She believes it's time for Fort St. John to become more proactive when it comes to recruiting skilled workers to the city.
"Right now we're not taking the initiative to really sell Fort St. John as a place. We're just kind of reacting to what's going on and I think that we need to take a proactive approach to recruiting skilled employees to Fort St. John."
Although no decisions will be made at the conference, Ackerman wants to see some initiatives that are already in place at the industry level become more community wide.
The key, she says, is connecting with industries to let them know we have relocation packages. That means connecting with the workers, finding careers for spouses and catering to the interests of children, like finding sports teams and clubs.
Ackerman hopes that the city can make use of some of the initiatives laid out in Premier Christy Clark's Jobs Plan. The premier is scheduled to speak at the conference tomorrow, wrapping up a week of meetings.