Judith Sayers

Judith Sayers



Strategic Advisor, Sayers Strategic Advice
Adjunct Professor, Peter B Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria



Judith Sayers (traditional name is Kekinusuqs) has been a lawyer, strategic advisor and a Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

During her time as Chief, the Hupucasath First Nation built a 6.5-megawatt run-of-river hydro project that produces more than enough electricity for the 6,000 homes in the community. “We own 72.5% of this project. We get to set the standards,” says Judith, “one of the great benefits is that we manage our territory, the land, the water. We get to make the decisions. We believe in the right of self-determination.”

Of all of her accomplishments advocating and lobbying for clean energy opportunities for First Nations is her proudest achievement to date. In her capacity on the New Relationship Trust Economic Development Support Team she frequently visits First Nations communities in BC to provide support for a range of economic development activities including clean energy. For other communities looking to develop clean energy projects, she has compiled the BC First Nations Clean Energy Toolkit, an extensive resource