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    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

    PANEL DISCUSSION: Western Canadian Perspectives: Engaging Native Peoples in ROW Vegetation Management


    This panel of three utility managers will discuss the processes and successes of land acquisition to maintenance agreements (contracts) with Native (Aboriginal and Metis) peoples, primarily in Western Canada.  All of the major electricity suppliers in Western Canada will have input to these presentations as coordinated by the UVMA.

    There will be discussions on legal and contractual issues, as well as the options utilized to complete the required work on and near the ROWs on Native lands.

    BC Hydro, FortisAlberta, AltaLink, SaskPower and ATCO will contribute to the presentations and be available for a panel question and answer period after a 45-minute presentation.


    Speakers/Panel will include:

    Doug Campbell – SaskPower, Regina, Saskatchewan

    Doug Campbell was the Transmission & Distribution Forester for SaskPower Corporation in Saskatchewan, Canada from 2010 to 2013, and is currently the Supervisor of Environmental Regulation with SaskPower. He is on the Executive Committee of the Utility Vegetation Management Association (UVMA) in western Canada. Doug began his career in the Northwest Territories, where he worked for 13 years as a Resource Management Officer, Wildfire Protection Officer, and Management Forester across the western sub-Arctic.  In 1997 he moved to Saskatchewan with his growing family, and worked for the Ministry of Environment for 13 years; first as Forest Inventory Manager in the Forest Service, and then as Biodiversity Conservation Manager with the Wildlife Service before joining SaskPower. He is a Registered Professional Forester in Saskatchewan, has an Executive MBA from Athabasca University, and recently earned his PMP designation in project management.  He has a lovely wife and three rambunctious teenagers, and referees ice hockey in his spare time to release stress!

    Gerald Gervais – Kitsaki Management Limited Partnerships, La Ronge, Saskatchewan

    Gerald Gervais was the Project Manager for Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership for the 178-kilometer I1K/I2P line cutting project, and he is presently the Manager of Kitsaki Project Limited Partnership. Gerald graduated with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1984. He was the head of operations for the City of Melville and Weyburn and the Town of Banff, Alberta, and he left municipal government in 1996 to return to private enterprise. Since then Gerald has been a project manager for various civil companies throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. His duties as a project manager include estimating, hiring assistant project managers, staff, and overall management of projects. He has three children and been married to the same beautiful lady since 1974.

    Terry Malmas – FortisAlberta, Spruce Grove, Alberta

    Terry Malmas has been with Fortis Alberta for 25 years, starting as a power lineman in operations, then as a construction coordinator, a forestry field representative, a supervisor of regional projects, and currently he is Manager of Forestry. Terry sits on the board of the Utility Vegetation Management Association (UVMA), the Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta (IVMAA) Utility Tree Worker (UTW) and Utility Tree Trimmer (UTT) committees, and the Wildfire Management Advisory Committee (WMAC) in Alberta. Terry has been married for 28 wonderful years with three wonderful, energetic children. He enjoys camping, snowmobiling, both snow and water skiing, and is the president of a junior hockey club.


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