Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Pre-Dinner Tradeshow Reception (Sponsored by MNP LLP)
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Celebrating Natural Resources Dinner (Sponsored by IBEW 993)
6:00 – 10:00 pm
- Shane Mahoney, President and CEO, Conservation Visions Inc.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Ministers’ Breakfast (Sponsored by Woodfibre LNG)
7:00 – 8:30 am
8:00 – 8:30 am Good Morning Coffee & Muffins
Conference Blessing and Welcome
8:30 – 8:45 am
- Hon. Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
- Chief Dominic Frederick, Lheidli T’enneh Nation
- Mayor Lyn Hall, Prince George
- Mayor Pat Crook, Mackenzie
- Doug Bloom, President, Canadian LNG, Spectra Energy, Patron Sponsor
Session 1: Invested in Resources – Finances (Sponsored by North Peace Savings & Credit Union)
8:45 – 10:00 am
- MODERATOR: Hon. Shirley Bond, BC Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Minister Responsible for Labour
- Jock Finlayson, Executive VP and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of BC
- Paul van Eeden, President, Cranberry Capital Inc.
- Helmut Pastrick, Chief Economist, Central 1 Credit Union
- Dallas Smith, Board President, Nanwakolas Council
10:00 – 10:30 am Refreshment Break
Session 2: Energy Transformation – Natural Gas, Power, Energy (Sponsored by Columbia Power)
10:30 – 11:45 am
- MODERATOR: David Keane, BC LNG Alliance
- Jessica McDonald, President and CEO, BC Hydro
- Hon. Rich Coleman, BC Deputy Premier, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing
- Byng Giraud, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Woodfibre LNG.
- Michael Culbert, President and CEO, Progress Energy, and President, Pacific NorthWest LNG
Keynote Luncheon (Sponsored by CGI)
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Session 3: Building our Future – Resource Technology
1:30 – 2:45 pm
- MODERATOR: John Leech, Chief Executive Officer, Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC
- Kathy Kinloch, President, BC Institute of Technology
- Bill Tam, President and CEO, BC Technology Industries Association
- Wal van Lierop, President & CEO, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital
- Will Cadell, CEO Geospatial Developer, Sparkgeo
2:45 – 3:15 pm Refreshment Break (Sponsored by Pretium)
Session 4: Rock Solid – Mining and Mineral Exploration (Sponsored by Seabridge Gold)
3:15 – 4:30 pm
- MODERATOR: Karina Brino, President & Chief Executive Officer, Mining Assoc. of BC
- Robert Quartermain, Chairman and CEO, Pretium Resources Inc.
- Steve Robertson, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Imperial Metals
- Tim Bekhuys, Director, Blackwater Project, New Gold Inc.
- Scott Broughton, Chair, Mining Association of British Columbia
Meet and Greet Reception (Sponsored by Ecofor Consulting Ltd.)
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Junior Achievement Leadership Breakfast
7:00 – 8:30 am
- CO-HOSTS: JABC and Greg D’Avignon, President & CEO, Business Council of BC)
8:00 – 8:30 am Good Morning Coffee & Muffins
Conference Day Two Opening Remarks
8:30 – 8:45 am
- Hon. Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Session 5: Wood Works – Forestry
8:45 – 10:00 am
- MODERATOR: Jess Ketchum President, Ketchum Communications Ltd.
- James Gorman, Vice President of Corporate & Government Relations, West Fraser
- Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO, Council of Forest Industries
- Keith Atkinson, CEO, BC First Nations Forestry Council
- Dana Hayden, President, Hayden Consulting Services
10:00 – 10:30 am Refreshment Break
Session 6: Resource Diversification – Trapping, Agriculture, Tourism
10:30 – 11:45 am
- MODERATOR: Jim Feragen, CFO, LaPrairie Group
- Michael Hoffort, President and CEO, Farm Credit Corporation
- Frank Leonard, Chair, Agricultural Land Commission
- Kevin Boon, General Manager, BC Cattlemen’s Association
- Evan Loveless, Executive Director, Wilderness Tourism Association of BC
Keynote Luncheon (Sponsored by CLAC)
12:00 – 1:30 pm
- Ellis Ross, OBC, Chief Councillor, Haisla Nation
Session 7: Working Together with the Land – First Nations and Resource Management (Sponsored by Alloycorp Mining Inc.)
1:45 – 3:15 pm
- MODERATOR: Greg D’Avignon, President, Business Council of BC
- Manny Jules, Chief Commissioner, First Nations Tax Commission
- Ken Coates, Senior Fellow in Aboriginal & Northern Canadian Issues, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
- Keith Matthew, President, National Aboriginal Energy & Power Association
- Chief Derek Orr, McLeod Lake Indian Band
Conference Closing Remarks
3:15 – 3:30 pm
- Hon. Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
We heard from a spectacular line-up of speakers at the 2016 Premier’s BC Natural Resources Forum in January! Below you will find a brief biography of those speakers and the presentations for which we have permission.
Celebrating Natural Resources Dinner Keynote Speaker:
Shane Patrick Mahoney is the President and CEO of Conservation Visions Inc.. A Newfoundland native, he holds both an Honours and a Masters of Science degree in Zoology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Mahoney has over 30 years experience working primarily as a scientist, wildlife manager, policy innovator and strategic advisor; but also as a filmmaker, writer, narrator, tv and radio personality, and lecturer – all within the scope of the greater conservation world, encompassing both the scientific and professional wildlife communities, as well as NGOs and the hunting and non-hunting public.
VIDEO OF PRESENTATION, courtesy of the Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia.
SESSION 1: Invested in Resources – Finances
Bond, Hon. Shirley | BC Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Minister Responsible for Labour
Shirley Bond was elected in 2001 and 2005 as the MLA for Prince George-Mount Robson, and re-elected in 2009 and 2013 as the MLA for Prince George-Valemount. Shirley was appointed Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour on June 10, 2013. In this role she will drive government’s commitment for job creation and economic development by accelerating the BC Jobs Plan and ensure that British Columbians are first in line for the jobs of today and tomorrow by executing on B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, which will re-engineer our education and training system. She also works closely with Destination BC to meet the targets laid out in the Province’s tourism strategy.
Jock Finlayson | Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of BC
Jock Finlayson is Executive VP and Chief Policy Officer at the BCBC, an organization representing 260 large and mid-size BC companies and affiliated industry associations that together account for approximately one-quarter of all jobs in the province. He directs the Business Council’s work on economic, fiscal, tax, environmental, regulatory and human capital issues of interest to the province’s business community. He manages the Council’s policy and research staff and oversees the organization’s publications, presentations and other outputs. Mr. Finlayson previously served as VP of Research at Canadian Council of Chief Executives, a leading business association in Ottawa. Prior to that he worked in the market research field and gained experience at two Canadian consulting firms. Mr. Finlayson holds a master’s degree in business from Yale University, undergraduate and M.A. degrees from UBC, and a post-graduate diploma in economics from the University of London. He received an honorary doctorate of laws from Royal Roads University in 2014.
Paul van Eeden | President, Cranberry Capital Inc.
Paul van Eeden is an independent businessman with 30 years’ experience. He is the President of Cranberry Capital Inc., a Canadian private holding company with assets predominantly related to the natural resources industry. During the past twenty years Mr. Van Eeden has been involved in equity financing, lending, mergers and acquisitions, and consulting primarily to mineral exploration companies. Mr. Van Eeden currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Synodon, Inc., the Chairman of Evrim Resources Corp. and the Chairman of Kobex Capital Inc. Paul van Eeden is well known for his work on the relationship between the gold price, inflation and currency markets. His model for determining the fair value for gold was able to predict the increase in the gold price from below $300 an ounce to over $1,000 an ounce between 1999 and 2008, and its subsequent decline from almost $2,000 an ounce to around $1,000 an ounce since 2011. He has created a measure of the US money supply called the Actual Money Supply (AMS) to monitor the real, monetary, rate of inflation. AMS is crucial to analyzing real (inflation adjusted) changes in prices and to calculate the real return on investments.
Helmut Pastrick | Chief Economist, Central 1 Credit Union
Helmut Pastrick is Chief Economist for Central Credit Union 1, the central financial facility and trade association for the B.C. and Ontario credit union systems. Helmut leads a department responsible for providing economic analysis and forecasts to credit unions and the public at large. Prior to joining the Central 1 Credit Union in 1997, he spent many years with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation analyzing and forecasting the housing market and economy. Helmut is former President of the Association of Professional Economists of BC, a member of the Canadian Association for Business Economics, and the BC Economic Forecast Council. He is frequently called upon by the media to provide comments on economic events and his presentations are in demand by many organizations and groups, including credit unions, trade and professional associations, and service clubs. Central 1 represents a consumer-oriented, full-service retail financial system that serves 3.2 million members and holds $93billion in assets and is owned primarily by its member credit unions in B.C. and in Ontario.
Dallas Smith | Board President, Nanwakolas Council
Although Dallas was born in White Rock, Vancouver Island has always been home with both his parents coming from First Nations communities outside of Alert Bay and Port Hardy. He currently has homes in both Campbell River and Duncan with his wife Toni and 2 year old daughter Amelia May and newborn Lucy . As the son of a hereditary Chief he grew up knowing he would be a leader. He has worked for his people since 1995 after recovering from a life changing motorcycle accident in which he became an amputee. He most enjoys spending time with his family and practicing his culture, as they are drivers for both his professional work and his volunteer work for the disabled community. He is the Founder, President and CEO of Nanwakolas Council which is a cutting edge First Nations organization that protects and manages First Nation cultural values while building strategic opportunities and partnerships with both Government and Industry to increase sustainable opportunities and employment for the region. His pragmatic and straight forward approach has made him a welcome addition to several Boards and Committees ranging from the Island Coastal Economic Trust, Coast Sustainability Trust and the Coast Opportunity Fund (totaling $200 million) as well as GeoScience BC to Government advisory committees like the Premier’s Council on the Environment and the Minister’s Council on Employment for Peoples with Disabilities. He also serves as the Vice President of the BC Amputee Golf Association, and works with both the Wounded Warriors program and First Swing clinics with military veterans who have returned from war as amputees. He is a member of the World Disabled Golf Team and has competed and won golf tournaments all over the world.
SESSION 2: Energy Transformation – Natural Gas, Power, Energy
David Keane | President, BC LNG Alliance
Mr. Keane brings considerable energy and LNG experience to the BC LNG Alliance, having worked globally in the energy sector for more than 34 years in over 15 countries. He has a strong track record of leadership and success, and has worked collaboratively with communities, stakeholders and governments throughout his career. Most recently, David was Vice President, Policy and Corporate Affairs for BG Canada in Vancouver. Prior to his time with BG Canada, he held senior roles with Dynegy, Apache Corp. and Conoco, Inc.
Hon. Rich Coleman | BC Deputy Premier, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing
In 2013 Rich Coleman was appointed the Minister of Natural Gas Development and Deputy Premier for the Province of British Columbia, Canada. Minister Coleman is leading the development of British Columbia’s liquefied natural gas sector, and is responsible for upstream development and the BC Oil and Gas Commission. Minister Coleman has been a provincial politician for more than fifteen years. His previous cabinet positions include Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Housing, Minister of Housing and Social Development and Minister of Forests and Range. Before entering public life, Minister Coleman was governor of the BC Kinsmen, president of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce, and a director of several volunteer boards. He has been awarded the Rotary’s top honour – the Paul Harris Fellowship and the Kinsmen’s highest honour – the Hal Rogers Fellowship for his contributions as a long-term volunteer within the community. Rich and his wife Michele live in the Fraser Valley, BC.
Byng joined Woodfibre LNG in April 2013 as the company’s first North American employee. Immediately prior he held a similar role with a Canadian copper/gold mining company. Byng is responsible for corporate affairs including regulatory affairs, government relations, community relations, aboriginal affairs and communications. He is also currently Chairman of Ridley Terminals Inc. a Canadian government owned coal export terminal in Prince Rupert, BC and a member of the board of the Vimy Ridge Foundation. In the past he has served as a Vice-President with both the Association for Mineral Exploration BC and the Mining Association of BC. Prior to that Byng served as a senior consultant with a number of top Canadian public affairs agencies. Byng has extensive political experience at the national, provincial and municipal level, serving in senior advisory roles to provincial MLAs, federal MPs, Senators and with BC Ministers. Byng has served on the board of directors of Geoscience BC, Canada Place Corporation, Initiatives Prince George and a number of other organizations. He holds a MScEcon (International Relations) from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth and a MBA from the University of Cambridge (Jesus College).
Michael Culbert | President and CEO, Progress Energy, and President, Pacific Northwest LNG
Michael is President and Chief Executive Officer of Progress Energy Canada Ltd. He has provided leadership at Progress Energy since its recapitalization in 2001. Additionally, Michael is President of Pacific NorthWest LNG Ltd., a Vancouver-based subsidiary of PETRONAS, which is seeking to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Port Edward, British Columbia. Michael has more than 30 years of diverse experience in the oil and gas industry, holding managerial and executive positions with a number of Calgary-based energy companies including Encal Energy and Home Oil. Michael is a member of the Board of Directors for both Progress Energy and Pacific NorthWest LNG, as well as a member the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ Board of Governors.
Jessica McDonald | President and CEO, BC Hydro
Jessica began her career in the Public Service in 1991 and held many different roles including serving as a Deputy Minister to the Premier, Cabinet Secretary and head of the B.C. Public Service. Today, Jessica oversees one of the largest utilities in Canada, with 5,500 employees, over $5 billion in revenue, providing 93% clean energy and the third lowest rates in North America. Bringing a future-focused approach to her role as CEO, Jessica’s agenda is structured around five key pillars: customer service, capital project delivery, energy conservation, employee engagement and continued operational improvement. Jessica is a member of the B.C. Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada and serves as a Board Director of the Insurance Corporation of B.C. and Powerex, and Board Chair of Powertech Labs. She has been recognized nationally for her leadership in innovation and employee engagement, including the IPAC/Deloitte National Gold Award for Public Sector Leadership. Jessica has been named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Born and raised in British Columbia, Jessica is proud to be a part of BC Hydro.
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Hon. Christy Clark | Premier of British Columbia
Premier Christy Clark was sworn in for her second term as British Columbia’s 35th Premier on June 10, 2013. Since becoming Premier, she has led the charge to protect and create jobs for the people of British Columbia. Her plan includes making BC an economic leader in Canada, and continuing BC’s long history of protecting our natural resources while making a living from them.
SESSION 3: Building our Future – Resource Technology
John Leech | Chief Executive Officer, Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC
John is CEO of the ASTTBC, the 8th largest professional association in BC with 10,000 members. John has championed the role of Technology Professionals as they help develop and sustain BC’s economy and the environment. During his career John has initiated leading-edge programs that enable British Columbians: First Nations Careers Council that supports technology careers; BC Women in Technology to enhance awareness of technology careers; for new immigrants as they seek credential recognition and build careers; and, many programs that promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. John was the inaugural Executive Director of the ASTTBC Foundation, a member of the BCIT Board of Governors, President of the BCIT Alumni Association, Chair of the National Board of the Canadian Society of Association Executives, and a member of the Technology Education and Careers Council. John has traveled in Asia and Africa where he worked in support of technology careers. John has received awards from BCIT, the BCIT Alumni Association, CSAE, ASTTBC and Honourary Membership in the Association of BC Forest Professionals.
Kathy Kinloch is President of BCIT – Canada’s premier polytechnic institution – a position she has held since January 2014. She oversees efforts to broaden and deepen BCIT’s partnerships with business, industry and community; build more leading-edge and emerging skills programs; expand BCIT’s unique model of education to other parts of the world; and increase the Institute’s capacity to be entrepreneurial and innovative. Prior to coming to BCIT, she was President of Vancouver Community College and before that, the Dean of Health Sciences at BCIT. Earlier in her career, she held senior and executive level positions in government and the health care sector, and led a number of innovative initiatives. Kathy participates on several boards including: Business Council of British Columbia; BC Immigrant Employment Council; the Presidents’ International Advisory Board for the Chair Academy, and the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation. As well, Kathy is Chair of the Trades Training BC, a consortium of 14 public, post-secondary educational institutions that aim to promote trades training in the province. Kathy has a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), a Master of Arts in Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching.
Bill Tam, President & CEO of the BCTIA, has been actively involved in guiding the success of entrepreneurial companies as a founder, executive, investor, advisor and board member for the past 20 years. He first joined the BCTIA as a CEO-in-Residence with the Centre4Growth program, advising over 30 companies from startups to mid-stage technology firms. Prior to BCTIA, Bill was the CEO of EQO Communications, a mobile app startup in VoIP and social messaging. Bill was also a Partner at SpringBank TechVentures, an early stage venture capital fund where he led investments in software and wireless. Early in his startup career, he was a founding executive and Chief Marketing Officer at MetroNet Communications, which grew from a startup to the largest competitive telecom company in Canada. Bill has held senior executive positions at AT&T Canada, Rogers Communications, Jones Cable, Infowave Software and Bell Canada. He is currently the Chairman of the Board at Colligo Networks, an advisory council member at the University of British Columbia’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department as well as Simon Fraser University’s Applied Sciences, an industry advisor for BCNet and a board member of BC Bioenergy Network. Bill holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McGill University.
Wal van Lierop | President and CEO, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital
Wal is an energy technology veteran with unique industry insight gained through deep operational experience as a venture capitalist, corporate executive, top international consultant and a university professor. Since co-founding Chrysalix in 2001, Wal has sourced, invested in and advised numerous startups building innovative solutions for the new energy economy – often while working hand-in-hand with large multinational companies on their sustainable innovation strategies. Prior to founding Chrysalix, Wal spent six years as the Vice President of Strategic Planning at Westcoast Energy. He also advised energy, chemicals and financial services blue chip companies on innovation and change management while working for more than seven years with McKinsey & Company. Wal worked for almost a decade as an Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he received his PhD. He also has an extensive teaching background in venture capital and entrepreneurial finance, and change management at the University of BC and Simon Fraser University. Wal has founded or co-founded New Ventures BC and SET Ventures in Amsterdam as part of the Chrysalix Global Network, which he assisted GRC from China in joining as well. He is a long standing member of the Cleantech Group’s Advisory Board, leader of the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, 2014 Canadian “Clean16” honoree, co-founder of the BC 2030 Tech-Hub initiative, and member of the regional sustainability council and a member of the Vancouver “Renewable City Action Team”.
Will Cadell | CEO & Geospatial Developer, Sparkgeo
Will Cadell is the Founder and CEO of Sparkgeo.com, a Prince George based business which builds geospatial technology for some of the biggest companies on Earth. Since starting Sparkgeo he has been helping startups, large enterprises and non profits across North America make the most of location and geospatial technology. Leading a team of highly specialized, deeply skilled geospatial web engineers Will has built products, won patents and generally broken all the rules. Holding a degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Remote Sensing, Will has worked in academia, government and in the private sector, on two different continents making things better with technology. He is on the board of Innovation Central Society, a non profit society committed to growing and supporting technology entrepreneurs in North Central BC.
SESSION 4: Rock Solid – Mining and Mineral Exploration
Karina Briño | President & Chief Executive Officer, Mining Association of British Columbia
Karina Briño is the President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia. As the preeminent voice and advocate for the mining industry in BC, Ms. Briño represents the industry’s interests in areas of health and safety, First Nations and community engagement, sustainability and competitiveness. Ms. Briño assumed the role of President and CEO of the Mining Association of BC in August 2011, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the province’s mining sector. Prior to joining MABC, Ms. Briño was BC’s senior mining bureaucrat, having been appointed Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Energy and Mines, after many years of experience focusing on mineral policy and in managing regional operations for the Mining Division. Over the course of her tenure at MABC, Ms. Briño has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Britannia Mine Museum and the Board of Directors of MOSAIC (Multi-Lingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities) and she is a former member of the Standards Council of Canada’s Advisory Committee on Social Responsibility, which was established to guide the development of ISO 26000. In July 2012, Ms. Briño was presented a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her contributions to Canada.
Robert A. Quartermain has extensive experience in geology, exploration and development. Over his 38-year career in the mining industry, he has established a solid track record in building shareholder value in the field of precious metals exploration and development. Mr. Quartermain was the president of Silver Standard Resource Inc. from 1985 to 2010, over which time the company grew from a small exploration company, with exploration properties and a market capitalization of $2 million, to a company with a producing mine, 5 advanced exploration and development properties, a pipeline of early stage exploration properties and a market capitalization of $1.9 billion. Mr. Quartermain was the President of Silver Standard through the period of its increased exploration focus on the Snowfield Project and the Brucejack Project and has an intimate working knowledge of these properties. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Science degree in mineral exploration from Queen’s University and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick in 2009.
Tim Bekhuys | Director, Blackwater Project, New Gold Inc.
Tim Bekhuys is Director of the Blackwater Project at New Gold. New Gold is a mid-tier Gold producing company based in Vancouver, BC with 4 operating mines. The Blackwater Project is an advanced gold exploration and development project located in central BC. New Gold also operates the New Afton mine near Kamloops, BC. Prior to joining New Gold, Tim worked for 30 years in permitting and CSR for mining projects located in Africa, Asia, South and North America.
Steve Robertson | Vice President Corporate Affairs, Imperial Metals
Steve joined Imperial in 1995 and was the Exploration Manager responsible for the exploration programs at the Red Chris, Mount Polley, Silvertip and Giant Copper projects. His current responsibilities encompass liaison with government, community relations, aboriginal affairs and corporate communications. Steve is on the AME BC awards committee, and was on the SEG 2013 conference organizing committee.
Scott Broughton | Chair, Mining Association of BC
Scott is a highly engaged mining excecutive with 30 years of experience in the management, engineering and financing in mining & exploration. Initially trained in deep shaft sinking his experience widened with a global engineering practice in open pits, underground mines, geotechnical and feasibility studies. His passion for exploration led to the formation of several public companies and interest in captial markets. He became a recognized entrepreneur, team-builder and mine developer, and is a recipient of the 2008 Edgar A. Scholz Award for excellence in Mine Development. Scott and his team also received the BC Mining and Sustainability Award in 2009. Scott is Chair of the Mining Association of British Columbia, representing operating companies, mines and smelters in the province and providing leadership through a common voice in government relations and policy development.
SESSION 5: Wood Works – Forestry
Jess Ketchum | President, Ketchum Communications Ltd.
Jess Ketchum has advised industry and government on communications and public affairs for over thirty years. His clients are leaders in forestry, transportation, energy, health, finance and retail. He is a member of the Business Council of BC’s Communications Committee and Business Caucus; a member of Forestry Innovation Investment’s Market Acceptance Advisory Committee and Past Chair of the Wood First Committee; a member of the BC Container Trucking Commissioner’s Advisory Committee. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the BC Cancer Foundation and a member of the BC Cancer Agency’s Clinical Trials Advisory Committee.
James Gorman | Vice President of Corporate & Government Relations, West Fraser
Mr. Gorman is Vice President of Corporate and Government Relations for West Fraser – North America’s largest lumber producer. Previously, he was President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries, which works in support of the BC interior forest industry, and President of the BC Lumber Trade Council where he was responsible for advancing the BC lumber industry’s interests in the Softwood Lumber negotiations with the United States. Prior to joining industry, he worked as a senior official for the Government of British Columbia, most recently as Deputy Minister of Education and Deputy Minister of Advanced Education. Mr. Gorman holds an MA in Political Science from McGill University.
Susan Yurkovich | President and CEO, Council of Forest Industries
Ms. Yurkovich was appointed President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries in September 2015. COFI advances the strategic interests of the BC interior forest industry and represents Canada’s largest lumber producing region. Ms. Yurkovich also serves as President of the BC Lumber Trade Council, which represents the interests of the BC forest industry in trade matters. Prior to joining COFI, Ms. Yurkovich was BC Hydro’s Executive Vice-President responsible for leading the development of the Site C Clean Energy Project. Ms. Yurkovich spent 10 years with Canfor Corporation, one of Canada’s largest forest products companies, where she was Vice-President of Corporate Affairs. Born and raised in British Columbia, Ms. Yurkovich holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in International Business from Erasmus University, Netherlands. She currently serves as a member of the Faculty Advisory Board for the Sauder School of Business and Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC.
Keith Atkinson | CEO, BC First Nations Forestry Council
Keith is a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and currently works as the CEO of the First Nations Forestry Council (FNFC). He grew up in coastal communities while developing forest management skills from employment in the family business, Coast Forest Management. Keith graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 1994. He has spent over twenty years in forest planning and management, ranging from timber harvesting, layout and design, to pine mushroom management plans with the Nisga’a Lisims Government. Keith’s focus at FNFC is to assist and improve First Nations communities in their involvement and benefit from natural resource management.
Dana Hayden | President, Hayden Consulting Services
Dana is one of BC’s most respected business and public policy minds. Dana excels at strategy, negotiations, public policy, and governance. She provides expertise to private and public organizations through Hayden Consulting Services. Prior to establishing Hayden Consulting Services, Dana spent 30 years in the public sector working on a broad range of strategic, operational and public policy challenges. She held 6 Deputy Minister positions in the BC government including forestry, mining, lands, economic development, tourism and international trade. Dana was also President & CEO of the BC Pavilion Corporation, Destination BC and the BC Lottery Corporation. Dana has worked on previous softwood lumber trade cases, and led the BC government’s work on the recent “Grade 4” arbitration that BC won. She currently leads the province’s work on the softwood lumber file. Dana has a B.Sc in Forest Science, an M.Sc in Agricultural Economics, and is a Chartered Director.
SESSION 6: Resource Diversification – Agriculture, Trapping, Tourism
Jim Feragen | Chief Financial Officer, LaPrairie Group
Jim has directed the financial management of the LaPrairie Group of Companies for the past 25 years. LaPrairie is a full service contractor to the mining, oil & gas and infrastructure maintenance sectors. Jim was previously a partner in Canada’s largest international public accounting firm and has broad business experience in dealing with various business planning, management and financial matters. Jim and his wife Louise also run a 100 head cow and calf operation on 1400 acres northwest of Prince George BC. Jim and Louise have three grown children. He is involved in various civic and professional activities including: Past member of the Government Affairs Committee- Financial Executives Institute of Canada; Member and Past Director – Prince George Chamber of Commerce; and Member and Past Director – Rotary Club of Prince George. Jim is an avid enthusiast pursuing ranching, canoeing and skiing.
Michael Hoffort is the President and CEO at FCC, Canada’s leading agricultural lender. The federal Crown corporation has a portfolio of more than $27 billion and 1,700 passionate employees serving more than 100,000 customers across the country. Michael has spent the past 27 years working at FCC to help deliver an exceptional experience to both customers and employees. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in agriculture economics from the University of Saskatchewan. A Professional Agrologist by trade, Michael spent his first nine years with FCC working directly with customers as a Relationship Manager. His extensive experience in operations includes holding the positions of Vice-President of Partners and Channels and Vice-President of Prairie Operations, where he led key efforts to grow and evolve several of FCC’s lines of business. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Michael was FCC’s first Chief Risk Officer. In that position, he spearheaded the corporation’s Enhanced Risk Management Program to align FCC’s risk management practices with those of federally regulated financial institutions in Canada. Michael is an active volunteer in his community and sits on the board of STARS Air Ambulance. He is also a member of the Leaders Council for the Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina.
Frank Leonard | Chair, Agricultural Land Commission
Frank Leonard comes from a family business background, having managed Victoria Tire Ltd.’s three Kal Tire stores prior to their sale in 1996. While in business, Frank served as a Director of the BC Chamber of Commerce, President of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and on the boards of local tourism and economic development groups. Frank has a B.A. (Honours) and M.A. from the University of Victoria, and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Program. He was Mayor of Saanich and Chair of the Police Board from 1996-2014 after serving as a Councillor from 1986. While in public office, Frank chaired the Municipal Finance Authority of BC, was President of the Union of BC Municipalities and a Director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. He has also served as Chair of the Capital Regional District, the Hospital District and the region’s Housing Corporation. Frank is currently Chair of the Agricultural Land Commission, is Chair of Parkbridge Lifestyles Communities, is Vice-Chair of the Municipal Pension Plan and a Director of the Victoria Airport Authority. He has previously served as a Director of the BC Investment Management Corporation. Frank and his wife Jackie are raising her 14 year old son Magnus and their 5 year old son Atticus. Frank has two grown children, Daniel and Michelle, and four grandsons.
Kevin Boon was the third generation to ranch on the family homestead at Delia, Alberta (about 35 miles northeast of Drumheller) and later relocated the family cattle operation to Tomahawk, AB. Growing up, Kevin spent 12 years as a 4-H member. Later in life, he returned to 4-H and became the Beef Club leader for 10 years when his children were members. Over his years as a producer, Kevin volunteered on many committees and organizations including the Alberta Beef Producers, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, the Canada Beef Export Federation, the National Check-off Organization and the Beef Information Centre. In 2009, he accepted the position of General Manager with the BC Cattlemen’s Association. In addition, Kevin is on the Agriculture Minister’s Advisory Committee; was involved in the Agricultural Land Reserve Review Council; and was a member of the steering committee for the National Check-off Review. Kevin enjoys working with youth and makes time to volunteer as a mentor for the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program as well as the Thompson Rivers University Alumni & Friends Association.
Evan Loveless | Executive Director, Wilderness Tourism Association of BC
Evan is the Executive Director of the Wilderness Tourism Association of BC, and he represents British Columbia’s tourism sector in many processes, councils and forums. Evan has more than 20 years experience as a professional consultant in the areas of tourism, recreation, and resource planning and development, and has worked with several small businesses, communities, organizations, and governments. Evan has a deep passion and aptitude for the outdoors, wilderness conservation and stewardship, and business sustainability. When not working, Evan spends time traveling and adventuring throughout BC with his family.
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Ellis Ross, OBC | Chief Councillor, Haisla Nation
Ellis Ross was elected Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation in 2011 and was in 2013 re-elected by acclamation to a four-year term. He has been a full-time Councillor since 2003 when he began to focus on Aboriginal Rights and Title and Economic Development issues. He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2014 in recognition of his community leadership. In 2012 Premier Clark appointed him as the inaugural Chair of the Aboriginal Business and Investment Council. She also presented him with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for Community Service. BC Business magazine named him to “BC’s Power 50” in 2012, and Canadian Business magazine in 2013 named him on of the 50 Canadians who exert the most influence on the country’s business climate and community. He has worked for the private sector, the public sector and operated his own business in partnership with his brothers through the lean 1990s.
SESSION 7: Working Together with the Land – First Nations and Resource Management
Greg D’Avignon | President, Business Council of BC
Greg D’Avignon has been the President and CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia since December 2010. BCBC is a 260-member driven organization comprised of the province’s leading businesses and institutions in every sector of the provincial economy. Combined BCBC member companies are responsible for more than one-quarter of all jobs in the province. Established in 1966, the Business Council is the foremost policy and business advocacy organization in British Columbia. Immediately prior to joining the BCBC, Mr. D’Avignon was President, Canada’s National Brewers, having previously served the Prime Minister of Canada, Premier of BC and the federal Ministers of National Defence and Justice. In recognition of his work in business and the community at large, Greg was fortunate to receive the 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Keith Matthew | President, National Aboriginal Energy & Power Association
Keith Matthew is a member and a former chief of the Simpcw First Nation. He served for 5 years as Chief and 5 years as Councilor up until December 2010. As a Councilor and Chief he was responsible for economic development and was instrumental in developing a business relationship with Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing and helped negotiate ownership in a $7 million heli-skiing lodge. He was the chief negotiator with Kinder Morgan Canada and Canadian Hydro Developers and delivered impact benefit agreements to his community with those companies. He also led discussions on a forest and range agreement that provides fibre and resources for the Simpcw First Nation and its legal entities. More importantly these agreements have provided employment and training opportunities in major projects. As Chief he also was involved in the creation of Simpcw Resources Group Ltd. and Simpcw Heritage Trust to manage their own source revenues into the future for the upcoming generations of Simpcw youth and their grandchildren. Currently Mr. Matthew is serving on the following committees as volunteer: Vice President of the Community Futures Development Corporation for Central Interior First Nations; Vice President of Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers; Canadian Energy Pipeline Association – External Advisory Panel; and President for the National Aboriginal Energy and Power Association. He has his own company, Seklep Business Services, and two joint venture companies and is a principal with both Skeetch Arrowhead Contracting Ltd. and Skowtum Services Ltd.
Manny Jules | Chief Commissioner, First Nations Tax Commission
C.T. (Manny) Jules has dedicated over 30 years of his life to public service in support of Aboriginal issues. He is a member of the Kamloops Indian Band and served as Chief from 1984 to 2000. Mr. Jules led the amendment to the Indian Act in 1988 so that First Nations could exercise the jurisdiction to levy property taxes on-reserve. The Indian Taxation Advisory Board (ITAB) and the current First Nation property tax system were created as a result of his vision and efforts. Mr. Jules served as Chair of ITAB from 1989 to 2003 and 2005 to 2007. He was the driving force behind the First Nations Fiscal Management Act, passed by Parliament in 2005, creating the First Nations Tax Commission. Mr. Jules was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from both the University of British Columbia in 1997 and Thompson Rivers University in 2006, the Order of British Columbia in 2009, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013. Mr. Jules is also a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame.
Ken Coates | Senior Fellow in Aboriginal & Northern Canadian Issues, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan campus. Ken was raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, and has long-standing professional and personal interests in Aboriginal rights, northern development, northern Canadian history, science, technology and society, and Japan Studies. He received his BA (History) from UBC, MA (History) from Manitoba and PhD (History) from UBC. Ken has had the distinct pleasure of working at universities across Canada and internationally, starting at Brandon University and continuing at the University of Victoria, and the University of Northern British Columbia (where he was the Founding Vice-President Academic). He spent two years at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, an institution known globally for its work on Indigenous education. Ken returned to Canada in 1997 to take a position as Dean of Arts at the University of New Brunswick at Saint John. He then became Dean of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan, later serving as Dean of Arts, University of Waterloo. He returned to Saskatchewan in 2012. Ken has written extensively on Aboriginal history, Indigenous-newcomer relations and post-secondary education. His first major work, Best Left as Indians, examined the history of the Yukon through the lens of Aboriginal-European contact. His subsequent work includes The Marshall Decision and Aboriginal Rights in the Maritimes, Land of the Midnight Sun: A History of the Yukon and shortly, a co-authored book called Treaty Peoples: Aboriginal People and the Future of Canada.
Chief Derek Orr | McLeod Lake Band
Chief Derek Orr is a young, assertive, forward thinking and proud Tsek’hene who wants the best for his people. He strives to create opportunities for his people, and to create programs for improved Health, Education, Culture and Language. Derek is very involved in Tsek’hene culture and loves going hunting to provide sustenance for his family and share with his community.
Working for McLeod Lake Indian Band since 2002, Derek has worked in different capacities including Youth Worker, Land Referral Officer, and Youth Councillor. He received his college diploma in Business Management in 2007 then was elected Chief of McLeod Lake Indian Band in 2008.
One of Derek’s primary goals for McLeod Lake Indian Band is to provide a stable economic platform. With a stable platform, programs for health, education, culture, and language will be easily attainable for the benefit of all members of McLeod Lake Indian Band. Derek demonstrates good leadership for his people by balancing band economic opportunities with his communities’ values and goals.