Powering Generations:
Legacy to the Future

June 4th-6th


May 21, 2019 Jennifer Palfery0

Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future coming to town June 4-6

The Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) is hosting its spring conference Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future in Trail, from June 4-6.

CEBC is BC’s clean energy industry association that represents 135 members. This immersive event showcases the technologies, solutions and job opportunities from the Province of BC’s CleanBC plan released in November 2018.

The association has support from the government and a keynote speech from the Leader of the Green Party, Dr. Andrew Weaver MLA.

Indigenous leader, former chief of ʔAq̓am, St. Mary’s Indian Band and former chief commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission, Sophie Pierre, will be delivering a keynote speech on June 5.

The conference focuses on the opportunities with CleanBC as well as the Kootenays’ legacy of engineering excellence and how the plethora of clean energy projects impact clean tech innovation in the region.

Mary Austin of Austin Engineering will be co-chairing Powering Generations with Clean Energy BC’s Chair, Isabelle Deguise of BluEarth Renewables Inc.

“Our region has a proud history of sustainable energy, which started in 1897 with West Kootenay Power and Light when it was given approval to generate power at Bonnington Falls for the Rossland mines. This reliable energy has powered industry for generations and paved the way for innovative, sustainable infrastructure for our future,” said Austin.

“Clean Energy BC is excited to bring its spring conference to the Kootenays to showcase communities that have thrived for generations on renewable energy and paved the way for our transition to a clean economy.” – Isabelle Deguise, BluEarth Renewables Inc.

Powering Generations includes a workshop that is being co-hosted by West Kootenay EcoSociety’s executive director Montana Burgess on June 4. This full-day workshop is catered towards community leaders, local government, First Nations leaders and clean energy industry professionals who are interested in partnering to facilitate progress.

Order of Canada recipient and clean energy champion, Kekinusuqs Dr. Judith Sayers, a member of the Hupacasath First Nation, will be leading a session. The workshop dispels myths of renewable energy and explores the practical steps of how to achieve the transition to 100 per cent renewable energy.

“Five local governments in the West Kootenay region of BC have already said yes to 100 per cent renewable energy, a stronger economy, and healthier and safer communities. I’m excited to showcase our local leadership and help bring clean energy champions from other parts of BC together to encourage learning, sharing and innovation,” said Burgess.

Global renewable energy trends and clean technology development will impact the Province of B.C.’s road to achieving the vision of CleanBC. Powering Generations will illuminate the many plausible paths that are involved in the future of CleanBC, including how to improve labour readiness to take advantage of the exciting job opportunities and economic development.

Conference delegates will have the opportunity yo visit the Midas 3D Fab Lab, a state-of-the-art 3D printing facility.

The final day of the conference will conclude with touring a wide range of the region’s clean energy projects including Nelson Hydro, Nelson Solar, Brilliant Dam and Waneta Dam.

This article was originally posted in The Trail Times on May 16th, 2019. Click here to access the article.


May 17, 2019 Jennifer Palfery0

We are happy to announce that Indigenous Services Canada has generously provided funding to cover First Nations registration for the full three days of Powering Generations. This includes the following:

Day 1:  Renewable Energy 101 Workshop

Day 2:  Full Day Conference including tour of Midas 3-D Fab Lab and a Gala Dinner

Day 3:  Site Visits to Waneta, Brilliant and Nelson Energy & Solar

We have some magnificent speakers lined up including workshop facilitator Kekinusuqs Judith Sayers (Hupačasath), Sophie Pierre (Kootenay, Ktunaxa), and Dr. Andrew Weaver MLA, Leader of the Green Party.

If you are interested in attending, please use the discount code spring-2019-fn on member pricing when you register online and you will be given a 100% discount. You can find the registration link here:

Due to limited funding we are unable to cover the cost of travel and accommodations for our spring conference this year; although we have acquired room discounts with the Best Western Plus Columbia River Hotel in Trail and the Josie Hotel in Rossland. You can click here for more information on accommodation discounts.

We also have a 15% discount code with Pacific Coastal airlines for flights from Vancouver to Trail. The promo code is CEBC19. You can find more information on flights and travel here:

By attending Powering Generations you will have the opportunity to connect with clean energy industry professionals, community leaders, First Nations, academics, and technology innovators. This will be a phenomenal platform for inclusive and constructive knowledge sharing between delegates with a shared passion of transitioning to a low-carbon future and strengthening local communities.

As there is limited funding available, we would recommend registering sooner rather than later!

Please note that site visit registration is no longer available through the website. Contact or call the Clean Energy BC office at (604) 568-4778 to register for the site visits.