B.C. Natural Resources Forum this month

The B.C. Natural Resources Forum returns to Prince George Civic and Conference Centre Jan. 28-30.

The 17th annual event will feature a lineup of high-profile speakers including Premier John Horgan, a slate of provincial cabinet ministers, industry leaders, and First Nations and local government representatives, as well as an industry trade show.

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Sarah Weber, president and CEO of event organizers C3 Alliance Corp., said she expects attendance to be strong.

"We're tracking about 10 per cent ahead of last year (for registrations)," Weber said. "And again our trade show is fully sold with 74 exhibitors."

Last year, more than 1,100 delegates attended the three-day event.

This year's forum will include the unveiling of a provincial first: a B.C. natural resources survey, Weber said. The forum organizers partnered with the B.C. Chamber of Commerce to conduct the survey, the results of which will be released during the forum.

"We want to track the pulse of the natural resources sector," Weber said.

More than 1,000 people from a wide variety of backgrounds - including 50% of participants who don't have direct ties to the natural resource sector - she added.

The theme of the event is Strengthening B.C.'s Competitive Advantage.

"It's really getting back to what is so special about B.C.'s natural resources sector," Weber said.

For more information, go online to bcnaturalresourcesforum.com.

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