Calgary, Alberta – October 27, 2015 – BluEarth Renewables Inc. (BluEarth) has announced three winners of its 2015 Aboriginal Clean Energy Scholarship (ACES) which provides financial support and skills development opportunities for Canadian aboriginal students pursuing trades certification, diploma, degree and other programs from accredited post-secondary institutions.
The scholarship offers a unique opportunity for aboriginal students to gain work experience and learn from one of the most experienced renewable power generation teams in the country.
The 2015 ACES recipients are:
Jessica Bekker – University of Victoria
Bailey Quinn – University of British Columbia
Julianne Peters – University of the Fraser Valley
“Jessica, Bailey and Julianne exemplify leadership, community involvement and a commitment to clean energy. We’re pleased that we can support their academic goals and collaborate with these future leaders in the clean energy sector,” said Grant Arnold, BluEarth’s President & CEO.
“BluEarth’s commitment to providing clean sustainable energy practices that places greater weight on environmental values and mitigating the harms caused to wildlife is a great step towards protecting and preserving aboriginal rights in Canada.” said Bailey Quinn of the shíshálh Nation, who is pursuing a law degree at the University of British Columbia.
“Kukwstsetsemc (kooks-chet-chum-c), meaning thank you, literally translated as ‘you saved me’ in Secwepemc (Shuswap); this is appropriate, as BluEarth is doing its part in providing a cleaner future for everyone by helping Aboriginal Students pursue the clean energy business,” explained Julianne Peters of the Canim Lake Band, who is completing an electrical apprenticeship at the University of the Fraser Valley.
“My research is focused on renewable energy and I am excited to have received a Scholarship from BluEarth Renewables. There are many renewable energy opportunities in partnership with First Nations communities. BluEarth seems to be committed to grow relationships with First Nations communities and this scholarship attests to their efforts in achieving that goal,” said Jessica Bekker, of the Piikani Nation, who is working to complete her Master of Applied Science with the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Victoria
All three students will have an opportunity for a paid internship and to be partnered with a BluEarth team member who will act as a learning partner throughout their academic year.
About BluEarth Renewables Inc.
Headquartered in Calgary, BluEarth is a private independent renewable power producer, focused on the acquisition, development, construction and operation of wind, water, and solar projects, with a focus on Canada. With the most experienced renewable energy development team in Canada, BluEarth’s mission is to be the renewable energy leader by developing, building, and operating a portfolio that optimizes people, planet, and profit. BluEarth believes it has the power to change the futureTM by demonstrating how to be sustainable and profitable, leaving the world a better place. For more information, visit www.bluearth.ca or follow us on twitter @BERenewables.
For more information:
BluEarth Renewables Inc.
(403) 668-1575 x422