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Former First Nations Chief Keynote Speaker at Business Development Forum

Monday, January 23, 2017 @ 5:45 AM

Prince George, B.C. – A special guest has been pencilled in as keynote speaker at this year’s Chamber of Commerce Business Development Forum.

Former chief councillor of the Haisla Nation, and current Skeena Liberal candidate Ellis Ross will share his experience on building partnerships with First Nations.

Ross will offer his thoughts regarding the importance of achieving mutual collaboration with First Nations partners.

“When you’re so used to being guides, it’s really hard to change your approach – it’s like moving mountains,” he says.

“But at home and in communities across B.C., I’ve heard the same thing: ‘All I want is a job, and the same for my kids to be able to live and work here, too.’ That’s why I believe in moving towards a future where responsible development benefits us all.”

Perin Beatty, CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, will be the closing presenter.

“He’ll cover sort of where the Canadian economy is and how B.C. fits into that and the importance of B.C.  economy to the overall picture,” says Prince George George Chamber of Commerce CEO Christie Ray, who says the goal of the forum is focused on helping small to medium sized businesses.

“It’s about business development, so how these businesses can really increase their business development game and tap into the national resources sector at the same time. There are sub themes too: of leadership in industry and collaboration with First Nations communities and other communities and businesses.”

The forum takes place Jan. 31 at the Ramada Hotel. Click here to see the full schedule.


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