Planning is well underway for western Canada’s largest multi-sector resource conference – the 16th annual BC Natural Resources Forum (BCNRF), scheduled for January 22nd to 24th, 2019 at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre.
This must-attend event attracts the who’s-who from western Canada’s resource sector who will gather in Prince George to share ideas, network, and plan the future of resource development in the province. The Forum features the popular opening Banquet, topical Keynote Luncheons, the resource Ministers’ Breakfast, multiple exciting networking receptions and workshops, and an impressive line-up of talented, high-profile speakers over three days.
Since its inception 15 years ago, the BC Natural Resources Forum has grown to become the largest and best-attended conference and trade show in northern BC. Last year’s Forum was the most successful in the event’s history attracting a record 925 delegates, 47 speakers and 70 exhibitors. The 2019 Forum is shaping up to continue this proud tradition.
A key foundation of the Forum is its ability to convene a wide range of speakers with diverse, sometimes opposing perspectives on resource development, including industry leaders, NGOs, representatives from the provincial government and the official opposition. This comprehensive approach allows for multiple view-points to be considered as we strive for solutions and innovations to improve the management of BC’s resource sector.
The Forum’s 30-member Advisory Committee, comprised of First Nations, communities and business representatives from across western Canada, have been hard at work organizing next year’s event. Invitations have been extended to over 35 high-profile potential speakers to present at the 2019 Forum and confirmations are coming in from across Canada. Rick Rule, Director, President and CEO, Sprott U.S. Holdings Inc., has been confirmed as the Banquet keynote speaker to provide his outlook for world commodity markets. Dr. Alan Winter, BC’s Innovation Commissioner, is also confirmed to deliver a keynote address about helping BC’s tech sector access needed capital, as well as build national and international connections to succeed.
Once again, the highly-anticipated Minister’s Breakfast will provide delegates with first-hand insights into the challenges and opportunities facing BC’s resource sector. Confirmed speakers for the Minister’s Breakfast to date include: Hon. Michelle Mungall, BC Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources; Hon. Doug Donaldson, BC Minister of Forest, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development; Hon. Scott Fraser, BC Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; and Hon. George Heyman, BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. At the request of our delegates, we are working with the Civic Center to double the seating capacity to ensure everyone can attend this event, which has always sold-out.
The Forum’s extremely popular trade show featuring the latest in technology, systems and solutions provides a unique on-site opportunity to connect and network with a wide range of representatives including: business leaders interested in developing natural resource projects; resource companies active in northern BC; engineering firms, equipment suppliers and service companies; government representatives; and labour, trade and safety professionals. The trade show is nearly sold out with 20 companies on the wait list for exhibitor booths.
The BC Natural Resources Forum is a major economic catalyst for Prince George. Last year’s event generated over $2 million in business expenditures for Prince George and surrounding communities. Local hotels are already booking rooms for the January event, so delegates are advised to make their reservations soon as many hotels sold out early last year.
For the past five years, the Forum’s most popular events, including the Banquet, Minister’s Breakfast, and Keynote Luncheons have sold out early due to limited seating, so be sure to register early to avoid disappointment. Online registration for the 2019 BC Natural Resources Forum will open September 18th, 2018 at www.bcnaturalresourcesforum.com.
The BC Natural Resources Forum is proud to support the National Aboriginal Energy and Power Association, the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s annual Mining for Miracles campaign, and Outland Camps’ First Nations natural resources Youth Employment Program.
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