Wind and Aboriginal Communities Seminar to explore opportunities in growing wind energy industry

    OTTAWA, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association
(CanWEA) will hold its first-ever Wind and Aboriginal Communities Seminar,
Sept. 11 - 12 in Ottawa, as part of the association's efforts to promote
opportunities available in wind energy in Canada. Wind is one of the
fastest-growing sources of clean, renewable energy around the world.
    The seminar is one in a series of educational sessions the association
has hosted this year on various topics such as financing and siting of wind
development projects. The Wind Matters series is sponsored by SkyPower,
Vestas, and Shell Canada. CanWEA has plans to increase the number of seminars
it offers in 2009.
    "With this session we aim to increase the dialogue and information
sharing between representatives of Aboriginal communities and the wind energy
industry in Canada," says Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA. "The seminar
will include a review of case studies, aboriginal community partnership
models, breakout sessions on regional issues, and discussion on resources that
can aid aboriginal communities in developing wind energy projects."
    The seminar will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 101 Lyon Street,
Ottawa. The session will be of particular interest to: representatives of
Aboriginal communities interested in the development of wind projects on their
lands, either as project partners or direct investors; representatives of the
development community interested in exploring the nature of the relationship,
the duty to consult, and the priorities of Aboriginals in the project
development process; representatives of federal, provincial and territorial
governments; utilities and regulatory officials involved in Aboriginal
development; and interested members of the media.

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    The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is a non-profit trade
association that promotes the appropriate development and application of all
aspects of wind energy in Canada, including the creation of a suitable policy

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For further information: To register, please contact: Ulrike Kucera,
Media Relations Officer, (613) 234-8716 ext. 228, Mobile: (613) 867 4433,

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