The Forum Organizing Committee is extremely pleased to bring you the 15th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum in Prince George, January 16-18, 2018!
About the Forum
The Forum offers a neutral, non-partisan and positive arena to discuss and learn first-hand the latest news, trends and opportunities linked to the resource sector in BC. There is no other gathering that provides this diversity of speakers, delegates, exhibitors and leaders under one roof to discuss issues and explore the challenges and unprecedented opportunities unfolding in the province. This year the Forum will introduce two new panels on International Trade, and Balancing Socio-Economic, Cultural and Environmental Values. View program
We are proud to announce that Premier John Horgan will attend the Forum and give the Keynote Address at the Luncheon on Wednesday, January 17. Delegates can look forward to an outstanding roster of speakers. View speaker biographies
Attendance is again expected to reach 850 delegates making it one of the largest conferences in Northern BC each year. The 2018 Forum will continue to include a huge contingent of federal, provincial and local government leaders, as well as continuing strong interest, support and attendance by First Nation leaders, representatives from resource developers and service and supply sectors that are the foundation of our resource economy.
2018 Panel and Keynote Topics
Growing our economy and providing benefits to communities, while ensuring environmental protection measures are upheld is paramount to the success of natural resources projects in BC. Panels and keynote speakers will address many key issues facing BC’s natural resources including:
- Balancing Socio-Economic, Cultural and Environmental Values
- Forestry and Forest Products
- Minerals and Mining
- Energy, Oil and Gas
- Finance and Business
- International Trade
- Employment, Technology and Innovation
Welcome from the 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 2018 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.
Welcome from the City of Prince George
On behalf of City Council and the citizens of Prince George, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 15th 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.
A message from Rio Tinto, 2018 Forum Patron Sponsor
Rio Tinto has been part of the resource sector in British Columbia for almost 65 years. We know first-hand the benefit resources play in building prosperity in this great province – we also know the opportunities and challenges we all face in a future with an increasingly competitive global marketplace.
We recently completed a $5B investment by modernising our smelter in Kitimat and we can now say that aluminium produced in BC has one of the lowest carbon foot prints in the world. Investments like these are required in British Columbia so we can remain competitive and continue to deliver value for our business, as well as protect the environment and communities in which we operate.
Thank you to this year’s sponsors to date!