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to the 2012 BC Natural Resource Forum and Trade Show “2020 North - A Clear Vision for the Next Decade” Pat Bell Welcome to the Prince George Civic Centre and the 9th Annual BC Natural Resource Forum. The theme for this year is 2020 NORTH – A CLEAR VISION FOR THE NEXT DECADE. The forum brings together some of the most knowledgeable people in Canada to lay out what Northern BC might expect in the coming decade and how we can prepare ourselves for what I believe will be a very strong economic period in our history. The speakers on the first day include Stockwell Day, luncheon speaker Jock Finlayson, and a morning panel presentation by the Bio Economy Committee, including MLAs John Yap, John Rustad, Eric Foster and Bob Simpson. The afternoon panel topic is “Growth in the Asia Pacific Market”, with panel members from Tolko Industries, Canfor and West Fraser. Day two will feature Premier Christy Clark as the luncheon speaker and presentations in the morning by Don Krusel from the Prince Rupert Port Authority and Robin Silvester representing the Port Metro Vancouver, followed by Kevin Evans, CEO of the Industry Training Authority and

a mining panel – Mining and the Asia Pacific Market. The afternoon session features a panel on Liquid Natural Gas and the Asia Pacific Market, followed by Jonathan Burke speaking on Natural Gas Technology. You will find the Forum to be both informative and a great opportunity to network with representatives from various industries from across the province. I believe that over these two days industry leaders will offer a framework of what Northern BC can expect moving forward, while addressing the challenges and opportunities we will face in the future. I expect that there is much to be learned by those attending and I look forward to the positive outcomes and collaborative partnerships that will emerge from this forum. Honourable Pat Bell MLA Prince George-Mackenzie Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation

Shirley Bond I’m pleased to welcome you to the 2012 Natural Resources Forum. This event continues to be a great success year after year and I’m sure 2012 will be no different. As the MLA for Prince George-Valemount, I’m constantly reminded of the importance that the natural resources sector plays in our local and provincial economies. This forum creates the perfect atmosphere for industry leaders to come together and not only network, but truly create partnerships that will help the industry and the families they support. This year’s theme is “2020 North – A Clear Vision for the Next Decade”. Northern BC has so much to offer and I’m proud to help bring that voice forward along with my colleague Pat Bell. Thank you to all attending and special congratulations to Pat for hosting this great event. Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount, Minister Responsible for Public Safety and Solicitor General, and Attorney General

John Rustad The passing of 2011 brings the annual BC Natural Resources Forum and this year’s theme is “2020 North – A Clear Vision for the Next Decade”. I always look forward to this great opportunity to bring together the business sector, government, industry leaders, and community decision makers for a chance to network and move forward together. There is so much potential in Northern BC and across the entire province in fields like mining, agriculture, and energy and I’m encouraged by what we have accomplished and what lies ahead. I’m looking forward to hearing new ideas and thoughts and creating ways we can move BC forward together. Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad

Shelley Raper Welcome to the BC Natural Resource Forum, Trade Show and Awards. I am pleased to once again organize this informative and educational event. Congratulations to the Honourable Pat Bell, MLA Prince George Mackenzie, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation for once again hosting the BC Natural Resource Forum. Pat’s dedication to the province of BC and the northern region is reflected in the time and effort that he puts towards this event. Congratulations also, to all nominees in the Northern BC Business & Technology Awards. I wish to thank all of my sponsors, exhibitors and everyone for supporting this regional event and making it a success. Shelley Raper Special Events Creators

Northern construction veteran BID ramps up mining division

As the mining industry continues to grow in B.C., so too does the demand for complex and large-scale mining construction services. Well known northern construction veterans from the BID Group of Companies are well positioned to expand from their roots in forestry in to BC’s other major natural resource industry: mining. According to a recent report commissioned by the Mining Association of B.C., direct and indirect mining expenditures in BC topped $8.9 billion in 2010. In November of this year, the BID Group ofcially partnered with Ironclad Metals of Surrey, B.C. to form BID-Ironclad Mining Joint Venture (MJV). The new team, lead by Bob Derksen of the BID Group and Abe Hildebrand of Ironclad Metals, is now actively pursuing construction contracts in B.C.’s busy mining sector. “We’ve denitely hit the ground running,” said Bob Derksen, Vice President of BID-Ironclad. “We’re excited to have our crews onsite now at Thompson Creek’s Mount Milligan project and we are already negotiating on a number of other opportunities.” Derksen adds, “In the meetings we’ve held over the last couple of months, mine owners are quick to recognize the value we bring to the table.” Derksen explained that in addition to the two companies’ successful track records, providing a full “EPCM” solution to customers is a key advantage for BIDIronclad. EPCM refers to “Engineering, Procurement & Construction Management,” whereby a single contractor is responsible to the owner for multiple facets and stages of a construction project. “The ability to provide end-to-end design, delivery and construction under one umbrella is critical to keeping quality high and costs in check, as well as drastically reducing the time it takes to complete a project,”

explained Derksen. The two companies have worked together on a number of successful past projects including work at Yukon Zinc and Canfor’s Polar Board OSB Plant. Both BID Group and Ironclad have 30-plus years experience in industrial construction and fabrication. Also working in BID-Ironclad’s favour is the availability of ofce space in downtown Prince George. In June of this year, BID Group purchased the “Post Ofce” building on 5th Avenue. A newly renovated section of the second oor is now home to NCL Engineering, a BID Group division that will play an active role in new mining work. “Our new building is deceiving from the outside. While the building is over 32,000 sq ft, our Canada Post tenant occupies less than one quarter of it,” said Brian Fehr, CEO of the BID Group. “Between our engineering group and the new mining group, we’ve ear-marked a lot of the additional space to accommodate our growth.” Fehr adds, “Most importantly, we believe that

downtown Prince George is strategically important, as it is the hub of northern economic activity.” When asked about skilled labour shortages, the players acknowledged the industry challenges, but stated their respective companies work hard to attract and retain the right people for their projects. In recent years, BID Group has graduated over 150 apprentices, the majority of them through Nechako Mechanical, BID’s primary fabrication facility in Vanderhoof, B.C. David Fehr, President of BID Group was recently appointed to the board of the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA), a crown corporation that oversees the province’s industry training system. Presenting at an ITA conference in December in Vancouver, Fehr pointed out that while 18% of BC’s major projects are in Northern BC, these projects represent over 50% of the capital investment in the province. He concluded that there is an unquestionable need to build more and better training facilities in Northern BC, closer to where the jobs are and will be.

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Welcome to the ninth annual B.C. Natural Resource Forum

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The ninth annual B.C. Natural Resource Forum will take place in midJanuary, and MLA Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation and event organizer, is looking forward to bringing together a myriad of experts who will share information on the best way local companies can position themselves to reap the benefits of the oncoming economic boom. Bell said economic diversification has been the driving force in the positive changes in the province’s economy, however he has a different take on what that means to residents of northern B.C. “We have always been very good at natural resource extraction,” he said and added diversification within that industry is the key to success. Forestry, mining, natural gas and agriculture have always been key focus areas of the forum, with more emphasis placed on the first three over the years. Nine years ago, he said, there were few jobs in the province associated with mining and the province had no role in the natural gas industry. Now, he added, if you talk to some of the businesses in town they will tell you they are very diversified and rely on a variety of businesses besides forestry, which was the primary source of income for them in past decades. “That’s been since about 2008, and I think it shows that diversification has occurred, and the stability it’s brought to the community is noticeable,” he said. “The last time, in 2008, the economic turmoil lasted a short period of time, with the unemployment rate in the double digits and now it’s virtually the lowest

it’s ever been, even in a time of global uncertainty.” Over the years, he said, the province has embraced new industries, and though forestry remains an important stable, it isn’t the sole basis for local economic success. The bio-economy and the globe’s response to climate change is also leading to some significant high-value industries locally, he said. One of the keynote speakers attending the forum is Jonathan Burke, VP Global HD Market Development, Westport Innovations Inc. Burke has developed a new technology to run large transport fleets on liquified natural gas. “It’s a made-in-B.C. technology that will be exported all over the world,” Bell said, and it will create jobs plus be good for the environment. Over the years, Bell Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell will host the ninth annual B.C. Natural said, the forum has hosted Resource Forum in Prince George January 11-12. extensive features on building partnerships with First years. Then, if you have a good grasp of to do to be successful,” he said. Nations bands, offering a variety of that, you can ask, ‘what do I need to do To that end, Bell has brought together speakers to help carve the necessary to be as successful as possible?’” many of the movers and shakers who paths that make way for the expansion of work on the front line of industry so Though Bell said that in his 54 years, industry in a positive way. with the exception of the Cuban missile local business leaders will get a clear Last year that was the focus of the crisis, which he only vaguely remembers, idea of what the needs will be in a forum. The year the theme is ‘2020 North he doesn’t recall a time when there was decade. – A Clear Vision for the Next Decade’. so much uncertainty. Bringing clarity to “We have the best and brightest indi“We tried to say if we could, with a people is one of the goals of the forum. viduals speaking about this,” he said. high degree of certainty, know where we “Then it is up to us to decide how to “They will be able to give the best guess would be 10 years from now, how much shape B.C.,” he said. about where we are going to be in 10 easier would it be to know what we need

Premier Clark to speak at Thursday luncheon

The ninth annual Natural Resources forum is set for Jan. 11 and 12 at the Prince George Civic Centre, and the speakers include a bevy of experts on the current state of exports and imports into the province as well as a look into maximizing future trade benefits. Premier Christy Clark will share her thoughts on Canada Starts Here from noon until 1:45 on Jan. 12. In an e-mail interview, Clark said the B.C. Jobs Plan is all about converting the strengths of the province into lasting economic benefits and jobs. In fact, half of the eight sectors the plan focuses on are natural resources: forestry, mining, natural gas and agrifoods. She said the province offers a reliable consistent supply of quality natural resources to emerging markets in Asia. “Not only do we have an abundance of wood products, minerals and energy products such as coal and liquefied natural gas – once the Kitimat terminal comes on line in a few years’ time – we have the ability to efficiently and cost-effectively deliver these resources to markets in Asia,” she said. “Our ports in Prince Rupert and Metro Vancouver represent some of the fastest shipping routes to ports in Asia. Prince Rupert is two or three days closer to Asia than any other North American port. And our ports are serviced by expansive and expanding rail and road network – including the CN facilities in Prince George.” She added it is vital the province seize the opportunities being presented in Asia, and said, thanks to several organizations, Prince George is doing just that. “I think Prince George is one of the communities in B.C. that really understands the prospects that are found in Asia. Initiatives Prince George, your YXS airport authority, city hall, and UNBC are examples Premier Christy Clark will deliver the keynote address of organizations that have been diligently working to at the B.C. Natural Resource Forum on Thursday, boost Prince George’s profile and reach in Asia,” she January 12. said.

“The city and the entire region are very fortunate to have these strong voices and our government appreciates the support we’ve received from Prince George in expanding the B.C. brand and opportunities for our companies in Asia. With the recent enhancement to your airport, the expansion of the CN facilities, and the growing Asian demand for forestry products and minerals, Prince George is poised to seriously take advantage of the opportunities that are there for us in Asia.” The government has supported this, she said, through country market specialists who work with MLA Pat Bell’s ministry. They help export-ready companies conduct business overseas, provide advice, market intelligence and help develop strategies and work directly with international trade and investment representatives. Last year, some of these representatives visited Prince George and met with several companies and organizations. Clark said a commitment to nurturing international opportunities is the reason B.C. is doubling its international trade presence in key Asia markets. “To help businesses, including those in Prince George, connect to India, I announced we’re going to co-locate trade offices in the Canadian consulates in Mumbai and Chandigarh.” Opportunities for more trade opportunities with Asia are not only apparent in the growing importance of the export of B.C. seafood to China but a demand for clean energy technology. “There is also strong demand for clean energy technology and this could include wood fuel pellets of which we have an abundance of in B.C. especially in the central and northern interior,” she said. The forum, entitled 2020 North – A Clear Vision For The Next Decade, is free to attend. No registration is necessary. To buy tickets for luncheons and the awards banquet, visit


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It’s these natural advantages, strong infrastructure and entrepreneurial attitude that have readied the region to reap the benets of the low-carbon economy. As a result, as the world moves towards cleaner energy, Pacic Carbon Trust’s own “clear vision for the next decade” includes expanding its portfolio of projects in BC’s North.

In the Prince George region, innovative companies are cutting costs, cutting carbon and increasing productivity. For example, Canfor Pulp has undertaken several energy-efciency upgrades and innovations at its Prince George pulp mills. These fuel-switching projects have led to improved environmental performance, improved energy efciency and increased production. More recently, the Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative (COAC) developed an innovative “rst-of-a-kind” fuel efciency project that’s helping truck drivers, eet and heavy equipment operators save money, reduce to their carbon emissions and keep the

skies a little cleaner. The emission savings are measured and sold as carbon offsets to Pacic Carbon Trust. The Canfor Pulp and COAC emission reductions projects result in measurable benets for businesses and the community alike.

Projects like these work because they are part of a marketbased system, creating incentives for leading-edge companies to reduce emissions. They benet from more efcient operations, a more sustainable environment, saving on fuel costs and carbon taxes, and from offset sales revenues.

Overall, industry throughout BC is making huge investments in lowcarbon solutions: to date a total of $300 million in new capital investments can be attributed to carbon offset projects developed in the last three years. The big-picture pay-off from this strategy is impressive. In just three years, BC’s carbon offset market has become the third-largest in North America. And there’s still plenty of room for growth.

B.C.’s Jobs Plan commits that ‘our province is, and will remain, a climate change leader.’ As a globallyrecognized leader, opportunities to innovate are ours for the taking. For example, forest carbon is a signicant tool in combating global warming. With BC’s huge forest resources, the province has an opportunity to export high-quality forest offsets – as well as expand the use of beetle-kill biomass to fuel industry. Investments in energy efciency and carbon offsetting are helping to make clean energy and technology projects a reality across all

regions of BC, resulting in new jobs and an economy ready to compete in a lowcarbon world. With companies and organizations like Canfor and COAC showing how emission reductions projects can result in savings, greater operational efciencies and cleaner air, other local businesses are sure to see the advantages of participating in the new low-carbon economy. As always, Pacic Carbon Trust will be there to support innovative northern businesses to make this transition.

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Conference Agenda Day 1 Wednesday, January 11, 2012 9:00am - 9:45am Room 102 Introduction and Welcome Honourable Pat Bell, MLA Prince George - Mackenzie Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Chief Dominic Frederick, Lheidl T’enneh 9:45am - 10:15am Room 102 Morning Keynote Address: Stockwell Day Former Minister Responsible for International Trade 10:15am - 10:25am Networking Break/Trade Show Exhibits 10:25am - 11:30am Room 102 Panel: Bio Economy Committee Panelists: John Yap, MLA Richmond - Steveston John Rustad, MLA Nechako Lakes Eric Foster, MLA Vernon Monashee Bob Simpson, MLA Cariboo North 11:30am - 11:50am Room 102 Presentation: Carbon Offset Project Mary Anne Arcand Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative

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Noon - 1:30pm Room 101 Luncheon Speaker: Jock Finlayson, Executive VP and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of BC 1:30pm - 1:45pm Networking Break/Trade Show Exhibits 1:45pm - 3:00pm Room 102 Panel: Growth in the Asia Pacific Market Panelists: Wayne Guthrie, Senior VP Sales & Marketing, Canfor Chris Mciver, VP Lumber Sales & Corporate Development, West Fraser Hardy Wentzel, VP Of Sales, Marketing & Logistics, Tolko Marketing And Sales Ltd. 3:00pm - 3:15pm Room 102 Presentation: Post Secondary Education DR. George Iwama, President, University of Northern British Columbia 3:15pm - 4:00pm Room 102 David Mulroney, Canadian Ambassador to China (By Video Conference)

Conference Agenda Day 2 Thursday, January 12, 2012 8:30am - 9:00am Pre-function Area/Foyer Coffee and Muffins Hosted by University of Northern BC 9:00am - 9:10am Room 102 Welcome Address Honourable Pat Bell, MLA Prince George - Mackenzie Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation 9:10am - 10:00am Room102 Morning Keynote Address: Port Capacity is Key for Economic Development Hear from the CEO’s: Don Krusel, President & CEO Prince Rupert Port Authority Robin Silvester, President and CEO Port Metro Vancouver 10:00am - 10:30am Room 102 Morning Keynote Address: Trades Training will be one of the most important elements of growth to fill jobs for new industrial development. Kevin Evans, CEO Industry Training Authority 10:30am - 10:45am Networking Break/Trade Show Exhibits 10:45am - 11:55am Room 102 Panel: Mining & the Asia - Pacific Market Panel Members: Wes Carson, VP & General Manager Mount Milligan, Thompson Creek Metals Pierre Lebel, Chairman, Imperial Metals Brad Johnston, General Manager, Marketing And Logistics, Coal, Teck Resources

Noon - 1:45pm Room 101 Luncheon Speaker: Presentation: Canada Starts Here Premier Christy Clark 1:45pm - 2:00pm Networking Break/Trade Show Exhibits 2:00pm - 3:00pm Room 102 Panel - LNG and the Asia Pacific Market Panelists: David Calvert, VP Kmlng Partnership, Apache Corporation Richard Dunn, VP Regulatory and Government Relations, Encana Greg Kist, VP Marketing, Corporate & Government Relations, Progress Energy Resources Corp. 3:00pm - 3:30pm Room 102 Presentation: Natural Gas Technology Jonathan Burke, VP Global HD Market Development, Westport Innovations Inc 3:30 pm Room 102 Closing Remarks Honourable Pat Bell, MLA Prince George - Mackenzie Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation

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Stockwell Day to speak at forum Well-known former politician to deliver morning keynote address at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, January 11

Stockwell Day was successfully elected nine times over 25 years at two levels of government and in two separate provinces. From 1986 to 2000, Day represented Red Deer North in the Alberta Legislature, where he served in the Progressive Conservative government in a variety of senior roles, including Chief Whip, Government House Leader, Minister of Labour, and Minister of Social Services. From 1997 to 2000 he was Provincial Treasurer (Minister of Finance) and Acting Premier. In 2000 Day won the leadership of the Canadian Alliance and became leader of Canada’s Official Opposition. In the general election that followed soon after, the Canadian Alliance increased the Official Opposition seat count to 66, and increased its popular vote by more than a million. In 2002, Day was appointed Foreign Affairs critic, ViceChair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights. In 2003, the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada merged to become the Conservative Party of Canada. In 2006, Day was appointed Minister of Public Safety and member of the Cabinet Committee on Priorities and Planning. Upon his re-election in 2008, he was appointed Minister of International Trade and Minister for the AsiaPacific Gateway. He was also appointed Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Afghanistan. In 2010, he was appointed President of the Treasury Board. He did not seek re-election in the 2011 general election. Day was born in Barrie, Ont. in 1950. He attended the University of Victoria and has lived in various regions of Canada. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Rotary Club, and serves on a variety of boards. He is also a well-known conference and event speaker. He and his wife, Valorie, have three married sons and 14 grandchildren.

Bioenergy economy committee panelists Wednesday, January 11 from 10:25 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

JOHN YAP John Yap was first elected in the riding of Richmond-Steveston in the 2005 provincial election. He was re-elected on May 12, 2009. MLA Yap currently serves as the Parliamentary Secretary for Clean Technology to the Minister of Energy and Mines. Yap previously served as the Minister of State for Climate Action and as the chair of the Government Caucus. He was also a member of the Treasury Board, the Legislative Review Cabinet Committee, as well as the Select Standing Committees of Public Accounts Crown Corporations and Finance and Government Services. He has also served as a member of the Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture and was previously a member of the Finance and Government Services Committee.

JOHN RUSTAD John Rustad was re-elected to represent the newly redistributed riding of Nechako Lakes on May 12, 2009, and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Silviculture to the Minister of Forests and Range on June 10, 2009. He was previously elected as MLA for the riding of Prince George-Omineca in the 2005 provincial election. John currently co-chairs the Farm Assessment Review Panel and has chaired the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations, the Select Standing Committee to Appoint a Police

Complaint Commissioner and the Government Caucus Committee on Social Development. He was also a member of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, the Select Standing Committee on Education, the Selection Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services and the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Since 2005, John has chaired the Northern Caucus of B.C. and has toured extensively throughout the North to listen and bring forward issues that affect those communities. He is also a chair of B.C.’s Outdoor Caucus and government representative to PNWER (Pacific Northwest Economic Region). Born and raised in Prince George, John has worked in the forest industry for more than 20 years. He formed Western Geographic Information Systems Inc. in 1995, offering a consulting service to the forest industry. Previously he was the Geographic Information Systems department manager for Timberline Forest Inventory Consultants in Prince George. John also owns a woodlot license and has been involved in land development projects. Elected as a school trustee in 2002, John has worked on innovative projects throughout the district, including the South Fort George Family Resource Centre, a project designed to combine social services from a variety of agencies. John also championed the renovation and expansion of the College Heights Secondary School (CHSS) through a

self-financed project; and advocated for the new Trade and Technical Program of Excellence for Grade 10-12 students and the Healthy Choices Committee designed to promote healthy choices in diet and exercise within schools. John and his wife Kim were married in 1995. John is an avid soccer player and he and Kim enjoy theatre, golf, skiing and the outdoors.

ERIC FOSTER Eric Foster was elected on May 12, 2009 as MLA for Vernon-Monashee in the general provincial election. Eric is the Deputy Whip and currently a member of the Environment and Land Use Committee. He served previously on the Select Standing Committees on Legislative Initiatives, Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders, and Private Bills. Eric was also a member of the Agenda and Priorities Committee. Serving as the Mayor of the Village of Lumby for four years prior to his election as MLA, Eric also served as councilor for the Village of Lumby for 12 years and as a director of the North Okanagan Regional District. He is a registered forest technician and a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Auxiliary, as well as a director of the North Okanagan Community Futures Development Corporation. Eric and his wife Janice have been volunteering, working and living in the North Okanagan for more than 20 years.

Eric is a great supporter of sports, the outdoors, his community, arts and culture.

BOB SIMPSON Bob Simpson was re-elected as the MLA for Cariboo North on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005. He began sitting as an Independent MLA in December of 2010. While in Opposition, Bob was the critic for Forestry and for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. As an Independent, Bob works towards Electoral and Democratic reform, as well as working to solve issues important to his constituents and to British Columbians with both the Government and Opposition in a non-partisan matter. A former small business owner and entrepreneur, Bob was most recently Corporate Manager, Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Development for a major forest products company. Born in Scotland, Bob’s family immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967 and he moved to British Columbia in 1973 when he joined the Canadian Navy. He has two undergraduate degrees and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Victoria. Bob is a former National Triathlon Champion in his age group and was named BC’s Male Triathlete of the Year in 2002; he is also an avid mountain biker and runner. Bob, his wife Trish, and their two teenage children live in Quesnel.

DeLynda Pilon

Finlayson talks B.C. business

This year’s B.C. Natural Resource Forum is bringing together a variety of experts who will gauge the state of the current market in B.C. and share informed opinions on what the future holds, so local business people will know how take advantage of what is coming this way. Among those experts is Jock Finlayson, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the Business Council of British Columbia, an association which represents 250 large and medium sized B.C. companies that, together, account for about a quarter of all the jobs in the province. When it comes to natural resources, Finlayson said they account for about 13 per cent of the province’s gross domestic product (GDP), but that number doesn’t tell the whole story of the importance of those exports to the economy, he said. “If we count all resource-based industries as a group (lumber, pulp, agri-food, energy, minerals/metals, etc.), they directly generate about 13 per cent of British Columbia’s gross domestic product, but this figure understates the true economic contributions of B.C.’s resource-based industries because it doesn’t account for ‘multiplier’ effects,” he said. “Such effects include the spending by resource industry employers in local communities, payment of taxes to governments by resource companies and their employees, the purchase of locally-supplied business inputs (such as energy, transportation, and legal/accounting services) by resource companies, and the fact that resource-based products amount to about three-quarters of B.C.’s total international merchandise exports. If one includes these kinds of multiplier effects, it turns out that resourcebased industries have a much bigger eco-

nomic footprint, somewhere between 30-35 per cent of the province’s GDP.” These natural resources are in great demand right now, particularly in Asia. Streamlining regulations to maximize the expected economic benefit is important to the province, Finlayson said. “Western Canada, including British Columbia, is endowed with many of the resource-based products that are expected to remain in high demand in fast-growing Asian markets, for example coal, energy, copper, gold, lumber, pulp, and various food-stuffs. Selling our products in Asia requires that Jock Finlayson of the B.C. Business Council will be B.C. develop and maintain the luncheon speaker on Wednesday, January 11. the infrastructure assets that eral government has signalled its intention to enable trade, particularly have Canada participate in the Trans-Pacifictransportation assets such as ports, airports, Partnership negotiations, which are aimed at roads and rail corridors. An integrated approach to building and managing key trans- building a broader Asia-Pacific trade zone. Canada should also accelerate current efforts portation corridors is essential. In this regard, to develop new trade and commercial agreethe province is well positioned thanks to the ments with India, Japan and South Korea. The work that has been done and the investments B.C. government has also put a high priormade by governments and the private sector ity on strengthening relations with and our to strengthen the Greater Vancouver Gateway and the Prince Rupert-Prince George Gateway. market presence in Asia, as recently seen by the trade and business mission to Asia led by Both of these gateways are critical to Canada’s Premier Clark. ability to do business in and with Asia,” he “Finally, Canada in general, and B.C. in said. “A second important requirement for particular, has work to do to establish sensible facilitating Canada-Asia trade is to ensure that approval processes and permitting regimes Canada is part of emerging Asia-Pacific trade governing the development of infrastructure and commercial agreements and networks. assets and new projects in natural resourceThe Asia-Pacific region is the most dynamic related sectors. Canada has a reputation for part of the global economy, and Canada slow, cumbersome and very costly environneeds to have strong connections to these mental assessment processes that can impede markets. Thus, it is encouraging that the fed-

economic development, job growth and the pursuit of trade opportunities. A key problem is the duplication of provincial and federal environmental reviews for projects. It is important that we find ways to move toward integrated federal-provincial assessments for major projects.” However, even with the demand for natural resources in Asia, markets in Europe and the U.S. continue to be sluggish. This will affect B.C., though, long-term, the news is hopeful, Finlayson said. “ For 2012, we are likely to see a slower global economy, due mainly to on the onset of recession in the euro-zone, zero growth in the U.K., and continued sluggish growth in the United States. This will weigh on commodity prices and dampen the growth in B.C.’s exports. “However, the outlook is better as we move past 2012 and cast our gaze to the mediumand longer-term. Virtually all forecasters believe Asia will continue to post above-average growth rates and account for an increasing share of global economic activity in the coming one to two decades. In this context, it is important that Canada and B.C. move to develop new and deepen existing commercial ties with Asian markets,” Finlayson said. Developing and diversifying trading partners, he added, is a positive move. “When it comes to international trade, greater market diversification is undoubtedly a good thing. Being able to sell B.C. products into more markets reduces the risk that a dowturn in one market will affect our overall trade,” he said. “It is worth noting that B.C. enjoys a more diversified export profile than other provinces. In 2011, our exports to overseas markets were almost equal to exports to the United States. For most other Canadian provinces, the United States represents 70-85 per cent of all export shipments.”

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Natural Resources and Environmental Technology Diploma at CNC CNC’s Natural Resource and Environmental Technology (NRET) Diploma offers access to jobs, scholarships and a breadth of educational experience. The two-year program provides graduates skills that are valuable to forestry, oil/gas/mining exploration, utilities sectors, municipalities and parks. Grads are useful to any organization that develops, explores, researches or protects our forests and natural resources. “Our program is a hidden gem,” said Ed Morrice, an instructor and program co-ordinator in CNC’s NRET program. “Students who succeed in this program must like the outdoors and be engaged and interested.” Graduates from NRET’s rst class in 2011 are working in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the B.C. Forest Protection Service as reghters, the Industrial Forest Service, and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. Other graduates have continued their studies in forestry and wildlife biology, building on the skills they learned at CNC.

First and second-year students currently enrolled at CNC have found summer jobs which provide valuable hands-on experience when they go back to school or graduate. They are mobile and prepared for outdoor work. “Employee options have been good in a variety of elds,” said Morrice. “There has been a strong resurgence in professional forestry work with consultants, industry and the provincial government. “Our students have a strong base of technical skills, such as plant and soil identication. They learn writing and presentation skills and they can write scientic reports. Those skills are attracting employers.” To ease the nancial burden of attending CNC, more than $23,000 in direct scholarships is available to NRET students. “It’s like a quasi-co-op,” Morrice explained. “If you get a summer job in your eld, you can come back, get a scholarship, graduate and eventually move up the ladder. Students can ace their courses because they have the experience from summer jobs in the eld.”

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Go NORTH, young men – and women!

The phrase “Go west, young man” rst appeared in an American newspaper editorial. If it’s author, John Soule, were alive today, he’d surely proclaim the direction of unbounded opportunity as “north”. “The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC support the continuing opening of the northern half of BC,” states John Leech (AScT), Executive Director. “Our technology professionals are eager to assist

with the design, the building and operation of your new roads, rail and shipping facilities, mines and civil infrastructure.” Despite a worldwide economic slowdown, Central and Northern BC already has energy and transportation projects underway valued at nearly $1 Billion dollars. Mining projects worth $11.6 Billion are both underway and proposed according to Initiatives Prince George - and Rio Tinto has just announced a $3.3 Billion expansion project at Kitimat. At least 3,000 new skill-demanding jobs will open up for these projects alone. ASTTBC is working with the College of New Caledonia in promoting additional technology programs to support northern initiatives both planned and underway. “President John Bowman of CNC has ASTTBC’s fullest support for its Mining Technology Program in conjunction with BCIT, starting in John Leech, AScT, CAE, ASTTBC Ex- 2012, and for the anticipated ecutive Director Civil Engineering Diploma

Program, also involving Northern Transportation Engineering Lights and Northwest Communi- Supervisor, gained northern ty Colleges.” President Bowman knowledge and skills working tells ASTTBC he’s optimistic that in Yellowknife before relocating the Civil Technology program here, and has actually designed will gain government approval an entire town of 400 residents – this year for a 2013 intake. Yakutsk, in Siberia!” Science and Technology career education is increasingly attracting women and First Nations students, says Leech, anticipating that new CNC and UNBC applied science programs will inspire regional students to grasp new career opportunities. “ASTTBC is proud of the contribution our members already make in Central and Northern BC,” smiles the ASTTBC Executive Director. “We note that women are among ASTTBC members leading the way north. Heather Andreychuk, AScT, Supervisor, Heather Andreychuk, Transportation Engineering, City of Prince George now a Prince George

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Growth in the Asia Pacific panelists Wednesday, January 11 from 1:45-3 p.m.

Wayne R. Guthrie Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing Wayne Guthrie was appointed Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing on May 6, 2011, returning to Canfor after three years as Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Tembec. With a significant background in optimizing customer service and fostering collaboration in the refinement of supply chain processes, Mr. Guthrie’s prior senior management roles at Canfor include General Manager, North American Sales and Marketing and General Manager, Home Centre Sales. Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Mr. Guthrie began his career with Canfor in 1984 and developed an extensive knowledge of North American and offshore forest products markets during more than 23 years with the company.

Chris McIver Chris McIver was appointed Vice President, Lumber Sales and Corporate Development for West Fraser in January 2011 and is based in Quesnel BC. Prior to his most recent position, he had been Vice President, Lumber Sales since 2006 responsible for West Fraser’s Wood Product Sales and transportation. Chris joined West Fraser in 1991 and has held various sales and operations positions in West Fraser’s solid wood, pulp and paper and MDF groups.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and is married with two teenage children.

Hardy Wentzel Hardy Wentzel joined Tolko as the Vice-President of Sales, Marketing and Logistics in June 2011. He has expertise in leading the sales and distribution of building materials sold in Canada and abroad. Over his 25 year wood products career at Trus Joist and Weyerhaeuser, Hardy spent 10 years working in Europe and the US in senior management roles. He was responsible

for sales and marketing of engineered wood, OSB as well as managing the building materials distribution business. Hardy’s knowledge of international and domestic business will contribute to the growth and success of Tolko’s Sales, Marketing and Logistics Strategies. Hardy is a Civil Engineering Technology graduate from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta.

Post Secondary Education - Wednesday 3 p.m. UNBC president Dr. George Iwama is a fish physiologist. His scientific interests have focused on the stress response in fishes. Just prior to joining the UNBC community, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Science at Carleton University. He previously held the same position at Acadia University, where he also served for a year as Vice-President Academic. Dr. Iwama holds a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. After postdoctoral fellowships he returned to UBC as a professor and spent 15 years on faculty, during which time he received numerous academic fellowships and awards for his research on fish physiology, and his service to the field of aquaculture. He has published more than 135 articles and edited two books.

His research included a project east of Prince George in the Torpy River. He has experience in building university-industry-government-community partnerships and was the

driving force behind the creation of “science cafes” in Ottawa and Nova Scotia in an effort to bring the excitement of scientific innovation to the public.

BC Hydro: 50 years providing power to B.C.

Committed to integrating Aboriginal components for a diverse workforce Fifty years ago, British Columbians turned to BC Hydro to build the clean electricity system they count on to power B.C.’s economy, create jobs, and keep the lights on. Now, BC Hydro is building again for the next 50 years. B.C. continues to grow and so has the need for more electricity. That’s why BC Hydro is building and renewing electricity infrastructure, and encouraging conservation to meet today’s needs and those of future generations. In 2011, BC Hydro is celebrated 50 years of providing power for British Columbians, and invites them to help prepare for the next 50 years. BC Hydro is committed to integrating an Aboriginal relationship component into everything we do, including increasing Aboriginal participation in providing goods and services to the organization and to cre-

ating a representative workforce. The Aboriginal Contracting and Procurement Policy provide BC Hydro the ability to utilize a number of procurement practices to create greater access for Aboriginal businesses or service providers. Aboriginal Procurement practices may include set-asides, direct awards, select tenders and Aboriginal Content in bidding documents. BC Hydro is actively building its Aboriginal Business Directory, a valuable tool for sourcing Aboriginal businesses. The Directory is accessible by BC Hydro, suppliers and contractors and promotes partnerships and joint ventures between aboriginal and non-aboriginal businesses doing work with BC Hydro. As a registered Aboriginal business you will be notied of relevant BC Hydro oppor-

tunities posted on the BC Bid website. BC Hydro’s Aboriginal Education and Employment Strategy supports recruitment and the development of education and training programs to build the capacity of aboriginal talent pools for BC Hydro and B.C. more broadly. It aligns with BC Hydro’s commitment to develop a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve within B.C. and strengthens our goal to create an inclusive workplace. BC Hydro’s goal is to be an employer of choice with aboriginal communities across B.C. To nd out more about Aboriginal Business and how to register, contact us at 1 877 461 0161 #2 or To learn more about Aboriginal Education and Employment contact us at 1 877 461 0161 #1 or



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David Mulroney was appointed ambassador of Canada to the People’ s Republic of China, in 2009. Prior to his appointment, Mulroney was assigned t the Privy Council Office, in Ottawa, as the deputy minister responsible for the Afghanistan Task Force, overseeing inter-departmental coordination of all aspects of Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan. He also served as secretary to the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan (“the Manley Panel”). Mulroney’s other assignments have included serving as associate deputy minister of Foreign Affairs and, concurrently, as the prime minister’s personal representative to the G8 Summit. Immediately prior to that, he served as foreign and defence policy advisor to the prime minister of Canada. A career Foreign Service officer, joining in 1981, Mulroney has had a series of senior appointments in the Foreign Affairs department, in Ottawa, including four years as Canada’s senior official for Asia Pacific Cooperation (APEC). He has served on overseas assignments in Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Seoul. From 1995 to 1998, he was executive director of the Canada-China Business Council. Mulroney graduated with a SAfrom the University of Toronto, where he received the Governor General’s Gold Medal in English, in 1978. He also participated in full-time Mandarin instruction at the Canadian Forces Language School , in Ottawa. Mulroney, who was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is married to Janet Wakely and has three children, Aidan, Kate and Sean.

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Kevin Evans is chief executive officer (CEO) of the Industry Training Authority (ITA), responsible for the governance, expansion and improvement of B.C.’s industry training system. He was appointed CEO in October 2007, after joining the organization as chief operating officer in April. Before joining ITA, Kevin was vice-president, Western Canada, of the Retail Council of Canada – a national non-profit trade association. In this capacity, he was also chair of the Coalition of BC Businesses and vice-chair of the B.C. government’s Permanent Roundtable on Small Business. From 1996 to 1998, Kevin was chief journalist, Television News and Current Affairs at CBC British Columbia, where his primary focus was provincial government affairs. His community involvement includes serving on the Board of Governors of the Coast Mental Health Foundation.

Jonathan E. Burke is Vice President, Global Market Development for Westport and is responsible for Westport’s sales, market development and government relations activities. Prior to Westport, he was Director of Business Development and Investor Relations at MIGENIX Inc., a publiclytraded biotechnology company, and held investor relations and corporate communications roles in the biotechnology, medical device, and venture capital fields. Burke is a Director of the B.C. Innovation Council, the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition and Board Chair of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and has completed Executive Education at Stanford and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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2012 Award Nominees ABORIGINAL BUSINESS AWARD A First Nations or Metis Community, business, organization or individual that has developed, created or implemented innovative technology solutions to enhance a First Nations community or business. • Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment & Training Association, College of New Caledonia and First Nations Technology Council • Tsi Del Del Enterprises • Kyahwood Forest Products

TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY NEWS MAKER OF THE YEAR AWARD Awarded to a Northern British Columbia company / individual / organization that has made the news, and has had a positive impact to our region, with innovation procedures and high-tech practices. • Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative of BC • World Baseball Challenge • College of New Caledonia • Northern Lights College • Nechako Green Energy • Pacific Bioenergy


To be awarded to a company/organization/individual, deemed to have most effectively utilized the potential of the Internet to enhance their business. Nominees for this award should be able to demonstrate their achievements. Factors to consider: Operational cost reduction, Sales growth, Improved customer service and satisfaction, Market expansion. • World Baseball Challenge • Applied Informatics for Health • J.J. Springer and Company


This award recognizes perseverance and determination by a prospector or mine developer during the past 5 years. • Thompson Creek Metals, Mt. Milligan Project • Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd • Imperial Metals, Mount Polley Mine


A technology company/individual/organization that has developed or introduced a product or service which furthers business growth in northern British Columbia or which assists individual companies in their own development. • Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative of BC • Aretas Sensor Networks • Pacific Regeneration Technologies

TECHNOLOGY IMPLEMENTER OF THE YEAR A technology company, individual or organization not in the technology industry that has demonstrated excellence through superior implementation of a technology tool or through an innovative approach to the use of technology in their business. • Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative of BC • World Baseball Challenge • Northern Bioponics • Northern Health Authority • Nechako Green Energy • Pacific Bioenergy

EXPORT AWARD Awarded to an individual / company / organization who has demonstrated excellence in pursuing international market opportunities. • Geotech Drilling • Aretas Sensor Networks • Kyahwood Forest Products • Roktek

MENTOR AWARD An individual / company / organization that helps to foster Business & Industry growth in Northern British Columbia. • Northern Bioenergy Partnership • Northern Development Initiative Trust • Michael Kerr


The John Humphrey’s Memorial Forest Innovator Award is presented to a business or organization that has developed a leading edge wood product, forest management or production technology to enhance Northern BC forest production or sustainability. • Coast Tsimishian Resources Limited Partnership • Nechako Green Energy • Pacific Bioenergy

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AWARD To celebrate a UNBC - Industry collaboration which fosters economic diversification and innovation. • White Moon Castings, Dr. Alex Ng (UNBC) and Dr. Sungchul Choi (UNBC) • Environmental Dynamics Inc., Jane Young (UNBC), Prophet River First Nations and Encana • City of Prince George, Dr. Ron Thring (UNBC) and Nathan Park (UNBC)

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The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia is the predominant voice of mineral exploration in British Columbia. AME BC hosts Mineral Exploration Roundup, “Celebrating Our First Century of Global Discovery,” the world’s premier technical mineral exploration conference from January 23 to 26, 2012, at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver.


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The Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) is a selfgoverning association of 9,500 technology professionals. ASTTBC qualifies and registers technologists, technicians and technical specialists in engineering and applied science technology. Formed in 1958, ASTTBC was incorporated under the ASTT Act (1985) to regulate the standards of training and practice of members and protect the interests of the public.

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Trade Show Exhibitors 9. Triton Environmental Consulants Ltd.

16. Resources North Association

Triton provides a wide range of environmental expertise and has completed numerous projects throughout western Canada for municipal, provincial, and federal agencies and for industrial clients in the hydropower, oil and gas, forestry, mining, and transportation sectors. The company’s five offices in Terrace, Prince George, Richmond, Kamloops, and Calgary are located near and within gateway communities throughout BC and Alberta.

Resources North Association builds collaborative approaches for integrated resource management and community stability and prosperity in Northern British Columbia.

10. IRL Supplies IRL Supplies is a leading manufacturer and distributor of technical field equipment used by mining, forestry and engineering professionals. Some of our main products include Flagging Tape, Field Vests, GPS systems and Safety Supplies. Stop by display booth to see the latest products and discuss your requirements.

17. Galaxy Broadband Communications Inc. Galaxy is your Enterprise Satellite Communication Solution featuring high speed Internet and VIP services . Galaxy delivers reliability, affordability, flexibility and innovation, all with a “Can Do” attitude. We specialize in providing our Enterprise Network to Oil & Gas, Mining, Forestry and Utilities Markets. 18. Initiatives Prince George Development Corporation (IPG)

CNC enrolls about 5,000 full-time equivalent students each year in approximately 90 distinct programs at its 6 campuses. CNC has educated more than 100,000 students in the past 42 years in University Transfer, health sciences, trades and technical programs.

Initiatives Prince George Development Corporation (IPG) is the economic development authority for Prince George. IPG delivers targeted trade and investment services in Prince George and Northern BC to catalyze the growth of Prince George as a sustainable, knowledge-based, resource economy, connected to the world. The corporation has a three-year integrated strategic plan with a number of programs and actions to advance this goal

12. ABC Communications

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ABC Communications is one of British Columbia’s premier connectivity companies that were founded in 1989 with the first location established in Quesnel, BC and the company has been growing ever since. With seven locations in Prince George (two), Burns Lake, Quesnel, Kelowna, Penticton and 100 Mile House we have many services available throughout the Province. There are 4 departments to this diverse company; Cellular services, Telecommunications, Web Design and Hosting, as well as Wireless and ADSL Internet services. We are a business that is a forward moving and we jump on opportunities to grow and expand into other BC communities. We employ over 60 staff and we are all active members of the communities we work and live in. For more information on any one of our seven locations please visit our website at www.

Global Securities is committed to providing Northern BC residents with unbiased and independent financial advice. In addition to providing their clients with conservative income strategies; Stephen Chen, Harold Hoodikoff and John Kason have over 50 years of combined investment experience in BC’s resource and technology sectors.

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13. SIMS GROUP The SIMS GROUP is a family of companies that have extensive experience and knowledge in all aspects of construction, mining, power maintenance, equipment rental and sales. We are committed to providing our customers and clients with a complete contracting package to get the job done.’ 14. Northern BioEnergy Partnership The Northern Bioenergy Partnership (NBP) is an industry-led coalition of businesses, academic institutions and government and First Nations organizations involved in the bioenergy industry in Northern British Columbia. The NBP’s primary strategic goal is to develop a bioenergy “centre of excellence” driving the growth of the forestbased bioenergy sector. The NBP’s success will be measured by jobs, investment and the region’s contribution to climate change objectives through the sustainable use of forest biomass. 15. McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. Established in 1910, McElhanney is a Canadian consulting firm, providing engineering, surveying, mapping, planning, and environmental services to communities, businesses, and resource industries. Our offices are strategically located throughout Western Canada to provide innovative solutions to contribute to your success.

company and has a dedicated and experienced group of staff in all aspects of the business. Our business includes four areas of expertise: new and used equipment sales; parts and services provided on location or in the field; and heavy equipment rentals Woodland’s line of reputable products establishes us at the forefront of new initiatives in the forest industry. This includes equipment for bio-mass and co-generation as well as established practices of the supply of chips to pulp mills and recyclers for pellet mills and the latest technology in traditional logging operations. Woodland Equipment has a diverse range of equipment which allows it to provide for both the current and emerging demands in forestry and construction. 24. Geotech Drilling Geotech Drilling Services provides industry leading drilling services through the implementation of technically advanced equipment and skilled operators; consistently exceeding the expectations of our diverse client base; ensuring safe, equitable and empowering employment for our personnel. Our team is highly focused on Health & Safety and continually implementing the most technologically advanced drilling techniques to increase the efficiency and the accuracy of field data 25. Guide Outfitters Association of BC The Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia (GOABC) was established in 1966 to represent the guide outfitting industry to government and advocate for science-based wildlife management.

26. International Electrical Workers


IBEW local 993 is a construction union supplying certified electricians and apprentices to union contractors working on project in Northern BC and the Yukon for BC Hydro, Rio Tinto Alcan, Finavera Wind Energy, Spectra Energy and Thompson Creek Metals. 27. Atlantic Industries Ltd. Atlantic Industries Ltd. (AIL) supports many of the world’s most successful mines. Whether it’s heavy haul road arches, portals, stockpile tunnels, stream crossings or crusher walls, there’s an AIL Group product for virtually every mine site infrastructure application. 28. Northern Health – Men’s Health The Men’s Health program was created by Northern Health in response to the Chief Medical Health Officer’s November 2010 report “Where are the Men?” This report outlined a number of health challenges for men living in northern BC including: - Higher rates of cancer, suicide, occupational deaths, and chronic disease - And lower access rates of health care To address this issue, Northern Health has made Men’s Health a focus area by creating a program to improve the health outcomes of men living in the North. Our booth will have health information for men and nurses that will perform blood sugar, pressure, and cholesterol screening to detect health risk.

20. Northern Resource Solutions Group The Northern Resources Solutions Group (NRSG) represents Northern British Columbia’s 13 leading natural resource management consultancies. Together, we provide a distinct competitive advantage by delivering an unmatched combination of expertise, skills, physical resources and networks via one accessible alliance. 21. & 22. BC CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION NORTH, BC Construction Safety and BCCA Skilled Trades Employment Program The BC Construction Association North is dedicated to the promotion of construction investment, standard practices, education, training, safety and high standards in the construction industry, BCCA-North is the “One Stop Shop” for Construction Information and Opportunities. The BC Construction Safety Alliance offers a range of free programs and services that (a) focus on injury prevention; (b) help to create or enhance a culture of safety on construction sites; and (c) meet a diversity of needs among owners, managers, supervisors, and workers that work for the construction industry. STEP is a no-fee employment program that works to match potential workers with employers, assist eligible people by presenting them with opportunities for training and employment, and continue to work with new employees and employers to ensure a good employment fit.

Sinclar Group Forest Product Ltd. is committed to principles that foster and promote a healthy community and capacity for sustainable growth. Through our focus on high quality wood products for North America and Asia Pacific markets, we are proud to have strengthened the forest industry as well as the local and provincial economies. For 50 years, our committed employees have ensured our continued success.

23. Woodland Equipment Inc. Woodland Equipment Inc. is one of western ’s leading heavy equipment dealers for the forestry and construction industries. holds the exclusive rights to sell the distinguished brands of Hyundai Construction Equipment in British Columbia (BC), as well as Peterson and Ponsse in all of . is a privately owned

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Trade Show Exhibitors 29. Central Interior Logging Association

33. NH Connections medical travel service:

The Central Interior Logging Association represents the forest harvesting and roadbuilding sectors on safety, government policy and regulations, and provides programs, services and benefits designed to reduce members’ cost of doing business. The Carbon Offset Aggregation Co-op helps members create carbon offsets by reducing diesel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Northern Health Connections is a travel service program for patients needing to travel for out-of-town medical appointments in Northern BC and in Vancouver, Kamloops and Grade Prairie. We provide patients with new transportation options to reduce one of the costs associated with visiting specialists, obtaining specialized diagnostic testing, and receiving other health care services not available in the patient’s home community. Northern Health Connections will offer patients the support they need to get the services they require.

30. Lumisave LED Technologies Lumisave LED Technologies LTD is a canadian company specializing in industrial lighting requirements. We can help in reducing your energy costs as well as maintenance savings. 31. Duz Cho Logging McLeod Lake Indian Band owned Duz Cho Logging LP and Duz Cho Construction LP are engaged in the forestry, mining, oil and gas, and civil construction industries, and operate from Mackenzie and Chetwynd, BC. 32. Kitimat LNG/Pacific Trail Pipeline Kitimat LNG and Pacific Trail Pipeline (PTP) are partnerships between managing operator, Apache Canada Ltd and partners, EOG Resources Canada Inc. and Encana Corporation. The Kitimat LNG project is a liquefied natural gas export facility on Bish Cove, approximately 650 kilometres north of Vancouver. The PTP is a natural gas pipeline between Kitimat and Summit Lake.

NH Connections is operated under contract to Northern Health by Diversified Transportation Ltd. (DTL) of British Columbia. DTL is a division of Pacific Western Transportation. 34. BC Forest Safety Council The BC Forest Safety Council is a not-for-profit society dedicated to promoting forest health and safety. The Council was founded and is supported by all major forestry organizations in BC and works with forestry employers, workers, contractors and the provincial government and agencies to implement changes necessary to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries in the forest sector of BC. 35. EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc. EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc. is an employee-owned company with offices throughout western and northern Canada. Our team is comprised of passionate biologists and technologists who provide a full suite of environmental and natural resource consulting services. We use science-driven, practical solutions to help clients achieve their goals.

36. UNBC’s Ecosystem Science & Management Program UNBC’s Ecosystem Science & Management Program provides learning opportunities that explore cultures, economies, and the environment. Our Natural Resources Management majors give students extensive experience to work in applied fields. Graduates of Forestry, and Wildlife and Fisheries majors are eligible to become Registered Professionals in BC.

40. BC Hydro BC is growing and so is our need for energy. With the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project, BC Hydro is planning now so that we will continue to benefit from clean, reliable and cost-effective electricity in the future. Come speak to our Aboriginal sector and Site C representatives about our current opportunities.

37. BIDCENTRAL Rooted in industry standards and expertise, BidCentral allows users to manage documents, obtain plans and submit bids all online. Not only does BidCentral save time and money, it reduces risk in the bidding process while greatly reducing environmental impact. 38. Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. is a growing, diversified North American mining company. In Northern BC, Thompson Creek Metals has one operating molybdenum mine (Endako), located near Fraser Lake, the Mount Milligan one copper-gold mine, under construction 150 km northwest of Prince George and a number of additional metals properties in various stages of development.

BC Natural Resource Forum & Trade Show Produced by:

39. Prince Rupert Port Authority


The Prince Rupert Port Authority develops and promotes a leading trade gateway between North American and Asian economies. Its many strategic alliances and partnerships ensure ongoing growth that is aggressive, economical, safe and environmentally sound.


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from a port focused on exporting regional resources to a much more integrated, multimodal national trade corridor. North America’s trade with China was the impePositioned as the closest port in North tus for the development and success of America to the opening markets in Asia, the Fairview container terminal, and now and with room to expand, the Port of we’re seeing Asian demand for Prince Rupert plays an Canada’s resources also grow integral role in Canadian our bulk cargoes again,” he exports. said. Don Krusel, President “One of Canada’s greatand CEO Prince Rupert est challenges in developing Port Authority, will be one Asia Pacific trade markets is of the keynote speakers going to be ensuring we have at the upcoming Natural the transportation capacity to Resource Forum, ready deliver our products. The Port to share the wisdom his of Prince Rupert is going to many years of experience continue to be one of the most in his current position have important solutions to that brought him. Don Krusel “The Port of Prince -Prince Reupert Port Authority issue, not just because of our ‘closest Port to Asia’ position, Rupert creates quality jobs but because the Port and the and new economic opporcorridor have room to grow.” tunity throughout Northern Recent provincial announcements have B.C. An economic impact study in 2009 started a new era of growth for the port, measured 1,500 jobs directly associated Krusel added. with the northern transportation corridor “The Port is focused on ensuring we – marine, rail, relevant trucking, terminals, manage the growth of both current and container stuffing, etc.,” Krusel said. future traffic efficiently and sustainably. He added that since that study, the Part of that challenge is ensuring we’re annual tonnage has increased by about 50 developing basic corridor infrastructure per cent, to 18 million tonnes, which has that allows new development and traffic had an effect on jobs and wages. growth to occur in the most efficient way He added there has been a lot of growth possible. We need to avoid the congestion in cargo over the last several years, includand delay that plagues the connections of ing a positive growth in forest products, so many other transportation corridors. consumer goods, coal and grain. The B.C. Government’s $15 million investKrusel said the port has gone from a ment this fall is facilitating a multi-party regional to a national trade corridor since investment in rail, road and utility corhe started with the company in 1982, then ridors in Prince Rupert that will achieve took the reigns in 1992. exactly that,” he said. “The Port has seen many changes of The harbour, he said, is the deepest in the course, but at the core of things we’ve gone

world, and provides unobstructed access to international shipping lanes and open water, allowing the port to safely handle a large amount of the biggest ships in the world. The port has also been a champion of initiatives like Green Marine. First Nation partnerships have also played a role in the port’s success. “We’ve been able to align interests with our Coast Tsimshian partners through agreements that ensure our future development provides access to economic development, employment and training opportunities, which are key to creating sustainable communities,” he said.

based in Vancouver. In 2004, Silvester relocated from Vancouver to London, U.K., and later to Sydney, Australia, as a member of the P&O Ports global executive team. Following the acquisition of P&O, then the world’s fourth largest container terminal operator, by Dubai Ports World in 2006, Silvester remained in Sydney and joined United Group Limited, an ASX 100 listed Engineering and Property Services firm, as Chief Development Officer. He led the $500m acquisition of U.S. facilities management business Unicco. He was later appointed Chief Executive of United Group Services ANZ, responsible for leading the company’s Property and ROBIN SILVESTER Facilities Management business in Australia and New Zealand. Robin Silvester was appointed President Silvester began his career in the chemiand Chief Executive Officer of Port Metro cals industry in the U.K. He also worked in Vancouver in 2009, bringing to the position business management and strategy roles in extensive international experience in both the steel industry and was the Ports and Property secinvolved in British Steel’s tors. Prior to joining the Port acquisition program. Authority, Silvester served as Silvester is a chartered Chief Executive for the propengineer and a graduate erty and facilities management of Cambridge University. business United Group SerHe completed a Corpovices ANZ in Australia. rate Finance Program Silvester spent a significant at the London Business portion of his career serving School. Mr. Silvester is the in senior roles internationChair of the Association ally with P&O Ports. As Chief of Canadian Port AuthoriDevelopment Officer, Mr. Robin Silvester ties (ACPA), a Director Silvester led the company’s -Port Metro Vancouver of the Vancouver Board strategy and global acquisition of Trade, a Director of program, including the busithe Western Transportanesses that became P&O Ports tion Advisory Council (WESTAC), and a Canada. past Board member of the British ColumHaving completed that acquisition, in bia Maritime Employers’ Association 2003 Mr. Silvester was appointed the first (BCMEA). President and CEO of P&O Ports Canada,


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WES CARSON Vice President and General Manager, Mt. Milligan Wes Carson joined Thompson Creek Metals Company in 2010 as Manager Operations Development for the Company’s Mt. Milligan project and was promoted to Vice President and General Manager, Mt. Milligan on September 14, 2011. Prior to joining the Company in 2010, Carson held various progressive leadership positions within the mining industry, including Director of Mining for Terrane Metals Corp., as well as roles with Barrick Tanzania, Placer Dome (Canada), Elk Valley Coal Corporation, and Cominco Metals Ltd. Mr. Carson holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining and Mineral Processing from The University of British Columbia. He is also a registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. and a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Association for Mineral Exploration in B.C.

poration, (III:TSX) a base and precious metals mine developer and operator based in Vancouver, BC; • Lead Director of SouthGobi Resources Ltd. (SGQ:TSX) a coal mining and exploration company with operations in Mongolia and Indonesia; • Director of Zedi Inc. (ZED:TSX) an energy services company; and • Director of West Kirkland Mining Inc. (WKM:TSXV) an exploration company. Mr. Lebel also serves as a director of Canada Place Corporation, the Business Council of British Columbia, Lions Gate Hospital, the Mining Association of Canada and the Mining Association of British Columbia. In 1998 Mr. Lebel was awarded the E.A. Scholz medal by the BC and Yukon Chamber of Mines for excellence in mine development. He is a member of the Law Societies of British Columbia and Alberta. Lebel holds a MBA from McMaster University and LLB from the University of Western Ontario.


Brad Johnston

Pierre Lebel has a distinguished career in mining, spanning over 30 years, with a primary focus on mine financing, construction and development. Mr. Lebel serves as: • Chairman and Director of Imperial Metals Cor-

General Manager, Marketing and Logistics, Coal Brad Johnston joined Teck in 1988 as a Mining Engineer at the now retired Whitewood coal mine near Lake Wabamun, Alberta, where he progressed through various positions, becoming Chief Engi-

What comes to mind when you think of growth? At Spectra Energy, we believe that growth is built together, and together, we are helping to grow BC’s future. Our growth is proven from yesterday. We have been operating in British Columbia for over fifty years, growing with the communities in which we work and live. Our growth is focused on tomorrow. Together, we are building new pathways to a secure sustainable energy future, connecting natural gas sources to premium markets across North America. We are committed to working together to enrich the quality of life in the communities in which we work and live and we are dedicated to being responsible environmental stewards. We have already committed $1.5 billion over three years in new infrastructure to gather, process and transport natural gas and we are taking an active role to reduce our carbon footprint and enhance the energy services we provide to our customers that increase efficiency and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are Spectra Energy. And we are helping to grow BC’s future. Proven from yesterday. Focused on tomorrow.

neer in 1993. Johnston transferred to our Coal Mountain Operation in 1994 as Chief Engineer, before moving to Warburg, Alberta in 1998 as Mine Manager of the Genesee coal mine. In 2001, he moved to New York as the General Manager of NYCO Minerals’ Willsboro operation. While in New York, Johnston also managed NYCO Minerals’ Pilares operation in Hermosillo, Mexico, and the American Tripoli operation in Seneca, Missouri. Mr. Johnston was appointed the General Manager of Marketing and Logistics for Teck’s coal business unit in June 2007. Mr. Johnston completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering at the University of Alberta and attended the Advanced Management program at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA). About Teck Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc, gold and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK. Further information about Teck can be found at

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Plan for safety like you would plan for work

By Don Schouten, WorkSafeBC Manager of Industry and Labour Services–Construction

Regardless of your position or experience, nobody wants to have to call someone to tell them their loved one has been injured at work. Unfortunately, when it comes to falls, that call happens far too often. Falls are the most frequently occurring and costly incidents across the B.C. construction sector. Between 2008 and 2010, there were over 6,000 claims, with each worker off work for an average of 80 days — the highest of any construction incident. Falls also have the greatest nancial consequences — each claim costs approximately $19,000. Not only do falls happen often, they happen fast: it only takes one second to fall 16 feet. They are also devastating — to the individual, their family, and their coworkers. The most important fact about falls, however, is that each and every one of them is preventable. Falls are a concern to everyone in the construction industry. They can affect anyone on the work site and have the potential to cause serious injury or even death.

There is no way to avoid working at heights in construction, but there are ways to eliminate or reduce the chance that a fall could occur. Planning for safety, just like you plan for any other aspect of the job, is key to preventing any incident from occurring. Having the appropriate safety equipment and training is as important as having the right materials and tools to complete the project. Fall protection needs to be planned for and used by all workers before they’re exposed to a fall hazard. An effective fall protection plan requires input from all parties involved in the construction process: the employer, the supervisor, and the worker. Each person in these roles has their own responsibilities when it comes to planning for safety and making sure that safety plan is carried out. There are lots of different ways to plan for safety when it comes to falls. One way is to familiarize yourself with the tools and equipment available to prevent falls from happening. Eliminating the hazard completely is the most ideal form of fall protection. If this is not possi-

ble, then putting up guardrails, or having workers use a fall restraint or a fall arrest system are other ways to keep workers from falling. Knowing the difference between the various types of fall protection helps to determine which is most practicable and safest for your work site. Several resources have been developed to help incorporate safety into the planning process. There is the site-specic fall protection plan template, or one of the many Toolbox Meeting Guides, which are available for free on Also, be sure to check out the You’re a Pro: Falls from Elevation video series. No matter what your job on a construction site, make safety a part of it. Part of being a professional is being safe. By planning for safety as part of the job, you will prevent incidents from occurring and make it possible for all workers to go home safely to their families at the end of every workday. Please let me know what you think of this topic or any construction safety issue. Call me at 604 214-6989 from the Lower Mainland or toll-free elsewhere at 1 888 621-7233. Or email I’d like to hear from you.

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Local Company Provides Complete Engineering Services and Solutions Allnorth Consultants Limited (Allnorth) has been providing consulting services since 1978 to clients in the Mining, Oil & Gas, Pulp & Paper, and Infrastructure sectors across Canada and Globally. Allnorth has a strong reputation in the consulting engineering eld for meeting or exceeding our client’s project expectations. Each design project has its own unique characteristics, whether client driven, or otherwise, and as such, having the exibility and adaptability to address these characteristics give Allnorth an advantage in the design engineering world. Adaptation is a core value of Allnorth, and has enabled our company to move into new markets and new market sectors with seamless transition and zero compromise to our product quality. Our client relationships have been built on trust, quality service, timely response to issues, commitment to availability, exibility in scheduling, and providing logical solutions that are practical and economical to construct. We have proven experience and are well known for our professional

accreditation, expertise, skills, experience, on-time record, and commitment to quality, safety, and the environment. The Allnorth team is an energetic group, who strive to be challenged by new projects and opportunities. The purpose and intent of a multi-disciplinary engineering rm is to successfully complete projects in new and challenging areas. Our staff is highly motivated, innovative and energetic, and strives to be involved with creative and diverse projects with high quality solutions and products. Our diversity of training and experience creates an internal support system that promotes logical solutions. Our ofces are strategically located to ensure that we can provide timely response to our clients and project commitments. We work closely with our clients to integrate staff and support structures, and when required, provide the personnel and resources necessary to manage the entire project. The size of our company allows uncomplicated and direct access to the professional responsible for the project.

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David Calvert is Vice President of KM LNG Operating General Partnership, and Apache Canada’s Business Manager for the Kitimat LNG Project. Mr. Calvert has been Manager and Lead Negotiator responsible for the successful conclusion of all the major commercial agreements for the LNG project. In addition, he has managed or negotiated numerous additional First Nation Benefit Agreements, Access Agreements, dispute resolutions and regulatory proceedings. Prior to joining Apache Canada Ltd. in 2001, he worked for Fletcher Challenge Energy Canada, Shell Canada Limited and Star Fire Resources Ltd. Mr. Calvert holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a concentration in Petroleum Land Management and is a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen.

Greg joined Progress in July 2004, and has been responsible for investor relations since that time. In 2006, Greg took on the added responsibility of the company’s marketing efforts and risk management. Prior to this, Greg was manager of Investor Relations at EnCana Corporation and previous to that held similar positions with Alberta Energy Company Ltd. and AEC Pipelines, L.P.

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