REPORTING · 28th August 2013
At Kitimat City Council on Monday, August 26th, the Council was given a presentation from Kitimat Economic Development Association (KEDA). KEDA is planning to get representatives from industries which are looking at Kitimat to put on an event called “Let’s Talk Energy.”
The event, scheduled for Saturday, October 26th is about bringing the community together to learn about the different projects which are coming to town. The event will include a trade fair, performance by a former Kitimat Resident, Aaron Pritchett and a keynote presentation by Peter Tertzakian.
“The last time I heard, [Tertzakian] speak, I had a little side conversation,” said Lynn Stevenson. “From that came a vision to have him come into the community and have him speak to the community about the changing economy that Kitimat is going through and the potential investment and what it means to our community now and in the future.”
The conversation took the form of the number of projects which were proposed for Kitimat and what they mean for the community. Tertzakian suggested the biggest impact was going to be in the construction stage. Stevenson realized that most people do not know what such an investment would mean to Kitimat.
She explained what Tertzakian’s area of expertise was and explained she approached KEDA with this idea.
One of the things which was suggested was to get a local celebrity and that is where Pritchett comes in. He was approached to MC the presentation due to his ties to Kitimat, a successful country western star who grew up in Kitimat.
Stevenson explained to Council that the evening will begin with a trade fair featuring their corporate sponsors in the Mount Elizabeth Theatre. At 7:00 pm, the keynote presentation begins. From 8:00 to 8:30 is a question period and from 8:30 to 9:00 is an acoustic by Pritchett. Then back into the trade fair.
The evening is estimated to cost $36,000, the bulk of which is to cover Tertzakian and Pritchett’s expenses. There is an administration fee for KEDA for putting together the evening the well.
“The idea for the evening is to provide a networking opportunity for the general public and also an information session. In addition to that, we would like to invite Mayor and Council to meet personally with Peter,” said Stevenson.
Councillor Mario Feldhoff clarified that Tertzakian is not associated with Enbridge. He was told he was not. Councillor Phil Germuth clarified this as he did a search where Enbridge hosted an event with Tertzakian. He was told this was just gathering information, they were not funding an Enbridge event.
“I think it’s a great thing for the community and I hope you’ll come out,” said Stevenson.
Councillor Mario Feldhoff put a motion on the table to provide the donation of $4000 and a nominal donation of $500 to KEDA. He expressed any event for further information was good and he was not against groups putting presentations together. He thought the community wanted to hear a former resident perform and he hoped David Black would also come to Kitimat to present.
However, Council was not ready to vote on the motion. Goffinet was looking forward to the event wanted to read what staff had to say and wanted their advice. Councillor Mary Murphy said she supported the event and was looking forward to the event.
Feldhoff decided to hear from staff as long as it came back quickly. The motion was called and carried.
Comment by Walter McFarlane on 28th August 2013
I thought that sounded a little high. I simply misheard Councillor Feldhoff.
Comment by james on 28th August 2013
just for clarification walter. monetary request to council was for 4000 d to which councillor feldhof wished to add 500, not 5000. also, lynn misspoke when she had said aaron Pritchett would do an 'instrumental'. that should read 'acoustic performance' thanks......j