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2017 Regional Business Forum

The Next 150: Celebrating our Past and Imagining our Future

Forum Hosts: Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and Burns Lake Band (Ts'il Kaz Koh)

Date: September 19th and 20th, 2017

Location: Burns Lake Band Gathering Place- 675 Highway 16 West, Burns Lake

Online registration is now closed. There may be some spots open the day of the Forum. Please check with the Registration desk at the Forum.

The Regional Business Forum has been taking place across the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako since 2008. The primary goal of the 2017 RDBN Business Forum is to give business, industry, economic developers, all levels of government, First Nations, educators, employment/business supports and non-profit organizations from across the region the opportunity to gather for learning and networking.

This year's Forum will feature:

  • Networking Opportunities
  • Presentations and Panels from Regional Businesses and Organizations
  • RDBN Start up Business Contest Finalists
  • Workshops for Non-Profit Organizations
  • Workshops for Entrepreneurs
  • Individual meetings with Presenters
  • Door Prizes
  • Tradeshow
  • Gala Dinner



Tuesday, September 19th

Join us starting at 8:30. Tradeshow booths will be open, and the coffee will be on!

Welcome, Keynote Address by Art Napoleon


Learn about the amazing opportunities accessible in our region for Youth, Technology and Exports at the "Opportunities in our Region" Panel.

Do your best theoretical investing as 5 finalists from the Start-up Business Contest give you their business pitch – choose which business idea impressed you enough to earn your investment millions


Afternoon Events:

  • Meet Clint Fraser from Northern Tourism BC, and learn what Tourism looks like in the Bulkley-Nechako. Ask him how you can maximize your business' exposure and increase visitor traffic.
  • Workshop Sessions: Whether you need advice about your Business or your Non-Profit Society, we have a workshop for you! Concurrent Sessions will focus on information for Entrepreneurs (presented by Keynote Speaker Art Napoleon), as well as tips for Non-Profit Societies on how to successfully plan and manage a project (presented by RDBN Proposal Writer, Nellie Davis)
  • Following a refreshment break, additional concurrent workshops will give business owners an Introduction to Entrepreneurship (presented by Katy Carr from Futurepreneur's Thrivenorth Initiative) and Non-Profit Societies will have the chance to meet a panel of funding organizations from the region and learn how to be a successful applicant.
  • Remember to join us at 4:30 for a wrap-up and Door Prize Draw!

Evening Events:

  • Don't miss the Gala Dinner at 6:00 pm. You will enjoy great food, great music by The Johnnie Rockers, and the presentation of the Winner of the Start-up Business Contest. A night to remember!


Wednesday, September 20th

Join us starting at 8:30. Tradeshow booths will be open, and the coffee will be on!

Welcome, Keynote Address by Renée Wasylyk


Learn about the industries that are the backbone of the economy in our Region. What new projects are underway? Hear about the vision for the future, and what success looks like moving forward.
Speakers will be presenting on the Energy Sector, Forestry, and our local Community Forests


Afternoon Events:

  • Hear from local representatives about the bright future of Agriculture in the Bulkley-Nechako. Learn what initiatives are emerging, and how you can support local producers.
  • Engage with several regional companies to learn about the Mining Life Cycle. Hear what is involved, and what the opportunities will be for our area.
  • Don't forget to stay until our 3:00 wrap-up for your chance at a great door prize!

Don't miss your chance to hear from experts, and learn some new tips for enhancing your business or non-profit – Register Today!  We look forward to seeing you.


Forum Registration Fees:

Early Bird until August 31st, 2017

  • 1 day $40
  • 2 days $75
  • Gala Dinner $40
  • Taxes added to prices above

After September 1st, 2017

  • 1 day $50
  • 2 days $90
  • Gala Dinner $40 plus tax
  • Taxes added to prices above



Learn what our regional businesses and organizations have to offer!  Displays will be set up each day of the Forum, stop by and see how our businesses and organizations are serving you!

Exhibitors - A limited number of displays will be set up along the outside walls of the presentation room. This is a great opportunity for businesses and organizations in the region to showcase and promote their business and activities.

The tradeshow will be open between 8:30-9:00am, lunch and refreshment breaks, and for half an hour after presentations are completed each day.

Tradeshow Table Rental Fees:

  • Early Bird until August 31st, 2017 - $60 plus tax per day
  • Regular Prices after September 1st, 2017- $75 plus tax per day

Rental includes:

  • 1 day Forum registration for 1 person ( includes lunch and refreshments)
  • Table and Chair
  • Electricity (limited number of spaces)
  • Wifi

Tradeshow Registration is now closed. Thank you.

For further information about the Tradeshow please contact Tammy Zayac, Event Planner at 250 692-3195 or eventplanner@rdbn.bc.ca


Business Forum Host Hotel

KeyOh Lodge Logo

250 692-7797

Call direct to get the forum rate of $99.00 plus tax (Single/Double Occupancy– Queen room)
Book by Sept 1st, 2017 for this rate
Reference Name: Regional Business Forum

Burns Lake Motor Inn

250 692-7545

Forum rate:
Single- $79.00 +Tax
Double- $89.00 +Tax

Sunshine Inn- Burns Lake


Forum Rates:
Reference Name: Regional Business Forum
$89.00 + Tax for any room type

Travellers Motel

250 692-7471

Regular Rates:
Single-$65 + Tax
Double-$75 + Tax

Wanakena Motel

250 692-3151

Regular Rates:
Ranges from $79 to
$110 + Tax


Overall Conference Sponsor


September 19th Keynote Speaker sponsor


September 20th Keynote Speaker sponsor


September 19th Luncheon Sponsor


September 20th Luncheon Sponsor


Facility Sponsor


Gala Dinner Sponsors


Gala Dinner Wine Sponsors


Entrepreneur Workshop Sponsor


Non-Profit Workshop Sponsor


Tradeshow Sponsors


Historical Display Sponsor


Wi-Fi Sponsor


Refreshment Sponsor


Energy Panel Sponsor


Forestry Panel Sponsor


Community Forestry Panel Sponsor


Mining Panel Sponsor


Agriculture Panel Sponsor


September 20th Individual Meeting Sponsor


Door Prize Sponsor