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Dylan MacLennan

CCIB Board of Directors

Dylan MacLennan

Founder
L’nu Energy Inc. (Lennox Island, PEI)

A Mi’kmaq youth deeply dedicated to the preservation of land and resources, Dylan has channeled his passion into a meaningful career at the intersection of energy efficiency, renewable generation, and sustainable energy sovereignty. Currently embarked in his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at the School of Climate Change and Adaptation, Dylan made the strategic decision to transition from a Master’s program to a Ph.D. to accommodate the extensive scope and the time demands of his work.

His proposed thesis focuses on a critical question “How can First Nations in Canada effectively develop pathways to net-zero emissions while preserving sovereignty over land and resources?” This comprehensive research is structured around three main pillars: developing a framework through conducting a literature review, examining available technologies, cumulating into an implementation and management strategy. The concluding component of his thesis will highlight successful clean energy projects implemented by other First Nations, using these cases to craft a framework and strategy that not only benefits Lennox Island First Nation but can also serve as a blueprint for other First Nations across Canada.

Since founding L’nu Energy in April of 2022, the projects he has undertaken have contributed to his Ph.D. thesis through practical implementation while developing sustainable infrastructure within First Nations. This experience has proved invaluable, offering insights into the realities of achieving energy sovereignty. Moreover, as a First Nations entrepreneur from Atlantic Canada, Dylan’s insights contribute significantly to the CCAB Board of Directors, where he brings a unique perspective on sustainability and indigenous sovereignty. His dual roles ensure his academic research is both grounded in practicality and reflective of broader community aspirations, underscoring the vital link between local actions and national strategies for sustainable development.