Next Event April 20th: The Site C Dam:  What are the merits of completing it or discontinuing it?


The projected costs of the 680 MW Site C Dam, under construction on the Peace River in northeastern BC, have risen from $6.6 Billion to $8.9 Billion and many believe that final costs could be even higher. At the same time, the anticipated increased demand for power from a new Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) industry has not materialized. Furthermore, BC Hydro faces a variety of significant legal issues and other concerns related to first nations treaties to environmental concerns and the loss of high value food production lands.

Taken together, this new reality raises the serious question about whether it would be better for the economy and better for BC taxpayers to halt construction of the dam even though over $1.5 billion has already be spent and there are signed construction contracts in place for an additional $5 billion worth of work.

Join us on April 20th as we attempt to answer this question. Former KPMG partner, Eoin Finn, will present a high-level cost benefit analysis of the Site C Dam to show which path is best for the BC economy and BC taxpayers.
He will be followed by Paul Kariya, the Executive Director of Clean Energy BC. Paul will discuss the state of clean energy power development in BC and present the case for whether the Clean Energy Sector in BC can produce sufficient new power supplies to meet future electrical energy demand at the same or lower average cost per kwh than the Site C Dam.

Meet the New Panelists:

Doug McArthur has been appointed director of Simon Fraser University’s School of Public Policy, beginning his new role on September 1. Prior to joining SFU, McArthur was a senior fellow in public policy at the University of British Columbia.

Karen Bakker is a Professor, Canada Research Chair, and founding Director of the Program on Water Governance at the University of British Columbia. The program is dedicated to the dissemination of academic research on water issues to policy makers and the broader community. Dr. Bakker is the author of more than 100 academic publications on water governance and water security issues, and has given invited talks on her research at Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, and Oxford. She regularly acts as an advisor and consultant to national and international organizations, which have in the past included Natural Resources Canada, UNDP, UNESCO, and the OECD. She is a Board Member of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and also a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She is also the co-author of five reports on Site C, covering regulatory issues, First Nations issues, environmental impacts, greenhouse gas emissions, and economic issues. She led the Statement of Concerned Scholars on Site C, signed by over 350 scholars, which is available at www.sitecstatement.org. The statement was supported by an unprecedented letter from the President of the Royal Society of Canada to the Prime Minister of Canada.

A member of the West Moberly First Nation, Dean Dokkie acquired his traditional knowledge and skills as trained by his father Chief John Dokkie Sr. who was the Hereditary Chief of the West Moberly Dunne’ Za/Cree Nation in Northeast British Columbia. Dean commenced his life career as a Manager for his community the West Moberly First Nation in 1981. Dean maintained the position for six years and then returned to continue his studies at the University College of Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, B.C. focusing on Political Science and Anthropology. Since then Dean has worked for many First Nations and Tribal Councils implementing First Nations initiatives and projects as Senior Management in various locations in Western Canada and Northwest United States. In the past 30 plus years Dean’s primary role has been working with First Nation leadership in areas of Oil and Gas, Forestry and Mining Industries. His extensive knowledge and experience have guided him to many accomplishments that benefit First Nation communities, Governments and Industries, ultimately specializing in Human Resources.

Still joining us:


Eoin Finn is a management consultant with 30 years business experience and a retired partner of the global accounting /management consulting firm, KPMG. Eoin holds a B.Sc and Ph. D., both in Chemistry, and an MBA degree. Eoin has studied and published several articles analyzing the business case for BC Hydro’s proposed Site C dam. These analyses have looked at trends affecting the need for the dam’s electricity, the likely capital and operating costs and revenues, and the availability of practical alternatives to the dam.


Paul Kariya is Executive Director of Clean Energy BC, the industry association that represents private sector power producers in BC. Kariya has broad experience working in the academic, not-for-profit and public sectors federally and provincially. He was CEO of the provincial crown corporation Fisheries Renewal BC and Executive Director of BC Treaty Commission. Paul holds degrees from UBC and Clark University in Massachusetts. He is a west coaster and the son of a fisherman.

WHEN: Thursday April 20 2017
5:00 pm: Registration begins
5:30 pm: Networking reception with appetizers
6:00 pm: Panel and Q&A
7:30 pm: Networking
8:00 pm: Event close

WHERE: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St. Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7

New Members: Join between now and April 20 and get 2 free tickets to the Site C Debate event. Contact membership for details


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