Byron LeClair is the Director of Energy Projects for the Pic River First Nation. Located on the north shore of Lake Superior, half way between Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, the Pic River First Nation is surrounded with an abundance of resource based opportunities. The capital intensive nature of these types of opportunities, requires Pic River to utilize aboriginal/non-aboriginal partnerships to support their involvement in many different projects. Today, Pic River has numerous partnerships with Canadian Energy Firms having developed 3 operational hydro electric facilities – most recently the newly commissioned Umbata Falls Hydro Electric Project, a 25 megawatt run of river project. Mr. LeClair is leading the charge on behalf of Pic River, with 140 megawatts of new wind and water energy projects on the books, representing nearly $500 million dollars of new investment.
With over 20 years of experience, Mr. LeClair serves as President for Kagiano Power Corporation (a wholly owned community energy project) and Vice President of Business Development for the Begetekong Power Corporation (a partnership between Pic River and Innergex Renewable Energy). A staunch advocate of Aboriginal rights, Byron LeClair has spoken at many conferences on topics related to Aboriginal people, resource development projects and the benefits of First Nation business partnerships. He is a member of the Pic River First Nation.