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January 18, 2016
For Immediate Release

The Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition (Coalition) welcomes Energy Services BC, Northern BC Truckers Association, the Fort St John & District Chamber of Commerce and the Dawson Creek & District Chamber of Commerce as the newest members of the Coalition. All four business groups took part in the Coalition’s first Upstream Update Forum held last November in Fort St. John. They have worked with the Coalition to establish strategic objectives to ensure resource communities and businesses have a united voice in all issues related to sustainable development in NEBC.

The Coalition, including its new members, will advocate that the Provincial government fully monitor and enforce BC’s tax and labour laws and regulations in relation to out of province contractors and businesses. In addition, the Coalition will advocate that the Province and industry maximize utilization of BC’s local work force and businesses.

Energy Services BC Executive Director, Art Jarvis, stated, “The Mayors of Taylor, Fort St. John and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality have continued to be a strong voice for Northeast BC, our municipalities, and the responsible development of our resources. Energy Services BC has determined that our members will benefit from joining forces with the Coalition and that its time to lend our support by becoming a member.”

Northern BC Truckers Association Director, Tyler Kosick, said, “The Coalition’s first Upstream Update Forum demonstrated the value of the Coalition. The Upstream Update Forum brought together representatives from industry, communities, First Nations, industry associations and the Province of BC. It allowed us all to discuss issues of mutual interest in a very respectful, inclusive environment. We’re pleased to become a member of the Coalition and actively support our mutual goals.”

Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce President, Tony Zabinsky, stated, “Our Chamber appreciates the work the Coalition has undertaken so far. It has become the voice of responsible resource development in Northeast BC. Our involvement in the first Upstream Update Forum also demonstrated what can happen when municipalities and business work cooperatively together and speak with one voice. We’re pleased to become a member of the Coalition and actively support its goals and objectives.”

Dawson Creek & District Chamber of Commerce President, Anjula Benjamin says “We’ve concluded the Coalition is working on behalf of everyone in Northeast BC and is a model for regional cooperation and collaboration. The Coalition’s ability to undertake research, develop solutions for the challenges and opportunities in Northeast BC and work with governments and industry to implement these solutions, in our view, is the real value of the Coalition. Our businesses in Dawson Creek face similar challenges to those in Taylor, Fort St John and Fort Nelson. Working as a member of the Coalition provides additional value to our members because the Coalition brings everyone together to find effective solutions.”

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