Initiated at ABM, Barkley Project Group Develops Energy Projects With First Nations

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. This is true for the experience of Barkley Project Group when developing energy projects with First Nations after meeting at ABM. After having attended five ABMs so far, Yuho Okada, VP Project Development and Business Development of Barkley Project Group has found that ABM is the first step in developing a lasting relationship with a community. When asked how ABM fits into the work the company does, he had this to say:

“We are just completing a 4 megawatt hydro power project on Vancouver Island that, from inception to completion, was over ten years in the making. We are talking about a large investment over a very long period. It takes ten years to get to completion, but the project will be in operation for 40 years. Overall, we’re talking about half a century. The 20 minutes we get during ABM is a very, very small step in the grand scheme of things, but for us it’s a significant one because it gives us the opportunity to meet the community stakeholders. Usually, people that come to ABM are looking for business opportunities, understand the market risks and the benefits to be derived from those risks. And so they truly understand what we’re talking about. Because it’s 20 minutes, we try to focus our conversation on how can we develop this relationship into a 50-year project for the future.”

Barkley Project Group is described by their president and founder, Iain Cuthbert, as “clean energy consultants”. They have brought to fruition a number of highly praised energy projects with First Nations communities, creating cash flow and jobs. They prioritize community ownership, or at least majority community ownership. They also help communities develop community energy plans…

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