The Forum organizers are extremely pleased to welcome you to the 16th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum! This event has grown to become the largest and most important multi-sector Natural Resource Forum in Western Canada. We look forward to seeing you at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre, January 22-24, 2019.
About the Forum
The Forum offers a positive, non-partisan 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.
Attendance in 2018 reached over 900 delegates, making it one of the largest conferences in Northern BC each year. The 2018 Forum included 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.
2019 Advisory Committee
We would like to offer sincere thanks and acknowledgement to the members of the Advisory Committee for their direction and expertise in shaping the 2019 program.
2019 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:
- Innovation and Technology
- Unlocking Potential Within Indigenous Communities
- Mining: Excellence in Innovations
- Charting Forestry’s Future
- The Future of Energy – Canada’s Opportunity
- Transformative Influences in the Resource Sector
- and more!
Premier of British Columbia
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 the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters to date!