WiRE Networking Meet-ups

Compelling Presenters. Welcoming Environment. Women Only.

Join discussions that focus on building skills and networks for jobs and roles in the energy sector. WiRE meet-ups present a welcoming and casual opportunity to meet peers, share ideas and opportunities, and educate colleagues about projects and initiatives of interest to the group. All women working in a field related to renewable energy are invited, as are students and developing professionals who are looking for perspectives on joining the renewable energy sector. 

Toronto 20/20 Catalyst Networking Meet-Up (Women Only)

Featured Speaker:  Cherie L. Brant, Practice Group Chair - First Nations/Native American, Dickinson Wright LLP
Presentation: "The future of energy development and participation for First Nations in Ontario"


Cherie Brant is a partner in Dickinson Wright LLP’s Toronto office. She has a First Nations law practice with a focus on commercial real estate, energy and transmission, and First Nations economic development. She provides strategic counsel to several First Nations seeking to fulfill their business development objectives. Cherie also provides counsel to industry clients seeking to develop projects with First Nations and/or to understand the legal considerations relevant to Canada, and with respect to the constitutionally protected interests of the Indigenous nations with which Canada shares its land and jurisdiction. In 2017, Cherie received the Lexpert Zenith Award, a national award recognizing women’s contributions in the law. In 2012, she was named one of Lexpert's "Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40".

In 2012, Cherie completed the first 100% First Nation owned wind-power project in Ontario and is active in renewable energy development ever since having now completed over 300 MW of renewable energy partnerships involving First Nations and prepared over 800 MW of partnerships involving First Nations for competitive procurement processes. As lead counsel to the First Nations Energy Alliance (a consortium of twenty First Nations) on the Integrated Power System Plan review before the Ontario Energy Board, her counsel was instrumental in promoting Aboriginal participation models for renewable energy procurement.

More recently in 2015, Cherie Brant was selected as lead counsel to the Chiefs of Ontario on behalf of the Chiefs in Assembly for Ontario to assemble one of the largest First Nations led limited partnerships in Canada. On December 29, 2017, the Ontario First Nations Sovereign Wealth LP closed on a share purchase and loan agreement with the Province of Ontario for approximately 2.4% of Hydro One Limited for the purpose of long term wealth creation for its 129 First Nation limited partners.

Cherie is both Mohawk and Ojibway from the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Territory. Cherie is a noted speaker, having presented on topics relevant to Aboriginal Economic Development and Energy Development across Canada since 2009. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2003.

Thank you to event partners 20/20 Catalysts Program and the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario AABO

Date: Wednesday July 25, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Dickinson Wright LLP, 199 Bay Street, Suite 2200, Toronto ON M5L 1G4
Cost: $10

Inaugural Southwest Ontario Chapter Networking Meet-Up in Windsor (Women Only)

Featured Speaker:  Sarah Van Der Paelt, VP, Infranchise Sales, Marketing and Customer Care, Union Gas

Sarah Ven Der Paelt head shot

Sarah Van Der Paelt is vice president, infranchise sales, marketing and customer care for Union Gas Limited.

As a member of the Union Gas Leadership Group, Van Der Paelt leads all in-franchise residential, commercial/industrial and demand side management functions. In addition, she is accountable for the management of Union Gas’ revenue cycle through its customer care operation.

Most recently, Van Der Paelt was the director of distribution business development and strategic accounts for Union Gas Limited where her efforts focused on understanding the opportunities and challenges associated with transitioning to a low-carbon energy sector, including developing the renewable natural gas (RNG) business and introducing compressed natural gas (CNG) into the transportation sector. 

During her more than 25 years with the company, Van Der Paelt has held a number of senior leadership positions, including manager of Product Development, Director of Accounting Services, Director of Energy Conservation and Director of Commercial/Industrial Sales and Marketing.

She has a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from the University of Windsor, and holds the CPA designation.

Thank you to event host Union Gas.

Date: Wednesday October 10, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Union Gas Limited, 3840 Rhodes Dr, Windsor, ON
Cost: $10


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