Red Deer—Lacombe

Desmond Bull is currently a third term elected councillor for the Louis Bull Tribe of the Maskwacis Nation in the Treaty 6 Territory of Alberta. An environmental champion, he has helped lead a green energy transformation in his community.

Desmond began his career in the field of education working for Ermineskin Junior/Senior High School in 2002. Then, in 2005, he transferred to The Kisipatnahk School and continued there till 2013. His responsibilities in education began with a role as a teacher’s assistant and with continued training he added responsibilities such as: youth career development, events coordinator and I.T. professional.

During his employment in education, Desmond successfully completed the Aboriginal Leadership Program in Governance and Management at the Banff Art Centre in 2012. He then used these tools to successfully campaign for council, being elected to his first term with the Louis Bull Tribe in 2013. He was re-elected in 2016 and 2018. His role as a First Nation leader has allowed him to sit on various boards in Maskwacis, including with: Maskwacis Cultural College, Maskwacis Employment Centre, Maskwacis Youth Initiative, Maskwacis Health Services, Six independent Alberta First Nations and AKO Child and Youth Services.

As a First Nation member, elected official and an environmental steward, Desmond researched and developed initiatives for renewable solar energy systems to be installed on their public buildings. This initiative was to cultivate renewable energy and convert it to electricity to offset utility finances, divert savings internally to department programs, create capacity development for membership and teach environmental responsibility.

With the proper research that included training, Desmond has successfully spearheaded the installations of 188 Kwh of PV (solar) on eight public buildings. These projects were installed by 12 trained band members and are 100% owned by the tribe. These projects were funded through sponsorship agreements, fundraising, and infrastructure development grants and subsidies. 

This work in renewables opened opportunities for Desmond to affiliate himself with provincial and federal organizations such as: The Green Economy Network in Edmonton, Energy Futures Lab of Alberta, The Alberta Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel, Alberta Solar Energy Society, Aboriginal Climate Action Team and the 20/20 Catalysts program.

Desmond continues his work for his community, First Nations and the environment. One vision that Desmond hopes to pursue is to create a partnership with local communities on a 10 MWH large scale utility system to provide all electrical needs for his tribe and partnered surrounding communities. While developing these partnerships, Desmond hopes to further address climate change issues by encouraging sustainable and efficient practices in agriculture, transportation and infrastructure, through capacity development, community engagement and education.