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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition has announced that the Independent Contractors and Business Association of BC has joined the coalition as its first Associate Member.

The announcement was made today at a luncheon in Fort St John. The Coalition’s Associate Membership program has several categories aimed at allowing companies, associations, institutions, organizations and individuals who support the Coalition’s goals and objectives to demonstrate their support by becoming an Associate Member.

ICBA Vice President for Regional Initiatives Mike Davis said that “ICBA is really pleased to become the first Associate Member of the Coalition. We’ve seen the Coalition as a very proactive organization that brings together municipalities and rural communities in Northeast BC with industry, government and other organizations to support and enhance communities and to support responsible resource development and access to new markets.”

“Resource industries are as vital to the growth and development of communities in Northeast BC as they are to growth and development of British Columbia and Canada. Our 1200 members support responsible resource development and growing the economy. We believe the Coalition is working hard to support its member municipalities and organizations and encourage British Columbians who support responsible resource development to make their voices heard. Becoming an Associate Member of the Coalition is one way ICBA can support the Coalition to achieve this objective.”

Coalition Executive Director, Colin Griffith said, “The Coalition welcomes ICBA as its first Associate Member. The Coalition believes the goals and objectives of ICBA align nicely with those of the Coalition. ICBA’s current public awareness and education program ‘Growing the Economy’ is an excellent example of an industry organization helping British Columbians understand how much our provincial economy depends on responsible resource development and the projects as well as the infrastruture required to sustain and grow these resource industries.”

The ICBA will also support the Coalition by sponsoring the 2016 Fall Forum November 29th to December 1st in Taylor and Fort St John. This year’s Fall Forum panels and keynote speakers will discuss the importance of supporting responsible resource development in Northeast BC and the importance of resource industries to municipalities and rural communities. The Fall Forum will also feature a workshop hosted by the University of Northern BC’s Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium.

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