Below you will find the speaker biographies from last year’s Forum. View the 2017 program
Forum Host and Master of Ceremonies
Hon. Mike Morris, Mike Morris, MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie
Mike Morris was elected MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie on May 14, 2013. Mike was appointed as Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General on December 11, 2015. Previously, he had served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Mike has also been the chair of the Special Committee to Review the Independent Investigations Office.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Celebrating Natural Resources Dinner | Sponsor: IBEW Local 993
Nikolas Badminton, Futurist | Sponsor: Resource Connector North
View Presentation | Nikolas Badminton is a researcher and futurist speaker based in Vancouver, Canada, and provides insights and projections on humanity, energy, agriculture, the environment, and life with exponential technology. Natural resources have long been an economic foundation for many cities, towns, and communities in British Columbia. There is no doubt that will continue, however what we define as natural resources, and their usage, will change over the next 35 years.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Panel: Natural Gas – A Cleaner Future | Sponsor: FortisBC
Moderator: Greg D’Avignon, President, Business Council of BC
Greg D’Avignon is the President and CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia, the non-partisan organization for business and collective voice of the 260 leading businesses, academic institutions and organizations in every key sector of BC’s economy. In his 25 year career, he has served in senior private sector, government and not for profit leadership positions, most recently as the President of Canada’s National Brewers.
Aaron Bruce (Kelts’-Tkinem), Partner, Ratcliff & Company LLP
Aaron is a Partner at the law firm Ratcliff and Company LLP located in North Vancouver. He is a member of the Squamish Nation and has practiced in the area of Aboriginal law for 14 years. Aaron acts as general counsel to the Squamish Nation. Aaron works with First Nations to balance economic development opportunities with the protection of Aboriginal rights and title interests and environmental conservation.
Richard Dunn, Vice-President, Canadian Government Relations, Encana
Richard is responsible for federal and provincial government relations and policy development at Encana. He joined one of Encana’s predecessor companies in 1986, where he held various technical and leadership positions. Since the formation of Encana in 2002, Richard has been significantly involved with the formulation and implementation of strategies which have stimulated increases in Canadian oil and natural gas activity.
Chris Hilliard, President & Director, Summit LNG Corporation
Mr. Hilliard is the President and a Director of Summit LNG Corporation and one of its shareholder’s LNG Direct Rail Ltd. The Company is planning a unique LNG manufacturing, transmission and export operation in BC. Relatedly, Mr. Hilliard is the VP Finance of Adastra Energy Inc. He works with and advises other companies including MagPower Systems Inc. and New Carolin Gold Corp.
Tim McMillan, President & CEO, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Tim McMillan was appointed President and incoming CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) on October 1, 2014. The Saskatchewan native is responsible for leading activities in education and communications as well as policy and regulatory advocacy on behalf of CAPP member companies, which represent over 90 per cent of Canada’s upstream oil and gas production.
Panel: Forestry – Renewable Resources for a Stable Future | Sponsor: MNP LLP
Moderator: Susan Yurkovich, President & CEO, Council of Forest Industries
Ms. Yurkovich was appointed President and CEO of the 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. Ms. Yurkovich 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.
Christine Gelowitz, CEO, Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals
View Presentation (PDF: 8pg, 1MB) | Christine Gelowitz, RPF, has been a Registered Professional Forester since 2003. In February 2016, she assumed the CEO role with the ABCFP after spending nearly 20 years working for the Government of British Columbia in a number of ministries and crown corporation positions. Having led a number of large teams and the design and implementation of several business transformations throughout her career, Christine is well recognized for her leadership, keen intellect, strong strategic mindset, and ability to deliver solutions.
Colin Barker, Director, Softwood Lumber Division, Global Affairs Canada
Colin assumed the role of Director of the Softwood Lumber Division in January 2017. Between 2011 and 2015 Colin was a First Secretary in Canada’s Mission to the European Union in Brussels where he was responsible for advocacy on trade files in the European Parliament and supported the negotiation of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
Chief Derek Orr, McLeod Lake Indian Band
View Presentation (PDF: 10pg, 1.8MB) | Chief Derek Orr is an assertive, forward thinking and proud Tsek’hene man 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 married to his beautiful wife, Arlene. Together they have three children: Logan, Erica and Owen. Derek’s parents are Jane Inyallie and David Orr. Derek has worked for McLeod Lake Indian Band since 2002.
Martin Pudlas, Vice President, Pulp and Paper Operations, Canfor Pulp Products Inc.
As Vice President of Operations President for Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (TSE: CFX), Martin Pudlas is responsible for the production of NBSK and BCTMP Pulp, High Performance Paper and Renewable Energy. Martin has more than three decades of forest products industry experience, with knowledge ranging across Silviculture, Engineering, Operations and Management.
Panel: Energy – Fueling the Future | Sponsor: Encana Corporation
Moderator: Robin Archdekin, President and CEO, Geoscience BC
Robin was appointed President and CEO of Geoscience BC in October 2013. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BSc in forestry. His career has involved work in the forestry and construction materials sectors with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainability and environmental management. Initially with Canadian Forest Products, Robin directed the development of strategies, policy and protocols to meet sustainability and forest certification requirements for operations.
Jim Dopson, General Manager, Kitselas Development Limited Partnership
View Presentation (PDF: 18pg, 1.9MB) | Jim Dopson has been General Manager of Kitselas Development Limited Partnership (KDLP) since February 2013. He was hired to implement, maintain and establish economic opportunities for the Kitselas Nation through KDLP. Jim is a member of the Kitselas Nation, born and raised in Prince Rupert. Jim has worked extensively in the public and private sectors for many years, and his primary focus has been working with Pacific Northwest First Nations Bands, local and regional governments, various provincial and federal departments, as well as entrepreneurial individuals during those years.
Colleen Giroux-Schmidt, Senior Director-Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, Innergex Renewable Energy
Colleen Giroux-Schmidt brings more than a decade and a half of experience in BC and Canadian resource development with an extensive knowledge of the renewable energy sector. As Senior Director – Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs for Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. her focus is on working with various stakeholders including all levels of government, First Nations and communities to increase renewable energy opportunities to help the jurisdictions Innergex works in meet their climate change goals.
Sonya Savage, Senior Director, Policy & Regulatory Affairs (CEPA)
View Presentation (PDF: 12pg, 1.1MB) | Prior to joining CEPA in September 2015, Sonya Savage, LLB, LLM worked for more than nine years at Enbridge where she was responsible for government affairs and public policy. Focusing mostly on federal government relations and legislative and regulatory policy, Sonya played a strategic and influential role in projects including Northern Gateway Pipeline, Line 9B reversal project, Alberta Clipper, Bakken expansion and northern Alberta infrastructure projects.
Gary C. Weilinger, Vice President, External Relations, Spectra Energy Transmission West
View Presentation (PDF: 18pg, 2.8MB) | Gary Weilinger is responsible for stakeholder engagement, policy development, public safety awareness and enhancing Spectra Energy’s relations and communications with governments, Aboriginal peoples, landowners, media and the public at large. Prior to assuming his current role in 2008, Weilinger was responsible for Spectra Energy Transmission’s two largest businesses in Western Canada: BC Pipeline and BC Field Services.
Panel: Mining – Rock into the Future | Sponsor: Seabridge Gold
Moderator: Gareth Manderson, General Manager BC Works, Primary Metal, Rio Tinto
Gareth leads Rio Tinto Aluminium’s business in BC, incorporating the operations of the Kitimat Smelter, Kemano Power Generation Facility and the Nechako Watershed. Prior to this he led the Weipa Bauxite Business in Australia comprising two mining operations, a port and the local town of Weipa. Gareth has lived and worked in Australia, Canada, the USA and Italy, and completed assignments in several other countries.
Tim Bekhuys, Director, Environment and Sustainability, Blackwater Project, New Gold Inc.
View Presentation (PDF: 8pg, 2.1MB) | Tim is a mining environmental and social responsibility specialist at New Gold and is the Director for the Blackwater Project in central BC. New Gold is a mid-tier Gold producing company with offices in Vancouver and Toronto and producing mines in Australia, Mexico, and California; in addition to the Rainy River Project in Ontario which is currently 75% complete and advancing the Blackwater Project through the Environmental Assessment process.
Karina Briño, President and CEO, Mining Association of British Columbia
View Presentation (PDF: 13pg, 3.3MB) | 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.
Mark Edwards, Ph.D., Vice President of Community and Government Relations, Teck Resources
View Presentation (PDF: 11pg, 1.7MB) | Mark is responsible for Teck’s corporate sustainability strategy and community and government relations activities, including indigenous affairs. Mark provides guidance on the on-going development and implementation of corporate policies and programs which guide Teck’s engagement with the communities, governments, and indigenous peoples in the jurisdictions in which we operate.
Nalaine Morin, Principal, ArrowBlade Consulting Services
View Presentation (PDF: 17pg, 3MB) | Nalaine Morin is nationally recognized for her work in environmental assessment. She provides services in technical review, regulatory support, negotiations, community consultation and environmental resource management. Nalaine has led and managed the environmental reviews of several large resource development projects on behalf of First Nations.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Panel: Finance and Business – Lifeline of the Future
Moderator: Val Litwin, President & CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce
Val Litwin has a substantial business and social enterprise background as well as strong Chamber of Commerce leadership experience. In 2007, Litwin co-founded Blo Blow Dry Bar, which has since grown to more than 50 locations worldwide. In 2011, as vice-president of Franchise Operations at Nurse Next Door, he helped drive the franchise system’s fast growth into the U.S. market.
Iain Black, President & CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
Iain Black has lead the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade since October 2011. Over these five years, the iconic 129-year-old organization has experienced a modern renaissance, with dramatic membership growth and a rediscovered relevancy for 21st-century business, government and thought leaders. Iain came to the Board of Trade directly from the ranks of government, where he was elected twice to the provincial legislature and served as a cabinet minister in three different cabinet posts.
Jason Calla, Temixw Planning Ltd.
Mr. Calla has worked with First Nations and First Nation organizations at the local, regional and national level for over 20 years. His experience includes: financial modeling and analysis, community development plans, economic strategies and impact assessments, fiscal and tax advisory, impact benefit (accommodation) agreement negotiations, sectoral self-government agreements and community outreach for First Nation governments and organizations.
Rick Rule, President and CEO, Sprott U.S. Holdings Inc.
Mr. Rule has dedicated his entire adult life to many aspects of natural resource securities investing. In addition to the knowledge and experience gained in a long and focused career, he has a vast network of contacts in the natural resource and finance worlds. As President and CEO of Sprott US Holdings Inc., Mr. Rule leads a highly skilled team of earth science and finance professionals who enjoy a worldwide reputation for resource investment management.
Panel: The Future of Resource Industries | Sponsor: Guide Outfitters Association of BC
Moderator: Hon. John Rustad, MLA, Nechako Lakes
The Honourable John Rustad was re-elected to represent the riding of Nechako Lakes on May 14, 2013, and was appointed Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation on June 10, 2013. First elected in 2005, Minister Rustad served previously as Parliamentary Secretary for Forestry as well as on a variety of committees. Minister Rustad worked in the forest industry for more than 20 years.
Keith Henry, CEO, Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada
View Presentation (PDF: 38pg, 3.8MB) | Mr. Keith Henry is a Métis person that was born in Thompson, Manitoba and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Mr. Henry achieved a B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1995. Mr. Henry began his career in 1995 with teaching positions and has become well known for his strategic administrative and negotiations skills. Since 1998 Mr. Henry has led numerous provincial, federal and industry negotiations on a variety of issues.
Laurie Jensen, Communications and Corporate Sustainability Director, Cermaq Canada
View Presentation (PDF: 19pg, 1.3MB) | Cermaq Canada, one of the largest Atlantic salmon farming companies in British Columbia and the second largest salmon farming company in the world, is fully owned by Mitsubishi Corporation in Japan. Laurie directs the activities of five key departments to ensure Cermaq remains a world leader in sustainability; Corporate communications, Licence and compliance, Environment and Social Certifications, Aboriginal department and Stakeholder engagement.
Wally Samuel, Ahousaht Nation
View Presentation (PDF: 19pg, 1.3MB) |Wally was born and raised in Ahousaht. His late father Daniel Samuel of Ahousaht was a commercial fisherman who trolled the west coast from Tofino to Kyuquot where Wally liked to spend most of his summers. His late mother Hazel Olebar was from Kyuquot. Wally was born in a time where he observed Ahousaht language, culture and traditions being practised. The highlight of his rearing was listening to stories from Ahousaht people and elders who were a part of history and traditions of Ahousaht as it was in the 1800’s.
Ben Stewart, BC Special Representative in Asia, Province of British Columbia
View presentation (PDF: 8pg, 303KB) | Mr. Stewart was appointed as the province’s special representative in Asia in 2013. Based in Beijing, Ben’s focus is on China, South Korea and Japan. He promotes BC trade and economic interests in the region and strengthening ties with foreign governments. Mr. Stewart has more than 30 years of experience serving the community.
Dr. John F. H. Thompson, Consultant, PetraScience Consultants Inc. and Professor, Cornell University
View Presentation (PDF: 7pg, 626KB) | John Thompson has a BA from Oxford University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto. In 1982, he joined the BP Minerals group (Rio Tinto) initially in Australia, followed by positions in the UK and Salt Lake. In 1991, John became Director of the Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) at the University of British Columbia.
Thursday Keynote Luncheon | Sponsor: CLAC
The Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The Hon. Perrin Beatty is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Perrin is the principal spokesperson advocating the policy positions of the Canadian Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, the media and the general public.