Here’s the final program for Sevengen!


Day 1 - Thursday

Mentor Meet Up

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Mentor meet up, all delegates and mentors to attend.

Opening Ceremony

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Welcome speeches and performances


7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: Dr.  Roberta Jamieson, CEO Indspire

Closing Remarks and Networking Mingle

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM  

Day 2 - Friday 

Welcome Address

09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Introduction to the Summit

Keynote Presentations

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Keynote Speaker: Arlene Strom, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Suncor Energy

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Keynote Speaker: Corey Gray, Lead Operator Caltech - LIGO

Plenary Session  Introduction

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Plenary Session  

10:45 AM- 12:00 PM

Climate Change, Energy, and Indigenous Communities

What is climate change, how does it relate to energy and how does this impact  Indigenous communities?

Moderator: Nathan Kaye

James Harper, Masters Student, Renewable Energy, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Judith Sayers, President, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

Elizabeth Shirt, Executive Director, Emissions Reduction Alberta

Plenary Session

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Renewables: Challenges and Opportunities in Indigenous Communities

Sponsored by Innergex Renewable energy

This breakout session will explore how Indigenous people and communities relate to the challenges and opportunities in Canada’s growing renewable energy sector. A chance for panelists and delegates to share their unique perspectives, this session aims to overcome provincial and geographic barriers to create a truly pan-Canadian dialogue on community resilience, energy and sustainability.

Moderator: Lindsey Red Crow

Desmond Bull, Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel, Government of Alberta

Chantelle Cardinal, Director of Environment and Infrastructure, Stoney Nakoda-Tsuut’ina Tribal Council

Blair Hogan, President, Gύnta Business

Chris Henderson, President, Lumos Energy

Coffee Break - Sponsored by Fortis Alberta

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM


2:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Delegates will select one of the following workshops to attend:

Energy Transition Game by Suncor Energy

A facilitated game that takes participants through scenarios for the energy transition as different actors in the system so they can learn about the scope and complexity of the challenge.

Finding your Power by Larissa Crawford

This workshop will focus on teaching youth skills to uncover their inner strength and resiliency, so they can act as effective leaders in their communities.

Power Play by Community Power

In a board-game style workshop, participants will work in teams to develop project plans for achieving community energy goals. Teams will choose energy solutions for their community such as erasing fossil fuel dependence, investing in housing, or reducing energy costs based on their community profile and the business case for each option.  



4:45 PM – 5:30 PM


5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Social Event

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

*The Social Event is optional for delegates*

Day 3 - Saturday 

Keynote: Energy Food and Water Systems

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Plenary Session

10:30  AM - 12:00  PM

Indigenous Energy Changemakers

Sponsored by Alberta Labour

This plenary will feature inspiring Indigenous Changemakers who are working in the energy sector and making impacts in their local communities and across North America. Delegates will learn about Indigenous-led energy solutions, and how Canada’s energy transition can be an opportunity for collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Moderator: Nikita Kahpeaysewat

Chief Gordon Planes, T'Sou-ke Nation

Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Climate Change Fellow, David Suzuki Foundation, President, Lubicon Solar

Victoria Marchbank, Indigenous Engagement Specialist, National Energy Board

Melissa Quesnelle Naatoi'Ihkpiakii, Advisor, Indigenous Communities & Renewable Energy


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Defining Your Vision

Moderator: Devon Blind

Delegates will split into mentor groups to talk about what their vision is for their future, future projects they want to take on and support they will need to make it happen.

Innovation Jam

Sponsored by Imperial

Introduction by Cheryl Trudell, Vice President Research, Imperial

Hosted by: Michael Batas, Hunter Adams and Sean Collins

3:15 PM – 5:15 PM

The Innovation Jam is Student Energy’s signature event. Where delegates are given the opportunity to pitch their idea to the audience. Once ideas are pitched, the room turns into a large-scale brainstorm with everyone working to develop rapid-fire solutions

Closing Remarks

5:15 PM -  5:30 PM

Cultural Night Gala

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM  

Gala Dinner

A semi-formal and elaborate event, the Gala Dinner will be in the main plenary hall. This dinner will unite and inspire delegates, speakers, and sponsors for the future of energy.

Day 4 - Sunday 


Plenary Session

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Living the Energy Transformation

How do we build resiliency and empower those around us in times of transition? This plenary will explore the intersection of land, food, water and other social issues, and their interplay in the energy transition. With a focus on Canada, this plenary aims to help delegates create a truly pan-Canadian dialogue on community resilience, energy and sustainability.

Moderator: Braden Etzerza

Graeme Reed, Senior Advisor, Assembly of First Nations

Deanna Burgart, President, Indigenous Engineering Inclusion

Eryn Stewart, Program Manager, 20/20 Catalysts Program

Melissa Quesnelle Naatoi'Ihkpiakii, Advisor, Indigenous Communities & Renewable Energy

Plenary Session

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Young Indigenous Leaders

The Young Indigenous Leaders plenary is a chance for attendees to hear from and interact with their peers who are making an impact in their communities. The plenary aims to inspire delegates to dream big, learn the value of youth bring to the table, and recognize that they and their peers are capable of making an impact.

Final Closing Remarks

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Closing Ceremony - Summary of the insights gained during our time together and closing remarks by the Student Energy team