Government-Industry Forum

East Convention Level / East Meeting Room 11
Full Conference Pass
Speaker(s): Hon. Bruce Ralston Grand Chief Peter Johnston Paul Lefebvre Arjun Singh Brent Murphy Alan Young Stewart Muir Aaron Bruce
Chair(s): Dr. Robert Stevens, AME Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Policy

Communities, Government and Industry: Achieving Balanced Resource Development Decisions


Hon. Bruce Ralston – BC Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, MLA, Surrey-Whalley, and Acting BC Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Grand Chief Peter Johnston – Council of Yukon First Nations
Paul Lefebvre – MP, Sudbury and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources Canada
Arjun Singh – President of the Union of BC Municipalities and Kamloops City Councillor
Brent Murphy – Vice President Environmental Affairs Seabridge Gold

Lightning Talks:

Aaron Bruce – Partner and Indigenous Lawyer at Ratcliff and Company
Alan Young – Director of the Materials Efficiency Research Group
Stewart Muir – Executive Director of Resources Works

Mineral exploration and development are an integral part of Canada’s economic landscape and provide significant benefits to rural and urban communities in British Columbia and across the country. Minerals and metals are also critical to a low carbon future. Yet our ability to make balanced, effective and predictable development decisions that benefit communities while ensuring investor confidence is often challenged. This session will examine the issue of balanced resource development decisions through a panel of municipal, provincial, federal and Indigenous government leaders and industry and through thought-provoking lightning talks (TED-Talk style ™).

At the end of the session participants and government will have:

  • An overview of the challenges and opportunities in resource development decision making
  • A suite of leading practices that are working well
  • An outline of measures that will increase predictability and confidence
  • New tips to improve effective dialogue and reduce development conflicts
  • Ideas for government, industry, communities and Indigenous nations on how to effectively reach balanced resource development decisions




Monday, Jan 28 (1:45 pm - 4:00 pm)


East Convention Level
East Meeting Room 11

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Time Topic Speaker
1:45 pm Welcome & Session Overview
1:55 pm Panelists Opening Comments
2:40 pm Lightning Talks Aaron Bruce Alan Young Stewart Muir
3:10 pm Moderated Q&A with the Panel Paul Lefebvre Arjun Singh Brent Murphy