Online survey will help shape agenda for BC Natural Resources Forum

Think the government is doing enough to encourage investment in B.C.'s energy sector? Would you want your son or daughter to pursue a career in the forest industry?

The natural resource sector wants to hear from you.

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An online survey being conducted by the C3 Alliance Corp. (the group that hosts the annual BC Natural Resoures Forum in Prince George) offers northern British Columbians a chance to have their opinions heard by the powers-that-be making decisions which affect development of our province's natural resources.

“If you’re living in the north – your voice needs to be heard,” said Val Litwin, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “Northerners appreciate more than most that even if you aren’t working directly in the resource sector the prosperity of your community and family is connected to it.”

The survey is a joint effort which also involves the BC Chamber and the research company, Abacus Data. Results will be revealed at the 17th annual BC Natural Resources Forum, Jan. 28-30, at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre.

C3 Alliance president and CEO Sarah Weber said the main objective is to “really take the pulse of the industrial sectors of the province, and gather a solid baseline data-set,” both for an understanding of today’s forestry, mining, energy, agriculture and other natural resource fields, but also to have a basis for comparison as future surveys are conducted. Useful long-term trends will emerge over time as more surveys are completed.

Survey questions were compiled by a steering committee of industry leaders from across the spectrum of natural resource sectors. The goal is to reach at least 1,000 respondents and to have input from all areas of the province.

“We will have an on-stage presentation of the results,” Weber said. “We also expect to use some of the data in the lead-up to the conference, to help shape the themes of the discussions. There will also be a comprehensive report with easily digestible information, so that the findings can be put to good use.”

Premier John Horgan is one of the keynote speakers booked for the three-day conference, which will also feature cabinet ministers and resource sector leaders.

The survey can be taken by clicking here

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