The Must-Attend Event of the Year
For some people, the new year begins on January 1. But for me, 2017 really starts at the Premier’s BC Natural Resources Forum in Prince George. For well over a decade, community and First Nations leaders, industry and business experts and key members of Cabinet and Caucus have come to Prince George to discuss the important resource and development opportunities and challenges facing BC.
The resource sector built BC, and continues to provide opportunities that create jobs throughout every corner of the province. While our neighbours and trading partners are faced with deficits and debt, BC continues to have a strong, diverse and growing economy. A key part to that success is BC’s resource sector, a fundamental component of dozens of BC communities. A growing economy is what allows us to make investments across the province that British Columbians depend on.
The 2017 BCNR Forum is the must-attend event of the year as we continue to work together to secure a better future for all British Columbians. I look forward to seeing you there.
I invite you to the 2017 Forum
Registration is now open for the 2017 Premier’s BC Natural Resources Forum, Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2017 in Prince George. Be sure to secure your tickets for the gala dinner, Ministers’ Breakfast and Keynote Luncheons. Seating is limited and these events sell-out quickly, so register soon.
Invaluable Insights from First Nations, Government and Industry
Our program will reflect the economic importance of BC’s natural resources and close proximity to overseas markets. While everyone awaits final investment decisions on proposed LNG projects, our diverse forest, mining, agriculture and tourism industries continue to sustain the BC economy. These industries are focused on diversification of new products, technologies and markets.
Growth and development in Asian markets will require new supplies of energy, minerals, wood products and food. BC is seen as a stable, reliable supplier of these essential items. Delegates at our Breakfast will hear directly from our Resource Ministers about their work to sustain these industries, assist with diversification strategies and projections for 2017 in their resource sectors. Keynote Luncheon speakers will address vital topics related to responsible development of our abundant natural resources and BC’s bright future as a leader in global markets. Our panels include discussions about natural gas, forestry, energy, mining, finance and business and the future of resources industries. We’re pleased to have First Nations representation on every panel this year.
A Message from the Organizing Committee Chair
On behalf of C3 Alliance Corp, it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the 14th Annual Premier’s BC Natural Resources Forum. We are extremely honored to have proudly managed the Forum for the past four years. We are very excited about the huge popularity of the Forum, the strong support of our sponsors and the huge interest from First Nations, government and resource sector leaders that have made the Forum the must attend event each year. We are pleased to be managing this event for the 5th year. 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. Attendance will exceed 850 delegates making it the largest conference in Northern BC each year. The 2017 Forum will 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.
The Forum highlights the huge, exciting and diverse opportunities in the North. There is no other gathering that provides this diversity of speakers, delegates, and leaders under one roof to discuss issues and explore the challenges and unprecedented opportunities unfolding in BC. It is a pleasure to work with MLA and Minister Mike Morris and his staff, the Host Committee and the many talented service providers of Prince George to bring the vision to reality.
We are also delighted that the BC and Prince George Chambers of Commerce and the Northern Development Initiative Trust will once again host associated events during the week of the Forum.
Networking, Connections and Benefits for Much-Appreciated Sponsors
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 14th Annual Premier’s BC Natural Resources Forum. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the event’s sponsors and supporters for their generous contributions. Without the tremendous support and participation of our sponsors, this important and exciting event would not be possible.
The Forum has become the key hub and networking event for First Nations, resource developers, suppliers, and all levels of government and local communities. The success of the Forum highlights the role of Prince George as the resource center for almost $70 billion in planned and dedicated capital investment.
The feedback I’ve heard from past sponsors and supporters has always been very positive. Sponsors have described this event as one of the best they have participated in, with an appreciation for the many benefits offered and the level of networking and connections available at the Forum. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, so please do not hesitate to contact me at 604-219-3903.
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 five billion dollar 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 over the coming days 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