Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 7pm to 9pm Mount Elizabeth Theatre, Kitimat
Russell Ross, Chair Enbridge Working Group, Haisla First Nation
Mike Bernier, Mayor of Dawson Creek
Greg Brown, Environmental Consultant
Morgan Yates, Director of Community Relations and Aboriginal Affairs, Enbridge
Moderator: Ron Poole, Municipal Manager, District of Kitimat
This event has been organized to provide information on various aspects of the Northern Gateway Pipelines project. This is not a debate.
Each panelist will be given up to 15 minutes to present information on the project.
Russell Ross is the Chair of the Enbridge Working Group for the Haisla First Nation.
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 twenty 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 Local Government Association and sits on the Executive of the Union of BC Municipalities. He has been married to his wife, Valerie, for twenty years and they have five children.
Raised in Kitimat and now living in Smithers, Greg has spent ten 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. Mr. 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. Yates' 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.
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 the microphone, 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. More Info