Premier John Horgan will join Dr. Daniel Muzyka, President and CEO, Conference Board of Canada, along with industry leaders, First Nations, NGOs and other dignitaries to discuss the mounting challenges facing B.C.’s resource sector at the 15th annual BC Natural Resources Forum, January 16-18, 2018;
Muzyka will kick off the event delivering the keynote address during the ‘Celebrating Natural Resources Dinner’ on Jan 16. Muzyka is also vice president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
Horgan will give his first formal presentation in Prince George at the forum’s luncheon on January 17 outlining the provincial government’s plans and priorities for B.C.’s resource sector.
Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, will join Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, and Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Training and Technology, on the popular Ministers’ Breakfast panel earlier that day.
The forum is considered one of the most important opportunities each year to hear first-hand the latest news and developments on B’C.’s resource sector and network with First Nations, government, business and resource sector leaders in an informal and respectful environment. Megan Leslie, the new president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada, will deliver her first formal address in Western Canada as part of the ‘Balancing Socio-Economic, Cultural and Environmental Values’ panel on Jan 17.
Gareth Manderson, General Manager of Rio Tinto’s B.C. Works, will share his insights on how technology and innovation is helping keep B.C. competitive on the world stage at the Employment, Technology and Innovation panel on Jan 17.
“It will be a great opportunity to talk about innovation in the resource sectors in British Columbia,” said Manderson. “It will be great to talk to business leaders on their approach to innovation in the resource sector. Rio Tinto recently spent $6 billion to modernize its Kitimat Works facility and it’s a wonderful example of what BC companies are doing to bring new technology, innovation and opportunity to B.C.”
On the Forestry and Forest Products panel on Jan. 17th, Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO of the BC Council of Forest Industries, will guide panelists through a wide-ranging conversation about the current softwood lumber trade dispute with the United States discussing how the B.C. industry will deal with the challenges of AAC reductions, impacts of this year’s historic wildfire season and emerging innovations that will help the industry maintain its competitive edge in the market.
Past attendees to the annual BC Natural Resources Forum have rated this conference as the No. 1 resource networking event in B.C. In between panels and keynote speaker sessions, there’s an opportunity to visit over 60 trade show booths that feature B.C. companies and organizations that are leading the way in innovation and new technology. Visit the BCNRF website at www.bcnaturalresourcesforum.comto find out more and take advantage of the Early Bird registration rate which ends on Nov 17.