Prince Rupert to host northern ports conference in October

Prince Rupert will be playing host to a conference in October looking at supporting and developing ports in northern BC.

Supporting northern corridors and developing our northern ports will be the theme of the Northwest Corridor Development Corporation’s (NCDC) Northern Ports Symposium, slated for October 10 – 12 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

“Now more than ever, we need to educate people on the importance of northern corridors,” said NCDC Chair Carolyn Kolebaba. Northern Alberta and British Columbia are the economic drivers of our provinces and the country,” she added.

“We need to support the development of corridors to our northern ports in order to move our commodities quickly and effectively to Asia Pacific markets.”

Highlighting the symposium is a selection of Industry speakers on the various commodities, mined, processed and shipped from BC Ports.

“The symposium will give the audience a good understanding of the industry that accesses the ports, has facilities at the ports and what the economic impact is to everyone along the corridor,” said Kolebaba. “Yes, the symposium is about the ports, but the ports are the destination, we cannot forget the journey there and what that means to all northern communities.”

Mike Cory Senior Vice President, Western Region for Canadian National Railway Co will discuss rail developments along the corridor, which culminates in Terrace and Prince Rupert.

David Black, from Black Press Ltd. recently proposed the concept of an oil refinery in Kitimat to process oil from the proposed Enbridge pipeline. He will be presenting on Friday, October 12.

And Don Krusel will give an update on the numerous proposed developments at the Prince Rupert Port. The symposium will also feature updates from Kitimat Port, and a variety of industry speakers who will discuss their developments in the region.

For more information or to register for the symposium go to http:// nwcorridor.com.

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