Experts to advise Ottawa as it consults First Nations that want stake in TMX
A former Enbridge executive has been appointed to head a committee that will advise the federal government as it consults with Indigenous communities that want a financial stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Linda Coady will lead a group of experts that will help the government during the engagement process.
Coady was chief sustainability officer for Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. and was the former co-chair of the government's Generation Energy Council.
The government says a number of Indigenous communities have expressed interest in participating economically in Trans Mountain through equity and revenue sharing.
Morneau sent letters on July 9 to the 129 potentially affected Indigenous communities, or their delegates, that might have an interest in securing economic partnership in the oil pipeline.
The letters say the government will host discussions with First Nations this month in Ottawa, Victoria, Vancouver, Kamloops, B.C., and Edmonton that will determine what that potential economic participation could look like.