The Forum Organizing Committee was extremely pleased with the overwhelming success of the 15th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre, January 16-18, 2018!
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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 2018 program
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.
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.
Message from Dan Jepsen, Forum Host Committee Chair
On behalf of the 2018 BC Natural Resources Forum Host Committee and C3 Alliance Corp, it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the 15th Annual Forum. We are extremely proud and honoured to have managed the Forum for the past five years as it has evolved from 150 dedicated and interested delegates to the 2017 Forum which hosted a record 850 delegates, 66 trade show booths, and sold out keynote speeches. The Forum has firmly established the reputation as the most diverse and important resource sector conference in the North each year. It highlights the many exciting and diverse opportunities 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 important and vital resource economy.
Welcome from Premier John Horgan
As Premier of the Province of British Columbia, it gives me great pleasure to welcome everyone to the 15th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum (BCNRF). British Columbia’s natural resources are integral to our province’s economy and livelihood.
BCNRF provides an important platform for continuing to work together with northern and rural communities to strengthen the resource economy and build a better BC. The Forum is a great way to unite us, and to make sure everyone has a voice in our common future while we continue to grow our economy.
The BCNRF drives this momentum by highlighting successes, opportunities, and key challenges within the resource sector – all in a neutral, non-partisan and positive arena.
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
As the founding sponsor of the inaugural BC Natural Resource Forum in 2002 and the Patron Sponsor for the 2018 Forum, Rio Tinto, welcomes you to this impressive gathering of leaders from across BC’s natural resource sector. In reviewing the 2018 program, many of the new discussion topics parallel what we are focused on in our aluminum manufacturing business in Kitimat – in particular ‘Balancing Socio-Economic, Cultural and Environmental Values’ and ‘Employment, Technology and Innovation’. 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.
Thank you to all the sponsors of the 15th Annual 2018 BC Natural Resources Forum!