Akemi Siu has over 20 years of consulting and public sector experience with community project development and infrastructure management specifically hydroelectric, water & wastewater and capital projects.
Currently, Akemi is the Chief Executive Officer for Cayoose Creek Development Corp. (CCDC), the business arm of Sekw’el’was Cayoose Creek Band. Akemi works directly with Sekw’el’was leadership to implement the economic development strategies identified in the Sekw’el’was Community Comprehensive Plan. Under her direction CCDC acquired Antares Project Services, Cayuse Flats Transportation (formerly Nickoli Cartage) and the Walden North Hydroelectric Facility. She currently oversees the management teams and operations for the six active businesses under the corporation’s umbrella, employing Sekw’el’was as well as St'át'imc members and contractors in Lillooet BC.
Before working with Sekw’el’was, Akemi was BC Hydro’s first Relations Manager responsible for implementation of the Final Settlement Agreement between St'át'imc, BC Hydro and the Province, the largest grievance agreement in BC Hydro’s history. While at BC Hydro, Akemi identified contracting opportunities and built strategies that incorporated BC Hydro’s commitment to Aboriginal Relations while balancing the need for operational certainty.
Akemi was the Executive Director of Aboriginal Partnerships for Syntaris Power, a Vancouver-based Independent Power Producer. Reporting directly to the President and CEO, she developed aboriginal partnership strategies and negotiated Aboriginal agreements for hydropower and renewable energy projects. Akemi also managed the community stakeholder and Aboriginal consultation process for project permitting. During this time she served on the First Nations Advisory Committee for Clean Energy BC.
Prior to joining in the hydroelectric industry, Akemi worked Kerr Wood Leidal Consulting Engineers on water and wastewater, and community infrastructure projects. Her focus was capital project development, permitting and funding for First Nations and remote communities.
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