It's Time to Build a Stronger North

Co-hosted by the Prince George and BC Chambers of Commerce, the #TrueNorth Business Development Forum is a one-day program focused on building a more resilient and prosporous Northern BC. Thought-leading experts on economic development, leadership and emerging industries will bring participants the most current data and proven strategies to grow your brands, communities, teams and culture.


Session One: David Irvine | Authentic Leadership - Building Accountability In A Culture of Engagement


The Leader's Navigator
Great leadership cannot be reduced to technique, position or power. Great leadership comes from the strength of one's authentic presence - the identity and integrity of the leader.
Learn the difference between a boss and a leader and what it takes to earn the right to be called a leader. Discover the fundamentals of authentic leadership and what it means to build a leadership culture within your organization and beyond. Leave with practical insights and tools for strengthening your leadership capacity and building an engaged, athentic culture - the foundation of accountability.


Session Two: Panel Discussion | Presented by NDIT

Building a Stronger North - It's not about growth for growth's sake

Too often the conversation about economic development in B.C. focusses solely on growth - more jobs, more revenue, more businesses. But is that what we're really trying to achieve outside the Lower Mainland? How are we measuring success? Are those metrics suitable? Are we examining opportunities through the appropriate lens, with an eye on tomorrow's economy? Perhaps our communities just need to become more sustainable, healthier - providing more opportunities for their residents. How do we achieve that? Northern Development Initiative Trust CEO, Joel McKay, leads an informative panel discussion featuring northern local government and business leaders answering the question: What it means to build communities that stand the test of time.

Lunch Keynote: Susannah Pierce - LNG Canada


Susannah Pierce is External Affairs Director, LNG Canada. Susannah leads the Environmental, Regulatory, first Nations and External Affairs functions for the project. Roles prior to this included Vice President, Value Chain Integration, Shell Canada; Vice President, Communications, Upstream International, Shell Canada; and before joining Shell in 2009, Susannah was head of US Public Affairs for TransCanada Pipelines.
Susannah has a Masters from the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from the George Washington University. Born in Canada but living the balance of her life in the US and Europe, Susanna now considers BC home for the long term with her two children.

Breakout Sessions

NDIT - Accessing grants to grow your business
The Bio-economy and clean tech
Leadership breakout - It's About Presence, Not Position

Afternoon Panel Hosted by FortisBC - Fueling the North





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Tickets for this event are transferable but not refundable. Any change in breakout sessions need to be done no later than noon on January 18th, 2019. Thank you!