John Turner

John retired from Spectra Energy in 2015, where he built successful relationships with federal, provincial, regional and local governments across western Canada. John also held senior positions within Spectra’s predecessor companies the company in the areas of environment, health and safety, community, and aboriginal relations.

Earlier in his career, John held senior positions with the province of British Columbia. He has a unique understanding of British Columbia communities and significant experience in energy; land use and natural resources management, government and stakeholder relations. A graduate of McGill University (Macdonald College), John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a professional designation from the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists. 

In 2016, John joined Resource Works, an independent non-profit group that shares information and understanding about the benefits of responsibly produced natural resources. He currently serves as Chair of the Board.

John has been an active member in the community at the local, provincial and national level having served on the Executive Council of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, as Chair of the Board of Governors for the University of Northern British Columbia, Chair and Governor of the BC Chamber of Commerce, and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

He has also served as the founding Chair of the United Way of Northern British Columbia and was the founding Chair of the Northern Opportunities Initiative an innovative partnership with industry, educators and First Nations connecting high school students with careers in northeast British Columbia. In 2015, John was recognized with an honorary membership on the NOPs Community Learning Council.

In 2012, John was nominated by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the business community in British Columbia and Canada.

Greg D'Avignon

Greg D’Avignon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia, a 250-member organization which represents the provinces leading businesses in every sector of the provincial economy and more than one-quarter of all jobs in the province. Established in 1966, the Business Council is the foremost policy and business advocacy organization in the province. 

A fourth generation British Columbian, Greg has played an active leadership role in business, politics and the community for over 25 years earning a reputation for results and building collaborative solutions that positively benefit companies, organizations and the lives of people that invest, live and work in BC.

During his career Mr D’Avignon has successfully led organizations and provided advice and practical policy solutions at senior levels within Canadian regulated and resource industries and within Government that have creatively addressed challenges and effectively enabled growth and efficient operations.

Stewart Muir

Muir is a historian and award-winning journalist with a passion for the natural legacies of British Columbia. A graduate of Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, he was a director of The Nature Trust of British Columbia from 2006 until 2014. During a fellowship at the renowned Centre for the Study of European Expansion at Leiden University in The Netherlands, he studied economic botany and the long-term consequences of deforestation and climate change.

Muir was a contributing author to The Sea Among Us: Life and History of The Strait of Georgia edited by Richard Beamish and Sandy McFarlane. As lead writer of a civic-provincial review of Vancouver's 2011 Stanley Cup riot, Muir helped to frame recommendations to prevent such incidents in future. In his work as a public historian, Stewart has shed light on incidents of racism and censorship from British Columbia's past.

While business editor and later deputy managing editor of The Vancouver Sun, Muir sought to make economic coverage compelling for a general audience. In the role of managing director, he launched Pagemasters North America, a Toronto-based enterprise producing editorial print sections of The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star newspapers.

Mina Laudan

Mina is Vice President, Public Affairs at the BC Council of Forest Industries, and with the BC Lumber Trade Council.

Advocating for the BC forest industry, Mina is responsible for public and government affairs, communications, and stakeholder relations.  Prior to joining COFI in 2016, Mina served on the leadership team of BC Hydro’s Site C Clean Energy Project leading multi-year, public and community consultations. She has worked with a number of major capital projects in B.C., as well as in a communications consulting firm, and with government.

Mina holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, as well as studying at Laval University. She was awarded a Silver Leaf of Excellence by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for a communications campaign for the merger of two financial institutions.

Richard W. Prokopanko

Richard has over three decades of natural resource experience in the public sector at the provincial, federal level and the private sector. He has extensive experience in policy development, strategic planning, operations, and communications with a focus on environmental sustainability, regulatory affairs, crisis management and stakeholder engagement.

Along with Richards extensive work with different governments, he has held numerous board positions with different associations. Some of those positions include the Chair the Mining Association of BC, executive position at the Business Council and the BC Chamber of Commerce. He also held community positions as the Chair of Arts Umbrella, board member at the Audain Art Museum and Alpine Canada.

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