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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — This year, the Premier’s BC Natural Resources Forum is in Prince George, B.C.

The Forum started yesterday, and runs until tomorrow at the Civic Centre. Annually, it attracts about 800 First Nations, Federal, Provincial and Local Government leaders along with representatives from many different sectors, from energy to tourism and finance.

Mike Morris, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, as well as MLA for Prince George — Mackenzie, is hosting the 2016 Forum. He says integration of our resources sector is the cornerstone of the Forum, which uniquely showcases the diversity ‘most effectively.’

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“For industry leaders around the province, the Premier’s BC Natural Resources Forum is the unofficial start of the New Year,” he starts.

Morris says the City of Prince George is excited to host the 2016 Forum again, and is keeping many of the hallmark events — such as the celebratory dinner, breakfast, luncheon, and social events.

The National Aboriginal Energy & Power Association is hosting a Procurement Match between small First Nation owned businesses and larger corporations today and tomorrow.

Additionally, Junior Achievement BC is also hosting a Breakfast tomorrow morning to celebrate the next generation of business leaders who will play a key role in sustaining BC’s economy for future generations.

“These events are positive signs that provincial agencies and associations see the value and benefits of participating in the Forum and tickets are still available,” Morris adds.

Tomorrow, as the forum closes, Northern Development will be hosting a reception to commemorate its tenth anniversary and celebrate opportunities for economic growth for Northern B.C.

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