Strategic Aboriginal Engagement Committee

Applications sought for new BC Hydro committee

As part of BC Hydro's commitment to enhance external collaboration and to deliver mutually beneficial, respectful, and transparent engagement with Aboriginal People, we're forming the BC Hydro Strategic Aboriginal Engagement Committee (SAEC).

See below for details about the applications process for SAEC membership

What will be the role of the SAEC?

The SAEC will have a mandate to:

  • Provide advice and input
  • Identify barriers and solutions
  • Generate innovative concepts and approaches to support the design and delivery of BC Hydro planning and operations, as well as our Aboriginal Relations Strategy

The committee will work to provide recommendations, to which BC Hydro will formally respond. Updates to the committee's work, including membership details, reports and recommendations, will be posted on this page.

The SAEC will not replace or impact upon direct relationships with leadership at the provincial, regional or community level, nor will it impact BC Hydro's consultation and accommodation obligations.

"Now more than ever, BC Hydro needs the advice of Aboriginal Peoples to assist in addressing the complex energy needs of the province," says Kim Baird, a member of BC Hydro’s board and former Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation. "I am very supportive of collaborative opportunities such as this."

Applications to committee closed on December 20, 2013

This fall, we launched a province-wide search for candidates for the SAEC, for consideration by joint BC Hydro/Aboriginal Selection Committee.

We sought applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experience and perspectives – including consideration of Aboriginal or Treaty group, gender, age, geographical region, cultural and traditional knowledge, business, technical and/or academic experience, communication and collaboration skills.

The deadline for applications was noon, December 20, 2013

See detailed SAEC terms of reference [PDF, 471 KB]

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sheila Reynolds by email or by phone at 604 528 2811.