Speaker

Chris Sankey

Principal Owner and President

Blackfish Enterprises

Meet Chris:

Chris is Principal owner and President at Blackfish Enterprises. A company that provides strategic advice, direction and planning to Indigenous Communities and Industry Stakeholders, both domestically and internationally in the energy sector.  And is a partner in Blackfish Industries, a heavy civil construction company. Chris is an advisor in a downstream energy project.  He is a Senior Fellow at the MacDonald Laurier Institute, where he provides advice on Indigenous affairs, research and policy work.  Chris is a committee member of the Canadian Gas Association and the International Gas Union. He is also a partner at Fort Capital Partners.  A boutique investment firm with offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. Chris is also a part of the National Speakers Bureau, An international talent agency that represents North America’s best roster of news makers, thought leaders and icons on the speaking platform for conferences and events. 

Chris is a member of the Coast Tsimshian community of Lax Kw’Alaams near Prince Rupert, British Columbia and a former Elected Councilor for the Lax Kw Alaams Band where he chaired the Economic Development committee. He was effective in starting and implementing the first ever emergency response and marine safety table on the North Coast.  Chris sits on the board for the C2C2C Unity Corridor Foundation. An organization that collaborates and brings capacity expertise to indigenous communities that links stakeholder engagement and technical considerations when evaluating corridor opportunities.  

Chris organized, implemented and co-facilitates the Tsimshian leadership table in Prince Rupert where he collaborates with indigenous leadership to look at traditional knowledge, political risk, common interest and a path forward through economic reconciliation. 

Chris helped negotiate and facilitate the $36 billion-dollar Pacific Northwest LNG agreement and was one of two negotiators for Lax Kw’Alaams Band that reached the first-ever Environmental Monitoring Agreement between the Coast Tsimshian, the Government of British Columbia and Federal Government of Canada. 

Chris is an extremely influential person who believes in strengthening communities, one person at a time to achieve communal prosperity. 

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