Welcome Messages

Here are some welcome messages for the 17th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum.

Lheidli T’enneh First Nation

Dayi (Chief) Clay Pountney
Dayi (Chief) Clay Pountney

Hadih and welcome to the unceded ancestral lands of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation. It has been a pleasure for our nation to welcome Chiefs, Hereditary and Elected, and members from many indigenous nations around BC attending this premiere event to Lheidli Territory for over 15 years. We’ve also enjoyed welcoming the leaders from governments, industry and communities, along with leaders from the resource sectors, transportation, education and other sectors. Our members know that when the annual BC Natural Resources Forum is taking place at the Prince George Conference and Civic Center, the New Year is officially underway.

We welcome the opportunity to participate in this extraordinary annual resource forum as it allows us to measure where we are with respect to natural resource management and policy, and to ensure that our members and businesses are well positioned to take advantage of existing and new opportunities for employment and contracts. We are building on the proactive work of past Councils to ensure that we receive a fair share of the benefits of resource extraction in our ancestral lands. We have also made it known that our current Council believes that we need to be more involved with environmental stewardship and resource sustainability to ensure a vibrant future for everyone residing in our territory.

Enjoy your visit to our territory and the City of Prince George during the 2020 BC Natural Resources Forum. You can learn more about our history by visiting The Exploration Place while you are here. If you wish to discuss new resource or business opportunities in our territory, we will gladly connect you with our Economic Development department. Snachailya.

Dayi (Chief) Clay Pountney

Premier of British Columbia

Premier, John Horgan
Premier Horgan

As Premier of British Columbia, I am pleased to welcome everyone to the 17th annual BC Natural Resources Forum.

British Columbia is an amazing place with unparalleled natural beauty and resources, hardworking, talented people, and a thriving economy. Natural resources are the bedrock of our province. They support hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs and generate healthy revenues that help us build schools, hospitals, roads and homes for people.

Our job as government is to create opportunities and encourage growth across this diverse sector. We are supporting sustainable mining and mineral exploration by making the Mining Flow-Through Share tax credit and the B.C. Mining Exploration Tax Credit permanent. Our work with LNG Canada is showing the world that oil and gas projects can balance economic opportunity with job creation, while meeting our province’s climate action targets.

We are also working hard every day to strengthen forest-dependent communities. B.C.’s forest industry has faced tough challenges, from pine beetles, to wildfires, to trade and bargaining battles. We are working hard to make sure the industry will come out stronger than ever, by supporting innovative and diverse wood products, fighting for a fair outcome on softwood lumber, deepening our trade relationships, and getting the most value out of every log.

We’re committed to making life better for British Columbians, and that includes investing in people, infrastructure and a competitive business environment for our natural resource sector. With your help, we can keep B.C.’s economy moving, and make sure that people from every region benefit from the wealth we create together.

I look forward to a productive and invigorating 2020 Forum.

Forum Advisory Committee Chair

Dan Jepsen
Dan Jepsen

On behalf of the 2020 BC Natural Resources Forum Advisory Committee and C3 Alliance Corp., it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the 17th Annual Forum.

We are extremely proud and honoured to have managed the Forum for the past six years as it has evolved from 190 dedicated and interested delegates to the 2019 Forum which hosted a record 1,100+ delegates, 70 trade show booths, and sold-out keynote events.  The Forum has firmly established its reputation as one of the most diverse and important resource sector conference in Canada each year.  It highlights the many exciting and diverse opportunities in BC and particularly in the North, with unprecedented opportunities to learn first-hand the latest news, trends and opportunities linked to the resource sector and emerging businesses in the North.  The conference continues to attract a vast contingent of First Nations Leaders, federal, provincial and local government leaders, representatives from over 100 resource developers and service and supply sectors that are the foundation of our vital resource economy.

There is no other annual gathering that provides the diversity of topics, speakers, delegates, and leaders under one roof to discuss issues and explore the challenges and unprecedented opportunities unfolding in BC. It is a pleasure to work with the dedicated Advisory Committee, the many generous sponsors and the large contingent of people and organizations that have helped guide the development of one of the most exciting Forums in BC. We hope you enjoy the 17th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum.

Local Member of Legislative Assembly 

Shirley Bond, MLA
Shirley Bond, MLA

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 17th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum in Prince George. The Resources Forum has become one of the highest profile events in the country, providing the opportunity for important discussions about the role of the resource sector in a strong and vibrant economy. The Forum brings together all the key partners including First Nations, various levels of Government and individuals who work in the sector. As the MLA for Prince George Valemount I look forward to constructive and informative sessions once again this year.

City of Prince George

Mayor Lyn Hall
Mayor Lyn Hall

On behalf of the City of Prince George, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 17th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum taking place on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh. Prince George is the home and proud host of the Forum, which is the largest natural resources conference in Western Canada.

Our city is the service and supply hub for all of Northern BC and provides products, services, and expertise to local, national, and international businesses. Prince George’s economy is also closely connected to a healthy and vital natural resource sector.

The Natural Resources Forum offers unprecedented opportunities for First Nations, all levels of government, and the resources, service, and supply sectors to connect, share knowledge, and exchange ideas in an informal, friendly atmosphere and with a commitment and common goal of fostering a strong resource economy for BC.

During your stay, I encourage you to get out and explore our city, visit our fine shops and restaurants, and take part in in all that our vibrant, growing city has to offer.

Enjoy the Forum!

Rio Tinto, Patron Sponsor

Affonso Bizon, Rio Tinto

As a founding partner of the inaugural BC Natural Resources Forum in 2002 and the Patron Sponsor for the 2020 Forum, Rio Tinto welcomes you to this impressive gathering of community, First Nations, business and government leaders from across BC’s natural resources sector.

This year’s theme, ‘Strengthening BC’s Competitive Advantage’, invites us to reflect on what we do best and what we can collectively improve to keep our industries successful and drive responsible growth in our communities. With the variety of perspectives represented, this forum is the ideal place to exchange ideas, learn from each other and build new relationships.

At Rio Tinto, one of our important competitive advantages is our access to renewable energy, which enables us to produce low-carbon aluminium in northern BC. We take pride in building a sustainable business for our employees, shareholders, customers and host communities – a strong business for today and one that delivers benefits for many decades to come. To achieve this goal, we believe in the importance of connecting with great partners, engaging with our communities and fostering a culture of innovation.

As we embark on a new year, we have set our sights on achieving ambitious progress to continue to be a company that northern communities are proud to host and British Columbians identify as a true pillar of the economy.

Once again, Rio Tinto welcomes you to the 2020 Natural Resource Forum and invites you to stop by our tradeshow booth to share ideas, ask questions and meet our Rio Tinto team.