John Turner P.Ag (ret.)


John retired from Spectra Energy in 2015, where he served as Manager, Government Relations to successfully build relationships with federal, provincial, regional and local governments across western Canada. Prior to joining the company in 1997, John held several senior positions with the province of British Columbia. 

John has a unique understanding of British Columbia communities and significant experience in energy, land use and natural resources management 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.

An active member of the community, John currently serves as a government appointee to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists, and previously as Chair of the Board of Governors for the University of Northern British Columbia, Chair and Governor of the BC Chamber of Commerce, on the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the United Way of Northern British Columbia.

John is 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 is a contributing author to upcoming book 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.




Philippa P. Wilshaw

Philippa is an Audit Partner in KPMG’s Greater Vancouver Area (GVA) Energy and Natural Resources and Industrial Markets practice. She has 20 years of experience with KPMG and started her career with KPMG UK in 1993. She joined the Toronto office in 2003 and moved to Vancouver in 2005.

Philippa’s mining experience includes the delivery of audit and advisory services to a range of Canadian and US listed companies including both operating and exploration stage enterprises.

She is a regular presenter at Mining industry events and has been a member of KPMG Vancouver’s International Financial standards Reporting (IFRS) technical team.

Within KPMG, Philippa is the Develop Leader for the GVA Audit Practice where she is responsible for driving our people development strategy and is a member of the GVA Audit Management Committee.

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