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Keynote Luncheon, Wednesday, Jan. 23 | Sponsor: Port of Prince Rupert
Hon. John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia
Premier John Horgan is the MLA for the new riding of Langford-Juan de Fuca. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005 as MLA for Juan de Fuca, and has been re-elected three times. In 2014, he became the leader of the BC New Democratic Party, and on July 18, 2017, he became Premier of British Columbia. John is the first to tell you that much of his success in life comes from the faith others had in him — a generous gift he’s committed to giving back to the people of BC.
Celebrating Natural Resources Banquet Keynote, Tuesday, Jan. 22 | Sponsor: Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Andy Calitz, CEO, LNG Canada
Andy Calitz is the CEO of LNG Canada. Andy started his working career in the electricity business and joined Shell in 1996 where he has spent more than 25 years on various energy projects. Andy has worked in the Netherlands, London, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo and Perth to name a few, where he held a variety of roles in business development, project management and commercial aspects of the Shell business.
Opening Keynote, Wednesday, Jan. 23 | Sponsor: Innovate BC
Sue Paish, Q.C., CEO, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster
Sue has led transformation and innovation across professional services, healthcare and technology – driving business growth, and leading large-scale organizational change. Sue is the inaugural CEO of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster – one of the most innovative and meaningful initiatives for the Canadian economy in a generation.
Keynote Luncheon, Thursday, Jan. 24 | Sponsor: CLAC
Dr. Alan Winter, Innovation Commissioner, Government of British Columbia
Dr. Alan E. Winter was appointed British Columbia’s first Innovation Commissioner on February 5, 2018. In this position he is an advocate and ambassador on behalf of the B.C. technology sector in Ottawa and abroad, to enable B.C. companies to more easily tap into existing federal programs and build key strategic international relationships.
Ministers’ Breakfast, Wednesday, Jan. 23 | Sponsor: Woodfibre LNG
Hon. Doug Donaldson, BC Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Prior to becoming an MLA, Doug worked for Storytellers’ Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on community economic development in the region, including local food action initiatives. His previous work in Stikine included jobs in forestry, tourism, education, communications and journalism. He has worked as a biologist with a forestry consulting business, as a reporter and columnist with a weekly newspaper, and communications director with the Gitxsan Treaty Office.
Hon. Scott Fraser, BC Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Scott was elected MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim in 2017. Prior to that he was elected as the MLA for Alberni-Qualicum in 2005, and MLA for Alberni-Pacific Rim in 2009 and 2013. Scott served as the Official Opposition spokesperson for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and Caucus Deputy Whip. From 1996 to 1999 Scott served as the mayor of the District of Tofino and was involved in the creation of the first UNESCO World Biosphere designation in British Columbia.
Hon. George Heyman, BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
George was elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Fairview in 2013, and re-elected in 2017. Born and raised in Vancouver, George has lived and worked in Vancouver and throughout northwest B.C. George served as the Official Opposition spokesperson for the Environment, the Green Economy, and Technology. George was the executive director of Sierra Club BC, one of the province’s oldest environmental advocacy and education organizations.
Hon. Michelle Mungall, BC Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Michelle was first elected MLA for Nelson-Creston in 2009, and re-elected in 2013 and 2017. In 2002, Michelle was the youngest person ever elected to Nelson city council, and seven years later, at age 31, Michelle became the first woman elected as MLA in Nelson-Creston. Michelle served as the Official Opposition Opposition spokesperson for social development. She also served as the Caucus Deputy House Leader. As a passionate speaker and volunteer, Michelle is a strong voice for the Kootenays.
Hon. Bruce Ralston, BC Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology
Bruce was first elected MLA for Surrey-Whalley in 2005. He was re-elected in 2009, 2013 and 2017. Bruce served as the Official Opposition spokesperson for Natural Gas Development, Trade, Immigration, and Multiculturalism, and also served as Opposition critic for finance, agriculture, international trade, the Asia Pacific strategy, and intergovernmental relations.
Moderator: Byng Giraud, Country Manager & Vice President Corporate Affairs, Woodfibre LNG Ltd.
Woodfibre LNG Limited is proposing to build a natural gas liquefaction and export facility in District of Squamish. The Woodfibre LNG Project is licenced to export approximately 2.1 million tonnes of LNG per year for 40 years. The Project cost is $1.4 – 1.8 billion (CAD 2014). Byng joined Woodfibre LNG Limited in April 2013 as the company’s first North American employee.
Conference Blessing and Welcome
MC: Sarah Weber, President & COO, C3 Alliance Corp.
Prior to working with C3 Alliance Corp., Sarah worked as a consultant, permitting multi-year mineral exploration projects in the Yukon and British Columbia. Sarah was with the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) as the Director, Communications and Member Services, and the editor of Mineral Exploration magazine.
Chief Dominic Frederick, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation
“My name is Dominic Frederick, but most people call me Domo. Born and raised in Lhezbaonichek Miworth, I am Carrier and have always lived amongst our people. I was elected Chief of the Lheidli T’enneh in March 2004.I have been working with our councillors and staff most diligently on a number of things. We would like to improve the way of life for our community and make ourselves more accessible to the membership. We would like to gain a better understanding of our organization and how we do business with the government and other Nations. Our long term goal is to prepare our kids and their kids on how to sustain themselves and be successful in the future.”
Todd Doherty, MP, Cariboo Prince George
Mr. Doherty brings vast experience in the private sector to his new role. As an aviation executive, he was tasked with promoting regional, provincial and national passenger, cargo and tourism opportunities on the world stage. Mr. Doherty has represented Canada throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the America’s on trade missions, industry conferences and on industry regulatory panels.
Lyn Hall, Mayor of Prince George
Mayor Lyn Hall has been an active member of the Prince George community for over 30 years. Lyn first entered local politics in 2001 when he won a seat as a school trustee on the Prince George School Board. He spent 10 years on the board holding various positions, including chair and vice-chair. In 2011, Lyn ran and successfully won a seat on Prince George City Council. As a Councillor, Lyn was a member of several committees and community groups. In 2014, he was successful in his campaign for Mayor of Prince George. Lyn and his wife Lorrelle are the parents of twin daughters, both of whom graduated from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and played soccer for the UNBC Timberwolves.
Panel 1 – Innovation and Technology | Sponsor: Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Theresa McCurry, CEO, Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC
As the CEO of the ASTTBC, Theresa McCurry is responsible for running all facets of the association. Theresa’s people-focused leadership style, science and technology expertise, and proven ability to drive strong operating and financial performance in a non-profit environment is taking ASTTBC to its next level of success. Prior to joining ASTTBC, Theresa was a Senior Director with the Provincial Health Services Authority.
Fazil Mihlar, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
Fazil Mihlar was appointed Deputy Minister, Jobs, Trade and Technology effective July 18, 2017. Previous to this role, Fazil was Deputy Minister, Climate Leadership, Assistant Deputy Minister, Institutions and Programs Division with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Assistant Deputy Minister, Oil and Strategic Initiatives Division, Ministry of Natural Gas Development. Before joining government in 2013, Fazil was associate editor of The Vancouver Sun newspaper.
Jill Tipping, President & CEO, BC Tech
Jill Tipping is President & CEO of BC Tech, the industry association dedicated to making BC the best place to grow a tech company. BC Tech focuses on helping tech companies grow and scale, helping non-tech companies adopt technology and encouraging more people – especially women – to pursue careers in technology. BC Tech promotes technology as a positive force for good – for the economy, for society, for our future.
Moderator: Joel Mckay, CEO, Northern Development Initiative Trust
Joel McKay is the Chief Executive Officer of NDIT, a quarter billion dollar regional development corporation focused on building a stronger economy across Northern British Columbia. Joel joined NDIT in June 2012 as Director of Communications where he led a successful communications services program for small communities across the region and handled the Trust’s communications and marketing and economic research and analysis.
Panel 2 – Unlocking Potential Within Indigenous Communities | Sponsor: Steelhead LNG
Roberta Jamieson, President & CEO, Indspire
Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk woman who has enjoyed a distinguished career of firsts. She was the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree; the first non-parliamentarian appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons Committee; the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, where she resides with her family. An accomplished expert in alternative dispute resolution, Roberta also served as Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario.
JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000, holds an Executive MBA from Queens University and the ICD.D from Rotman School of Management University of Toronto.
Dr. Jennifer Botica, Principal, Archaeologist, Kleanza Consulting Ltd.
Jenny is an applied anthropologist and archaeologist, who has worked with and for Indigenous groups throughout BC, the Northwest Territories, Arizona, Belize, and Jordan. She is co-owner of Kleanza Consulting Ltd., a full-suite heritage and archaeology firm, with four offices in BC. In addition to more than 15 years as a field archaeologist, for four years Jenny was a historian and analyst on behalf of residential school survivors, as part of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Currently based out of Bowser on Vancouver Island with her husband and two young boys, Jenny’s passions lie in community engagement, heritage training, capacity building, and policy development.
Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives & Partnerships, BCIT
Kory Wilson, BSc. JD, is the Executive Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships for British Columbia Institute of Technology. She is Kwakwaka’wakw. Kory is Chair of the National Indigenous Education Committee of Colleges and Institutions Canada and she has over 20 years of experience in post-secondary education, community development, and the legal profession.
Moderator: Derek Orr, Business Development Manager, Carrier Lumber Ltd.
Derek Orr started with Carrier Lumber Ltd. on June 05, 2017 as their Business Development Manager. Prior to Carrier Lumber Derek served as the elected Chief for the McLeod Lake Indian Band from 2008-2017. He has extensive knowledge in First Nations Governance and Politics, Partnerships and Community Development. Derek’s main duties at Carrier Lumber are to assist the President, CFO, and Woodlands Manager in fiber acquisition, First Nations relationship development and new business opportunities.
Panel 3 – Mining: Excellence in Innovations | Sponsor: Seabridge Gold
Chad Day, President, Tahltan Central Government
Chad Norman Day is currently serving his fifth year and second term as the elected President of the Tahltan Central Government and the Spokesperson for the Tahltan Nation. He originally took on this role in the summer of 2014 shortly after graduating law school, which made him the youngest elected leader in Tahltan history at twenty-seven years old.
John Pumphrey, President, North Coal Limited
John Pumphrey has been with North Coal for nearly 6 years guiding the business from its initial days as a small, early-stage exploration company through to today’s position as an emerging Hard Coking Coal producer. He has over 20 years of experience in the mining sector from a variety of roles both in oil sands operations and Elk Valley coal mines. John’s focus in the near future is to bring North Coal’s Hard Coking Coal product to global markets to support the growing demand for steel.
Terry Smith, Vice President of Operations, Coeur Mining Inc.
Terry Smith was named Vice President of Operations in November 2018. Mr. Smith joined Coeur in 2014 as the Vice President of North American Operations. Prior to joining Coeur, he served as Vice President of Project Development and Assessments of Hunter Dickenson Inc. Mr. Smith has managed projects ranging from scoping to the feasibility level, coordinated field investigations, metallurgy laboratory testing, and engineering design.
Charles Lavigne, CEO and Co-Founder, LlamaZOO
Charles Lavigne is Co-founder and CEO of LlamaZOO Interactive, an award-winning software development studio that creates 3D data visualization and communication solutions for enterprise companies and industry 4.0. Under his leadership, LlamaZOO has grown from a lean start-up to a profitable company with a valuation over $25 million. To educate and advance the space of VR/AR, he has been called upon to speak at forums including SXSW, AWE, CVR, OCIO, PDAC, ESRI – Disrupt Mining 2018, and iVentures. He is a founding member of BCTech’s The CUBE a VR coworking space and incubator, and is board member of the VRAR Association Vancouver Chapter.
Moderator: Bryan Cox, President & CEO, Mining Association of British Columbia
As the preeminent voice and advocate for the mining industry in B.C., Bryan leads a team actively working with governments, business leaders, First Nations, communities, and the broader public to advocate for and communicate the economic and social value of mining. MABC is focused on keeping the interests of its members and the value of mining forefront in the minds of British Columbians, especially regarding society’s transition to a lower carbon economy.
Panel 4 – Charting Forestry’s Future | Sponsor: Association of BC Forestry Professionals
John Allan, Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
John Allan was appointed Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) in September 2018. John has a long history in resource management, including 22 years with the Government of British Columbia from 1977 to 1999. He served as Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources; Environment, Lands and Parks, and Forests.
Stephen Mackie, Senior Vice President, Canadian Operations, Canadian Forest Products, Ltd.
Stephen Mackie was appointed Senior Vice President, Canadian Operations on November 5, 2015. Stephen has been with Canfor more than 10 years, most recently as Vice President, Operations Canada, and prior to that as Director, Capital and Strategic Projects, where he aligned business and customer needs by overseeing more than $450 million in capital investments and supporting Canfor’s expansion into the southeast United States.
Terry Teegee, Regional Chief, BC Assembly of First Nations
Regional Chief Terry Teegee, a member of Takla Lake First Nation, was elected BCAFN Regional Chief on October 12, 2017. Teegee carries the responsibilities of the hereditary name of Maxweeum Tsimghee. In addition to his responsibilities as BCAFN Regional Chief, Teegee is also the elected Tribal Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC). Regional Chief Teegee is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF), and graduated from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) with a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry in 2006.
Susan Yurkovich, President & CEO, BC Council of Forest Industries
Susan was appointed President and CEO of the BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) in June 2015. COFI advances the strategic interests of the BC interior forest industry, Canada’s largest lumber producing region. Susan also serves as President of the BC Lumber Trade Council representing the interests of the BC forest industry on trade matters, including the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement.
Moderator: Sandy Ferguson, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Business Development, Conifex Timber Inc.
Sandy is currently Vice-President Corporate Affairs and Business Development, Conifex Timber Inc., one of Canada’s leading forest products companies. Her responsibilities include leading corporate communications and stakeholder engagement in Canada and the US, corporate branding and marketing, evaluating and developing new bio-products opportunities, and special projects.
Panel 5 – The Future of Energy – Canada’s Opportunity | Sponsor: Enbridge Inc.
Mark Fitzgerald, P.Eng., MBA, President & CEO, PETRONAS Energy Canada
Mark was appointed President and CEO in November 2016. Previously, he held the role of Senior Vice President, Production & Development. He has more than 29 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, and has held senior executive roles in production, development, operations, strategy and corporate development.
Dan Woznow, Vice President of Projects, AltaGas Renewable Energy Inc.
Dan Woznow has been working in the clean energy sector for over 15 years. He joined AltaGas in August 2008, where he has been involved in the development of 350 MW hydroelectric projects in the Northwest of BC, as well as the South Coast and Fraser Valley. In addition, to his work on green field developments, Dan has been involved in the acquisition, integration and management of operating projects with a wide range of fuel types.
Dave Nikolejsin, Deputy Minister, Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources, Government of BC
Dave was appointed the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources on July 18, 2017. The Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources is the key provincial Ministry responsible for the safe and environmentally responsible exploration and development of British Columbia’s electricity, alternative energy, and mining sectors;
Karen Ogen, CEO, First Nations LNG Alliance
Karen Ogen is the CEO of the First Nations LNG Alliance, a society of First Nations in support of responsible LNG development in B.C. – with a priority on the environment, and on First Nations consultation and engagement. She is familiar with the needs of Indigenous communities throughout B.C. and seeks to increase economic opportunities for First Nations through providing information and education regarding responsible resource development.
Moderator: Colleen Giroux-Schmidt, Vice President – Corporate Relations, Western Region, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
Colleen Giroux-Schmidt joined Innergex in 2011. As Vice President – Corporate Relations, she leads the engagement and relationship activities with all levels of government, communities, strategic partners and other stakeholders. Her team leads the policy research and advocacy portfolio with the goal of increasing renewable energy opportunities to help jurisdictions meet their climate change goals.
Panel 6 – Transformative Influences in the Resource Sector
Maureen Daschuk, Sr. Vice President, Integrated Planning, BC Hydro
Maureen Daschuk is BC Hydro’s Senior Vice-President, Integrated Planning. Maureen joined BC Hydro in 2009, and most recently held the position of Director of Program & Contract Management, responsible for delivering more than $500M of capital and maintenance program work annually. Maureen’s portfolio includes energy planning, asset management, dam safety and engineering. This team plays an integral role in planning a safe, efficient and reliable system that meets the needs of our customers, today and in the future.
Patricia Lightburn, Manager, Science & Policy, David Suzuki Foundation
Patricia Lightburn has over ten years of experience in climate and renewable energy, working for government, industry, and non-government organizations. She has also contributed to several publications on renewable energy, energy efficiency and district energy, including at the International Energy Agency, the United Nations Environment Program and the Pembina Institute. Patricia has her master’s degree from Sciences Politiques in Paris, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. In 2018, she joined the David Suzuki Foundation as the Manager of the Science and Policy department, which works to advance climate solutions in B.C. and across Canada through innovative research, policy analysis, advocacy and public engagement.
Mark Podlasly, Chairman, BC First Nations Limited Partnership
Mark Podlasly (Nlaka’pamux Nation) is a governance specialist with expertise in the natural resources sector and sovereign wealth funds. A Harvard graduate, Mark is at the forefront of planning, permitting and construction of large capital projects connected to energy, resource extraction and community infrastructure around the world. Mark is the Chair of the First Nations Limited Partnership (Pipelines), a 16-First Nations $2 billion commercial
Moderator: Jae Mather, Executive Director, Clean Energy BC
Jae comes to Clean Energy BC from the Carbon Free Group who are based in the UK and Vancouver. He is a Canadian who has built a career in renewable energy, sustainable development and clean technology. Returning to Vancouver after an 18-year stint in Europe, Jae worked in local government, EU, Academia and private sector business. Jae brings a passion for clean technology solutions, with over 15 years spearheading innovation. Heholds a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Decision Making from the Open University in the UK and a BA in Geography from SFU.