The latest news from northern B.C. – Northern Development’s Building a Stronger North – December 2012 Edition

Winter has arrived in the north but that doesn’t mean business is slowing down.

The rate of activity in rural B.C. couldn’t be more evident than along the stretch of highway that extends from Terrace to Iskut, where construction workers, contractors and major industry are hard at work building the Northwest Transmission Line. As detailed in this month’s issue of Building a Stronger North, the $561 million project is having major economic impacts on northwest B.C.

December 17,2012 | Read More »

Mackenzie rejuvenated: major projects help forestry town bloom

Mackenzie is back.

Only a few years ago, the forestry-dependent town was down on its luck with mill shutdowns and an exodus of residents to greener pastures.

But thanks to partnerships, strong leadership in the community and new markets in Asia the northern B.C. town, which is home to the world’s largest tree crusher, is alive with new activity.


December 07,2012 | Read More »

The latest news from northern B.C. – Northern Development’s Report to the Region – November 2012

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, folks from Haida Gwaii to Dawson Creek are talking about the boom in the natural gas sector in northeast B.C. that has created thousands of jobs and pumped millions of dollars into provincial revenue streams that support healthcare and education services, among other things.

But what’s becoming more and more apparent, meantime, is how closely tied the long-term viability of the natural gas industry is to the slew of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals proposed along the northwest coast. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that the traditionally disparate economies of northwest and northeast regions of this province are more closely tied than ever before – working together to help this industry thrive for the long term.

That’s why we’ve decided to explore how these two regions are creating new political ties to achieve common goals in the latest edition of Building a Stronger North.

November 19,2012 | Read More »

Web portal promotes investment opportunities in northeast B.C.

New web portal features major projects, and key community information to link potential investors with opportunities in northeast B.C.

Northeast British Columbia – A new regional investment attraction website, Invest Northeast BC, reveals the high amount of economic activity taking place in B.C.’s energy-rich northeast region.

November 15,2012 | Read More »

Port, clean energy and exploration drive next activity in Stewart

Sleepy Stewart B.C. is humming with activity amidst port activity, tourism and a renewed fervour for mining exploration in the region.

The town of 500, which shares a border crossing with Alaska, is jam-packed with workers from the $90 million Long Lake hydroelectric project, and geologists who spend their days…


November 06,2012 | Read More »

Heartland B.C. communities invite new investment with the launch of “Invest North Central BC”

New web portal features major projects, and key community information to link potential investors with opportunities in north central B.C.

North Central British Columbia – The communities of north central B.C. have joined forces to launch a ground breaking investment portal to attract new business opportunities to one of the province’s fastest growing regions.

September 18,2012 | Read More »

Northern Development funds its 1,000th project

Since 2005, Northern Development Initiative Trust has invested more than $110 million in economic growth projects throughout central and northern B.C. – and it’s positioned to sustainably dispense funding for decades to come!

September 11,2012 | Read More »

Startup Canada Town Hall To Feature Prominent Local Entrepreneurs – Come and hear their story!

Startup Canada is Canada’s first-ever, entrepreneur-led, national movement to enhance the nation’s competitiveness and prosperity by supporting and celebrating Canadian entrepreneurship. Startup Canada is harnessing the collective energies of Canadian entrepreneurs by conducting a national tour running from March to September 2012. The tour lands in Prince George on Monday, September 17th, 2012 and will kick off with a town hall event at the University of Northern British Columbia.

September 10,2012 | Read More »

The latest news from northern B.C. – Northern Development’s Report to the Region – September 2012

Bella Bella Fish Plant rebirth breathes new life into the Central Coast If the last few months have demonstrated anything, it’s that business is booming in northern B.C. In this month’s issue of the Report to the Region, we detail how the coastal community of Bella Bella forged partnerships to resurrect its fish plant and generate dozens of jobs for local residents – it also just so happened to be Northern Development’s 1,000th project! We also found out that the …

September 07,2012 | Read More »

Calling all entrepreneurs and future business leaders – Startup Canada Entrepreneur Town Hall

Startup Canada is harnessing the collective energies and ideas of Canadian entrepreneurs by conducting a national tour that is making a stop in Prince George. Join us for this inspiring event to hear a panel of community leaders each share their unique entrepreneurial journey followed by a townhall meeting to generate discussion and ideas in support of local, regional and national entrepreneurship. Do not miss your opportunity to contribute to this national movement to celebrate and advance entrepreneurship in Canada. …

September 05,2012 | Read More »

Prince George to host national entrepreneurship forum September 17, 2012

PRINCE GEORGE – Seven provinces down, three to go. The momentum is building as Startup Canada, a grassroots, entrepreneur-led initiative created to support and inspire business development, sweeps across the country on a national tour that includes 40 stops in 10 provinces over a seven-month period.

August 28,2012 | Read More »

$13-billion refinery plan is yet more evidence of northwest B.C. investment wave

Newspaper baron David Black’s plan to build a $13-billion oil refinery between Kitimat and Terrace is yet more evidence that business in northwest B.C. is booming.

August 17,2012 | Read More »

Business opportunities abound in Smithers

Although Smithers is about to lose both Zellers and Fields stores, opportunities abound for the town of 5,400 to expand its economy and the number of special retail boutiques that make it a shopping destination in northwest BC Located approximately four hours west of Prince George, the Bavarian-style community is awash in tourism and recreation opportunities from skiing and snowboarding to mountain biking, hiking and fishing. Its picturesque location at the base of Hudson Bay Mountain and glacier, coupled with …

August 15,2012 | Read More »

Listen to Northern Development’s CEO be interviewed about the boom times in northern B.C.

Victoria, B.C.’s CFAX 1070am interviewed Northern Development Initiative Trust CEO Janine North July 31 about the wave of investment planned for northern B.C.

With more than $60 billion in capital investment headed for the province’s largest geographic region, find out why more and more British Columbians are looking north where the cost of living is lower and jobs are aplenty.

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August 01,2012 | Read More »

Boot camp to help northern BC businesses bloom amid the coming wave of investment

Northern Development’s contractor-supplier boot camp will help businesses ready themselves and their workers to take on a major wave of capital investment across the north. Northern BC is expected to enjoy more than $60 billion in capital investment in the coming years, but small and medium-sized contractors and suppliers might not yet have the tools they need to cash in on the tidal wave of capital that will hit the region. Last month, Northern Development Initiative Trust delivered its first contractor-supplier …

July 26,2012 | Read More »

Communities Showcase Economic Development Initiatives Online in Partnership with Northern Development

PRINCE GEORGE – Hundreds of businesses, non-profits, First Nations, and local governments in central and northern British Columbia are showcasing business expansion and economic development projects in their communities in partnership with Northern Development Initiative Trust via the launch of the ‘Building A Stronger North’ web portal.  Over $1 billion in new investment in the region is creating more than 5,000 jobs across forty communities. “We are excited to launch this website that will enable businesses, non-profits, First Nations, and …

May 01,2012 | Read More »

Northern Development Partners With The BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association In Five Year Funding Agreement

“A Huge Step Forward” – New Funding Agreement For First Nations Skills Training Begins Prince George, BC – The British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association(BC AMTA) is pleased to announce a new funding agreement has been reached with Northern Development Initiative Trust. The agreement begins today and provides for a five year funding formula. “This agreement will contribute to long term sustainability for our programming,” said David Watkins, Chair, Board of Directors, BC AMTA. “It is proof that BC AMTA’s results …

March 08,2012 | Read More »

Manufacturers Executive Council Program Now Available to Northern BC Manufacturing Companies

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Manufacturers in northern British Columbia can now participate in a newly formed northern-based Manufacturers Executive Council.  This unique program, which is delivered by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, uses proven techniques to increase profitability and competitiveness by drawing on the strengths of experienced and like-minded executives in a non-competitive and confidential environment.  The proven success of the Manufacturers Executive Council model allows business owners to align themselves with a group of industry leaders who learn from …

March 01,2012 | Read More »

Northern Development Expands Programs And Funding To Support Burns Lake Recovery

BURNS LAKE, BC – The Northern Development Initiative Trust Board has approved several initiatives to ensure that the people and businesses of the Burns Lake area are strongly supported by Northern Development and peer communities across central and northern British Columbia.  Northern Development Chair Evan Saugstad confirmed the regional support to Village of Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold, who attended the February 8th, 2012 Northern Development board meeting. “Our business programs will expand to enable retail and service sector businesses in Burns …

February 16,2012 | Read More »