Premier John Horgan, federal Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan and B.C. Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee are some of the speakers who be presenting at the BC Natural Resources Forum later this month.
The annual forum usually draws hundreds of industry and government leaders for three days of presentations and networking at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre. This year's event, happening Jan. 26-28, will be held in an entirely digital format.
"We are excited to embrace the opportunities offered by modern technology," BC Natural Resources Forum communications manager Claire Perusse said in an email last year. "Our digital platform will enable participants to share knowledge, new research findings, innovative practices, and case studies. The virtual program will include live webinars, panel discussions, presentations, and interactive Q&A sessions."
In addition, there will be daily, virtual "breakout rooms" to allow for online networking.
"Given that there will be no travel requirements for this year’s forum, there will be few limits on the number of participants we can welcome," Perusse said. "Therefore, we are hoping to engage more participants and attract a wider range of high-profile speakers from across Canada in this discussion."
Other keynote speakers on the program include Rio Tinto general manager Lianne Olsen, Fort Nelson First Nation Chief Sharleen Gale, FortisBC president and CEO Roger Dall'Antonia and national Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson.
The panel discussions will address topics ranging from economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic to inclusion of women in the resource sector.
For more information, go online to www.BCNaturalResourcesForum.com.