REPORTING · 5th February 2011
In Terrace this past week on February 1st, the Terrace and District Labour council with the City of Terrace hosted a public forum where the public could ask questions of various panelist representing the divergent opinions.
The meeting began with an hour long opening and introductions with power point presentations. The second half was a direct question and answer session, which also lasted for an hour.
The entire forum was recorded in High Def and the two halfs can be viewed by opening the attachments below the picture which accompany this article.
The panelists were as follows;
Glen Bennett, Chief Councillor of the Kitselas First Nation. He sat in for Gerald Wesley who was unable to attend due to a death in the family.
Mr. Wesley, who was set to attend, 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.
Audience members line up to ask questions
The panelists; left to right, Chief Glen Bennett, Mayor Mike Bernier, Greg Brown and Morgan Yates
Likely not the best image to use to sell the idea, this slide showed how many oil well sites there are in the Northeast. each single black dot is a well site. All are connected by pipelines.
A double hulled tanker which collided with a barge in 2010. Brown refered to an IT term to describe these preventable problems. P.E.B.K.A.C. (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair)