FEBRUARY 2015 • VOL. 1, ISSUE 11
Learning today for real jobs tomorrow
Keep on Truckin’ Smithers’ Bandstra Trucking stays a family affair
Ground Work 2014 ends with high hopes for 2015 at Port Authority
Shape Shifters Vanderhoof sheet metal company makes it an artform
Home Safe Houston Canfor’s No. 1 priority: A safe worker
LNG Canada gets social in community Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime. That proverb, perhaps almost as old as fishing itself, is one of the simplest explanations for social investment. Why feed a person once if you can teach them to feed themselves forever? LNG Canada, using the template set in earlier projects by its primary stakeholder Shell Canada, has an extensive social investment plan for Kitimat - they are looking at laying the groundwork to make the community, as a whole, stronger.
One of the company’s leads for social investment is Daria Hasselmann, who is a Social Performance Advisor. Her job is to make sure Kitimat and Terrace are supported as they face a large LNG “For us, social proposal. investment really To give a sense of how many people may is about trying to be involved in the project if it reaches ensure that we a final investment decision in favour of create a positive construction, there could be up to 4,500 legacy in the in the first construction phase, up to a communities potential of 7,500 or so. You would need [in which] we almost four of Kitimat’s Tamitik arena, hope to operate.” filled to seating capacity, to fit all of those people. Once done about 300 to 450 people will be needed in the first phase of operations, up to perhaps 800 at a full build.
Daria Hasselmann, Social Performance Advisor, LNG Canada Since 2012, LNG Canada has invested over $500,000 in Kitimat and Terrace, she said. Even the rumour of a big company coming into a small community, she said, is enough to cause some early effects, and working with the community groups helps the towns deal with things like housing and counselling. Included in the half a million dollars the company has invested in the community is the sponsorship of scholarships for high school students. She said starting in 2013, the company has offered $20,000 a year for four $5,000 scholarships for students going into trades programs, and the company has committed to sponsor the scholarships up to 2016. On the safety side, LNG Canada has also worked with and financially supported the Kitimat Fire Department with contributions to training equipment and communications equipment. The Kitimat Marine Rescue Society has also benefitted from contributions.
In short, that’s a lot of human resources, and one of the reasons social investment is so important.
“We really are looking at that strategic partnership,” said Hasselmann about how they approach community investments.
“For us, social investment really is about trying to ensure that we create a positive legacy in the communities [in which] we hope to operate,” said Hasselmann. “We try to focus on more strategic social investment than the more transitional, philanthropic kind of donations.”
The bottom line, she said, is that even without any final investment decision yet, the contributions the company has made to the local communities means that they are stronger and better prepared than ever for the work that is still to come.
That’s not to say smaller community groups haven’t received donations from the company, but Hasselmann says they’ve really been working with the Kitimat and Terrace Community Foundations as they are umbrella groups that are most in touch with community needs.
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BG Canada has partnered with Spectra Energy on the Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project, a proposal to build an 850-kilometre (525 mile) natural gas pipeline from production areas in Northeast British Columbia to BG Canada’s proposed LNG export facility on Ridley Island. Spectra Energy has over 50 years of experience in Western Canada.
What will the pipeline look like? There will be two terrestrial pipelines (mostly buried) and up to two submerged pipelines placed on the seabed in a common corridor. The terrestrial sections would be up to 48 inches in diameter with marine segments up to 42 inches in diameter.
What will the pipeline carry? The pipeline will carry BC natural gas. Much like helium in birthday balloons, you can’t smell it or see it and it rises quickly into the atmosphere. The pipeline will not carry oil.
What will happen when the gas arrives at Ridley Island? At Ridley Island, giant industrial freezers would chill the natural gas until it turns into the cold, clear liquid we know as liqueﬁed natural gas, or LNG.
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Working closely with First Nations and local communities, BG Canada is considering an LNG project on Ridley Island. For more information, visit www.princerupertlng.ca, or come by our local ofﬁce at 610 2nd Avenue West, Prince Rupert, BC. You can also call us at 250-624-4914.
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ormer Smithers Mayor Jim Davidson probably said it best when the Galore Creek Project was put on hold five or six years ago, “Those rocks aren’t going to go bad ... it’s just a matter of time.” The on-again, off-again nature of major resource development projects is not only understandable, but in the long view, reasonable. Global market fluctuations that have impacted Northern B.C. commodities such as gold, coal and now energy — natural gas and oil to be specific — are not only normal but to be expected. But unlike an banana left out too long, these resources are not going to go bad. For these projects to move forward, timing is everything. Let’s face it, regardless of one’s opinion of resource extraction and its delivery, people the world over will still need minerals mined, energy provided and the jobs that go hand-in-hand, to build their smartphones, power their transit, heat their homes, grow their food and pay the taxes to provide social services. Some grow frustrated with the long delays often associated with major projects whether it is due to market conditions, increasingly difficult red tape or politics of the day. It’s understandable, but again timing is everything. Late last year, there were some delays announced in the LNG sector, and even some shutdowns in the forestry and coal sector. The Chicken Littles will tell you this is a harbinger of doom for the industry sector. Instead, those who prefer their cups half full, say some of these announcements will give Northwest B.C. a chance to catch up, especially on the training front. In this issue, N2K’s Martina Perry reports on the BG Group, who despite announcing they were delaying their project, were not delaying training. Instead, the LNG company put its money where its mouth is and ponied up every penny to kickstart the Pathways to Success program. A program that is true to its name — a success. So, while there may be some delays, this may just be the window of opportunity for hundreds of Northwest B.C. people — many less fortunate — and companies to position themselves to take advantage of the economic boom that is not only coming, but in some cases, already here. The time is now. Todd Hamilton N2K Publisher firstname.lastname@example.org
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he Pathways to Success program almost didn’t happen, but with support of the BG Group, 14 aboriginal graduates are well on their way to filling high-paying jobs associated with LNG development on the North Coast. In December, Pathways to Success graduates celebrated their completion of the program, which has led to most of them landing employment. “I can’t tell you how proud BG is to be a partner of Pathways to Success, and how delighted we are at the quite extraordinary success of this first program,” Madeline Whitaker, BG Canada president, said at the graduation event. Simon Nish, vice-president of sustainability for the BG Group, noted “like all good things, it took the effort of quite a lot of people to make it happen”. Pathways to Success was made possible through a partnership between the Aboriginal Mentoring and Training Association (AMTA), Hecate Strait Employment Development Society and the Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla First Nations Bands, with the BG Group sponsoring 100 per cent of the program.
“What will occur in the Northwest ... is what we call the perfect labour market storm.” - Tom Harwood It all started when the Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla First Nations identified a need for aboriginal people to receive the training needed to qualify for high-paying jobs associated with liquefied natural gas development in northern B.C. Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla formed a relationship with the Aboriginal Mentoring and Training Association to deliver a program to address the issue. “All three of the partners recognized that what will occur in the Northwest in the next year, maybe year and a half, is what we call the perfect labour market storm,” Tom Harwood, regional manager of AMTA and the Pathways to Success program, explained. See Page 7
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“The fine balance is so unequal that it’s absolutely critical to have Aboriginal inclusion in the labour market.”
BG to the rescue However, on the Friday before the program was due to start, AMTA announced its funding was no longer secure and it would be closing its doors. But the BG Group, along with Chris Sankey of Lax Kw’alaams and Ryan Leighton of Metlakatla, were able to come up with a solution. Harwood decided to move ahead with the course, finding more support from Brenda Leighton of the Coastal Training Centre. “We found out on the Monday that the program had started and we came in behind Tom and Brenda and agreed to work with them to do whatever it takes to make the program happen,” said Nish. “We picked up the pieces and everybody pulled together as a team. We kept the course going and it was subsequently a great success,” Harwood said. A concern the BG Group had heard from aboriginal leaders during consultation was that the lack of available training and high unemployment levels in their communities would cause band members to miss out on the opportunities surrounding liquefied natural gas
“We’re going to work with First Nations to make sure people don’t miss the bus...” - Simon Nish projects. BG began working with First Nations communities to develop an Aboriginal Employment and Training strategy. “They’ve clearly told us previous developments in the Northwest haven’t shared the benefits equally,” Nish said. From those discussions, the BG Group learned First Nations bands felt they were left out in previous experiences with industry. “We want to demonstrate that we’re going to work with First Nations to make sure people don’t miss the bus and that they will be positioned to make the most of energy opportunities,” Nish said, noting that in community engagements the issue brought up the most after environmental protection is access to jobs. See Page 8
“You could feel everything change among the 14. There was a new respect.”
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Whitaker said BG has committed to hire locally for its Prince Rupert LNG Project. “The leaders of the First Nations bands told us that’s not going to be possible unless you do some of this kind of training. We have a commitment to hire First Nations in our project, so this program needed to happen,” Whitaker said. Because the program was being supported by industry instead of government, there was no criteria for participant eligibility. Any aboriginal person that was unemployed and wanted to be part of the program was welcomed to apply, with 14 people from Kitkatla, Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla being selected for the six-week course that was completely free of cost. When Pathways to Success started in November it was housed in the Coastal Training Centre, with PAC 10 Tutoring and the Hecate Strait Employment Development Society providing content for the course. For the academic component of the program, three instructors from PAC 10 Tutoring led the class through lessons, with industry guest speakers also coming in to talk to participants, along with First Nations elders. Throughout the life of the course, participants were able to obtain 10 industry-based certifications facilitated by Hecate Strait, including Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Fire Safety, WHMIS, H2S Alive, Bear Aware, Construction Safety Training Systems, OFA Level 1, Transportation Endorsement, Life Skills, Essential Skills Upgrading, Numerical Upgrading, Documents and Numeracy Upgrading, Money Makes Sense and Serving it Right. At the program’s half-way mark, representatives from the BG Group flew up from Vancouver to meet with participants and facilitators. “They just flew up for the night to have dinner with everyone and asked how things were going. You could feel everything change among the 14. There was a new respect,” Harwood said, adding he had never witnessed all of the 14 participants talk like they did during that dinner. “Usually in a group of people there’s a lot of introverts, but everybody was talking and expressing their concerns and what was working. They felt the BG Group genuinely cared and that was nice to see,” he said.
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I’ve never seen that before ... you could see trust developing and a relationship between the BG Group and the participants. That really turned the tide; I could see the motivation changing.” It was obvious program participants were deeply engaged in all they were learning, demonstrated through attendance. “It was rare to have 100 per cent attendance for that duration of a program. But the attendance was phenomenal; everybody was attending every day,” Harwood said. The Pathways to Success cohort officially graduated on Dec. 12, with a celebration of completion being held in Prince Rupert on Dec. 18. “We all bonded during the six weeks with each other and with our instructors ... we are very honoured and blessed to have this opportunity to be the first class to finish [Pathways to Success],” Treena Reece, valedictorian of the Pathways to Success class, said at the graduation celebration. “This course gave us so many more options, gave us more confidence in ourselves. We knew we could do it, but having excellent sponsors like BG Group gave us more than we expected. We are so very thankful,” said Reece. See Page 9
The program readied its participants for entry-level jobs, in hope that when BG is in need of labour workers, Pathways to Success graduates will have the experience to fill those jobs. “The BG Group knows this is going to happen in two, three years or less, so they’re investing in local aboriginals to be active participants in some of the labour that’s going to happen here,” Harwood said. “They’re laying the foundation and opening the doors for them to be part of that ... accessing the aboriginal labour supply is critical. I think BG understands that more than most industry.” Harwood performed in-depth assessments of the participants and helped guide them through job search strategies and career development work. The program gave participants direct access to employers, which led to many landing jobs. “This was an awesome course and is a big stepping stone in our lives, taking us all on a great journey on a better path to employment to find our goals,” said program graduate Reece. “The BG Group’s strategy is to really get the Aboriginals in a position where they have the skills to be competitive in applying for the jobs,” Harwood said, adding aboriginal people want to be a part of the LNG workforce. “We have the labour supply here, we just need to get them at the skills level so they can participate.” Industry sponsoring 100 per cent of an employment
“We really want to see it expand in Prince Rupert and Terrace.” - Simon Nish program is something Harwood had never seen before, and he believes the BG Group deserves a lot of credit for taking this leadership role. “For me, coming into a place where now there’s no government funding it’s all industry, it’s like day and night,” he said. Nish said the program was really successful, beyond BG’s expectations, with the company intending to continue its support for the program in the future. “We’re committed to expanding it. We really want to see it expand in Prince Rupert and Terrace,” he said, noting there’s already a waiting list for a second cohort. Harwood is certain this was the first of many Pathways to Success classes. “We’re very confident we’re going to move forward with more programs,” he said. -N2K-
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Family trucking firm growing by leaps and bounds By Chris Gareau
f you buy something in northern B.C., there is a good chance it spent some time in a truck owned by the Bandstra family. Smithers-based Bandstra Transportation Systems has grown from a two-truck operation started by patriarch John Bandstra Sr. into a vital transport company with 100 highway tractors, 50 smaller delivery trucks and 220 trailers. The 60-year-old company was passed on to the next generation and now employs 350 people, including 150 highway drivers that supply the North with anything from groceries to freight for the burgeoning resource industry. Phil Bandstra is one of the second-generation owners. His dad Dick was a partner of John Sr. when he started the company, then called Smithers Transport. He said that since partnering with Canadian Freightways last January to take over its operations in northern B.C., there has been a significant increase in deliveries for Bandstra trucks. “General merchandise for all the businesses up and down the highway. General retail goods, industrial goods, anything that’s not a full truckload; just one skid or one reel,” explained Bandstra on the type of business the
It’s worked well and we like to keep it that way.” - Phil Bandstra partnership has brought. Any place west of Prince George in the north is handled by Bandstra Transportation for Canadian Freightways. Bandstra terminals in Vancouver and, since 2012, Edmonton serve as departure points to bring in freight west and north and to take in deliveries. The company also owns terminals in Kamloops and Prince George. “There are a lot all through the North,” said Bandstra. The most experienced drivers get the job of supplying the growing number of remote mines in the North with trucks outfitted for the job, including having tire chains ready to go and satellite communications to reach drivers wherever they might be. See Page 11
“We take extra care to get the right specifications for it so we can go off-road with them,” said Bandstra. Supplying mines has been a steadily growing part of the business, parallel to the growth in the mining industry since the late ‘70s according to Bandstra. Other industrial growth in places like Kitimat and Prince Rupert means more goods need to be moved and Bandstra Transportation’s trailer doors have been open and ready for pulp, chemical, and fish delivery. Sawmills from Williams Lake to Prince Rupert still call
company dispatch in Smithers when product needs to move. Despite huge growth since John Sr. made his goal as a newlyarrived immigrant from Holland a reality in 1955 with those two trucks hauling groceries east from Prince Rupert, the family has kept its head office in Smithers. “It’s worked well and we like to keep it that way. We live here … Smithers has been a great place to start a business and run a business. (It’s the) livability,” said Bandstra. -N2K-
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2014 - the launchpad year for Prince Rupert Port Authority By Shaun Thomas
f one were to simply look at the numbers, 2014 may not look like a year to celebrate for the Prince Rupert Port Authority. Overall tonnage dropped by 10 per cent, from just under 22 million tonnes in 2013 to just under 21 million tonnes in 2014, bringing an end to a streak of consecutive record-breaking years. But, as is often the case, the numbers only tell a small part of the story. And for Prince Rupert Port Authority president and CEO Don Krusel, the story of 2014 is one of success that will lay the groundwork for even brighter
years ahead. “Overall the tonnage isn’t a record year, but in many respects it is a record year. The container terminal set another record, which is very significant as we had more than 618,000 TEUs. It has been operating for seven years and there has only been one year in which there wasn’t year-over-year growth and that is very significant. Prince Rupert Grain — congratulation to the management team out there — since its creation, they had a record year of more than six million tonnes. The only reason we’re really down is because the coal volumes,” he said,
alluding to an almost five million tonne decline in shipments from Ridley Terminals Inc. The story of 2014 is also one that goes beyond simply the comparative shipments made from Prince Rupert. In fact, 2014 could very well be remembered as a lynchpin year for the Prince Rupert Port Authority with the completion of the Ridley Island road, rail and utility corridor, something Krusel pointed to as the highlight of the past 12 months. “It’s such a large capital project, but more importantly it enables this port to move forward with volume expansion
“Prince Rupert Grain ... they had a record year.” - Don Krusel in the future. We now have the infrastructure in place to attract more terminals, more bulk facilities to Prince Rupert,” Krusel said. See Page 14
Road, Rail, Utility Corridor “It opens up all of Ridley Island and sets the stage for this port gateway to add 50, 60, 70 million tonnes of additional capacity ... the completion of the road, rail utility corridor is a major achievement on that very long-term 2020 Gateway vision. It sets the stage for this port to move forward and expand,” he said, adding the project also showed just what the North Coast is capable of. “We can’t lose sight of the fact that it is the largest joint-venture project with First Nation involvement in Canada, which is a big achievement. It also demonstrates that we here in Prince Rupert have the load capacity to respond to those types of large infrastructure projects. That was important in not only preparing the port gateway from an infrastructure perspective, but it was also to develop the human capacity locally to respond to upcoming projects.” Along with signing a long-term lease agreement with Canpotex that demonstrates the company’s commitment to Prince Rupert as its chosen location for a potential potash terminal, 2014 was also the first full year of operation for Pinnacle Renewable Resource’s Westview Terminal. “We have a brand new terminal in this port gateway, which is part of the diversification in adding a whole
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â€œIt is a really important objective to us. It wasnâ€™t something many years ago we had to think about, but as the port is growing so rapidly and there is spillover of port activity with the public, we have to really pay attention to that. We are investing a lot in both the environmental sustainability initiative and the general community investment.â€?
2015 even better? As for 2015, Krusel said he expects the new year to begin with a bang with the announcement of the Fairview Terminal expansion. â€œI think one can anticipate some type of very positive announcement some time in the first quarter of 2015. Itâ€™s inevitable, you just have to look at the numbers. We as a port community, we canâ€™t sustain this kind of growth without expansion moving forward. We have had the road, rail, utility corridor and I can see for the next 18 months having the Fairview container terminal expansion moving forward,â€? he said. â€œThere is room at the terminal, but itâ€™s getting tight. We donâ€™t know what the ultimate capacity is, but the terminal operator thinks it is north of 750,000 TEUs so we still have well over 100,000 TEUs of capacity. But it does demonstrate that expansion is necessary.â€? It isnâ€™t just the expansion of Fairview Terminal that Krusel and the management team at the Prince Rupert Port Authority have their eyes on. The reality is the
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potential for growth in the new year is quite considerable. â€œWe would see an expansion of Fairview container terminal being initiated, it would be nice to see a final investment decision by one of the LNG facilities moving forward and the new project cargo facility is now basically completed, though not fully commissioned, and we expect to see volume moving through it starting in the first quarter of 2015. That will be another form of diversification. We would also see continued growth in container traffic through Fairview and, depending on the crop year, we hope to see Prince Rupert Grain continue to show growth,â€? he said, adding an expansion of port authority lands is also on the agenda. â€œWeâ€™re continuing to work with the provincial government to see if we can unlock some provincial crown lands for the expansion for intermodal activity and a logistics park. That has been a major initiative and will continue to be one; the need for the Prince Rupert gateway to expand into logistics services is quite high and that requires land. It is something we need to work with some of our government stakeholders to unlock.â€? With a record year at Fairview Terminal and Prince Rupert Grain on the books, the launch of a new terminal and the completion of a project that opens up an entire island for future growth, 2014 cannot be looked at as anything but a major success for PRPA. What is incredible is the thought that 2015 could be even better. -N2K-
Vanderhoof metal shop gets creative By Rebecca Watson
ustom metal creations can be difficult to construct let alone look attractive, but not for employees of Shaper Sheet Metal (SSM) in Vanderhoof, BC. Instead of mundane duct work, SSM creates functional artwork, Malcolm McLeod said, part owner and certified air-system designer. “It takes a special degree of engineering and design to do the challenging jobs we do, the type of job none else can,” McLeod said. Known for their originality and precision, SSM employees make everything from metal signage to extravagant personalized duct work. Nearly every store in downtown Vanderhoof has hired them at one time or another. It’s no wonder the small family-run metal shop has been open since 1983 with a growing resume consisting of no-dog-pooping signs and cowgirl cutouts to intricate custom ventilation and heating systems. “We’ve done commercial, residential, industrial and institutional projects. We even did the individual ventilation units at the high schools in Vanderhoof and Fort St. James which saved them nearly $1 million with our custom design. It’s 15 years later and some of those units are still operational,” McLeod said. Their most recent project is a state-of-the-art geothermal heating system installed in at the Vanderhoof Curling Club rink. For it to be as efficient as possible the pipes needed to gradually decrease in size so the pressure of air remains the same throughout the entire structure. Typically, a metal company would fit the pipes with clunky reducers to make them smaller and smaller, but SSM made it smooth and all one piece, McLeod said. “The pipe runs both sides of the rink and reduces consistently. Most people wouldn’t think of it but it’s much more pleasing to the eye,” McLeod said. Out of five employees, three labourers help with
installation. Cameron Bailey, McLeod’s nephew and one-year apprentice, worked on the $230,000 curling rink project which took approximately 1,000 hours of design and over a year of on-and-off working to complete. “Everything we do here is unique in it’s own way,” Bailey said. “Even the hangers for the pipe were custom made so the pipe can rest on the wall [comfortably] with ‘SSM’ cut out on each one.” Multiple cutting and fabricating machines help to make each project detailed and exact. A slitter cuts long strips, a lock former puts seams on metal and a break machine bends the metal. And although most things at SSM are made from scratch, it doesn’t necessarily mean they all take a long time to make. Some machines have hundreds of abilities but the plasma cutting table is what makes SSM able to do things in a timely manner. It cuts designs generated from a blueprint and what would take a tradesmen an hour to do by hand, it can be done in less than five minutes, McLeod said. “We were the first in the north to get [a plasma cutter] in 1991 for $100,000 as one-of-five in B.C. We just brought all the parts into the next century too with a $20,000 upgrade. With the new head computer we will get rid of the paper blueprint all together,” Mr. McLeod said. Like any business time is money, so having a smaller staff works great for SSM, Jacquie McLeod, part owner, said. “After the NDP was in power in the ‘90s, businesses either needed to become small or very large. There is also a severe shortage of trades people to do the jobs we do and the training takes quite a bit of time and investment. We hardly take time off but when it’s your own business you have to be there to make it go. There are extra challenges working with family but we have a team here and it takes all of us to get the job done,” she said. -N2K-
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he Cheslatta Carrier Nation, located on the south shore of Francois Lake, is making plans to construct and operate a new sawmill in the Burns Lake area. Mike Robertson, Cheslatta Carrier Nation’s senior advisor, said Cheslatta “are looking at some options” for their industrial site at Ootsa Lake.
In a request for proposal, the “Cheslatta are seeking an experienced partner who will bring sawmill construction and operational expertise, product marketing excellence and additional capital”. The request also states that Cheslatta Carrier Nation have “significant sustainable green timber holdings, previous sawmilling experience and capital including financial and other assets such as industrial lands”.
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Houston Canfor’s priority is safety By Jackie Lieuwen
very worker goes home safely every day. For Houston’s Canfor it’s not a motto, it’s a duty. “The tragic incidents at Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills forced the entire industry to review their dust management practices and come up with new and innovative ways to deal with combustible dust,” said Matthew Franks, Canfor human resources manager. Since 2012, Franks said there’s been ongoing improvements in dust extraction systems, misting systems and dust containment. They’ve also been making improvements on how they
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install and guard equipment so employees handle lumber and material less frequently, reducing the likelihood of injuries. Ultimately, Franks said employers are responsible to ensure the health and safety of its workforce and the main way they do so is hiring safety personnel and educating employees. Canfor also provides personal protective equipment and supervision for employees to do their jobs safely. Franks said unsafe conditions are remedied as they’re identified and safety committees make regular recommendations about safety concerns based on injury trends and observation. Canfor also employs an Hourly Safety Designate who works solely on improving safety. Canfor partners with Worksafe BC, the B.C. Safety Authority and the Ministry of Environment to improve safety. “The open and honest approach we have with them gives us the chance to use their knowledge and input to improve the safety of our operations,” Franks said. Canfor also uses safety resources from other Canfor mills to identify best practices, support divisional safety initiatives and share information and key learnings between the mills. “Canfor has always viewed safety as a core value in its business,” Franks said. Striving for zero incidents, Canfor “firmly believes that all workplace incidents are preventable” and their safety program and standards reflect that. In the event of an injury, Franks says they look for ways to reduce the likelihood of a similar incident in the future. “We are here to make lumber, but doing that safely is the most important task we have. There are many hazards in a sawmill, as with most primary industries but we take great care to minimize our employees exposure to those hazards through engineering, guarding, training and personal protective equipment,” he said. “Our priority is to have all of our employees return home safely from work each and every day.” -N2K-
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n the run-up to what could be tens of billions of dollars being spent in northwestern B.C. on liquefied natural gas plants and on the pipelines to provide the raw product for those plants, a wide variety of companies from outside have set up shop to offer the services, expertise and supplies as part of the needed groundwork leading to final investment decisions. Many of those newly arrived companies over the past several years bring with them established relationships with the international industrial players who hope to develop LNG plants and other industries. One of those companies is Swift Worldwide Resources, an employee search firm with 27 offices around the world and a presence in 36 countries. It’s focussed on the oil and gas industry and has had an office in Calgary since 2007 and has now opened an office on the second floor of the former Terrace and District Credit Union building on Lazelle Ave. in Terrace. “We’re here in B.C. just because of all of these projects,” says Swift’s one and only – for now – Terrace employee, Katja Lenihan. “Where the client is, we go.” Lenihan herself speaks to the international nature of oil and gas industry employment. Originally from England, she spent time with Swift in its Perth, Australia office before the local posting. Swift began in England but its headquarters is now in Houston, Texas, the heart of the American oil and gas industry. Its Calgary location speaks to that city being the oil and gas industry hub for Canada. Swift’s northwestern B.C. client list includes Chevron, which has a 50 per cent stake in Kitimat LNG, one of two major LNG projects under consideration for Kitimat.
It also services other companies in the region as well, the engineering firm of Hatch and companies connected to Rio Tinto Alcan’s Kitmat smelter modernization project. Swift will find and hire a full range of employees of all kinds of skill sets. “What I’ve been doing is getting the [Swift] name out there, attending various functions, generally introducing myself and the company. People are asking who are you and why are you here? I’m raising the profile,” says Lenihan. Swift provides two types of employees to its clients – those that will be permanently hired by the client and those that remain within Swift and are provided on a contract basis. “We have a huge database at our disposal,” explains Lenihan of the CVs and resumes on file. While one arm of Swift works with clients to find the people the client needs, another arm of Swift keeps track of the people it has working for clients. “We’re always updating,” says Lenihan. “We want to make the [recruitment] process as seamless as possible. What our teams do is at least three months in advance of a contract ending is to start speaking with that person of where they might want to go or whether they might want to stay.” One of Swift’s recruitment tenets is to find people who have at least one non-monetary motive for employment. When it comes to Canadian projects, Lenihan says it looks for qualified Canadian applicants first locally, then nationally and then Canadians working abroad. Lenihan describes Swift, which has 400 employees, as an open company with accessible lines of communication. “Our key is flexibility and to act quickly when needed,” she said. -N2K-
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Tolko Industries Ltd. is a private, Canadian-owned forest products company based in Vernon, BC which manufactures and markets forest products to world Since its beginnings in 1956, Tolko has grown from a small sawmill to become a company diversiďŹ ed by geography and products, with over 3,000 employees in operations across Western Canada. Tolkoâ€™s manufacturing operations produce lumber, unbleached speciality kraft papers, panel products, co-products, biomass power and a number of specialty wood products. For more information, please visit our website at www.tolko.com. Tolko is interested in seeking individual proposals for a non-replaceable Log Hauling Contract with an annual volume of up to 300,000 tonnes. The work will be based out of Vernon, BC with the majority of the work taking place within the Southern Interior of BC. Prior to obtaining a Request for Proposal (RFP) package, contractors must provide a prospectus with the following information: 1. Company name and contact information, including a phone number and an email address. 2. Brief description of your company and services offered. 3. Previous work history with dates that would pertain to this RFP. Once we have received your prospectus, a package will be sent to you with instructions on how to submit a complete proposal. Tolko reserves the right to reject in whole or in part, any or all proposals for any reason. Completed proposals must be submitted by 5:00pm (PST) on Friday, January 30th. Until a formal purchase order or other contractual document is ďŹ nalized, signed and accepted by Tolko, Tolko does not intend to create any contractual relationship (either express or implied) with any entity submitting a proposal or other response to the Tolko request for quotation. As a result, those who submit a proposal are free to modify or withdraw their proposal as they deem appropriate. The successful recipient will be considered an independent contractor. Company Prospectus and Contractor Proposal(s) can be faxed or emailed to: Attn: Travis Kiel Fax: 250 547 1274 Email: email@example.com All proposals will be kept conďŹ dential.
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A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR NORTHERN BC
Why Does LNG Matter to Me?
New local jobs will give young people and future generations more opportunities to stay in northern BC instead of having to move away to ﬁnd good jobs.
Paciﬁc NorthWest LNG would generate approximately $1 billion in annual new tax revenue income that could be used to provide public services in BC communities.
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JOBS AND TRAINING We’re committed to hiring as many local workers as possible for construction and operations jobs at our facility. To support this important goal, we are developing training programs for local workers interested in working in the LNG sector. Paciﬁc NorthWest LNG will create new vendor opportunities for businesses and contractors in the northwest.
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We will be posting more details of these programs, including how to apply, on our website www.PaciﬁcNorthWestLNG.com in the near future.
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An artist’s interpretation of what Paciﬁc NorthWest LNG may look like if constructed. For demonstration purposes only.
Key Facts about Paciﬁc NorthWest LNG WHAT IS LNG? LNG is short for “liqueﬁed natural gas” – which is natural gas that has been chilled to -162 degrees Celsius, converting it from gas to a liquid.
WHAT’S NEEDED FOR THE PROJECT? Natural gas produced in northeast BC would be transported to our proposed facility in Port Edward by the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline. The pipeline would carry natural gas in its vapour state, which would not cover or coat surfaces if a pipeline event occurred.
WHY IS BC EXPORTING NATURAL GAS TO ASIA? The demand for energy is increasing, and natural gas is a cleaner fuel source than other fossil fuels. Liquefying natural gas allows us to access new markets for BC-produced natural gas, creating and protecting jobs for BC families.
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Trade connects us. The Port of Prince Rupert’s Road, Rail and Utility Corridor project is unlocking new potential for trade through northwest British Columbia. Investing in the growth of our gateway means jobs and prosperity for people throughout this region. Our terminals may be located in Prince Rupert, but we’re building connections clear across Canada—and the globe. Learn about the value of trade at www.rupertport.com.