SURREY ADVISORY: Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources to Speak on Economic Recovery on January 20 at 2pm

On January 20th, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O’Regan, will virtually join the Surrey Board of Trade to discuss the current state of the natural resources industry sectors and how it will play an integral role in Canada and BC’s economic recovery.

“Canada’s natural resources industry sectors – forestry, minerals and mining, and energy from oil, gas, renewables, fossil and alternative fuels, electricity, nuclear and uranium – will lead the way for economic recovery,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

Economic modelling conducted for the Task Force for Real Jobs, Real Recovery, of which the Surrey Board of Trade is a member of, indicates that with the right success conditions, natural resources and manufacturing could create up to 2.6 million new jobs and up to a 17 per cent increase in real gross domestic product (GDP). This could amount to a nearly $200-billion increase in potential labour earnings, while still moving Canada towards a low-emissions future.

The resource sector is also key to economic reconciliation with Indigenous communities and peoples. Indigenous-owned businesses are 40 times more likely to be involved in the mining and oil and gas sectors than the average Canadian business.

Date: Wednesday, January 20
Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm

Co-Presenting Sponsors: FortisBC and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Supporting Sponsor: Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

Community Sponsors: BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI), BCIT and Trans Mountain

Register at or by calling 604-581-7130.