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


10:00 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

Meet the panel:

Francyne Joe James Harper

President Masters Student, Renewable Energy

Native Women’s Association of Canada KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Judith Sayers Elizabeth Shirt

President Executive Director

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council 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 Chantelle Cardinal

Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel Director of Environment and Infrastructure

Government of Alberta Stoney Nakoda-Tsuut’ina Tribal Council

Blair Hogan Chris Henderson

President President

Gύnta Business 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.

Energy Action Planning: Building a Business Case to Support Community Goals by Community Power

In this workshop, participants will practice developing business cases for projects that help achieve diverse community goals and objectives.  

As part of a facilitated game, participants will be assigned to community teams each with distinct community objectives such as erasing fossil fuel dependence, investing in housing, or reducing energy costs.

Teams will work through building a business case for a number of energy projects so that they can evaluate which projects make the most financial sense for their community. Each team will then create a project plan that will best support their community goals.

The session will demonstrate strategies in community energy planning and provide a basis for participants to think through the value and benefits of real world community projects.  



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 Melina Lubicon Massimo

T'Sou-ke Nation Climate Change Fellow, David Suzuki Foundation

President, Lubicon Solar

Victoria Marchbank Melissa Quesnelle Naatoi'Ihkpiakii

Indigenous Engagement Specialist Advisor on Indigenous Entrepreneurship

National Energy Board


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 Deanna Burgart

Senior Advisor President

Assembly of First Nations Indigenous Engineering Inclusion

Eryn Stewart Melissa Quesnelle Naatoi'Ihkpiakii

Program Manager Advisor on Indigenous Entrepreneurship

20/20 Catalysts Program

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