For the 18th Annual event, the Organizing Committee is proud to announce that we are hosting our first-ever virtual BC Natural Resource Forum (#BCNRF21) this coming January 26-28, 2021. The program is still in development, but it will be focused on building and maintaining a resilient natural resource sector in BC and Canada and how to prosper in this new reality and uncertain economy.

The 2020 Program was focused on Strengthening BC’s Competitive Advantage in the resources sector! All events in the Forum program took place at the Prince George Civic and Conference Centre (808 Canada Games Way, Prince George, BC V2L 5T6).

Below please find the program outline:

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

8:30-4:00pm       Pre-Forum Workshop 1. Let’s Talk Impact Benefit Agreements (Must register for workshop separately)

10:00-3:00pm     Pre-Forum Workshop 2. Crisis Communications (Must register for workshop separately)

1:00-4:00pm       Exhibitor Registration and Set-Up

3:00pm                Registration Opens

4:00-6:00pm       Pre-Banquet Tradeshow Reception | Sponsored by Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project Ltd.

6:00-9:00pm       Celebrating Natural Resources Banquet  | Sponsored by Abacus Data  (Ticketed)              

Bruce Anderson, Chairman, Abacus Data on BC’s Natural Resources Survey
Tracy Robinson, Executive Vice-President and President, Canadian Natural Gas Pipelines, TC Energy

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

7:00am                Registration Opens

7:30-8:45am       Resource Ministers’ Breakfast | Sponsored by Tourmaline Oil Corp. (Ticketed)

Hon. Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development
Hon. Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation
Hon. George Heyman, Minister of Environment & Climate Change Strategy
Hon. Bruce Ralston,  Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Moderator: Bryan Cox, President & CEO, BC LNG Alliance

8:00-9:20am       Morning Coffee & Networking | Sponsored by Enbridge

9:20-9:45am       Official Conference Opening

MC: Sarah Weber, President & CEO, C3 Alliance Corp.
Dayi (Chief) Clayton Pountney, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation
Bob Zimmer, MP, Prince George – Peace River – Northern Rockies
Shirley Bond, MLA, Prince George – Valemount
Mayor Lyn Hall
City of Prince George

9:45-10:20am     Opening Keynote Addresses

Regional Chief Terry Teegee, British Columbia Assembly of First Nations
Affonso Bizon, General Manager, Rio Tinto BC Works

10:20-11:30am   Panel 1 – A Collective Vision for BC’s Mining SectorSponsored by Seabridge Gold

Chief John French, Takla Nation
Heather Lawrence, Global Manager, Indigenous Affairs, Teck Resources
Kathryn Teneese, Nation Chair, Ktunaxa Nation Council
Ben Wither, Manager HSEC and People, Red Chris, Newcrest Mining
Moderator: Michael Goehring, President & CEO, Mining Association of BC (MABC)

11:30-12:00pm   Nutrition Break & Tradeshow Networking | Sponsored by Construction Labour Relations Association of BC

12:00-1:15pm     Keynote Luncheon | Premier John HorganGovernment of BC | Sponsored by Prince Rupert Port Authority (Ticketed)

1:15-1:45pm       Tradeshow Networking Break

1:45-2:05pm       Afternoon Keynote Address | Sue Paish, CEO, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster

2:05-3:20pm       Panel 2 – Cross-Sector CEO Outlooks

Raghwa Gopal, President & CEO, Innovate BC
Paul Gruner, President & CEO, Det’on Cho Corporation
Kasi Rao, President & CEO, Canada-India Business Council
Peter Zebedee, CEO, LNG Canada
Moderator: Geneviève Latour, General Manager, Communities & Communications, Aluminum, Rio Tinto

3:20-3:50pm       Nutrition Break and Tradeshow Networking | Sponsored by IUOE Local 115

3:50-5:00pm       Panel 3 – Prosperity Through Partnerships | Sponsored by Summit Earthworks Inc.

Maynard Angus, Manager, Indigenous Relations, Prince Rupert Port Authority
Dan George, President & CEO, Four DirectionManagement Services
Juergen Puetter, CEO, Renewable Hydrogen Canada
Lindsay Thompson, Director, Indigenous Relations, BC Hydro
Moderator: Joel McKay, CEO, Northern Development Initiative Trust

5:00-6:30pm       Wine & Cheese Reception Sponsored by Ecofor Consulting Ltd.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

8:00-8:30am       Morning Coffee & Networking | Sponsored by Chevron Kitimat LNG  

8:30-8:35am       Conference Day Two Opening Remarks

8:35-8:45am     State of the North Report Joel McKay, CEO, Northern Development Initiative Trust

8:45-9:10am       Opening Keynote Address | James Thompson, Vice-President, Western Region, CN

9:10-10:15am     Panel 4 – Global Leadership in Sustainable Forest ManagementSponsored by Association of BC Forest Professionals

Shannon Janzen, Vice President & Chief Forester, Western Forest Products
Kurt Niquidet, Vice President & Chief Economist, BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI)
Chief Willie Sellars, T’exelcemc – Williams Lake Band
Mayor Bob SimpsonCity of Quesnel
Moderator: Michelle Ward, Director, Corporate Communications, Canfor

10:15-10:45am   Nutrition Break and Tradeshow Networking | Sponsored by United Steelworkers 1-2017

10:45-11:50am   Panel 5 – Fresh Perspectives from Tomorrow’s Leaders | Sponsored by Geoscience BC

Fiona McDonald, Project Manager, BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI)
Anitra Paris, Operations & Policy Manager, Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC)
Kody Penner, Director of Employment, Tahltan Central Government
Jessica Verhagen, Chief Operating Officer, Hydra Energy Corp
Moderator: Kendra Johnston, President & CEO, Association for Mineral Exploration (AME)

11:50-12:15pm   Tradeshow Networking Break

12:15-1:40pm     Keynote Luncheon | Chief Councillor Crystal SmithHaisla Nation | Sponsored by CLAC (Ticketed)

1:40-2:10pm       Tradeshow Networking Break

2:10-3:25pm       Panel 6 – Tapping BC’s Potential as an Energy Leader | Sponsored by Spartan Controls

Mayor Lori AckermanCity of Fort St. John
Chris Bloomer, President & CEO, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
Michael Crothers, President and Country Chair, Shell Canada Limited
Chris O’Riley, President & CEO, BC Hydro
Moderator: Tim McMillan, President & CEO, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

3:25-3:30pm       Official Conference Closing

Note, program subject to change.

Past Programs

Download the 2020 program (PDF: 8pgs | 3.6MB)
Download the 2019 program (PDF: 20pg | 4.5MB)
Download the 2018 program (PDF: 20pg | 14.2MB)
Download the 2017 program (PDF: 23pg | 13.8MB)
Download the 2016 program (PDF: 24pgs | 9MB)