Brodie Guy

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Brodie is the father of two young children who are happily growing up in the beautiful Comox Valley of Vancouver Island, in the unceded territories of the K’ómoks, Xwémalhkwu, Tla’amin Peoples.  He is the executive director of Coast Funds, an Indigenous-led conservation finance organization created by First Nations, foundations, and governments in 2006.  Brodie has worked in partnership with First Nations in the start-up of coastal Guardian Watchman programs as well as being involved in the strategic planning and financing that has evolved these programs into the robust stewardship authorities that First Nations operate across the west coast today.  Brodie has also facilitated equity investments with First Nations on a number of strategic business acquisitions and has contributed to the design of governance structures and the management of many First Nations development corporations during their formation.  Brodie has served in an advisory capacity to government and philanthropic organizations across the country, and he proudly serves on the board of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

Merran Smith

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Merran Smith is a fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, and the founder and executive director of Clean Energy Canada, a leading think tank advancing clean energy and climate solutions. For most of her career, she has worked to unite industry, government and civil society organizations to solve pressing social and ecological challenges. Her leadership in the landmark Great Bear Rainforest conservation agreement helped ensure the protection of thousands of kilometres of coastal ecosystem. 

Merran serves as a Canadian representative on the International Clean Energy Ambassador Corps and as co-chair of the B.C. government’s Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council. Her 2018 work as co-chair of Natural Resources Canada’s Generation Energy Council helped ideas from a diverse group of stakeholders coalesce into recommendations that will shape Canada's energy future. She has received numerous leadership distinctions, including the ‘Clean 16’ award in 2014 for leadership in clean capitalism, the 2016 Wendy McDonald ‘Community Catalyst’ award from the Vancouver Board of Trade, and the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from Clean Energy B.C.

Valerie Courtois

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Valérie is a registered professional forester who specializes in Indigenous issues, forest ecology and ecosystem-based management and planning.  She is a member of the Innu community of Mashteuiatsh, located on the shore of Peikuakami, or Lac-St-Jean. Courtois holds a degree in forestry sciences from the Université de Moncton.  Courtois has been the Director of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative since 2013. In addition to her work in conservation and planning, Courtois is an avid photographer. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Corporation du Mushuau–nipi, a non-profit that encourages cultural and professional exchanges on the George River.  She lives in Happy Valley—Goose Bay, Labrador.

Ed Whittingham

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Ed Whittingham is a passionate, results-oriented environmental professional. His background in climate change, energy policy and corporate sustainability has been developed through 20 years of working collaboratively with companies, governments, universities and non-governmental organizations in Canada and internationally. Ed is the former executive director of the Pembina Institute, a past director of the Alberta Energy Regulator, and a past member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil and Gas. Ed was named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People in 2016, and his op-eds have been published in newspapers and magazines across Canada and internationally. In 2018 he co-founded the Academy for Sustainable Innovation.