Keynote Speaker

May 29, 2018 8:30 AM Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Mayor Lisa Helps

Mayor Lisa Helps
Biography

Mayor Helps believes that it is her job as Mayor of Victoria to employ business sensibilities and community values to lead an organization that serves all of its citizens.  With a transparent and common sense approach to decision-making, Mayor Helps has championed both citizen-led and local-business-led initiatives in a variety of areas. She's leading a transformation at City Hall in order to foster a more innovative, proactive and responsive culture to meet and exceed the needs of residents and the business community. 

Plenary Speakers

May 29, 2018 8:30 AM Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Dr. Napoleon Gitanyow

Dr. Napoleon Gitanyow
Biography

Indigenous People’s Counsel 

Law Foundation Chair of Aboriginal Justice and Governance; Director, Indigenous Law Research Unit; and Provost’s Engaged Community Scholar

Her current research focuses on Indigenous legal traditions, legal theories, feminisms, citizenship, self-determination, and governance. Several of her major initiatives include establishing and directing the Indigenous Law Research Unit, and developing and directing the JID (dual JD and indigenous law degree) program scheduled to begin in September 2018. She works with numerous Indigenous community partners across Canada on a range of Indigenous law research projects (e.g., Indigenous water law, harms and injuries, gender in Indigenous law, and lands and resources) and also with several national and international Indigenous law research initiatives. Some of the courses she teaches include: Indigenous feminist legal studies, property, Indigenous legal theories, and Indigenous legal methodologies. She is from Saulteau First Nation (BC Treaty 8) and is an adopted member of the House of Luuxhon, Ganada, from Gitanyow (northern Gitksan).

Deb Curran

Deb Curran
Biography

Acting Executive Director, Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria

Both in research and practice Deborah is engaged in the subjects of water and regional or watershed sustainability. Deborah is privileged to be associated with both the Faculty of Law and School of Environmental Studies (Faculty of Social Sciences) at the University of Victoria. She teaches in the areas of land and water regulation and law, including water law, municipal law, and the Environmental Law Clinic – Intensive course. She also facilitated a unique field course in environmental law in the Central Coast at the Hakai Institute on Calvert Island from 2011-2015, and is committed to field course-based learning. As the Acting Executive Director with the Environmental Law Centre at UVic, she supervises students working on environmental law projects for community organization and First Nation clients (see www.elc.law.uvic.ca). All of her courses explore how colonial law interacts with or has an impact on Indigenous laws and communities.

Rosie Simms

Rosie Simms
Biography

Rosie is a researcher and project manager at the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, where her work focuses on legal, policy, and governance options to advance freshwater sustainability. Rosie was a co-author on the 2017 report Collaborative Consent and Water in B.C.: Towards Watershed Co-GovernanceIn 2014, she completed her MA at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. As part of the UBC Program on Water Governance, her thesis research explored water governance in B.C. and intersections with Indigenous rights and governance. Rosie’s previous work experience and undergraduate studies at McGill University have taken her from Panama to Baffin Island, where she has led youth outdoor leadership programs, conducted research on Canadian mining in Latin America, and organized a variety of forums related to freshwater issues.

Moderator - Oliver Brandes

Moderator - Oliver Brandes
Biography

Oliver M. Brandes is an economist and lawyer by training and a trans-disciplinarian by design. He serves as Co-Director of the University of Victoria’s POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, and leads the POLIS Water Sustainability Project. His work focuses on water sustainability, sound resource management, public policy development, and ecologically based legal and institutional reform. Oliver serves as the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships and Public Policy at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law and School of Public Administration, and is a fellow of the Environmental Law Centre. Oliver is a founding member of the national Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), which he currently co-chairs, and is an advisor to numerous national, provincial, and local water organizations, governments, and funders.

Keynote Speakers

May 30, 2018 8:30AM Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Richard Moy

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Biography
Rich Moy was appointed as a Commissioner to the U.S. Section of the International Joint Commission (IJC) by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate, effective July 11, 2011 and presently, is in his 7th year on the Commission. Prior to joining the IJC, Mr. Moy worked as a land and water consultant.  

He was also a Senior Fellow at the Center of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at the University of Montana. For 27 years, Mr. Moy focused on collaborative, strategic and science-based approaches to water policy, management and planning, Native American water rights, and trans-boundary and regional water and

land issues for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. He served as a member and chair of the 23-member Flathead Basin Commission, which has a statutory duty to protect water quality and the environment of Flathead Lake.  Previous work included directing Montana's involvement in the

High Plains Research Experiment for four years and working as a park ranger and ecologist in Glacier National Park.

Dr. Judith Sayers

Dr. Judith Sayers
Biography

Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation and mother of two. She is president if the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and as been a Strategic Adviser to First Nations and corporations and is an adjunct professor with the Peter Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. Judith was the elected Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation that is located in Port Alberni, BC for 14 years and the Chief Negotiator for 15 years. In her role as Chief, she focused on capacity building, sustainable development and restoring and rehabilitating Hupacasath territory.

As Chief of her Nation,Judith was instrumental in the development of the China Creek Run of the River Project which operates in Hupacasath territory. Judith was the President and Chair of Upnit Power Ltd which operates the China Creek project for 6 years. Hupacasath is the majority owner in the China Creek project. China Creek project has received environmental awards from the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation, and in June of 2008, Judith received a silver award from the Canadian Environmental Awards in the Climate Change category for her role in developing the project.

Currently Judith remains involved in Energy issues through advising First Nations and corporations on clean energy projects. Judith speaks at many conferences, think tanks and strategic sessions concerning issues affecting energy including developing, transmitting and selling power, climate change, capacity needs, negotiating agreements, regulatory requirements and export of power. Judith has a passion and commitment to ensuring that energy is produced in a sustainable way with minimal impact on the environment and strongly believes that alternative energies can be developed within First Nations values.

Banquet Speakers

May 30, 2018 6:30 PM Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Adam Kreek, Olympic Gold Medalist

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Biography
Adam Kreek is a Management Consultant, Entrepreneur and Executive Coach. He teaches strategies and skills of leadership, high performance and perseverance to corporate and government teams and associations globally through keynotes, workshops and online seminars. Long-term clients on retainer include leadership teams from the Aerospace, Healthcare, Nutrition and Clean Energy Sectors. 

Most importantly, Adam walks the talk. A two-time Olympian, Adam holds 60 international medals, including Olympic Gold, and multiple hall of fame inductions. While at Stanford University, completing his degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrology, Adam helped to coach the Stanford Men’s Crew from their 17th place ranking to Silver Medalists at the IRA National Championships. In 2013, Adam made the first ever attempt to row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to America, the subject of the NBC Dateline Documentary, Capsized.

In addition to his training and speaking, Adam is a freelance columnist who writes on topics of leadership, personal development and health for peak performance. He also works with various not-for-profit organizations dedicated to bettering community health.

Adam chairs the board of Cowichan Energy Alternatives, a low carbon start-up on Vancouver Island that specializes in biodiesel made from recycled vegetable oils, and community carbon credits. He serves on the boards of the BC Biofuels Network and the Island Biodiesel Coop.

 Adam now operates his consulting practice in Victoria, BC where he lives with his wife and three children. He gets near, under, over and in the water as often he can.

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