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February 1, 2011
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
R.E.M. Lee Theatre, Terrace
Co-hosted by the City of Terrace, Kitimat-Terrace and District Labour Council and the Terrace Economic Development Authority.
The public is invited to attend this informative panel to learn more about the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project proposed by Enbridge.
Ron Poole, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Terrace
Featuring presentations by:
Gerald D. Wesley
Mr. Wesley is the Chief Negotiator for the Tsimshian First Nations Treaty Society and co-chair of the Northwest Tribal Treaty Nations in Northern BC. He is a director of numerous community organizations and spent 7 years in the woods industry before moving on to become a senior manager of various First Nations structures. Mr. Wesley is a joint partner with his wife Angela in the private consulting firm Wes-Can Advisory Services. Mr. Wesley is one of the Hereditary Chieftains of the Kitsumkalum First Nation and during his free time he hunts, traps and fishes within his traditional territories.
Mayor Mike Bernier
Currently in his second term of office as the Mayor of Dawson Creek, Mayor Bernier has been working to build a positive economic climate, working closely with industry and community to create a balanced, sustainable future for Dawson Creek. With 20 years of experience in the natural gas industry, and as a licensed tradesperson, he is able to bring this knowledge to the table when dealing with industry and business. Mayor Bernier is the current president of the North Central Government Association and sits on the Executive of the Union of BC Municipalities. He has been married to his wife, Valerie, for 20 years and they have 5 children.
Raised in Kitimat and now living in Smithers, Greg spent 10 years working on energy issues including energy planning, transportation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and oil, natural gas and pipeline research. He holds an engineering degree from UBC and currently works with the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research, a non-profit community organization that undertakes research and shares information on conservation and environmentally sound uses of northwest BC’s natural resources. Greg likes to ski mountaineer, play hockey and compete in Ironman triathlons. He is the chair of the Board of Directors of One Sky - The Canadian Institute for Sustainable Living, which does work in West Africa, South America, and Canada.
Morgan Yates is presently employed by Enbridge Pipelines Inc. as Director, Community Relations and Aboriginal Affairs, for Canada. Mr. Yates is a professional engineer with almost 30 years’ experience in the Canadian and International energy business. Areas of recent focus and particular interest include: Aboriginal and Community Relations, Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. Yates has worked in both the upstream and midstream energy sectors, in Canada and in Latin America. Mr. Yates was born in Port Moody, BC and spent the first 25 years of his life living in communities in BC’s lower mainland and BC’s north. He is a graduate of UBC (Applied Science – Chemical Engineering). He presently resides in Calgary, Alberta. Mr. Yate’s volunteer experience has included roles with Amnesty International, Oxfam and Monteverde 2000. His hobbies and interests include community development, sea kayaking, hiking and cultivating an organic garden.
Question and Answer Period:
Following the presentations there will be a question and answer period. The moderator will recognize the speakers according to the speakers’ list with the assistance of volunteers from the Labour Council. Questions must be asked within the allotted 30 seconds and panelists will have up to 2 minutes to respond. If you do not want to ask your question at one of the microphones (located at the end of the aisles) please hold your brochure up in the air and a runner will assist you. Please direct your questions towards a panelist and not members of the audience. Respect of these time frames will allow for as many questions as possible to be asked in the one hour given for this purpose.
For more information please see the City of Terrace website www.terrace.ca
or contact Alisa Thompson at athompson,,,terrace.ca or 250-638-4721.