Taylor is a Fort Nelson First Nation member, she currently holds the roles of Research Coordinator & Community Liaison with Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal. Taylor is passionate about the well-being of her community. She presents at community meetings and events to help share information and create engagement with the Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal project.
Her education includes a Bachelor of Health & Physical Education from Mount Royal University, a certificate in Land and Community Based Research from Dechinta and a graduate certificate in Indigenous Sports and Recreation Management from the University of Alberta.
In these roles, Taylor will also be liaising with the University of Alberta and other research institutes as they study a broad array of geothermal-related subjects within the Clarke Lake field and surrounding communities.
Jamie is a Fort Nelson First Nation member and has acquired over ten years of experience in the energy sector. Jamie brings his technical skills, project management and community knowledge to this role at Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal.
These skills were gained through field experience and education at Grande Prairie Regional College and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Jamie will represent Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal on the Clarke Lake site and assist with coordinating contractors.
He looks forward to giving back to his community through this renewable energy project and acting as a role model for Fort Nelson First Nation youth.
Kass Harbottle, M.Sc., P. Eng. is a Project Manager responsible for the management of energy projects during planning, development, and construction. Kass is a Professional Engineer with a Master of Science in Sustainable Development and a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering. She has over a decade of energy industry experience ranging from a background in petroleum engineering to her current role managing major capital projects in the renewable energy sector. She has worked alongside many Indigenous communities to develop community-owned clean energy projects. She has a wide range of project experience, including community consultation, construction management, procurement, contract administration, technical analysis, design coordination, and community energy planning. Her role as Project Manager involves leading teams of engineers, consultants, other professionals, and contractors to bring complex clean energy projects from conception to operation on time and on budget.
Chief Sharleen Gale has been an elected Councillor of the Fort Nelson First Nation since 2009. She is an active member of the Fort Nelson First Nation and envisions a future where all members are working together to become a strong, proud, healthy, and self-reliant Nation.
As a leader and Chief of the Nation, she understands the importance of upholding the spirit and intent of the treaty by asserting her peoples’ rights to their land and taking responsibility for ensuring that our future generations are able to live their lives in their territory in a way that honours their ancestors.
Chief Sharleen Gale started her career at Westcoast Energy Inc. in 2000. Her various roles working in administration, finance, maintenance, planning and in leadership have given her extensive experience in the oil and gas sector and the corporate world. She is also Chair of the First Nations Major Projects Coalition.
Chief Gale is the Chair of Deh Tai LP, Fort Nelson First Nation’s economic development arm. Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deh Tai LP.
Jim has 35+ years of International and North American experience across a variety of financial and management functions including strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, risk management and corporate governance, as well as improving cash performance, financial controls and profitability. He has served as CFO and a director of publicly traded companies and CEO of a privately held company with full P/L responsibility for the past 12+ years.
His career started with Esso in Canada where he worked in chemicals, downstream and upstream companies in a variety of positions with increasing responsibility. He has worked and resided internationally for a total of 15 years in Qatar, Kuwait, and China.
In Qatar with Qatar Petroleum Jim worked developing and training national employees before moving to the Finance Directorate. He returned to Canada to join PanCanadian Petroleum in international finance and then the supply management group. Moving abroad to Kuwait he spent five years as commercial manager at Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company then led United Oil Projects as their CEO.
Thereafter he worked as a director and CFO of Stream Oil & Gas Ltd (TSX:SKO) based in Calgary followed by 3 years in Beijing, China as the CFO and Chief Representative of an Australian public company, Sino Gas & Energy Holdings. Most recently he was CFO, director and audit committee chairman for High Arctic Energy Services (TSX:HWO).
Jim has a B.Sc. (Chemistry) and MBA from the University of Toronto and a M.Sc. (Finance) from Leicester University, UK. Jim is employed by Deh Tai LP, Fort Nelson First Nation’s economic development arm. Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deh Tai LP.
John Ebell is the co-founder of Barkley Project Group. He is a Senior Project Manager at Barkley Project Group and the Geothermal Team Lead with more than 40 years’ experience in the natural resources sector. His broad background includes work in fisheries, environmental assessment and regulatory permitting, as well as more than 20 years’ direct experience in the clean energy sector where he has brought hydropower developments from concept to operation. John is currently igniting some of the premier geothermal project in Canada. John’s project management experience spans all stages of development, including renewable energy resource inventory, conceptual development, feasibility assessment, strategic planning, design coordination, permitting, and operations management.
John is a Geothermal Program Manager for Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal. He has also served on the board of directors for Geothermal Canada. Barkley Project Group is hired by Deh Tai LP to provide technical and administrative capacity to the project.
Yuliana Proenza, M. Eng., P.Geo. is a Geothermal Project Coordinator at Barkley Project Group, where she works with the Development Team to support community initiatives in clean energy development. Prior to joining Barkley Project Group, Yuliana provided geological consulting services since 2006 for mineral and geothermal resource projects across Canada. Yuliana completed a Master of Engineering in Clean Energy Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2012 and is registered as a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) in BC. Yuliana is a strong supporter of First Nations renewable energy development and provides project management, data analysis, technical reporting, and stakeholder communication support.
Yuliana is a Geothermal Project Coordinator at Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal. Barkley Project Group is hired by Deh Tai LP to provide technical and administrative capacity to the project.
Julian Hockin-Grant (MSc Anthropology, Environment, & Development) is responsible for seeking and securing funding for the Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal Electrification Project and its various value-added components. Since 2013, Julian has been working closely with Indigenous communities on nation building, traditional territory stewardship, and other autonomy-supportive initiatives. Julian's company, Allied Certifications Ltd., developed and is responsible for growing the Tla-o-qui-ant First Nation's Tribal Parks Allies certification standard, a tool which helps that Nation assert its sovereignty and generate revenue (https://tribalparks.com). He lives with his family on Qualicum First Nations land.
Raj is accounting graduate and trained and tested lean six sigma professional. Raj has over 18 years of experience in finance and accounting roles in Canada and overseas (US, UK and India), where he has helped businesses on reporting, cost savings and revenue sharing efficiencies. Raj moved to Canada in 2014 and been working for Biomass and Oil & Gas divisions. Raj is certified PMP and a board member at Canadian West Coast PMI.
Raj is a Financial Analyst for Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal. Barkley Project Group is hired by Deh Tai LP to provide technical and administrative capacity to project.
Ben Boudreau, EIT, is a Project Coordinator responsible for providing high-quality, professional services to support community initiatives in clean energy development. Ben is a registered Engineer in Training with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has over 4 years of experience working as a Design Engineer and Project Coordinator on aerospace and construction projects. In his previous role, Ben supported the design and maintenance efforts of internationally deployed wildfire-fighting aircraft.
Ben is a Project Coordinator for Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal. Barkley Project Group is hired by Deh Tai LP to provide technical and administrative capacity to the project.