What’s New @ KBC – Feb 2019

Two Major Events Kick-Off the New Year at KBC As I write the sun is shining, the sky is blue and it’s a balmy -34c outside. It’s so nice to be in the warm confines of KBC global headquarters on this 1st week of February. If 2019 continues as it started last month I’m in

What’s New @ KBC – Feb 2019

Two Major Events Kick-Off the New Year at KBC

As I write the sun is shining, the sky is blue and it’s a balmy -34c outside. It’s so nice to be in the warm confines of KBC global headquarters on this 1st week of February. If 2019 continues as it started last month I’m in for a very busy and rewarding year. I was pleased to be part of two key events with KBC clients last month that provide me with hope and optimism for a bright future.

2019 BC Natural Resources Forum – The Best Yet

About 1100 people registered for the BC Natural Resources Forum (Jan 22-24). The event is the unofficial start to each New Year in Prince George and brings together government, indigenous, community and business leaders to discuss the ‘state’ of BC Natural Resource sectors and what the year ahead is likely to hold. While global economic uncertainty was an underlying message in many keynote and panel presentations there was also a note of optimism on at least two fronts. First, the CEO of the LNG Canada project, Andy Calitz, made it very clear that the $40 billion project would proceed supported by over 20 indigenous communities along the proposed Coastal Gas Link pipeline between the South Peace River region and the LNG plant in Kitimat, BC. Second, the majority of indigenous speakers throughout the Forum stated that while there is still a lot of work to be done, recent efforts by governments and industry towards reconciliation are welcome and working to improve the lives of indigenous citizens. It was a privilege to assist as Co-MC of the 2019 BCNRF along with C3 Alliance President, Sarah Webber, and be on hand to hear the positive messages shared throughout the Forum.

Kwikwetlem First Nation Presents Ocean Canoe to Province of BC

The business-arm of the Kwikwetlem First Nation (KFN), KFN Enterprises LP (KFNE), has been a key partner of BC Housing in redevelopment of the Riverview Lands in Coquitlam. One of the newest projects is construction of ‘The Healing Spirit House’ which will soon be home to several young people facing a variety of mental health challenges. On January 29th, KFN presented an ocean canoe to the Province of BC in a traditional dedication ceremony. The canoe will be displayed inside The Healing Spirit House just below a huge mural of a historic KFN Village. The Riverview Lands were once home to a KFN Village known as səmiq̓ʷəʔelə Place of the Great Blue Heron. KFN Chief Ron Geisbrecht stated “In our view, reconciliation goes two-ways. The Province has demonstrated its willingness to work with KFN to right wrongs of the past and dedication of this KFN Canoe for display at The Healing Spirit House is our way of showing appreciation for our new relationship with the Province.” I had the good fortune to work with Andrea Aleck, Chief Officer, Special Projects, KFN Enterprises LP, to plan and prepare the communications and media outreach for this very special and historic event.