From left: Jim Popowich with NCBC Branch executives Joe Hines, Jamie Hull, Ben Radke, Greg Rasmussen, Jennifer Parry, Robert Piccolo and Paul Kennedy. The CIM North Central BC Branch hosted their first annual general meeting in over five years, from June 25 to 27, in Prince George. After its revival in November 2007, this event marks the branch’s official comeback.
The CIM North Central BC Branch hosted their first annual general meeting in over five years, from June 25 to 27, in Prince George. After its revival in November 2007, this event marks the branch's official comeback.
The event offered technical presentations that tackled timely and pressing issues in the area. The two-day technical program began with a series of presentations focused on knowledge sharing between departments of various operations.
CIM Past President Jim Popowich and Chief Dominic Frederic of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nations Band kicked off the second day of presentations. Chaired by Ed Beswick, past vice president of District 6 and Hard Creek Nickel director, the panel featured some of the most prominent industry leaders in the area: Gord Sebastian, executive director of the Gitxzan First Nations, Bruce Sutherland, chairman of the Northern Trust, and Mayor Jack Tulstra of Terrace, BC. This dynamic group prompted discussions around First Nations in mining and the existing and future projects in British Columbia, such as the Highway 37 Corridor.
Conference participants were entertained by a variety of activities. City of Prince George councillor Sherry Sethen welcomed delegates at the Wine and Cheese Reception held on June 25. The following evening, during the silent auction and dinner, guests placed bids on a variety of items, such as golf clubs, hotel suites and spa packages, while reflecting on the words of Pierre Gratton, president and CEO of the Mining Association of BC, and City of Prince George Mayor Colin Kingsley.
The three-day conference concluded on a high note with the annual golf tournament held at the Aberdeen Glen Golf Course, which was a successful fundraising event. All the proceeds from the golf tournament and dinner auction will go to the Northern BC Friends of Children Society.