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Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016: #47 — Garry Reece

Could make or break LNG

Garry Reece, Mayor, Lax Kw'alaams Band
(Lax Kw’alaams Band)

#47: Garry Reece

Mayor, Lax Kw’alaams Band

Why he matters: Could make or break LNG

Garry Reece is the guy standing in the way of—or, potentially, facilitating—the creation of a multibillion-dollar industry. He leads the Lax Kw’alaams First Nations Band on B.C.’s northwest coast, which in September filed a claim to aboriginal title on land where Malaysian energy company Petronas plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal. Earlier, the band rejected an impact-and-benefits agreement worth $1.1 billion over 40 years from Petronas. Reece’s objection is not to LNG exports in principle, but rather to the project’s location near an important salmon-rearing habitat. That’s why Petronas still holds out hope.

More of Canada’s Most Powerful Business People:

▲ #46 Wally Smith
▼ #48 Ann Cavoukian