Session Information

Real Reconciliation: An Indigenous-Business Accord for Sustainable Resources Development

Date: Wednesday, March 2

Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Location: Room 2

Format: Panel Discussion

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission made a clarion call for a new era of people-centered and respect-based relationships between Indigenous Communities and Canada.  This interactive session, catalyzed by insightful and informed speakers, shall seek to forge an Indigenous-Business Accord for Sustainable Resources Development for traditional sectors such as energy, mining, transport, forestry, and emerging ones including Cleantech and digital platforms.  It’s time for Indigenous-Business trust-building through enterprise, employment and enlightened economic development.  Join this frank, open and constructive dialogue.

Topic Speakers

Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO of Transformation International, an award winning Social and Economic development company. Carol Anne is a recognized leading First Nation’s business entrepreneur with a Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is from the Nuu chah nulth Nation on Vancouver Island.  

Carol Anne works to incorporate an Aboriginal worldview while bringing First Nations, industry and government together to design new approaches for sustainable, inclusive development. Carol Anne brings project management experience across industries in resource management, governance, and regional development.

Carol Anne is currently authoring ‘Indigenomics- a Global Power Shift’ and has been an instructor at Camosun Business School Leadership Program as well as at Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development Program, the University of Winnipeg’s Masters in Community Planning Program and most recently with the Banff Center Indigenous Business Program.

Transformation has been recognized with a BC Aboriginal Outstanding Business Achievement Award, a Creating Wealth Award from the National Indigenous Council of Elders and Business of the Year Award from the Nuu chah nulth Economic Development Corporation. In November 2015, Carol Anne was also recently nominated for work in multi-culturalism by the BC Government.

Carol Anne currently serves as Director on the Vancouver Island Investment Fund, the World Fisheries Trust, the Victoria Community Micro Lending Society, and is a Director on Community Social Planning Council as well as a past Director of the founding board for the First Nations Health Authority and served for 9 years on Council of Hesquiaht First Nation. 

Carol Anne is a highly sought after public speaker. More information can be found at

Siegfried Kiefer is President & Chief Operating Officer of Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO company with more than 6,800 employees and assets of approximately $16 billion. Canadian Utilities Limited delivers service excellence and innovative business solutions worldwide, with leading companies engaged in Utilities, Energy and Structures & Logistics.

Mr. Kiefer was named President in May 2015 after serving as ATCO’s Chief Operating Officer, Power & Utilities since July 2013.Formerly he was Managing Director, Utilities Business Group, where he oversaw the operations of ATCO Gas, ATCO Electric and ATCO Pipelines, along with subsidiaries Northland Utilities Limited and ATCO Electric Yukon. He also oversaw the formation and operations of ATCO Energy

Services, and served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for ATCO Group for more than 11 years until late 2009. Mr. Kiefer’s career with ATCO Group began in 1983 when he started with Canadian Western Natural Gas as a Financial Analyst, and later appointed to various technical and management roles within Canadian Utilities’ Information Services.

In 1997, Mr. Kiefer transferred to ATCO Gas Services Ltd., now known as ATCO Energy Solutions, as Manager, Utility Services. One year later, he was appointed Vice President, Information Technology & CIO within ATCO Group, and took on the added role as President, ATCO I-Tek in 1999. In July 2000, Mr. Kiefer was appointed Managing Director, Technologies Business Group, ATCO Ltd. & Canadian Utilities Limited, where he oversaw the operations of ATCO I-Tek while retaining the CIO role within ATCO’s head office.

Mr. Kiefer has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. He is married to Colleen and has a son, Stefan and a daughter, Reegan.

Steven Pacifico is an energetic and motivated sustainability practitioner with over 15 years experience working in the environmental and sustainability sector—working with corporations, government, and NGOs.  Steven’s experience has focused on helping organizations to develop their sustainability and stakeholder engagement visions and strategies; to identify key risks, priorities and business cases; and to engage and communicate information to key stakeholders with regards to sustainability issues. 

Steven currently leads Energy Exchange which is dedicated to advancing energy literacy in Canada. It aspires to a future in which Canadians are united in their energy prosperity, rather than divided by their energy options. Energy Exchange sees energy literacy at the core of a sustainable future for Canada. It is committed to fostering an energy culture that will ensure that Canada’s immense and varied energy wealth is used to build a rich and diversified economy and a vibrant and prosperous society.

Prior to Energy Exchange, Steven worked with The Delphi Group, a sustainability consulting company, supporting a wide range of clients with their sustainability strategies, engagement platforms, and communications.   Steven successfully managed and delivered over 200 sustainability-related projects as a consultant with Delphi and was the content and program support manager of The EXCEL Partnership.  He also has extensive experience designing projects that use community-based social marketing to facilitate sustainable behaviour changes.  Steven developed a ground breaking tool called, The Sustainability Pulse Tool, which he used with various clients to help them engage their employees to become stewards of sustainability. 

Before joining Delphi in 2007, he worked for the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in the Office of the Auditor General of Canada; the Toronto Sustainable Energy Association; The Falls Brook Centre; and, the Center for Rural Studies for Organic and Sustainable Development of Communities in San Jose, Mexico.

Steven has a Master of Environmental Studies in Applied Sustainable Development for Organizational Change from York University. In addition, he has a Diploma in Business and Sustainability from the Schulich School of Business and Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (with Honours) from the University of Guelph, focusing on environmental impact assessment and protection.  Steven also has training and certification in Global Report Initiative (GRI), Materiality Assessments, EMS/GHG/CSR ISO Standards (ISO 14001, 14064, 26000), Environmental Auditing, Geographic Information Systems, and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. 

Additional Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Board member of The ICARUS Foundation 2010-2013
  • Program Advisory Committee for Centennial College’s Sustainable Tourism Program
  • Guest Lecturer at York University, The University of Guelph, Ryerson University, Queens
  • Coordinator of Toronto-Based Sustainability Practitioner Group

In his spare time, Steven enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and being active.  Steven has worked, lived, studied, and traveled in over 20 countries and can speak Spanish, Italian, French, and Japanese. 

Key areas of expertise

  • Sustainability and Business Strategy and Management
  • Employee and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy, Facilitation, and Education
  • Reporting, Communications and Benchmarking
  • Clean Technology and The Energy Sector
  • Survey and Database Creation
  • Energy Systems, Literacy, Knowledge Mobilization