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Empowering Young Entrepreneurs to ThriveNorth

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BG Canada share the belief that a mix of thriving local businesses and larger development projects is essential in building a stronger, more resilient local economy. With this common philosophy in mind, the two organizations created ThriveNorth, an exciting new initiative that grants young people in the Northwest region of British Columbia access to the resources, mentorship and financing necessary to launch and grow their own businesses.

As part of the ThriveNorth initiative, the ThriveNorth Business Challenge is an opportunity for people between the ages of 18-39 years old to win $10,000 to help jumpstart their own business.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Futurpreneur Canada to launch the first ever business competition for young people in Northern B.C.,” said BG Canada President, Madeline Whitaker. “The potential in the region is enormous and we’re determined to do everything we can to help people succeed.”

The Thrive North Business Challenge is currently accepting applications in three categories: Best New Business Idea; Best Business Expansion Opportunity; and Best Social Enterprise Idea.

Applicants that qualify as finalists will have the opportunity to strengthen their business skills, attend specialized training sessions, and receive personalized coaching to help them perfect their business pitch and prepare to present their idea to a panel of business experts.

“At Futurpreneur Canada, we know that with the right tools and support, what starts as a small idea can turn into a big success, and with ThriveNorth we’re bringing these resources to a community we haven’t reached previously. We can’t wait to see what Northern B.C. has to offer,” said Jill Earthy, British Columbia Regional Director, Futurpreneur Canada.

The application period for the ThriveNorth Business Challenge closes at 11:59 p.m. PST on February 6, 2015. Interested individuals can find more information on the competition and submit their application at http://www.futurpreneur.ca/thrivenorth

Over 200 come out to celebrate the 2014 Community and Business Awards

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The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce is privileged each year to organize and host the annual Community and Business Awards and this year's themed event "Denim and Diamonds" was record breaking in many ways... the most public nominations we've received to date and the biggest numbers through the doors, exceeding last years record by 50. Yes, over 200 businesspeople, family and friends turned out to cheer on the three finalists in each category.

And the Coveted Alpenman Trophy was awarded to: Business of the Year, sponsored by The Interior News, The Sausage Factory; Business Person of the Year, sponsored by Vandergaag and Bakker, Ali Howard, Nature's Pantry;  Citizen/Volunteer of the Year sponsored by RW Calderwood Realty, Tom Grasmeyer; Customer Service Excellence - Business, sponsored by Hudson Bay Lodge, Bulkley Valley Credit Union; Customer Service Excellence - Individual, sponsored by the Salvation Army, Mika and Nick Meyer of the Bugwood Bean;  Environmental Business of the Year,  sponsored by the Town of Smithers and Regional District of Bulkley Nechako, Dusk2Dawn;  Family-Friendly Business of the Year, sponsored by the Bulkley Valley Credit Union, McBike and Sport;  Home-Based of the Year, sponsored by Smithers Lumber Yard,  Fox Hole Bakery;  Major Contributor to Arts and Culture, sponsored by Scotiabank,  Bulkley Valley Museum & Smithers Art Gallery;  Public Service Excellence, sponsored by Aspen Inn & Suites, Tourism Smithers; Technology Innovation Award, sponsored by the Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association, Paranormal Skis; Tourism Excellence Award, sponsored by Tourism Smithers,  Brian Hall of Stork Nest Inn; Young Entrepreneur of the Year,  Dane  Drzimotta, Sitka Tree Service;  Town of Smithers Building Excellence Awards:  Residential Property, 4909 Highway 16  (New Single Family Home)  (Leland Clarke and Sheena Miller); CommercialIndustrial/Institutional Category: 1165 & 1167 Mainerz Streetwear/Back Alley Boots;  Mixed Use Category, New Industrial Building with a Residence on 19th Avenue;  Telkwa Business Leadership Award Taka Baeckerei/Kaffeehaus.  

A complete list of nominations can be found, here and the evening's success is attributable to their generosity in silent and live auction items, along with some fun categories this year like the Dig for Diamonds, sponsored by Carter's Jewellers; Candy Buffet, sponsored by BV Wholesale; and the Fashion Dressing of Special Guests - MC Dustin Treaner was dressed for the occasion, in fashionable denim attire,  by Rayz Board Shop, as was the lovely partner of the Mayor,  Michelle Larstone; Mayor Bachrach and Pat Gallagher (husband of the Chamber manager) looked amazing in fabulous outfits supplied by Mainerz; the Chamber President, Colin Bateman, looked smashing (British-style) in fashions supplied by Mark's Work Wearhouse (now located in the newly renovated retail space in the Smithers Mall); Susan Bundock of the Chamber, looked beautiful in an outfit, and lots of  bling, supplied by Barb's Bodacious Boutique; and Tourism Smithers Gladys Atrill came adorned in amazing jewellery supplied by Heartstrings. The live auction was conducted by Charlie McClary and musical entertainment was provided by Sharon Carrington. 

There were some amazing live auction items and the Chamber would like to acknowledge: Rayz Board Shop, Hudson Bay Mountain and Stonesthrow Guesthouse for the Ski Day; Skeena Cat Skiing, Suskwa Lodge, Rayz Board Sho and Glacier Toyota for the New Year's Eve Cat Skiing Package; Dawn 2 Dusk, Highland Helicopters Fly-In Ski Package. This package included a helicpter pickup and drop off at the destination of your choice, cabin or mountaintop, a purchaser's choice of skis ($900) or board ($700) from Dawn2Dusk, a packed lunch from 2-Sisters and ski passes to Hudson Bay Mountain; Central Mountain Air for two return flights and Hawkair for its renturn Flight for 2.

For a complete list of all nominees and the three category finalists please check out http://smitherschamber.com/ and for pictures of the award finalists look under the menu heading Chamber of Commerce for the drop-down photo gallery. 



Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 12:12

Nomination List for Community and Business Awards

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Congratulations to all the businesses who are so highly regarded and who received public nominations during the 2014 Awards process. This in an amazing honour and we extend our appreciation for the high level of service you provide. The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce received a record-breaking amount of nominations this year in 13 different categories. From this list of nominees a 5-member Selection Committee met, went over the criteria and selected three finalists in each category. Each of the three finalists will appear in Red on this compilation list. All of the three finalists have now been contacted and have been requested to supply biography information that will assist chamber members in casting their vote for the award finalist. The finalist will be announced at the Community and Business Awards that take place Saturday, November 1 at 6:30 at the Hudson Bay Lodge… Theme “Denim and Diamonds”.


Bandstra Transportation

Smithers Sausage Factory

Seabridge Gold


Nature’s Pantry

Roi Theatre

Heartstrings Home Décor

Hudson Bay Mountain Adventures

Barb’s Bodacious Boutique (3 NOMINATIONS)

Hawkair was also nominated but was a previous winner in 2012/13 so, as to the award policy, is not

re-eligible to be a finalist for five years. Congratulations, Hawkair, on the tremendous service you provide to our community. 


Ali Howard, Nature’s Pantry

Jason Krauskopf, Rayz Board Shop)    (PREVIOUS WINNER IN 2007-2008 and under the awards policy

is now re-eligible for 2014) 

Barb Fassnacht, Barb’s Bodacious Boutique

Tracy Marcotte, Salon 1180

Kelly Ehalt, Hetherington & Hooper

Fred & Teresa Reitsma, Smithers Sausage Factory (FRED WAS PREVIOUS WINNER IN 2008-2009 and will be re-eligible for shortlisting again in 2015)


Al & Bonnie McReary

Tom Grasmeyer

Fay Van Horn

Christina Briggs 

Jenny DeVries

Monika Gigleberger

Brian Hall (PREVIOUS WINNER IN 2010-2011, ineligible until 2016) 

Derek Holland

Fay Van Horn

Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter


Bulkley Valley Credit Union

Totem Audio Video

Sedaz Lingerie 

Northern Star Café

Extra Foods

Smithers Feed Store (PREVIOUS WINNER 2012-2013 so is ineligible until 2018)

Schimmel’s Fine Pastry

Hudson Bay Mountain

Barb’s Bodacious Boutique

Sweet Dreams Esthetics & Laser Studio



Brandi Champinchini, Pharmasave

Doug Henderson, All Seasons Automotive

Nick & Mika Meyer, Bugwood Bean

Katie Froese, Bulkley Valley Eye Care

Mary Mackay, Schimmels Fine Pastries

Joey Talon, A&W

Bernard Lundy, Wooden Mallard

Bonnie Volk, Smithers Sausage Factory  (PREVIOUS WINNER 2009-2010 and is re-eligible in 2015))

Louise, Town of Smithers  

Chrissy Chapman, Hudson Bay Mountain

Donnie Hall, Safeway and Hudson Bay Lodge

Barb Fassnacht, Barb’s Bodacious Boutique (3 NOMINATIONS)

Brian Hall, Stork Nest Inn


NWCC School of Exploration & Mining and School District #54 for Dual Credit EMAP Program

Dawn 2 Dusk

Happy Pig Organic Farms (Marlene Thimer and Paul Murphy)

Town of Smithers

Natures Pantry (PREVIOUS WINNER 2013 so is re-eligible in 2018)

Bugwood Bean

Hudson Bay Mountain



McBike and Sport

Hudson Bay Mountain

Gone Hollywood

Hetherington Hooper

Aspen Restaurant 

Big Smiles (PREVIOUS WINNER 2013 and re-eligible in 2018)

Smithers Sausage Factory

McDonald’s Restaurant

Heavenly Grinds (PREVIOUS WINNER 2012 and re-eligible in 2017)

Daddios Restaurant 

Salon 1180


Deb Camenzind, Pampered Chef  (PREVIOUS WINNER 2000-2001 AND 2002-2003)

Chicken Creek Coffee

Fox Hole Bakery, Ursala Yeker

Telkwa Strength & Fitness, Julie Saunders

Jen, Norwex Products

Donna Harness, Tupperware

Ellen Krzanowski, Tupperware


ICount High School 

Smithers Community Services

Tourism Smithers 

NWCC School of Exploration & Mining and School District #54 for Dual Credit EMAP Program

School District #54

Bulkley Valley Regional Pool

Hudson Bay Mountain Adventures

Soup Kitchen at the St. James Anglican Church

Grant Gibson – Town of Smithers


BV Energy Managers


Paranormal Skis


Brian Hall

Hudson Bay Mountain

Hoskins Ford



Alana Butler, Broadway Music Studio

Theo Bandstra, Smithers Home Hardware

Dane Drzimotta, Sitka Tree Service

Amy Brandsetter, Sedaz Lingerie (PREVIOUS WINNER IN 2012)

Keelors Poo Pourite

Tory, Northern Star Cafe 



Joanne Campbell, Northword Magazine

Telkwa Kinsmen

BV Museum & Art Gallery

Hudson Bay Mountain Adventures

SpeeDee Interior Stationery

CICK Radio


Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 12:12

It's a Hat Trick - Smithers Wins three UBCM (Union of BC Municipalities) Awards and

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Smithers Chamber welcomes Open for Business Award




Smithers, September 24, 2014 – Local efforts to boost Smithers’ status as a great place to do business have won our town a key provincial award: the province’s
2014 Open for Business Award. 
“This is fantastic news for Smithers and a tribute to our town’s excellent leadership in creating a business-friendly community,” said Heather Gallagher, 
Manager of the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce. Just nine communities in all of B.C. won the award this year, out of 162 municipalities in the province. 
“It’s great to see Smithers recognized as a standout performer in all of B.C.,” and the award carries a $10,000 grant to fund more business-friendly developments in town. 
This will boost Smithers’ reputation province-wide as a great place to do business. “We hope this award will telegraph to businesses throughout B.C.:
“Come to Smithers and do business here.”
Just last week Alison Watson, Town Planner, led a group on a walking tour of downtown to display some of the improvements. Starting off at the Central Park Building 
which has been updated with a courtyard developed, over to the ex-Mohawk site with new landscaping, large courtyard and seating areas; down to Bovill Square 
with its magnificent Legacy Stage. There have been extensive changes to downtown C-1 parking regulations and elected officials have met for Business Let’s Chat Sessions, 
organized initially by the Town and continued  by the Chamber of Commerce, to listen to the needs of business owners. The Town is also experiencing one of the biggest 
building booms in years with retail outlets developed at the Smithers Mall; several multi-unit complexes, the new Perry and Company Building, and new arena  
rounding out over 12.4 million in building permits issued by June’s end, with more to come.
“Winning this award is a great honour for Smithers and a recognition of our town’s tireless efforts to build a strong economy and strengthen our job-creating 
businesses,” Gallagher said. 

And to celebrate Smithers’ Hat trick at the Union of BC Municipality’s AGM and Policy Sessions, Smithers has also won a ‪UBCM Community Excellence award for Community Engagement and 
was honoured to accept the annual WoodWorks Community Recognition Award on September 24 on behalf of all of the volunteers and builders who contributed to the timberframe stage at 
Bovill Square. The award, presented by the Canadian Wood Council, recognizes communities that have showcased the use of wood in local projects.

The BC Chamber of Commerce also commended Smithers for its win. “Smithers should be very proud of what it’s achieved here,” said John Winter, president and 
CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “These awards recognize role model communities throughout the province that are taking tangible steps to build a 
better British Columbia.” The BC Chamber represents 125 Chambers and 36,000 businesses in BC.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 15:41

Chamber of Commerce Newsletter Jun 17, 2014

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Hotspot Display area available

Hotspot promotional space at the Visitor Centre has been used as a promotional tool by many of our restaurants and accommodation businesses over the past several years. Recently two display spots have come available with one being taken yesterday which leaves one spot left. We have eleven all together.  I have attached a picture so you get a basic idea of what they look like and they are located throughout the centre. They are about 37 inches long including the frame and 25 inches wide, so the actual developed poster is around 24 by 36. Tom Grasmeyer has produced all the material so it has a great presentation. It is a great opportunity for hoteliers and restaurants, stores and specialty tourism businesses (tires comes to mind). They are $300 a year to hang with the first year being discounted $100 so that we can save the business development costs (this would be paid to Tom for development). We have the frames here. If you’d like the opportunity to promote your business to the close to 12,ooo visitors who pass through the centre annually give us a call, 250-847-5072 and ask for Heather or Susan… This will be on a first come basis as there’s now only the one left. Thanks for all that you do in the promotion of the community through the selection of products you supply.

Mobile Visitor Centre – the Vibe – will be on the road soon


Our Vibe sponsors are back in to support of the Chamber’s  summer ambassador program and the Chamber is ready to roll come July 1.  Soon you’ll see the decalled vehicle (Hoskins Ford and insured by BV Insurance) scooting around town from activity to activity, tourist attraction to Main Street. Our mobile Visitor Counsellor will be on-board to meet and greet our tourists and provide them with maps, event outlines and tourist information.

We’d like you to consider being involved with the summer Vibe program as highlighted below. The program is available entirely through sponsorship funds and organized by the Chamber. Last year’s sponsors were Aquabatics/Eddyline; Aspen Motor Inn; Bulkley Valley Credit Union; Calendar North; Capri Motor Inn; Florence Motel/FitnessNorthwest; Glacier View RV Park and Cabins; Hawkair Aviation; Hudson Bay Mountain; Northern BC Tourism; Pharmasave; Rayz Board Shop/Stonesthrow Guesthouse; the Peak, Randy’s Image Design, Northwest Fuels and our major sponsors: Hoskins Ford; BV Insurance and Tourism Smithers.

The Vibe Program has operated now for eight years and we’d appreciate your sponsorship this summer for this valuable tourism program. Sponsorship of the Vibe program (Visitor Information for  a Better Economy) is $299-$499. The Van is out five days a week and goes to area attractions and events. Each sponsor has a decal on the Van and the Chamber runs 100 ads  on the Peak Radio Station over the summer where all sponsors are mentioned rotationally.

We provide both regional (i-share) and town-focussed event sheets updated weekly that name-mention the sponsors and New this year is the http://smithersevents.com/ website that is a one-stop shop for all events taking place in the Valley. It’s comprehensive and dynamic with a listing of events and poster displays to give it a vibrant feel. It was developed by Phil Brienesse with assistance from the Chamber, the Bugwood Bean and Tourism Smithers as it was determined at many town meetings that people wanted to know what was going on and didn’t want to have to search multiple sites to  find out event, festival and club information. We also have a large screen here in the Visitor Centre where the event information is displayed and we have event sheets that we give out to the tourists. It’s amazing but if a tourist is on a flexible schedule and knows about area activities, they will stay longer, and every day they stay means $156 to the local economy. We acknowledge our sponsors with name mention through email correspondence to chamber members four times over the summer and feature the information on the Chamber’s website, BC’s main tourism site, HelloBC and on our Facebook Page.

We will also have our marketing character Alpine Alice representing the Vibe at major events like Midsummer,  Farmers Market, Main Street Fair, the Telkwa Barbecue,  Fall Fair etc and if sponsors  have special events happening at your business you can book Alpine Alice to  come out…. Demo Days!! Tourist Bus Visitors arriving!!! Special Groups camping out, etc..

The Chamber has also arranged for Music on Main Street in the Lawn Chair Lounge  (the stage at Bovill Square) every Friday night throughout July and August. Musicians will play from five to seven each Friday night.

Please let me know if you’d like to take part as we have to have the decals developed… heather @smitherschamber.com   250-847-5072


Seabridge Gold and Nisga’a Nation Enter Into Benefits Agreement Regarding KSM Project

News Release, Toronto, June 17: …Seabridge Gold reported today that it has entered into a comprehensive Benefits Agreement with the Nisga’a Nation in respect of Seabridge Gold’s KSM Project, located in northwest British Columbia. The Benefits

Agreement establishes a long-term co-operative relationship between Seabridge and the Nisga’a Nation under which the Nisga’a Nation will support development of the Project, participate in economic benefits from the Project and provide ongoing advice.

The Agreement includes commitments by Seabridge regarding jobs and contracting opportunities at the KSM Project, education and training, financial payments and a framework for working together on ongoing development matters. This comprehensive agreement also addresses concerns expressed by the Nisga’a Nation around the potential environmental and social impacts of the KSM Project. Seabridge Chairman and CEO Rudi Fronk comments that: “This formal expression of support from the Nisga’a Nation is a major step forward for KSM. As the only Treaty nation involved in the KSM environmental assessment process, the Nisga’a’s views carry considerable weight. This Agreement validates Seabridge’s open, transparent and flexible approach to working with the Nisga’a Nation and First Nations generally on development of the KSM Project, and the KSM Project is better for it. We are proud that a strong, trusting and mutually respectful relationship with the Nisga’a Nation has grown out of our work with them over the last six years. Their support of the Project

reflects their detailed, independent assessment that the Project can be built and operated in an environmentally responsible way.” Mitchell Stevens, President of Nisga’a Nation, comments that: "We appreciate Seabridge's open and direct approach to working with the Nisga'a Nation. They began consulting with us very early on in the development of the KSM Project design. They listened to our concerns and took them seriously. They have been very responsive to our concerns around the environmental and social impacts of the

project on Nisga'a Treaty interests. As well, Seabridge has demonstrated a real willingness to assist the Nisga'a Nation in creating genuine economic opportunities and building the capacity of Nisga'a citizens.”

The Agreement will remain in effect throughout the life of the KSM Project and will apply to future partners in the Project. “We respect the emphasis by Nisga’a Nation leadership on protecting the environmental, social and cultural heritage of all Nisga’a citizens while ensuring that they also enjoy business and employment opportunities. This Agreement creates a genuine partnership between Seabridge and the Nisga’a Nation that will last for decades and we look forward to working with them to advance our mutual objectives.” said Mr. Fronk.

Seabridge holds a 100% interest in several North American gold resource projects. The Company’s principal assets are the KSM property located near Stewart, British Columbia, Canada and the Courageous Lake gold project located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. For a breakdown of Seabridge’s mineral reserves and resources by project and category please visit the Company’s website at http://www.seabridgegold.net/resources.php.

Metro Vancouver company develops marijuana breathalyzer technology

A BC man is hoping to give police a new tool to help in the fight again driving under the influence of drugs. Ladner's Kal Malhi, a retired RCMP officer, has developed a roadside breathalyzer that can test for marijuana. Marijuana use can currently only be tested through collecting blood, urine or saliva samples, and police have no way to positively determine on the road that a driver is under the influence of drugs. "It's hard to prove when somebody's high on drugs," he said. "The level of convictions on drugged driving is very low." Malhi was inspired to use a Swedish study that showed breath samples could be collected and sent to a lab for testing.

Vancouver-based Dr. Raj Attariwala is the chief technology officer on the project. He is a radiologist and nuclear medicine physician with a background in biomedical engineering. He has worked closely with the breath-testing technology developed by the Karolinska Institute and has several other medical device patents. Dr. Bruce Goldberger is also on board as a technical advisor. A professor of toxicology at the University of Florida, Goldberg has done extensive research on forensic toxicology and completed numerous studies on the subject, including analysis of alcohol in breath and the measurement of drugs in biological tissue.

The result is the portable Cannabix Breathalyzer. Malhi said it is designed to function like a blood glucose meter, where the breath sample is collected in one component and then is fed into a second part of the device, which tests the sample and gives an immediate result. Malhi said the device indicates if a person has consumed marijuana in the last two hours. The drug can still show up in blood, urine or saliva testing for several days after consumption so even with a positive test it is difficult for police to prove that a person was impaired by the drug at the time of driving. Malhi said he could also see it being used in workplaces that carry out drug testing for employees.

After just six months of research and development, Malhi already has patents pending on the device and has signed on with a medical device manufacturer to develop a prototype. He said he's hoping to have the Cannabix licensed in another six months and will look at marketing it in North America.

Malhi said many people, especially the younger generation, view driving after smoking marijuana as acceptable. "Our society is changing our views on marijuana, it's becoming legalized in many states... young people have no fear of driving after smoking."

Tourism Week 2014


The TourismI Industry Association of BC is celebrating Tourism Week June 16 to 20, 2014. Tourism organizations including TIABC and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) are engaging in a variety of events that showcase the economic impact and social benefits of our tourism sector. "Tourism plays an important role in contributing to the economy of local communities and cities throughout our province. A healthy and vibrant tourism economy leads to investment across all sectors in our province, which benefits all of us." ~ Ian Robertson, executive director, Tourism Industry Association of BC. More more information on TIABC membership, visit: www.tiabc.ca/tiabc-membership.

Read the BC Government media release about National Tourism Week:


Locally in Tourism…as summer begins to heat up, you are invited out to an evening to chat about tourism.

June 18th, 7 pm at the Hudson Bay Lodge.

  • The  new Tourism Smithers website will be launched!
  • updated artwork/brand identity for Tourism Smithers
  • update on Tourism Smithers activities and projects
  • update on new Events website… www.smithersevents.com

Please let Gladys Atrill of Tourism Smithers know if you are able to attend. Mobile 250-877-2290

Coastal GasLink Newsletter


Please use the following link below to access the June 2014 issue of the Coastal GasLink Connector – the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project newsletter. These will be issued four times per year to keep you up-to-date on procurement opportunities with the project...


During construction, TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project will provide contracting and employment opportunities to qualified local and aboriginal businesses and individuals along our proposed route. TransCanada has three roles in the building of the Coastal GasLink pipeline:

• plan, design and operate the pipeline,

• hire pipeline construction prime contractors to construct our pipeline,

• oversee the prime contractors and the construction process to ensure safety standards, pipeline specifications and regulatory conditions are met.

The majority of employment opportunities will be provided through the prime contractors or their sub-contractors. P:rime contractors are highly qualified firms with experience in large diameter pipeline construction.


Links for businesses to register with CGL (Coastal Gas Link) and PRGT (Prince Rupert Gas Trasmission) are below.


PRGT - http://www.princerupertgas.com/jobs-and-benefits/contracting-and-jobs/ (bottom of page)

CGL - http://www.coastalgaslink.com/category/jobs-and-benefits/vendor-registration-form/





Ian McLeod, Community Relations Lead, Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project Ltd.


Toll Free: (855) 633-2011 e-mail: c This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.coastalgaslink.com

Premier unveils measures to improve accountability of Crown Corporations

Last week, Premier Christy Clark unveiled new accountability measures targeting public sector organizations  aimed at promoting cost-consciousness, accountability, appropriate compensation, service, respect and integrity. The measures apply to all public sector organizations and come as a result of the B.C. government's review of all Crown corporations that began in 2011.


At the same time, Clark issued new mandate letters to her cabinet ministers, providing insight on policy direction over the coming year.


The mandate letters require each minister (and his or her deputy minister) to meet with chairs and boards of public sector organizations and agencies, a move designed to increase accountability. In addition, individual ministries have been tasked with promoting specific initiatives in the government's agenda. For example: the Ministry of Health is tasked with finalizing the St. Paul's and Royal Columbian Hospital revitalization plans; the Ministry of Justice has been asked to change the liquor laws; the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure is to present a 10-year Transportation Plan by the end of September, and the Ministry of Finance is tasked with implementing tax legislation for the province's LNG industry. Individual mandate letters can be found online here.

Northwest Transmission Line Update

Leslie Wood, the Senior Stakeholder Relations Specialist at BC Hydro has been providing project updates on the progress of the work being done on the Northwes Transmission Line over the past few years and the Chamber has updated you, via these email correspondences,  as we obtain them. Yesterday Lesley Wood sent this message “I am pleased to let you know that the NTL project has reached a major milestone. Construction of the project has been completed last week. The next  step is commissioning, where the line and new substation components are tested to ensure everything is working correctly. Stay tuned for a further update when this final stage of the project is completed.”

The Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) is a 344-kilometre, 287-kilovolt transmission line between Skeena Substation (near Terrace) and a new substation to be built near Bob Quinn Lake. The new line will: Provide a reliable supply of clean power to potential industrial developments in the area; Provide a secure interconnection point for clean generation projects; Facilitate connecting the community of Iskut to the grid, so it doesn’t rely on diesel generation. View the project schematic map [PDF, 962 KB].

About Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

The Government of Canada is  committed to reducing the harmful effects of spam and related threats to electronic commerce and are working towards a safer and more secure online marketplace. Canada’s new anti-spam legislation (CASL) helps protect Canadians while ensuring that businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace and will come into affect July 1, 2014.

What you should know about Canada’s new law and how to comply with it:

If you’d like to watch a short video information sesseion presentation that explains the anti-spam  legislation  and how to comply you can watch it here information session on Canada’s anti-spam legislation

National Aboriginal Day June 23

Join in the Celebrations of National Aboriginal Day in Smithers as there’s many activities arranged for your enjoyment. Events take place, Monday, June 23 at Bovill Square.                                                                


12:00     Welcoming/Opening:

  • Mabel Forsythe
  • Mayor Taylor Bachrach
  • Doug Donaldson


12:15     Gitxsan All Clan Dancers

1:45        All Nations Drummers – (from Muheim Elementary)

2:15        Warren Dubz performance/Jam Session (local musicians, poems etc.)

2:45        Best Contemporary Wear – Categories (child, Youth, Adult)

3:15        Fred George Memorial Moose Calling Contest

3:45        Soapberry Whipping Contest

4:10        Tug of War

4:30        Gitxsan All Clan Dancers Closing

-          Children’s Activities Station – coloring, face painting, bouncy tent, fish pond

-          Hotdogs & Hamburgers served throughout the event

Economic Development BC Update

June 2014 edition of the Economic Development in BC newsletter is now available. This month, is focused on Liquefied Natural Gas. In addition, the Small Business in B.C. section returns, highlighting some of the great successes and support available to B.C.'s small business community.


Everything gets better with a little love. 

The LoveSmithers.com and LoveTelkwa.com websites are now live.

When you shop at an independent local business, everyone wins. Small Town Love is about making it easier to shop small first. Take a look around. Small businesses have competitive pricing, products, and services. The idea that they are outdated or out-of-style is a has-been. Did you know that for every $100 that you spend locally, up to $75 stays in our community, as compared to just $13 when you shop at a big box or chain store, and keeping our dollars circulating locally is key to the economic health of our community.

Creating a professional, creative and engaging online presence is one of the best ways to connect with new customers. If you are the owner of an original, independent, non-franchise business in any of our participating communities we welcome your application to join our Small Town Love program. For a one-time investment of $100 you will receive your customized online profile that includes professional photography and a compelling, engaging profile of your business and it’s people. The $100 is a one-time only fee and the website is best served by everyone directing traffic to  http://lovesmithers.com/ http://lovetelkwa.com (You can still come on-board)

Small Town Love Creators would like to acknowledge the local Champions of this initiative, whose hard work has made the Love Smithers project possible. Thank you to Allan Stroet at the Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association, Jane Stephenson, Economic Development Officer in Telkwa,  Alison Walker at the Town of Smithers and Heather Gallagher at the Smithers Chamber of Commerce for their enthusiastic collaboration and support of this initiative. The photographer for the Love Smithers website was Chris Duncan from Synergy Arts Photography & Videography whose exceptional work is featured throughout the website.

The Love Telkwa Launch Party will be this Thursday, June 19th from 6-8pm at Eddy Park. There  will be  a small display, a gift basket and free tasty treats. Photographer Michelle Gazely and EDO Jane Stevenson will be there to promote the Love Telkwa site and your businesses. Please attend if you are able to. It is also Music In The Park so bring a lawn chair or blanket and stay awhile.

Smithers has been fortunate to be an attractive location for film production in the last few years with Eight Below and the Grey and now the

Pilot for the Last Ship is scheduled to air on TNT, this Sunday, June 22. 9 pm 

Here’s a link to the details and trailer. http://www.tntdrama.com/series/the-last-ship/

 Their  mission is simple, find the cure, stop the virus, save the world. When a global pandemic wipes out 80 percent of the  planet’s population, the crew of a lone naval destroyer must find a way to pull humanity back from the brink of extinction. Directed by Michael Bay, Starring Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin, Rhona Mitra.

Thanks to the members of the Downtown Merchants Association for organizing the Main Street Fair that happened in Downtown Smithers this past Saturday. The massive crowd that walked the red-bricked sidewalks enjoyed food vendors, musical stage entertainment, sidewalk sales, store sales, and many activities. These are the events that create the Culture of our community and we appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to put eventd of this magnitude. I rnjoyed my part by taking my sister from Whitehorse, along with my aunt and cousins from Kamloops, and my mother, through many shops. The Kamloops cousins were absolutely amazed at the attractiveness of the stores, the selection, the prices and the fabulous customer service. I think I heard, many times,  “we don’t have anything like this!”. My sister, who has managed many stores in Whitehorse, was completely impressed, as well. Good job to our wonderful local merchants.


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