a warning label to be applied to gas pumps, alerting the user to the impact of CO2 emissions on climate change. Emily's delegation to North Vancouver resulted in their decision to become the first municipality in Canada to enact this law of obligatory use! More about this here: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/climate-warning-labels-coming-to-local-gas-pumps-1.2437031. Subsequently West Vancouver has agreed to take this forward to the Union of British Columbia municipalities, where if passed, will give the go ahead for all municipalities in British Columbia to take action towards this important shift in society. Find here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/teen-persuades-bc-councillors-to-mull-gas-nozzle-labels-on-climate-change/article18631246/
Additionally, Emily loves film making and has won an award for screenwriting at the Eye Lens film festival. However, she declares that most importantly she is a performer - of stand up comedy as well as slam poetry and has even opened for Shane Koyzcan! Some examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tvfoFruw-8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r9r3J-sFaw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pwjovM4nUQ
Most recently Emily earned first place provincially for her speech on how humans should be connected to nature, and how our disconnection feeds into the crisis of climate change. With the ability to win at World Individual and International School, Public Speaking and Debating championships, there is little doubt, that between content and delivery this young woman stands to be a significant catalyst for societal change. Stay tuned!
DOUG McARTHUR Professor and Director School of Public Policy SFU
Chair Sierra Club British Columbia
Doug is Professor and Distinguished Fellow in the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Prior to becoming a founding member in 2003, Doug McArthur was Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the University of British Columbia. His areas of research and teaching include public policy theory and process, government management, forest and resources policy, First Nations policy and self government, as well as negotiations and strategic planning, and development in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
His public service career has included senior roles with the British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Yukon Governments. Doug has served as Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary in BC, Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in BC, Chief Land Claims Negotiator in the Yukon, as well as two posts in Saskatchewan as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Deputy Minister of Northern Saskatchewan. He was Minister of Education in Saskatchewan from 1978 to 1982 and Chair of the Canadian Council of Ministers of Education.
An advisor to a number of First Nations organizations on treaties and self government, Doug was the director of team of policy analysts and lawyers responsible for developing a pathbreaking system of laws for Tsawwassen First Nation, published in 2009. He has continued his long-standing relationship with the TFN which included negotiation of their Treaty and the creation of their self government processes and institutions. In addition, he is an advisor to the Saskatchewan Treaty Commission and consultant on education to the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation.
He is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and completed graduate studies at University of Toronto, Oxford University and University of Chicago. He is a former Rhodes Scholar and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.
Doug is a frequent media commentator on CBC and Voice of BC regarding public policy issues. He stays active in community affairs and is chair of the Sierra Club BC.