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THE ELECTION IS OVER. NOW THE FIGHT FOR BC RIVERS REALLY BEGINS!
Please join us for THE LANGARA DIALOGUES
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Alice Mackay Room, Lower Level
Vancouver Public Library, Downtown (Homer & Robson)
PRIVATE POWER HAS AN IMPORTANT PLACE ON OUR RIVERS AND IN OUR ECONOMY
Arguing the AFFIRMATIVE:
Steve Davis, President, Independent Power Producers of BC
Arguing the NEGATIVE:
Gwen Barlee, Policy Director, Wilderness Committee
Steve Davis, is the President of the Independent Power Producers associationof BC (IPPBC) and head of Steve Davis & Associates Consulting Ltd, aconsulting firm providing commercial, and strategic market advice ondeveloping green power projects in BC.Steve has been developing green IPPs in BC since 1990. He ran the projectdevelopment subsidiaries for BC Gas and Ledcor and developed biomass, co-generation and small hydro IPP projects in BC for 12 years prior tosetting up his IPP consulting business in 2002. Steve has been an IPPBC Director since 1992 and President since 2001. He hasco-authored a dozen major IPPBC reports and commentaries and provided regulatory testimonies in BC Utilities Commission hearings. Steve's consulting company has; performed due diligence on investments in IPP projects, created pro formas for small hydro projects, analyzed dozensof BC IPP projects and development companies, reviewed agreements between IPPs and First Nations and Local Governments, prepared site tenure applications for IPP developers, and assisted on preparing IPP project proposals to BC Hydro. Steve has a Civil Engineering degree from UBC and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.
Gwen Barlee has been involved in the environment movement since 2001 and is presently the Policy Director with the 30,000 member Western Canada Wilderness Committee - Canada's largest member-based citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization
Her campaigns in recent years have focused on environmental degradation and the erosion of the public good through privatization initiatives. Gwen's current projects with the Wilderness Committee include working to introduce provincial endangered species legislation, protect parks and public lands, and address the proliferation of private power projects in British Columbia. Gwen brings an essential environmental perspective, as well as social policy and communications expertise to her work with the Wilderness Committee. She is also a Board Member with the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA), BC Citizens for Public Power and serves on the Advisory Board of the Orion Grassroots Network.