A Message from the Organizing Committee
We are extremely pleased to bring you the 15th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum in Prince George, January 16-18, 2018!
The Forum has established itself as the most diverse and important conference to learn first-hand the latest news, trends and opportunities linked to the resource sectors in BC. Our goal is to provide a forum to collaborate, share and explore ways to promote prosperity for British Columbians through responsible development of our diverse resources sector. 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.
The Forum offers a neutral, non-partisan and positive arena to discuss current issues and explore the challenges and unprecedented opportunities unfolding in BC. The incredible diversity of speakers, delegates, exhibitors and leaders provides unparalleled networking opportunities for all participants.
One of Northern BC’s largest annual conferences
Attendance is once again expected to reach 900 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 over 100 resource developers, and service and supply sectors that are the foundation of our resource economy.
Exceptional, exciting, diverse
The Forum highlights the huge, exciting and diverse opportunities in the North. 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 BC. The 2018 Forum Host Committee, alongside the many talented service providers of Prince George, will work tirelessly to bring this vision to reality.
The 2018 Forum will address many key issues facing BC’s natural resources including but not limited to:
- Balancing Socioeconomic, Cultural and Environmental Values;
- Forestry and Forest Products;
- Minerals and Mining;
- Energy, Oil and Gas;
- Finance and Business;
- International Trade; and
- Training and Employment.
- Two days of prominent speakers sharing insight and experience on developments and trends in natural resources
- Amazing opportunities to engage with First Nations, government and resource sector leaders
- Excellent chances to network, connect with old friends and meet new ones
- Workshops, tradeshow, receptions, banquet dinner, Ministers’ breakfast, two-day plenaries, and two keynote luncheons
- Associated events – with the Forum attracting such a diverse and skilled audience to Prince George, several events are being organized pre- and post-Forum. Stay tuned and we will work to notify you of additional opportunities to take in while you are here.
A message from our 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.
We also believe that collaboration with all levels of government, communities, business partners and First Nations is required to ensure we succeed in diversifying our resource sector in a manner that considers all areas of the province. That is why, for us, opportunities like the Premier’s BC Natural Resources Forum are so valuable in allowing for the exchange of ideas, understanding of interests and building relationships.
The Rio Tinto team looks forward to connecting with you all at the Forum to share experiences and learn how we can best collaborate to build our businesses together for the continued benefit of all British Columbians.
—Gareth Manderson, General Manager – Rio Tinto BC Works
Thank you to this year’s sponsors to date!