Power of Water Canada Speaker Profile: Joe Moses

Canada’s largest hydroelectric event, the 19th annual Power of Water Canada Technical Conference & Trade Show, will take place October 21-23 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. As preparations continue, we’re profiling some of this year’s can’t-miss speakers.

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Joe Moses is the President & CEO of Biigtigong Dbenjgan; the business holding and management company of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg’s (formerly, Pic River First Nation) for profit organizations. Active participants in various business sectors with a diverse range of customers, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg is located approximately 300km east of Thunder Bay, and 350km west of Sault Ste. Marie, near Marathon, ON. Joe manages and provides strategic leadership and direction to three hydro electric projects, a full service civil construction company, a mechanical harvesting operation, and a 150-person capacity camps & catering company; all of which are active and situated within the traditional territory of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg.

Joe is a founding board member of Supercom Industries LP. In 2018, Supercom Industries LP and Valard Construction were awarded the contract to construct the East-West Tie Project; a $500 Million+, 450 kilometre, double-circuit 230kV transmission line between Wawa and Thunder Bay, ON.

Prior to returning to his community in 2014, Joe held various leadership positions in Commercial Banking, Marketing, Business Development, and Community Relations with organizations and businesses focused on servicing the needs of communities in Northern Ontario. An active member of the Aboriginal and business community of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario, Joe has served on numerous volunteer boards and committees. In fall of 2014, Joe was elected 2015 Chair of the Board of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, where he was honored to serve as the Chamber’s first Chairperson to identify as being of Aboriginal heritage. Joe has additionally served on numerous boards and committees including Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, Lakehead University President’s Advisory Committee on Economic Development, Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre, and North Superior Workforce Planning Board.

In 2016, Joe was awarded Shift Thunder Bay’s NOVA Award, as one of Northwerstern Ontario’s “Top 20 under 40” Visionaries.

Joe was born in Marathon, ON and is a proud community member of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg. He graduated from Brandon University in Brandon, MB in 2007 where he obtained bachelor degrees in Music and Education.

Q & A

What makes you look forward to Power of Water Canada?

As owners and operators of hydroelectric projects, we can often feel as though we are secluded as we focus our energy and efforts on optimization and operational efficiencies.  The Power of Water Canada Conference and the many opportunities Ontario Waterpower Association provides for networking and engagement is a welcome opportunity we look forward to every year.  Having the time to meet with various industry partners provides us the venue to share and discuss common opportunities and challenges as we continue to grow our businesses individually and the industry collectively.

What is the true value for delegates in attending Power of Water Canada?

As a relatively new manager to the hydroelectric sector, understanding the nuances of specific projects within the context of ever-changing industry trends and challenges can be overwhelming at times.  The true value for delegates attending Power of Water Canada is in the knowledge gained from attending plenary sessions and the relationships built in establishing and growing your network.  The conference equips attendees with new knowledge and partners that will assist you in achieving your strategic goals for the year as you look to refine and improve your project/ business.  As all partners in attendance are focused on the common goal of growing the industry, the conference is a truly unique opportunity to share ideas, establish new relationships, and build on the existing.

What can Power of Water Canada delegates expect from your session?

The rapid growth and expansion of technology has made communication and sharing of knowledge around the world much more accessible and achievable at a very minimal cost.  Countries across the globe are continually seeking long term, sustainable, and renewable alternatives to conventional energy resources.  Guided by their values that have been passed on for centuries, indigenous culture and communities globally represent fewer than 5% of the earth’s population, yet manage near 80% of the planet’s biodiversity.

As the global sharing of information and knowledge increases along with the desire to seek long-term sustainable strategies and solutions to managing the environment and climate change, governments and corporations are looking to, and becoming more inclusive of indigenous world views.  No longer misrepresented as irrelevant or opposed to technological and economic development; indigenous culture and communities are willing to serve at the forefront in partnership and leadership with government and industry toward the growth of renewable energy.

Particularly, across Canada, indigenous stakeholders maintain and exercise inherent title rights to the lands and resources of which they are stewards.  The continued expansion of infrastructure involving the impact of natural resources in Canada is no longer possible without meaningful consultation, engagement, and participation of Indigenous stakeholders.  As a community that thrives and is self-governing attributed to the benefits of past and continued participation in the economic and natural resource sectors, we will explore and discuss pathways toward mutual success in new and evolving markets and legislation.

Where to Catch Joe Moses

Session 1A: Indigenous Partners and Proponents – Learning by Doing
Oct. 22, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Studio 4

It’s been a decade since electricity procurement models were introduced that by design encouraged and incented the economic participation of First Nations in new waterpower projects.  As we prepare to move to a new market approach what lessons in establishing and leveraging partnerships can be learned and applied?  Hear directly from First Nation communities about the keys to success.