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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.
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
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.
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. 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. 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.
Conference Blessing and Welcome
MC: Dan Jepsen, CEO, C3 Alliance Corporation
Dan has more than 30 years’ experience in the resource sector and extensive experience in business development, aboriginal, government and community relations, communications and media relations. As the former President and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC and Manager, Aboriginal Affairs and Environment of one of BC’s largest forest companies, Dan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience linked to the resource sector, aboriginal and government relations.
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.
Gareth Manderson, General Manager BC Works, Primary Metal, Rio Tinto – Patron Sponsor
Gareth leads Rio Tinto Aluminum’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.
Moderators and Panelists
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives & Partnerships, BCIT
Kory comes to BCIT from Vancouver Community College where she served as Director, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement since 2011. She is Chair of the National Indigenous Education Committee of Colleges and Institutions Canada and a Global Access to Post-Secondary Education Ambassador. Kory also has a law degree from UBC.
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.
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.
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.
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, Senior Director – Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
Colleen brings over a decade and a half of experience in BC and Canadian resource development with an extensive knowledge of the renewable energy sector. At Innergex Renewable Energy 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. As a member of the Board of Directors for Clean Energy BC (CEBC), she helps promote and support the growth of British Columbia’s Clean Energy industry.
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.
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.