Complex Thinking for Complicated Times
Join us for an insightful panel discussion about the experience of Indigenous communities with nuclear energy, preconditions for social license, best practices in community engagement and information sharing, and advice and recommendations for industry and government in the context of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs).
Ken Coates is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. He is also the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Senior Policy Fellow in Aboriginal and Northern Canadian Issues.
He has served at universities across Canada (UNBC, UNB and Waterloo) and at the University of Waikato (New Zealand), an institution known internationally for its work on Indigenous affairs. He has also worked as a consultant for Indigenous groups and governments in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia as well as for the United Nations, companies, and think tanks.
Ken has published on such topics as Arctic sovereignty, Aboriginal rights in the Maritimes, northern treaty and land claims processes, regional economic development, and government strategies for working with Indigenous peoples in Canada. His book, A Global History of Indigenous Peoples; Struggle and Survival, offered a world history perspective on the issues facing Indigenous communities and governments. He was co-author of the Donner Prize winner for the best book on public policy in Canada, Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North, and was short-listed for the same award for his earlier work, The Marshall Decision and Aboriginal Rights in the Maritimes.Ken contributes regularly, through newspaper pieces and radio and television interviews, on contemporary discussions on northern, Indigenous, and technology-related issues.
Dazawray Landrie-Parker (Métis) is a PhD Student in Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and an instructor at Yukon University. She is also the former Director of Operations for the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. In 2014, Dazawray was appointed as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commanding Officer’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee for “F” Division (RCMP COAAC), which builds on her extensive background working with Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MNS) where she held several senior positions - including Director of Operations, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Senior Policy Analyst.
Dazawray’s Métis ancestry fueled her focus on Indigenous communities and inspired her undergraduate degree in Native Studies from USask and her subsequent degree-Master of Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas offered jointly by University of Tromsø-The Arctic University of Norway and USask. As the culmination of her program, Dazawray researched and built a community engagement framework for nuclear energy engagement in northern communities and the Policy for Public Engagement for the City of Saskatoon.
Sean Willy is the Chief Executive Officer of Des Nedhe Development, the economic development arm of English River First Nation in Saskatchewan. With roots in the Denesuline and Metis communities, Sean brings an understanding of the expectations and needs of Indigenous people. Growing up in a mining household, he experienced life in communities across the Canadian Shield – from the Northwest Territories to Nunavut to Alberta to Saskatchewan.In his role as Director, Corporate Responsibility at Cameco, Sean developed the strategies and led all negotiations which saw Cameco build upon its successful track record with Indigenous peoples. This led to him building partnerships in Australia, the United States, and throughout Canada. Sean’s greatest career achievement was signing five community-based agreements in Australia and in northern Saskatchewan and completing the most unique legacy trust fund in Canada, the Six River Trust. Sean also serves as co-chair of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, chair of the highly successful training partnership Northern Career Quest and a director of the Global Indigenous Trust. He joined Des Nedhe as Vice President in July 2016, and was appointed CEO in 2017.
Tracy Primeau is a proud member of the Nipissing First Nation in Ontario, and a 30-year veteran of the nuclear industry. After earning a Bachelor of Arts History degree from the University of Waterloo, she began her career as an operator in training, became an operator, worked as a supervisor in the field and was then certified as an Authorized Nuclear Operator in 2005. In 2009 she was certified as a Control Room Shift Supervisor and then a Shift Manager at Bruce Power.
Tracy was the First Chair of the Bruce Power Native Circle, and is a member of the Bruce Power Indigenous Network. She volunteers in her community in many areas, including Junior hockey, is the current Chair of the Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey and is the secretary on the Women in Nuclear Canada Board.
Randall Kahgee is Senior Counsel with Pape Salter Teillet LLP, specializing in Indigenous rights law, with an emphasis on community-based processes and government-to-government negotiations. As Chief of the Saugeen First Nation in Ontario for four consecutive terms from June 2006 to June 2014 he dedicated a great deal of his time to the reconciliation of the Crown-First Nation relationship and the full recognition, protection and expression of Indigenous and treaty rights.
He has participated in the negotiation of significant agreements between Indigenous communities and provincial and federal governments on energy matters, including issues relating to the development of nuclear facilities, transmission lines, wind energy projects, as well as environmental matters and the development of proactive strategies for engaging both proponents and government concerning mining and resource development. He has extensive experience in consultation and accommodation related issues. He has also been involved in the negotiation and implementation of land claim and self-government agreements and participated in a number of successful impact benefit agreement negotiations. Randall received his LL.B from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and is called to the bar in Ontario.
An electrician by trade, Jim McDonald served the town of Inuvik as Mayor for three years and Councilor for nine. During that time he advocated for a comprehensive examination of options for the town’s future supply of electricity, including small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs).