Speaker

Jason Schulz

Executive Director, Strategic Advisory Services

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

Meet Jason:

Jason Schulz, Executive Director Strategic Advisory Services, has been with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) since 2017. Jason’s background encompasses Indigenous business, infrastructure projects and investments, business development and governance, community engagement, marketing, human resources and education. 

In addition to graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Luther College, University of Regina, and a Master of Business Administration (Marketing) from the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Jason spent a year in Tokyo, Japan, studying the Japanese language (Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin). 

Jason co-authored an English self-study textbook, Eigo De Are Kore Ite Miru: published by ZKAI publishers and released October 2002.

Jason ensures corporate governance practices are aligned while serving as Director (President) on the Tahsipiy pipeline partnership that closed on November 30, 2021. In addition, he continues to play an active role in monitoring progress during construction of three merchant solar farms in the ACFN-Concord Pacific partnership. He continues to serve as Director, Chair and President of the Indigenous Communities General Partnership, representing ownership interests of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Bigstone Cree First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation, and Sucker Creek First Nation in Alberta PowerLine. Jason currently serves as Secretary for Three Nations Energy, an organization where the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation and Fort Chipewyan Metis Association partnered with ATCO Electric to establish Canada’s first and largest off-grid solar farm. 

Jason was elected as Trustee with the Fort McMurray Public School District in October 2021. He continues to serve on the Northern Alberta Development Council with the Ministry of Jobs, Economy, and Trade. 

More recently, Jason served on the negotiation committee to acquire a minority share in seven Enbridge pipelines in northeastern-Alberta. Successfully closing in October of 2023, this opportunity represented the largest Indigenous energy transaction in North American history, valued at $1.12 billion with 23 Indigenous communities participating. On July 11, 2023, Minister Wilkinson announced funding of approximately $45 million SREP to add battery energy storage systems (BESS) to the three ACFN-Concord merchant solar farms. BESS construction represents a $68M addition to complement the $145 million already invested in the solar farm infrastructure. With construction scheduled to be completed in the Fall, BESS will represent a welcome addition to the solar farm that continues to demonstrate environmental stewardship while benefitting ACFN membership for 35 years. 

As the Executive Director of Strategic Advisory Services for ACFN, Jason is responsible for overseeing higher level strategic priorities and long-term infrastructure projects. Jason collaborates with ACFN Chief and Council, CEO, and senior management team to foster economic and community development. Jason has been instrumental in accessing funding for ACFN capital projects and developing a strong network of Nation and Industry partnerships.

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