Margareta Dovgal is a researcher for Resource Works and has been employed by Statistics Canada. She is currently completing her studies at UBC. For Resource Works, she has examined topics including renewable energy including the role of mining; national climate policy; and the regional dynamics within PNWER of natural resource statistical reporting. In October 2017, she travelled to Taiwan to research a forthcoming study that will cover the role of LNG in Asia's energy transition.
For the British Columbia audience, Resource Works offers a common-ground perspective between viewpoints that celebrate responsible natural resource development for the positive economic and community growth value it brings and those that recognize the importance of a healthy environment and envision a transition to an innovative, sustainable economy.
I can’t think of any other organization or content producer that is positioned to offer this nuanced perspective to a broad audience in an accessible way, nor of one that does it so persuasively and credibly.
We say it frequently all the time, and that’s because it’s true – the polarizing debate that frequently makes up the loudest voices in the public realm on the topic of resources doesn’t represent the views or interests of most British Columbians. Resource Works provides that necessary well-reasoned, balanced voice in support of resource development and contributes to setting up a dialogue founded on shared values.
On a personal note: working as a researcher for Resource Works has made me a stronger advocate for responsible energy and mining. I understand now, better than ever, the implications of natural resources to our daily life. I am equipped in my political and academic work (as a young political organizer and student) to speak up in support of the resource industries, jobs, and development that provides prosperity in BC and in Canada.
Without the financial support provided to my employer that has made my work possible, I would not have been able to dive into the field of energy policy, which I now plan to pursue in graduate school. More critically, I want to believe that the research and writing I have done for Resource Works has informed others and me on the pragmatic path forward to a sustainable energy future that occurs with BC’s natural resources, not against them.