Here are some welcome messages from the 16th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum.
Premier of British Columbia
The BC Natural Resources Forum is a wonderful venue to examine the opportunities and challenges facing the natural resource sector in British Columbia, and I was most pleased to have attended and participated in the 2018 Forum.
It is a truly fantastic conference, allowing stakeholders, natural resource companies, community members, and all levels of government, be it Provincial, federal, municipal, or Aboriginal, to gather and have conversations in a non-partisan setting.
I would like to thank Forum Manager Dan Jepsen and the rest of the Forum Host Committee for all of their hard work. I have no doubt that the 2019 BC Natural Resources Forum will be equally productive and invigorating.
Dan Jepsen, Forum Advisory Committee Chair
On behalf of the 2019 BC Natural Resources Forum Advisory Committee and C3 Alliance Corp., it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the 16th Annual Forum. We are extremely proud and honoured to have managed the Forum for the past five years as it has evolved from 190 dedicated and interested delegates to the 2018 Forum which hosted a record 900+ 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 16th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum.
Lheidli T’enneh First Nation
WELCOME TO OUR TRADITIONAL TERRITORY – “Ts’uhoont’l Whuzhadel”
Lheidli T’enneh welcomes all Hereditary Chiefs, Chiefs, representatives from visiting nations and visitors to the 2019 BC Natural Resources Forum to their Homelands. Lheidli T’enneh has used the natural resources in its traditional territory for thousands of years. Natural resources sustained our communities and provided trade opportunities with other First Nations in the region. Today, Lheidli T’enneh is involved with the forestry, mining and energy sectors. Our involvement in these natural resource industries provides jobs for our community members and business opportunities for our companies. Lheidli T’enneh welcomes the recent shift by governments and industry to engage us early and engage us often in conversations about resource use in our Homelands. However, there are still some situations where we have not been consulted properly. We encourage governments and resource industries to continue down the path towards reconciliation with First Nations, and we welcome every opportunity to discuss projects and proposals aimed at achieving economic reconciliation.
Our hope is for all visitors to the 2019 BC Natural Resources Forum to have a positive and memorable experience while you are in Prince George. We also encourage everyone to visit The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre to learn more about our history.
City of Prince George
On behalf of City Council and the citizens of Prince George, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 16th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh. Hosting the province’s premier natural resources networking event in our city is a great pleasure. This forum is a wonderful opportunity for stakeholders in our natural resource industries to learn, to network, and to participate in dialogues about current issues, challenges and opportunities.
The Prince George area is rich in natural resources and the forest industry lies at the foundation of our diverse manufacturing sector and increasingly diversified economy. Our position in the province at the intersection of rivers, roads and rail means that we serve as a service and supply hub for many resource industries in the North.
We are fortunate to have two post-secondary institutions in our city, the College of New Caledonia (CNC) and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), both offering a great diversity of educational programs. Many of our local graduates go on to work in industry and natural resources in wide-ranging capacities. We were proud to open the new heavy-mechanical trades training facility at CNC this spring, which expands the capacity of those important programs.
It is an exciting time for Prince George as we strive to attract new business while supporting existing businesses. Our work to grow and diversify our economy reveals the wealth of opportunities available in forestry, bioenergy, oil and gas, mining, manufacturing and technology, and throughout our work we are committed to fostering strong relationships and understanding with the Lheidli T’enneh and our other regional and provincial partners and stakeholders.
If you are from out of town, I hope that you take advantage of the opportunity to explore what Prince George has to offer, from great restaurants and brewpubs, shopping, art and accommodations, to recreational opportunities and easy access to the great outdoors. Enjoy the forum!
Local MLA Welcome
It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the 16th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum. The Resource Forum has become a major catalyst to showcase to the world what British Columbia has to offer with our diverse resource base, our transportation infrastructure and our support structures. It has been amazing to see the Forum grow into the most popular and successful networking event of its kind in BC. The Forum brings together First Nations, all levels of Government, the resource and service and supply sectors to learn first-hand the incredible opportunities that exist in our northern resource economy. On behalf of Northern BC and our proud, dedicated and hard-working northerners, we wish you an enjoyable and successful Forum.
All the best!
Rio Tinto, Patron Sponsor
As the founding sponsor of the inaugural BC Natural Resources Forum in 2002 and the Patron Sponsor for the 2019 Forum, Rio Tinto, welcomes you to this impressive gathering of community, first nation, business and government leaders from across BC’s natural resources sector. It is with the significant support, contributions and participation of everyone here that makes this forum the success it is. In reviewing the 2019 program, many of the discussion topics parallel Rio Tinto’s business focus in British Columbia and globally offering the opportunity to think like 21st-century pioneers looking to build a shared vision for a future.
At Rio Tinto, we are 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, you need to connect with great partners, engage with communities and foster a culture of innovation.
As we embark on a new year, we have set our sights on achieving ambitious goals to become a company that northern communities are proud to host and British Columbians identify as a true pillar of our economy.
We thank all the sponsors and the organizers who make this event a success and provide the opportunity to learn from each other to build a prosperous natural resource industry. I look forward to meeting many of you and welcome you to meet our team at the Rio Tinto booth.