CONFERENCE AGENDA - November 12, 2012

Industry leaders, governments, scientists, researchers, First Nations and community groups will meet in Smithers, B.C. on November 14, 15 and 16, 2012, to begin a conversation about the projected major industrial development for our region at a conference hosted by the Bulkley Valley Research Centre. 

The Bulkley Valley Research Centre is committed to making that conversation happen in a way that is meaningful to the people of the northwest.


The conference will begin with greetings from the Wet’suwet’en and municipal, regional, provincial and federal government representatives. A brief history of industrial development in the northwest to date will be followed by an overview of upcoming projects.

Social, economic and environmental benefits and effects

Case studies will examine projects where communities, government and industry are working together to capture benefits. Frameworks being used and developed in Alberta and B.C. for assessing and managing cumulative effects of projects will be presented. Presenters will offer perspectives on integrating social, cultural and environmental assessments. Issues and information needs for regional planning and policy will be discussed. Education and training needs and capacities for the northwest workforce will be investigated.

Panel Discussions

Presenters and conference registrants will participate in discussions based on themes arising from the presentations.

Poster session, exhibits, and evening events

Informal poster sessions, exhibits and relaxed evening activities will provide more opportunities for learning, exchanging ideas, and networking.


Participants will have opportunities to pose questions and share their own insights throughout the conference.

Please note:  The conference agenda will be updated periodically.

Conference Sponsors (Click on logos to visit sponsor sites)

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Smithers Exploration Group Crossroads Culture Resource Management HyTech Drilling Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia SkeenaWild Conservation Trust BC Hydro Imperial Metals McElhanney Altagas Spectra Energy Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition Archer Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations University of Northern British Columbia
Invest Northwest BC Smithers and District Chamber of Commerce
World Wildlife Fund Canada Skeena-Nass Centre for Innovation in Resource Economics