Merger Injects ICBA with Energy
Prince George, B.C.- The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association has merged with the Fort St. John based Energy Services of BC, the largest oil and gas industry association in the province.Over the course of 2017, Energy Services BC members will become ICBA members. “The reason behind it is really uniting our voices and working together in one organization, and giving the issues that are really important to the northeast a lot more attentional provincially” says Regional ICBA Vice President Mike Davis.
In addition to having their concerns heard , Davis says the merger will also provide other services to those in the oil and gas sector “there are training opportunities, health and benefit plans and HR support.”
The transition is expected to carry on throughout 2017. The Executive Director of Energy Services of BC, Art Jarvis, will be staying on in Fort St. John so the local connection will still be there. “This is going to be a very powerful partnership” says Jarvis. Two of the ESBC Board members will be transitioning on to the ICBA Board as well.
The ICBA has been supporting “getting projects to yes” and Davis says the acquisition of ESBC will help in that mission, but it isn’t all about getting projects to yes “It’s about helping businesses in the northeast , it’s about providing training opportunities for businesses in the northeast, the portfolio that we (ICBA) offer is very diverse, and one piece of that is advocacy for responsible resource development. We think that by uniting voices, it’s very strategic to when we go to advocate.”
The transition is expected to be completed by 2018.
When you get Stephen Harper, an ex-oil salesman and Prime Minister saying “there is no long term future in fossil fuels”, you have to wonder about ICBA’s move to merge with that industry.
Besides, isn’t ICBA’s role similar to the Chamber of Commerce’s role and mandate? Seems to me this is all just another layer of business bureaucracy on top of regional and provincial C of C’s.
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