Kathryn (Kate) Chisholm, B.A., M.B.A,

Senior Vice President, Legal and External Relations,
Capital Power

Kathryn (Kate) Chisholm has been the Senior Vice President, Legal and External Relations since July 2009 and played an instrumental role in Capital Power’s restructuring and Initial Public Offering that led to the company’s creation. Kate leads Capital Power’s legal, regulatory and compliance, environmental policy, government relations and external affairs teams. She has personally led significant and successful commercial negotiations, managed high stakes litigation and overseen important public policy influence strategies for Capital Power.

Prior to Capital Power, Kate served as EPCOR’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2004 to 2009, and Vice President, Legal and Commercial for Alberta’s Transmission Administrator (now the Alberta Electric System Operator) from 1999 to 2003.
Kate has provided counsel and expert witness testimony in numerous electric utility hearings, including those arising from the restructuring of the Alberta electricity industry.

Kate obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, her Bachelor of Law from the University of Alberta, and her MBA from Queen’s University. She was awarded the prestigious “Robert V.A. Jones” Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association in 2008, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010, named one of Canada’s Top 50 Diversity Champions by Women of Influence Magazine in 2013, named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and given a Leadership in the Profession Award by WILL/Counsel Network/Association of Women Lawyers in 2014, and named one of Canada’s Top 50 General Counsels in 2016.

Kate currently serves on a number of boards and governing bodies, including the Alberta Securities Commission. She created the MORE mentoring program for high potential young professional women in Edmonton and was one of the founding members of Legal Leaders for Diversity, an association of Canadian general counsel who support and promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.

Kekinusuqs, Judith Sayers, Ph.D,

Adjunct Professor,
Gustavson School of Business and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria

Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers is a Strategic Adviser to First Nations and Corporations providing advice on many varied issues. She is an adjunct professor with the Gustavson School of Business and the school of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.

Judith has been involved in the Clean Energy industry since 2002 when her First Nation developed the 6.5 MW China Creek Run of the River clean energy project. As elected Chief of her First Nation, she was instrumental in the development of that project. Judith has been very involved in the industry and speaks at many forums, writes opinions on First Nations and Clean Energy opportunities and relationship building. Judith was on the Public Advisory Panel of the Canadian Electricity Association for 5 years and worked closely with the Aboriginal Relations Task Group.

Judith has served six years on the Clean Energy BC board and has been the Chair of the First Nations and Finance Committees. In September 2015, Judith was named to Canada’s 2016 Clean50 as a contributor to Clean Capitalism. In November 2015 Judith was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Clean Energy BC. Judith has compiled the BC First Nations Clean Energy Toolkit for the BC First Nations Clean Energy Working Group. Clean technology is something she is committed to.

Judith served fourteen years as Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation, located in Port Alberni, BC. Judith continues to advance First Nations opportunities in business development based on their values. She is also the Chair of the New Relationship Trust Foundation, Co-Chair of the Island Corridor Foundation, board member for the BC Achievement Foundation, and Co-Chair of the Joint Working Group on First Nations Heritage Conservation.

Kevin Lo, M.B.A., B.Sc.


Kevin Lo is responsible for identifying and pursuing profitable growth opportunities for Pason, beyond the current rig-based core business. This includes opportunities for products and services within the industry as well as outside of oil and gas.

Kevin brings more than 14 years of oil and gas capital market experience, along with a wealth of industry knowledge. Most recently, he served as Managing Director of Institutional Research at FirstEnergy Capital, where he co-led the energy research team. In addition, Kevin served as a publishing analyst in the oilfield services sector. Prior to working in the capital markets, Kevin worked at Wind River Systems, AudeSi Technologies, and Nortel Networks as a field engineer, marketing manager, and firmware designer respectively.

Kevin has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Kevin Turner

Regional Director, Office of Small & Medium Enterprises (OSME)
Public Services & Procurement Canada

Kevin Turner is the Regional Director, Office of Small & Medium Enterprises (OSME) of Public Services & Procurement Canada. The office’s role is to help Western region companies learn what products & services the Government of Canada buys and how the procurement processes work. OSME is also responsible for the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) which helps companies to bridge the pre-commercialization gap by procuring and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government before taking them to market.


Kevin Vessey, Ph.D., B.Sc, M.Sc.

Professor of Plant Biology,
Saint Mary’s University

Dr. J. Kevin Vessey is a Professor of Plant Biology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. Dr. Vessey’s teaching and research area is plant physiology, particularly the functional interactions between crop plants and beneficial micro-organisms, and the optimizing of crops as biodiesel and bioethanol feedstocks. Dr. Vessey received his BSc and MSc from Dalhousie University and his PhD from Queen’s University, Kingston. From 2005 to 2017, he served in the positions of Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate VP Research at Saint Mary’s. Prior to coming to Saint Mary’s University, he was a Professor of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba for 16 years. He has also been a Researcher Associate at North Carolina State University, and a Visiting Scientist at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France. He has published over 85 peer-reviewed scholarly articles and book chapters, has co-edited one book, and been awarded one patent.