Policy Advocacy & Research

Pic River is not only active in the implementation of renewable energy. We are also active in shaping the debates through in-house research, speaking engagements, and public commentary. Please find below samples of some of our recent work.

Published Articles

July 24, 2012 An indeterminate future: Assessing the need for greater US-Canada transmission integration. Writing in the journal Utilities Policy, Joel Krupa comments on emerging issues in cross-border transmission development.
May 24, 2012 Blazing a new path forward: A case study on the renewable energy initiatives of Pic River. Joel Krupa outlines Pic River's renewable energy development history in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Development.
January 13, 2012 Identifying Barriers to Aboriginal Renewable Energy Deployment. Joel Krupa outlines in the peer-reviewed journal Energy Policy some of the key barriers to Aboriginal renewable energy initiatives.
August 15, 2011 Ontario's Energy Outlook: The Perfect Storm. Byron LeClair, argues that old Northern Ontario energy paradigms need to be abandoned.

Pic River in the News

February 13, 2012 Northwest Partners Eye Power Line. Byron Leclair argues that "First Nation participation is key [in transmission development], because these types of projects must account for aboriginal land tenure."
August 1, 2011 ecoEnergy profile: Pic River. Pic River named an ecoEnergy success story.
June 8, 2009 Northern Ontario Business. Byron Leclair highlights some of the major economic developments currently underway at Pic River.
August 1, 2008 Ontario Energy Board. Byron Leclair appears before a panel of Ontario regulators.

Speaking Engagements

March 25-28, 2014 Globe Conference Byron Leclair takes centre stage at the Vancouver Convention Centre to examine the "Aboriginal Advantage" in power project development.
January 27, 2014 International Indigenous Energy Summit Byron Leclair speaks in Vancouver, BC, on how Aboriginal people approach energy issues.
November 28, 2013 Building Sustainable Communities Conference. Joel Krupa speaks on the leadership demonstrated by Pic River Energy.
October 27, 2013 Clean Energy BC Generate 2013 Conference. Byron Leclair discusses First Nation Clean Energy Projects (Partnerships and Ownership models) in Vancouver, BC.
October 21, 2013 Power of Water Conference. Aboriginal Consultation and Engagement? Byron Leclair explores this complex question.
October 3, 2013 National Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation Meeting. Byron Leclair addresses Equity Participation in Community Scale Projects. Little Current, ON.
September 7, 2012 Solar Summit and Expo to showcase Pic River. Joel Krupa presented on the second version of the Ontario Feed-In Tariff.
July 26, 2013 Public consultation for transmission siting in Canada. Byron Leclair presents on a panel discussing collaboration and consultation with First Nations.
May 28-29, 2012 Western Canada Aboriginal Law Forum features Pic River. Joel Krupa presents a case study on the Pic River First Nation.
April 23-24, 2012 Canada Forum's "Powering up Aboriginal Energy" Conference features Pic River Energy. Joel Krupa and Byron Leclair to speak on the East-West Tie transmission project and innovative corporate structuring.
April 4, 2012 Ontario Feed-in Tariff Forum. Joel Krupa analyzes the optimal methods for encouraging Aboriginal participation in the Ontario feed-in tariff program.
October 24, 2011 2011 Ontario Waterpower Association "Power of Water" Conference. Byron LeClair argues that old Northern Ontario energy paradigms need to be abandoned.
April 19, 2011 When are Aboriginal Clean Energy Projects Green? Byron Leclair sits on a panel at the "Powering Up Aboriginal Energy" Conference.
March 30-31, 2010 Renewable Energy Finance Forum. Byron Leclair delivers a stirring keynote address.
December 11, 2007 Aboriginal Energy Forum. Byron Leclair speaks on developing sustainably through the Umbata project.
September 28, 2006 Senatorial committee on Aboriginals. Chairman comments that "after meeting people like Byron Leclair, anybody who says that there is not a lot of hope for our Aboriginal people is absolutely wrong."
October 22, 2005 Indigenous Bar Association. Byron Leclair leads discussion on legal implications of managing forestry resources.


November 14, 2011 Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Community Power Awards 2011. Byron Leclair wins "Aboriginal Community Power Award".
November 5-8, 2008 Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers National Conference. Byron Leclair wins CANDO Economic Developer of the Year Award - Community Category.
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