Kanaka Bar, a First Nations community in the Fraser Canyon, is developing a diverse range of
economic, social and cultural opportunities for its community. In
late 2013, Kanaka Bar, in partnership with Innergex Renewable
Energy Inc., completed construction of the 49.9 megawatt Kwoiek
Creek run-of-river hydro project located within its
reserve land and traditional territory.
Following the success of Kwoiek Creek, Kanaka found itself at a
cross-road. With a long list of potential new opportunities in
hand, Kanaka has been working hard to form consensus around a
five-year development plan focusing on a broad range of strategies.
This made Kanaka Bar an ideal, yet challenging, case study for this
year's Sauder Summit competitors.
Armed with a summary of Kanaka Bar's history and
objectives, a presentation from Kanaka's Chief, Patrick
Michell and an internet connection, each team of four business
students had 24 hours to develop and present a five-year
development plan for Kanaka focusing on the economic, social and
cultural growth of the community.
We were thrilled when Kanaka, our long-standing client, invited
us to help judge the competition alongside Chief Michell and other
Kanaka representatives. The presentations were as diverse as they
were impressive, highlighting the countless opportunities available
to Kanaka Bar. A few of the great ideas included:
a local agriculture initiative
a hybrid wind solar project
The range of ideas made for truly difficult deliberations among
And the winner is...
Congratulations to the University of South California for taking first
prize with a creative yet practical proposal. Rounding out the top
three were the University of British Columbia and Ritsumeikan Asia
Thank you to all of the organizers and participants in the
Sauder Summit for taking on such a unique and challenging case. It
was truly inspiring to see students from all over the world develop
an understanding of First Nations issues in Canada and present such
Particular thanks to Chief Michell and everyone at Kanaka Bar
for inviting us to be a part of this event. We look forward to
putting some of the great ideas into action!
Thanks to CUS Visual Media for providing the photographs
from the Sauder Summit Gala on March 11, 2016.
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