Natural Resources Forum

Interior BC is a hub for responsible natural resources development which will play a crucial role in the global shift to a low carbon economy. The Chamber is bringing together industry leaders, key stakeholders and politicians for lively conversation to discuss how the Kamloops and district can play a pivotal role to reduce emissions, create clean jobs and address climate-related challenges that continue to affect our region.

An effective natural resources extraction strategy will unlock significant opportunities for the Thompson-Okanagan. To be successful, we need strong leadership from all stakeholders, investors, companies, and regulators. Let’s start the conversation.

Speakers

Geoffrey Morrison

Manager, BC Operations
Canadian Association of Petroleum Products (CAPP)

Geoff Morrison is the jurisdictional manager for British Columbia for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Based in British Columbia’s capital Geoff works with government, regulators and stakeholders. His role is to advocate for the responsible development of oil and natural gas resources in a continually changing public policy environment. This work is focused on expanding market access for Canadian resources, improving the competitiveness of the upstream industry and to enhance public confidence in industry operations.

Geoff has been with CAPP for 15 years and brings with him a decade of experience working in leadership roles with prominent public affairs and communications firms. Geoff holds a master’s degree and undergraduate degree in economics from McGill University, where he studied environmental economics and industrial organization.

Geoff is the Chair of the BC Oil and Gas Research and Innovation Society (OGRIS), which is an organization that promotes research aimed at improving the environmental performance and regulation of oil and natural gas activities.
He lives in Victoria with his family where he is a longtime volunteer and adventurer with the local Scout troop.

Tim McEwan

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC)

Tim McEwan is Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs with the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC).

Tim’s professional career spans more than 25 years in senior executive and advisory roles focussed on public policy and economic development.

During his time with the BC public service, Tim served as Deputy Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction, and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) and as Associate Deputy Minister of the BC Major Investments Office. Tim also served as founding Executive Director of the BC Progress Board which was mandated to benchmark BC’s economic, environmental, and social performance and to provide strategic advice to the Premier of British Columbia.

As President and CEO of Initiatives Prince George Development Corporation – the economic development authority for Prince George, BC – Tim led efforts to advance the city’s critical role as the centre of northern BC’s globally-connected, knowledge-based, resource economy.

Prior to his current role with MABC, Tim was Senior Vice President, Policy & Stakeholder Engagement with the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association. Early in his career, he served as Director, Programs & Policy with the Business Council of BC, and had a key leadership role in the landmark multi-association BC Business Summit initiative.

Tim has served as a member of the Deputy Ministers Council of BC and the Board of Governors of the Business Council of BC, along with numerous other government and non-profit organizations.

Tim holds a B.A and an M.P.A. from the University of Victoria, and lives with his wife Cynthia McEwan in Tsawwassen, BC.

Alexa Young

Vice President, Government and Public Affairs
BC Council of Forest Industries

Alexa joined COFI in 2019, bringing more than 15 years of leadership experience in public affairs, policy, and sustainability in the technology and resources sectors across Canada and internationally.

Alexa currently serves as Director of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster. She has also served on the Board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, as Chair of the BC Business Council’s Federal Engagement Task Force, and as a Member of the Mining Association of Canada‘s Towards Sustainable Mining Governance Team.

Alexa holds an MSc in Politics and Communications from the London School of Economics, a BAH in Political Science from Queen’s and a Professional Specialization in Public Policy and Governance from UVic. In 2021, she was recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40. She is an alumnus of the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and received a 2016 Vancouver Board of Trade Wendy McDonald Award.
Born and raised in New Brunswick, Alexa is a proud and passionate pan-Canadian with deep roots from coast to coast.

Korah DeWalt-Gagnon

Indigenous Relations & Community Superintendent
New Gold Inc. New Afton Mine

Korah is a proud member of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and born and raised in Kamloops, BC. For the past 11 years, Korah has worked in the resource industry at New Gold’s New Afton Mine.
She is currently the Indigenous Relations & Community Superintendent and sits on the Board of Directors for the BC Chamber of Commerce.
Korah has a passion for equity, diversity and inclusion, and uses her voice to create awareness and understanding. Korah believes solutions can be found together through creativity and collaboration.

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Moderated by

Kate Stebbings

Manager of Engagement
Trans Mountain Corporation

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