2020 First Nations Energy Workshop

2020 First Nations Energy Workshop - Building Capacity Through a Network of Community Energy Champions - October 22, 2020

The 2020 First Nations Energy Workshop carries on in the spirit of the IESO First Nation Energy Symposia that were held from 2017 to 2019 in Toronto.

Scheduled for October 22, this online, interactive event is for community energy experts from First Nation communities and organizations across Ontario.

The theme of the Workshop will be building community energy capacity, where the IESO will share information about upcoming initiatives and programs, and also an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and share their input and experiences.

Recorded Presentation

October 22, 2020


Agenda Item

9:00 a.m.

Energy Sector Overview

This optional session will provide an overview of Ontario’s electricity sector.

10:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Terry Young, Interim President and CEO, IESO

10:15 a.m.

Update on IESO Initiatives

  • Introductions to IESO Indigenous Relations team
  • IESO Energy Support Programs Intake Period
  • Regional Electricity Networks
  • Launch of Online Engagement Tool
  • Community Energy Champion Training

10:45 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Grid-Connected First Nation Communities


This session will seek input from attendees on the design of First Nation energy efficiency programs

12:15 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Community Energy Champions

This moderated panel will feature three CECs who are currently advancing energy issues/projects in their communities. Our panellists are:

  • Lori Lees, Alderville First Nation
  • Aysha McNally, Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek
  • Kendra McGregor, Whitefish River First Nation

2:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

2:30 p.m.

Energy Support Programs Question and Answer Session

This session will feature virtual break-out rooms where attendees can ask questions about the newly updated Energy Support Programs and the upcoming intake period for new applications.

4:00 p.m.

Workshop Adjourned