Lori Ackerman
Mike Bernier
John Schadan
Keith Bertrand
Brian Buckley
Martin Mullany
Sarah Gamble
Sarah Gamble
Blair Lekstrom
Mike Readman
Sherri-Lynn Hewitt
Bill Tam
Archie MacDonald
Lisa Verbisky
Lisa Wood
David Dodge
Reise O’Hara
Clarence Willson

We're excited to invite you to the

14th Annual Northeast BC Coal & Energy Forum

Registration now open!

What is the Coal & Energy Forum?

This forum is an opportunity for industry influencers and decision makers, ministers, First Nations, contractors, educators, graduates and students to network, share ideas and discuss the varied, and sometimes hidden career opportunities to be had in the energy and resource sectors.

This year’s theme is the ‘Challenges of Change’; a theme that will explore how industry challenges within the renewable energy, Liquefied Natural Gas and metallurgical coal mining sectors are changing work practices and creating diverse and exciting career and workforce development opportunities. Our objective is to encourage education and training institutions to keep up with the rapidly changing needs of industry and to keep their education and training courses relevant to the realities, needs and emerging opportunities within the sector.

September 11th will be a day of experiencing the splendor of Tumbler Ridge. Subsidized helicopter and jet boat tours will be available to places of interest around the area. As well, there will be complimentary visits available to Conuma Coal’s Wolverine metallurgical coal mine and the Meikle Wind Project.

The evening will conclude with a special dinner celebrating the positive interrelationship between our Geopark and our resource industries. There will also be an evening lantern tour to the Wolverine dinosaur trackway nearby.

September 12th will involve information sessions, a trade show and key note speakers. We encourage you to keep referring to this site for agenda and speaker updates and other information as it becomes available.


Delivering thought provoking presentations on a range of topics.


Wednesday features group activities to explore the Geopark.  More info on the registration form.  Tour operators also available directly.

Refreshments Provided

We are great hosts; we hope you agree! Please let us know about any allergies or dietary restrictions.


Meet fellow industry leaders and innovators.


Our conference delivers real value to participants.  Check back here for updates on speakers and the agenda.

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

-Benjamin Franklin



District of Tumbler Ridge
Conuma Coal Resources
Peace River Regional District
District of Chetwynd
Meikle Wind
Geotech Drilling
Game On Eatzzeria
Detect Fire
TR Hotel and Suites
Coastal Gaslink Pipeline Project
Home 2 Suites by Hilton
TR Community Forest
Northern Lights College
Anglo American
Agat Labs
Lindberg Construction
Brooklyn Industries (Canada) ltd
West Mo & Swamp Donkey

Sponsorship packages available!

We have several levels of sponsorship available for the Coal & Energy Forum.

All packages include registration.  Other perks vary – please take a look at our sponsorship package.


8:30am - 2:00pm Registration @ Visitor Info Centre

Activities Departing from the Visitor Info Centre

10:30am – 1:00pm Meikle Wind Project Tour

11:00am – 4:00pm Wild River Adventure Tours – Kinuseo Falls Jetboat Tour

11:00am – 4:00pm Ridge Rotors Helicopter Flights

1:30pm – 4:00pm Conuma Wolverine Mine Tour

5:30pm - 10:00pm Cocktails, Dinner & Speeches @ Club 55 North (Golf & Country Club)


5:30pm – 6:15pm

First Nations Welcome & Blessing | Mayoral Welcome

6:15pm – 6:45pm

Gala Dinner

6:45pm – 7:45pm

Keynote Speaker - MLA Peace River South

Keynote Speaker - TR UNESCO Global Geopark

8:30pm - 10:00pm Wolverine Lantern Tour by TR Museum Foundation - Departs from Club 55
7:00am - 8:00am Registration @ Trend Mountain Conference Centre

First Nations Welcome & Blessing | Mayoral Welcome

8:00am – 8:30am

Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster

8:30am – 9:30am

Bill Tam

Refreshment & Networking Break

9:30am – 9:45am

Coal Association of Canada

9:45am – 10:15am

Reise O’Hara

Update on BC Mining Jobs Task Force

10:15am – 10:30am

Mayor Keith Bertrand

Refreshment & Networking Break

10:30am – 10:45am

Conuma Coal Resources

10:45am – 11:15am

John Schadan

Update on LNG Sector

11:15am – 11:30am

Mayor Lori Ackerman

Lunch & Green Energy Futures Presentation

11:30am – 1:00pm

David Dodge

Clean Energy BC

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Martin Mullany

Education Panel

Refreshment & Networking Break

2:45pm – 3:00pm
4:00pm - 4:15pm Closing Remarks