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Thinking outside the wooden box

SNCIRE's Slice of Green Pie seminar and workshop were a great success. More than 40 people passionate about Northwest BC's forests spent two days tossing around ideas, contemplating how to use the region's wood differently to get a slice of the world's emerging bioeconomy.

"The perception of forestry in our area is that it is dead. But new ideas, new research and new technology are creating exciting opportunities for local businesses," says Steve Osborn of SNCIRE.

"At the Slice of Green Pie seminar, regional players made a committment to create a revitalization plan with help from First Nations, communities, industry and other stakeholders in the region."

SNCIRE is now working on a draft of that plan to take back to seminar participants.  

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Kevin Derow of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations examines a round piece of wood, pondering ideas for its use, at SNCIRE's Slice of Green Pie seminar on March 13, 2013.

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Partnerships 2020 is just the beginning

Tim Jennings Partnerships 2020

The Partnerships 2020 conference, held last week at the Best Western Inn, in Terrace, was a great success. Thanks to the more than 100 participants who joined in the collaboration to develop a skilled workforce in Northwest BC.

An extra special thanks to Tim Jennings, project manager of BC Hydro's Northwest Transmission Line, who took to heart what he learned about the importance of investing in our children and youth to create a prosperous economy and communities. On Friday, March 8, Jenning announced a donation of $20,000 for new scholarships for Northwest BC's School District 82. And he's encouraging (challenging!) other businesses operating in the region to match or top this. 

Stay tuned for more Northwest Labour Market Initiatives, brought to you by SNCIRE.

In the photo, Nancy Wells and Art Erasmus of School District 82 are very happy with Tim Jennings generous donation. 

SNCIRE sponsors Adding It All Up

addingitallup buttonSNCIRE is helping sponsor Adding It All Up, a conference dedicated to figuring out how to balance the effects - good and bad - of resource development. The conference will take place in Smithers from Wednesday November 14 to 16.

This is going to be an incredible event that is timely and critical in the context of the major development taking place in our region. Thanks to the Bulkley Valley Research Centre for putting this on! Hope to see you there!

SNCIRE's new website is finally here!

snicre website 198 x 194SNCIRE's new website has been launched! We've been working on a new design and new content for our website over the last few months and it's finally here.

The new site has many new features including a news & events section on the home page, all our publications & reports, a quick link to our new facebookk page, online registration and payment, and much more.

Enjoy perusing the site and feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Board Chair honoured with medal

Talstra Jubilee award 300 x 202Congratulations to Jack Talstra, the Chair of SNCIRE's board. Last night, October 2, 2012, Terrace's mayor Dave Pernarowski awarded him the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on behalf of the Governor General of Canada. The award is given to Canadians for significant contributions to and achievements in their communities. 

Talstra is one of SNCIRE's original founders and has been chair of the board since the organization's inception in 2009. He served as the mayor of Terrace for 23 years, until 2008. Jack has spearheaded significant projects and partnerships which have helped move the entire city and region forward.

SNCIRE signs MOUS with two regional organizations

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SNCIRE`s Rick Brouwer signed memorandums of understandings (MOUs) with Christine Slanz of the Northwest Science & Innovation Society (NSIS) and Alex Pietrella of KTIDS Northwest.

In the spirit of regional collaboration, on Friday, September 28, SNCIRE signed MOUs with two regional organizations - one with KTIDS Northwest and the other with NSIS. SNCIRE has worked with both organizations in the past but the MOUs make collaboration between the groups that much more official. The documents outline the similarities and differences between the groups. They also state a commitment to support each other, work together as much as possible, and keep each other abreast of relevant news and events.
SNCIRE hopes this will inspire other groups in the Skeena-Nass region do the same. Feel free to use our MOU as an example if your organization is looking to draft one.

Memorandum of Understanding SNCIRE-NSIS Memorandum of Understanding SNCIRE-KTIDS

SNCIRE welcomes Northwest human resources strategy coordinator

The Skeena-Nass Centre for Innovation in Resource Economics (SNCIRE) is happy to welcome Don Ramsay to our team as the Implementation Coordinator for the Northwest Transmission Line Labour Market Partnership Project (NTL LMP).

Ramsay will be responsible for implementing key recommendations outlined in the NLMP human resources strategy, for example, hosting a labour market summit and creating an outreach plan to encourage skilled workers who left Northwest BC to return home. The goal of these initiatives is to fill the thousands of jobs coming to the area as a result of major industrial projects with as many locals as possible.

"My job entails bringing together many different stakeholders in a variety of projects. This will be challenging but is important if we, as a region, want to take advantage of the opportunities knocking on our door," says Ramsay. "I jumped at the chance to be involved with this exciting opportunity and work with SNCIRE, an organization dedicated to regional resilience."

Ramsay's work experience includes 14 years as manager of the Skeena District of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and a short stint as the Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Terrace.

"Don has a proven track record of getting the job done and we are thrilled to welcome him to our team," says SNCIRE executive director Rick Brouwer.

"The successful implementation of the Northwest human resources strategy will have huge long terms benefits for our region," he added. "Locals will have the opportunity to work in high-paid positions and access skills training that will enable them to find future employment. Ultimately, more money will go into the pockets of people in our local communities and that's always a good thing."

SNCIRE was awarded the NW LMP coordinator contract at the start of September 2012.

The development of the Northwest human resources strategy, and the decision to hire an implementation coordinator, are the result of more than a year of meetings and research by a steering committee made up of regional and out-of-region representatives from government, education, industry, First Nations and community.

The committee was funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Industry BC, and sponsored by BC Hydro's Northwest Transmission Line project.

For more info about the project go to the BC Hydro website.

Forest magazine features Beyond Lumber

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The Association of BC Forest Professionals has recognized SNCIRE, Skeena Diversity and Northwest Community College's effort to highlight the Skeena-Nass region's diverse natural resources and talent. The association has featured the Beyond Lumber - Art from Nature Conference and Art Show in its Forestry Team in Action section of the September/October issue of the association's magazine. Check it out!