Bryn Armstrong is a Climate Action Coordinator for the Kitasoo X’aiXais Nation. Bryn is currently focused on heat pump installations and creating an updated community energy plan. Bryn brings a diverse to her position which includes a BSc in Biology and has been working with the community since 2019. In her spare time, Bryn enjoys rock climbing and hanging out with her dog.
Climate Action Coordinators
Kevin Brown is a Climate Action Coordinator for the community of Old Massett, Haida Gwaii, where he was born, raised, and lived most of his life, apart from attending post-secondary education and training for the various positions held, including his current position. Kevin brings a diverse knowledge and experience to his position which includes working for both his Village Council and Senior Government, Council of Haida Nation on Haida Gwaii for the last 40 years. These include Executive Assistant, Land Use Planning Coordinator, Floor Manager Fish Plant, Sous Chef, Exec Director, OMVC Development Corp, Payroll Clerk, Economic Development Officer, Community Fisheries Coordinator, and Salmon Enhancement Manager. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys the beach, racket sports, volleyball, supporting worthy community events, movies, music, hockey, travel, scratch cooking and being an active “Chinni” (grandfather).
My name is Christopher Johnny and currently my position is the Climate Action Co-ordinator for the Dease River, Located in Good Hope Lake, B.C. My focus is the Community Energy Plan, and the Troutline Creek Hydro Project alongside my manager. Currently we are in the permitting process. My position as the Climate Action Co-ordinator started in October 2022, previously I worked in the mining industry as a mill operator for the past 12 years. Prior to mining, I worked as a big game guide for 6 years and for the forestry industry as a Forestry Operations Technician for a few years. As the opportunity for me to join the Climate Action Co-ordinator community presented itself, I left the mining industry to help my community to move forward with developing a Community Energy Plan and help where I can with the Run of the river hydro project our community is currently pursuing. In my spare time I overindulge in fishing, travelling, talking to my one and only son Colter on a daily basis through face time and spending every available minute with my spouse Tana.
Holly is employed by Skidegate Band Council on Haida Gwaii as a Climate Action Coordinator. Holly focuses on planning and coordinating energy and climate activities and deliverables associated with capacity-building, clean energy, demand-side management, and community engagement. She is very enthusiastic about learning about new renewable technologies and is passionate about energy and doing her part to preserve the environment for future generations. During her spare time, Holly is out exploring the beautiful environment on Haida Gwaii and loves photography.
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Chris is a Climate Action Coordinator for the Uchucklesaht Tribe and brings his expertise in academia and international development to advance climate justice, transformative mitigation, and adaptive capacity. Chris is currently focused on transitioning the village of Ehthlateese from fossil fuel reliance to renewable energy sources. Specifically, assessing the feasibility of micro-hydro and solar system projects to meet current and future energy demand. Chris is guided by his commitment to the praxis of sustainability and reconciliation, and welcomes every chance to forward this vital work. In his spare time, Chris can be found trail running, backcountry camping, or consumed by a good book.
Jamie is of mixed heritage, including both First Nations and Irish origins. She is the Capital Projects Manager for Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation and is passionate about working in the clean energy and climate action fields. Jamie has a Bachelor’s degree from Thompson Rivers University, majoring in management and has more than 14 years of experience working and living on reserve. The main objective for Jamie is to serve First Nations toward independence and mentor young people into an effective team focused on reducing our environmental footprint.
Lori Saunders, Ximximuslayc, is Sutslmc and Tsilhqot’in from the territories Kimsquit and Xeni Gwet’in. Lori is the Clean Energy Coordinator for Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government. She is a Massage Therapist who occasionally does massages for her community when she has the time and capacity. Lori has completed the Indigenous Environmental Leadership Pathways Program at Royal Roads University, participated in the Global Youth Climate Training, and has been accepted to the LCOY Canada 2023 Youth Advisory Council. Lori enjoys beading, practicing embroidery, weaving cedar bark, reading, and being out on the land. She loves learning about traditional medicine, cultural history, and traditional practices and protocols.
Yaw Smatmcuks! Nsta Xuta! Tcamatlhhts alh Snxlhh! Hello friends! Terry Webber is the Clean Energy Director at Nuxalk Nation as well as an Elected Councillor for Nuxalk Nation and Trustee for School District # 49. His Nuxalk name is Xuta. He comes from the village of Snxlhh in Nuxalk Territory. Terry was born and raised in Nuxalk Territory. Terry is currently focused on the Nooklikonnik Run of River, Solar Project, Biomass Project, Heat Pump initiative, Necleetsconnay Trail Project (re-establishing a grease trail to the Dean River) and establishing meaningful education opportunities at the Nation level and the District level.
Gillian Aubie Vines
Gillian has over 20 years of experience leading complex projects for clients, and over 10 years of experience working directly with Indigenous communities and organizations. Since 2012, Gillian has served Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative as the Climate Action Project Manager.
Over the last 10 years, Gillian has led CFN-GBI’s efforts to support member Nations (Wuikinuxv, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Nuxalk, Gitga’at, Metlakatla, Old Massett, Skidegate) in their efforts to end dependency on fossil fuels and advance climate adaptation, include the development of the Indigenous Climate Action Network. Gillian is a volunteer with the Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club, and enjoys spending time outside with her family.
Denni Clement is from ʔAq’am, a Ktunaxa Nation community located in the Kootenay region of BC. She is a facilitator, planner, researcher, writer, community engagement, and sustainability specialist. Denni led the creation of ʔAq’am’s comprehensive community plan from 2009 to 2011, and has contributed to ongoing planning efforts since. Denni’s facilitation style is grounded in Ktunaxa teachings from ʔAq’am Elders and Knowledge Holders. She is able to understand diverse Indigenous protocols and has created safe, creative engaging spaces for Indigenous peoples for over 10 years. Denni holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Victoria and is a dancer performing regularly with Indigenous women’s groups in Victoria.
Dana is a sustainability, climate action, and climate risk practitioner with a diverse set of facilitation and research skills. Dana has collaborated with Indigenous communities for the last 7 years, beginning with her Masters’ thesis that partnered with First Nations in BC. For the three years, Dana has worked on the Great Bear Initiative –Coastal First Nation, Climate Action Network. In this role, Dana has supported member nations (Wuikinuxv, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nuxalk, Gitga’at, Metlakatla, Old Massett, Skidegate) Climate Action Coordinators who work for their nations on efforts related to energy efficiency, clean energy and community engagement. Dana enjoys practicing yoga and cycling through wild spaces.