Ensuring Northern Communities Generation Economic Opportunity
THUNDER BAY – “We have to think about the future, about our grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and we have to change the way we do business,” stated Margaret Kenequanash, the CEO of Wataynikaneyap Power.
Over two hundred delegates are participating in the Regional Energy Conference at the Nor’Wester Hotel in Thunder Bay. The high degree of interest can be seen in the reality that there were almost 50 participants who were turned away from the event organized by Superior Strategies.
The goal of the conference is in bringing together First Nations community leaders, business leaders, and company representatives the pathway forward to bring electric power lines into the north can be done with the maximum economic benefit for the region.
Speaking at the Regional Energy Conference in Thunder Bay, Margaret Kenequanash, the CEO of Wataynikaneyap Power shares her perspective on the importance of the meeting and how the Indigenous Partners coming together can make a really positive difference.
“For the North to build the North,” says Matthew Dupuis, the CEO of Supercomm Employment and Training, one of the event sponsors.
The conference featured workshops on a variety of topics, with panel discussions allowing community leaders and economic development personnel to benefit from the work and relationships which have already been completed.
The electrification of the north, bringing northern communities onto the power grid will help with economic development and with replacing expensive and environmentally damaging diesel-powered generators. Having a secure source of energy is seen as making a very positive impact on Northern communities.
The conference continues tomorrow at the Best Western Nor’wester Inn.