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Everyone welcome! Free to attend

When: April 5-6, 2024 // 10am-5pm

Where: Sik-E-Dakh (Glen Vowell) Community Hall

Hosted by: Skeena Energy Solutions


Be part of a community that drives change - great vendors, lunch, and some seriously cool prizes up for grabs!


A two-day event showcasing all things that empower positive renewable energy and energy conservation solutions for the Upper Skeena region.

The Forum will empower community members with the knowledge, experience, networks and resources they need to make more informed decisions about their energy use. Building on the baseline work from the previous year on energy use and emissions in the Upper Skeena, the forum will offer demonstrations, presentations and information on a variety of energy conservation and renewable energy technologies.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Save money on electricity, heat and gas bills
  • Improve energy efficiency in your home, business and community
  • Produce your own power
  • Make decisions on renewable energy infrastructure and off-grid products

You will:

  • Connect with skilled experts, builders and specialists
  • Explore career opportunities in the construction and green energy workforce
  • Have your questions, concerns or ideas heard by energy experts
  • See actual demonstrations and examples of energy conservation and power generation projects

Our Vision & Mission


  • Long term, resilient energy solutions that respond to the unique energy challenges of the Upper Skeena


  • Empower Upper Skeena residents with the knowledge and skills to build and participate in a resilient energy future
  • Enhance community well-being by promoting solutions for more efficient and comfortable homes.
  • Build community pride in shaping a resilient energy future for all

our goals



  • Connect with energy experts on energy conservation and renewable technologies
  • Learn tips and resources to make your home more energy efficient
  • Learn about the Empowered Energy Solutions Project
  • Learn about the Regional Energy Plan for the Upper Skeena



  • The Forum is open to all community members in the Upper Skeena
  • Meet local vendors and connect with community members interested in energy conservation methods, materials and renewable energy technologies
  • Interactive and experimental- come with ideas, questions and interest!
  • Demonstrations, and showcase work being done in the Upper Skeena Region



  • Encourage solutions for typical energy challenges
  • Offers a chance for experts and community members to collaborate and explore energy solutions and strategies
  • Leave with contacts and resources to keep you connected after the forum has ended

keynote speaker

Hetxw’ms Gyetxw

(Brett Huson)

We are honoured to have Gitxsan author, knowledge keeper & artist Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett Huson) as our keynote speaker. Brett will be speaking on both days of the event.

Check out his website via the link below!


Bulkley-Skeena Energy Solutions

Licensed energy advisor offering services in whole home energy evaluations, new home energy modelling and more- licensed through Natural Resources Canada.

Powering a clean, sustainable future

BC Hydro is a provincial Crown corporation ​generating and delivering electricity to f B.C.

Boulder Creek ​Heating & Cooling

Locally owned and operated business based in ​Smithers BC, serving the Bulkely Valley and the ​Northwest with installation, maintenance and ​repair of heating/cooling systems.

This family-run renewable energy business in ​Northern BC specializes in independent on- and ​off-grid solar power systems for homes and ​communities.

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute. ​NVIT offers innovative and relevant credentials for ​future leaders in the fields of wellness, technology, ​governance, land and economic development.

Skeena Energy Solutions

Skeena Energy Solutions, a project by the Skeena ​Watershed Conservation Coalition, is a grass-roots ​initiative aimed at supporting alternative energy ​options that are suited to northern contexts.

Work BC Hazelton/ Upper Skeena Development Centre is committed to actively promoting and supporting actions that will create a sustainable economy for the communities of the Upper Skeena.

SkilledTradesBC is the organization that advances ​BC’s trades training system. Offering the highest ​standards for training, issuing credentials, ​supporting apprentices, and promoting careers in ​the trades.

Emotive is an education and outreach campaign ​under Clean BC. We provide electric vehicle ​experiences in communities throughout B.C. - test-​drives and demonstrations events with first-hand ​experience from local EV drivers.

Xsan Hemp


Xsan Hemp Homes’ collective goal is to build ​sustainable healthy homes from locally sourced ​materials that would raise the quality of life in ​the north and provide homes for those in need.

Timber Mart

Smithers Timber Mart is the source for lumber, ​building materials and hardware in Smithers, ​Telkwa, Houston BC, and Bulkley Valley area.

Trained, Insured and Bonded Installers and glaziers to oversee all Door and Window Installation, with over 18 locations across Western Canada.

Different than a college or university, the British Columbia Institute of Technology offers practical, flexible, applied education with instructors who have direct, hands-on experience in their field.

As a full-service advisor to local governments on climate and energy, CEA supports communities at every stage of their climate action in both mitigation and adaptation.


Day 1

Friday April 5, 2024

MC: Kolin D. ​Sutherland-Wilson

10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Vendor Exhibition

Vendor exhibits, ​demonstrations, and dialogue

Location: Gymnasium

*Schedule subject to change

10.00 am

Forum Welcome

Open welcoming & Sik-E-Dakh Dancers

Location: Gymnasium

Keynote Address- Brett Huson

11.00 - 1.00 pm

BC Institute of Technology

Presentation & housing envelop demonstration // An interactive demonstration and presentation for ​students (High School Students and Adult Education Learners)

Location: Gymnasium

Lunch served 12.00-1.00pm

1.00 - 2.00 pm

Skilled Trades BC

Online presentation from the leading training authority on skilled trades in BC

Location: Classroom

2.00 - 4.00 pm

Breakout Session- Deep Energy Retrofits

Breakout discussion with BCIT on all things energy retrofits // In this session, you’ll learn about ​upgrades to make your home more comfortable, durable, and energy efficient.

Location: Boardroom

4.00 - 5.00 pm

Closing Remarks

We’re excited to have Maker of Nets join us to graphically record and illustrate our time together!


Day 2

Saturday April 6, 2024

MC: Kolin D. ​Sutherland-Wilson

10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Vendor Exhibition

Vendor exhibits, ​demonstrations, and dialogue

Location: Gymnasium

*Schedule subject to change

10.00 am

Forum Welcome

Open welcoming & su​mmary of Day 1

Locat​ion: Gymnasium

Keynote Addres​s- Brett Huson

Lunch served 12.00-1.00pm

2.00 - 4.00 pm

Breakout Session- Cl​imate Adaption & Mitigation

Guided dialogue with Brett Huson, Univerity of Northern BC, Community Energy Association, ​Smithers Climate Action Network & Seed the North //

How are communities and neighbours coming together to develop plans, strengthen networks and ​connections, and take local action to adapt to a changing climate? Dig into conversations about ​how climate change impacts our energy security as a region.

Location: Boardroom

4.00 - 5.00 pm

Closing Remarks

Draws, closing remarks and Sik-E-Dakh Dancers

Location: Gymnasium

We’re excited to have Maker of Nets join us to graphically record and illustrate our time together!


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