After successful events in 2011 and 2012, organizers of the National Aboriginal Business Conference announced last week that the event would be returning to Prince Rupert in April.
Based on sellouts in the previous years, half of the 280 delegates spots were sold within two weeks of registration opening while it only took five days for all of the sponsorships and exhibit spaces for the conference to be snapped up. Based on those numbers, organizers from the 2G Group anticipate another sellout this spring.
“Due to the increasing amount of resource development projects and associated terminals being contemplated in the region the audience has broadened to become even more global than in previous years. Delegates are already registered from Europe, Asia and the USA as well from all across Canada,” said 2G Group CEO Geoff Greenwell.
“The networking opportunities attract delegates to the event year-on-year with many large corporations looking to northern B.C. for resource extraction and entering into negotiations with the First Nations communities to structure partnerships, joint ventures and procurement opportunities.”
This year, the conference will focus on mining, energy, shipping, LNG pipelines and terminals, the redevelopment of Watson Island, raising capital and jobs and training initiatives.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority will also host a panel that will give updates on the expansion plans for the port.
By the time flights, hotel rooms and food are factored in, Greenwell expects the economic impact for Prince Rupert to be approximately $3,000 per delegate.