VANCOUVER – December 10, 2014 — Today, Samer Salameh, Executive Chairman of Pacific Future Energy, announced that Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, has joined its management team as Senior Advisor – Partnerships, and Stockwell Day, Senior Advisor, and Chair of Pacific Future Energy’s Advisory Committee, announced that Ovide Mercredi, also a former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, has joined Pacific Future Energy’s advisory board.
“We are very excited to have both of these individuals join our company in senior roles,” said Samer Salameh, Pacific Future Energy’s Executive Chairman. “There is only one way to work with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and that is in full respect of their inherent rights and title. We stand in full support of achieving a true partnership with Indigenous Peoples, communities and families.”
“We have reached a moment that marks an important opportunity for Indigenous Peoples to forge a new energy vision, grounded in our rights and responsibilities, on the global economic stage,” said Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo. “First Nations values and principles will shape this long term vision and the potential for a new, more sustainable, energy industry for all British Columbians and Canadians.”
“I am very pleased to join Pacific Future Energy with business visionaries who want to change the development landscape in Canada, said Ovide Mercredi. “There is a great need for a new approach that recognizes traditional lands and territories and the third order of government. Where governments failed, perhaps, developers, industry and the business world can succeed. This is the time to think outside of the status quo. There is much to do to change how business and governance is done here at home. But the good news is that it can be accomplished with visionary approaches, good will and kindness. I look forward to being part of a team that will change the development narrative and make big contributions to the way forward.”
About Pacific Future Energy
Vancouver-based Pacific Future Energy is a company that has been developed to finance, design and construct the world’s greenest oil refinery in British Columbia, Canada. The management team consists of leaders from the venture capital, corporate and government sectors, who share the belief that while it’s in Canada’s national strategic interest to diversify its markets for oil, it should be done in a socially and environmentally responsible manner while ensuring the protection of Canada’s west coast.
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