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Keynote Speaker - Gordon Campbell

Keynote Title:
Today's Canada: Creativity and Collaboration for a Global Leader

In this stirring keynote, Gordon Campbell draws on his vast knowledge of our political and civic landscape to talk on today’s Canada: where we’ve been, where we’re headed, and what we can achieve together. A public servant of the highest order, Campbell spent three terms as the mayor of Vancouver—and three terms as BC’s 34th Premier—transforming the province into one of the most spectacular, and livable, places in the country. 

You can find Gordon Campbell's full bio here.


Presenter - Bryan Yu

Presentation Title:
Growth, Commodities, and Trumpian Uncertainty: What’s next for the economy?


BRYAN YU is Deputy Chief Economist for Central 1 Credit Union, the umbrella organization for the credit union system in B.C. and Ontario. He has more than a decade of experience analyzing and/or forecasting the macro-economy, commodity prices, housing, and regional economic activity. Bryan provides economic analysis and forecast services to support member credit unions and internal business lines and frequently comments on the B.C. and national economies for major media outlets. Prior to Central 1, he was an economist with the B.C. Real Estate Association and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. He is currently a director for the Canadian Association of Business Economists. Bryan holds degrees in Economics from Simon Fraser University and the University of Manitoba.


Banquet Entertainment - Comedian John Cullen

John Cullen is the rare comedian that you watch and he’s having so much fun on stage that you can’t decide whether he’s having more fun or you are. A charismatic performer and modern-day renaissance man, John brings his vast experiences as a high school teacher, world-ranked curler, drummer, and best friend to the stage in an attempt to make sure that everyone in the audience has the best time. That’s what comedy is about, after all.

If you’re still concerned, know that John has accomplished many things in just 7 years as a stand-up comedian. His album,Most Likely to be a Comedian, went to #1 on iTunes and can be frequently heard on SiriusXM radio. His podcast, Real Good Show, was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award and has been downloaded over 200,000 times. He’s appeared on television as part of the Just for Laughs and Halifax Comedy Festivals, and is a regular at the Just for Laughs Northwest festival. And his curling team has finished on the podium in BC 4 times.

So there. Come out to a show and let’s be best friends.


Additional Speakers

Mike Aziz

Mike Aziz is the Manager of Canadian Closed Sites for Goldcorp Inc.
He has been based at the Equity Silver Mine since coming out to Houston for an exploration summer job in 1989. 
Mike works with many closed and operating sites across Canada and internationally to help with ARD/ML concerns and has been part of the MEND steering committee for many years. 

Gord Clarke

Gordon Clarke is the Director of the Vancouver based, British Columbia Mineral Development Office. Mr. Clarke holds a B.Sc. in Geology from Acadia University and a M.Sc. in Geology from the University of New Brunswick. Mr. Clarke has over thirty years of experience working in mineral exploration and mining. He was a principal owner of Aurora Geosciences Ltd. before working as senior mine geologist and superintendent of exploration for Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. After leaving Diavik in 2007, he held public company officer positions as President and Vice President Exploration for North Arrow Minerals Inc. and Vice President Exploration for Elgin Mining Inc.

Ellen Clements

New Nadina Explorations Ltd.

John DeGrace

Mark Gray, Bachelor of Laws

Mr. Gray founded Telkwa Coal Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Allegiance) and secured the farm-in rights to the Telkwa metallurgical coal project in September 2014. He is a corporate lawyer with 30 years transactional experience gained as a lawyer with Herbert Smith in London, a partner with Bell Gully in New Zealand and as a director of the investment bank Barclays de Zoette Wedd, also in London. For the last 12 years Mr. Gray has been an advisor to and company executive of mining companies and operations including underground coal in Australia and open pit mining in Africa, as well as exploration and development projects in several minerals including coal.

Gary Herman

Gary Herman is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Industry Training Authority (ITA), responsible for the governance, expansion and improvement of B.C.’s industry training system. After joining the organization as Chief Operating Officer in January 2013, he was appointed interim CEO in August the same year, then permanent CEO in August 2014. 
Prior to ITA, Gary has served in executive management   positions including ThyssenKrupp Fabco, VAE Nortrak and Ebco Industries. 

Gary began his career by apprenticing for seven years in three trades and is certified as a Tool & Die Maker and as a Die Sinker (forging). He is also a Certified Manufacturing Engineer and has a Business Administration Diploma and an Executive MBA. In addition, he has completed a Directors Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors and received his ICD.D designation.

Cornell McDowell

Cornell McDowell is a professional geologist registered in both Alberta and British Columbia and serves as Vice President of Exploration for Aben Resources Ltd. and is the Qualified Person for that Company. He has been self-employed as a geological consultant since graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Specialization in Geology) from the University of Alberta in 2005. He has worked with both privately held and publicly listed mineral exploration corporations in multiple jurisdictions. Most recently with Gold Reach Resources (now Surge Copper) on the Ootsa Project, where in excess of 100,000 meters of drilling has advanced the project from initial stage through resource development to the delivery of a positive PEA. He also serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee for Manson Creek Resources Ltd.


Andrew Webber - President, Minerals North Conference Association

Incorporated in 2011 under the BC Society Act, the Minerals North Conference Association awards the annual conference and supports each year’s Host Community with resources and advice to develop a successful and memorable event. Combined, the eight Directors of the Association have many years of experience organizing or participating in Minerals North conferences. Andrew Webber has been a resident of northern BC since 1982. He retired in 2017 as Manager of Planning and Development Services for the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, based in Terrace.

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