Invited keynote speakers will open both conference days, Monday and Tuesday morning, before the technical program presentations.
Monday, October 21
Invited Keynote: Dave Nikolejsin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Dave was appointed the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources on July 18, 2017. The Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources is the key provincial Ministry responsible for the safe and environmentally responsible exploration and development of British Columbia’s electricity, alternative energy, and mining sectors; guiding responsible development and maximizing economic benefits to British Columbians from the province’s natural gas resources; and, establishing new export markets related to interprovincial pipelines, oil projects and value-added natural gas products, and the province’s next new major industrial sector—that of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Previously to this role he was appointed the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Natural Gas Development and Ministry Responsible for Housing. Dave also served as the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, and was the Associate Deputy Minister of the Environmental Assessment Office in 2012. In July 2005, Dave was appointed as Chief Information Officer for the Province of British Columbia and was appointed Associate Deputy Minister in October 2010.
Earlier in his career, Dave spent two years as the Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for the Network BC initiative. Through his leadership in this project, Dave played a pivotal role in bridging the digital divide by connecting many rural and remote communities in British Columbia to high-speed broadband.
Dave has a strong technical background, and spent nearly 20 years working in management positions with progressively more responsibility, both in the B.C. government and with SaskTel in Regina, Saskatchewan. He is also Chair of the Digital Identity and Authentication Council of Canada.
Tuesday, October 22
Invited Keynote: Greg Brouwer, Vice President, Technology & Innovation, Teck Resources Limited
Greg Brouwer is Vice President of Technology & Innovation at Teck Resources Limited. Greg and his team are responsible for driving Teck’s culture of innovation, defining Teck’s innovation strategy, and supporting the execution of innovation programs and initiatives across the company. This includes responsibility for strategic partnerships and emerging technologies.
Mr. Brouwer has been with Teck Resources for over 20 years, primarily in senior operational roles at several of Teck’s underground and open pit mines, including most recently as the General Manager of Highland Valley Copper. In addition to his operational roles, Greg was also instrumental in the co-development and cross-company facilitation of Teck’s culture-changing Courageous Safety Leadership program. And as the Director of the International Zinc Association’s Zinc Nutrient Initiative from 2009 to 2011, Greg led a global program promoting the use of zinc micronutrient fertilizers to address zinc deficiency in people, which claims the lives of approximately 450,000 children annually around the world.
Mr. Brouwer is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia, holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mining & Mineral Process Engineering from the University of British Columbia, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University (British Columbia), MBA degrees from Cornell University and Queen’s University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program. Greg is a member of the Thompson Rivers University Foundation Board and a prior Board Member of the Thompson Nicola United Way.