Julien Lafaille is the founder of Brevifolia Consulting (2017). He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and a certified Professional Project Manager (PMP). He also has a Master in Mechanical Engineering from the French Naval Academy and a Master in Business Administration from HEC Paris. He favors low-tech, cost-effective and resilient solutions towards climate change mitigation/adaptation, and has extensive experience implementing innovative solutions in remote communities.
Julien believes in building lasting and trusting relationships, through integrity, humility and respect. He is always honored to support and learn from First Nations communities. He wholeheartedly supports decolonization and reconciliation efforts. He also tries his best to understand and embrace interdependence.
Julien and his family live within the unceded traditional territory of the Sinixt First Nation.
Prior to launching Brevifolia Consulting, Julien spent the last decade working for BC Hydro in a variety of senior roles. Some highlights include:
- Project Manager, Remote Community Electrification
Julien worked with Indigenous offgrid communities such as Xeni Gwet’in FN, Wuikinuxw FN, Kwadacha and Tsay Keh Dene FN to transfer electricity generation to BC Hydro and allow residents to enjoy the same quality and reliability of service as the rest of the province. This role involved collaborating with First Nations, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and a variety of stakeholders. He was also in charge of supporting community renewable energy options, and collaborated with Community Power to decrease residents’ bills and improve home comfort.
- Senior Strategic Technology Specialist, Office of the Chief Technology Officer
Julien was responsible for evaluating innovative technology solutions, then managing the implementation of appropriate technologies within BC Hydro’s operations. Over the years, he worked on a sodium-sulfur, 2MWh energy storage solution for the town of Field, BC; the use of robots to inspect and re-coat dam penstocks; advanced communication systems for slope stability sensors; renewable energy options for remote communities such as Fort Ware (biomass gasification), Anahim Lake (solar-storage), Haida Gwai’i (offgrid wind and forestry waste + diesel)… He also led investigations and pilot projects on energy conservation for Powersmart and advanced demand response with Enbala Power Networks, as part of a grid modernization effort.