It all begins tomorrow with a tour of the simulated well site training facility at Northern Lights College, and a trip to Talisman Energy’s Farrell Creek Camp, followed by the welcome reception featuring a presentation by Preston Manning, founder of the Reform Party of Canada, and entertainment by local musicians Twin Peaks. A similar tour was given to the mayors of Prince Rupert, and Port Edward last fall, which Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman says helped them see the realities of the natural gas industry in person. 

“Both of them said that coming up here was so valuable to them to see it in action so that the myths and the legends that they find on the internet or in the news feeds, they could dispel those myths in their own mind by seeing it hands-on,” she says. 

Ackerman argues the conference will be a success if it educates just one person who is uninformed about the energy industry in northeast B.C. 

The conference part of the event begins Wednesday, with a variety of discussions taking place over the two days, focused on the theme of “Now or Never”. Topics range from the need for temporary foreign workers and the logistics of work camps, to the Site C Clean Energy Project and sustainable pipeline development. 

Some of the featured panelists are Senator Richard Neufeld, Paul Jeakins, Commissioner and CEO of the B.C. Oil & Gas Commission, Dr. Richard Florida, who was recently named among the “World’s Most Influential Thinkers”, and B.C. Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon. 

For more information on the conference, visit its official website at