Job Posting - Economic Development Support Assistant - Student

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako will be hiring a summer student in the Regional Economic Development Department.  This is a 35 hour per week, 16 week position starting on May 8, 2017 and ending on August 25, 2017.  The pay for this position will be $18.86 per hour. The successful candidate is an energetic, motivated, team player who has an interest in community and economic development. Candidates who can demonstrate strong community involvement are preferred.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Reporting to the Manager of Regional Economic Development, the Summer Student will assist with economic development projects such as tourism and agriculture marketing initiatives, social media, and entrepreneurship events. Administrative duties will include research, information compilation, communication with local government officials and the public, and coordination of projects.

Project Support:

  • Assist in coordinating and promoting agriculture and entrepreneurship events hosted by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and partner organizations.
  • Assist with tourism and agriculture marketing initiatives.
  • Write stories and blog posts about economic development initiatives in the region.

Administrative Support:

  • Maintain and update Regional Economic Development Department records and files.
  • Assist in maintaining, and updating Economic Development Department websites
  •, Bulkley-Nechako Directory, 
  •, Regional Image Bank
  • Create posts, promote, and monitor social media accounts for tourism, agriculture, and economic development
  • Administrative support for the Strategic Workforce Opportunities Team
  • Conduct, compile and present research relating to economic development projects.
  • Other related duties as required.

Qualifications and Education:

  • Enrolment in a post-secondary educational institution with a preference for economic development, business communications, planning, or related field of study. 
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to successfully perform multiple time sensitive tasks.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with staff, local government officials, and the public.
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiencies in internet research, social media, and Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel.
  • Creative writing, reporting and/or blogging experience an asset
  • Graphic Design/ Visual Art/Photography  experience an asset
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team.
  • Ability to independently travel within the region as required.
  • Valid BC driver’s license.

Resumes will be accepted until 4:30pm April 7, 2017 and should be addressed to:

Corrine Swenson, Manager of Regional Economic Development

Subject Line: Resume Economic Development Summer Student

Email: Mail: PO Box 820, Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0

Request for Proposals RDBN#2017-03

Strategic Workforce Opportunities Team Administration Services


This RFP and all contracts for services will contain the following definitions:

  • “RDBN” means the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.
  • “SWOT” means the Strategic Workforce Opportunities Team.
  • “RFP” means this Request for Proposals.
  • “Proponent” means the responder to this RFP.
  • “Proposal” means a proposal to carry out the Work submitted by a Proponent in response to this RFP.
  • “Contractor” or “Consultant” means the Proponent whose Proposal has been accepted by the RDBN and is awarded a contract by the RDBN to carry out the work.
  • “Work” means and includes anything and everything required to be done for fulfillment and completion of the project in accordance with this RFP and Proposal.


The RDBN is requesting proposals for administration services of the SWOT and implementation of priority actions identified in the Regional Skills Gap Analysis.

The vision of the SWOT reflects broad-based community leadership committed to, and advocating for a skilled and resilient labour pool that is best positioned to meet local labour demand. SWOT members will provide a vision for the Bulkley-Nechako, achieved through strategic implementation of priority actions that address key challenge areas. The role of the committee is to provide strategic direction, guidance and leadership for implementation of the Regional Skills Gap Analysis Recommendations. To learn more about the SWOT and Regional Skills Gap Analysis, visit

Terms and Conditions of Work

  1. The term of the contract will be for a period of one year starting on May 1, 2017.
  2. The Contractor will assist the SWOT and its subcommittees with implementation of various initiatives of the Regional Skills Gap Analysis.
  3. The Contractor is accountable to external as well as internal partners.
  4. The Contractor will complete a Project Communication Strategy. Maximum Budget: $2,500
  5. The Contractor will complete a Project Sustainability Plan. Maximum Budget: $2,500
  6. The Contractor will complete or arrange for the completion of a variety of Inventories, Databases and Reports. Maximum Budget: $35,750
    Work to complete:
    • Inventory of current and future marketing initiatives that market the region
    • Inventory of job banks
    • Inventory of learning, life skills and career readiness material
    • List of provincial programs in high demand business areas
    • Database of programs, supports, relevant organizations that support practicum/work experience for youth
    • Inventory of programs and laddering opportunities with relevance to sectors
    • Database of training institutions and training events
    • Summary document/web links of training programs and employer incentives
    • Research and Best Practices Report on information sharing between institutional organizations as well as training excellence
    • Database of development/training needs
    • Create education/career pathways for high priority sectors experiencing labour force gaps
    • Database of Regional First Nations Organizations Staff and positions
    • Database of Contacts
    Arrange for the completion of:
    • Social Media Strategy* 
    • Summary document/web links of succession planning strategies and practices, tools and resources*
  7. The Contractor will complete or arrange for the completion of a variety of Marketing/Social Media/Communications Strategy Initiatives. Maximum Budget: $22,750
    Work to complete:
    • Promotion strategy for all the information collected in above inventory and databases
    • Create education/career pathways for 4 high priority sectors experiencing labour force gaps and make available
    Arrange for the completion of:
    • Infographics and Web Page for Cost of Living information*
    • Web page to promote local recreational and cultural opportunities to retain labour*
    • Create and deliver ‘Get to know your Region’ Program to assist with retention of current, future and fly in labour*
  8. The Contractor will arrange for the development and delivery of presentations showing businesses the value of local talent attraction, retention, engagement and productivity * Maximum Budget: $6,500
  9. The Contractor will be responsible for attending up to ten conference calls and two in person meetings (held in Burns Lake) of the SWOT as well as subcommittee meetings as required to complete the above actions.
  10. Office supplies, computer peripherals, mileage, accommodation and other disbursements required to do the work must be covered in the budget outlined by the proponent. All extra expenses not foreseen prior to finalizing the contract will be negotiated with the RDBN as needed.
  11. The RDBN will be responsible for teleconference charges, postage, SWOT meeting expenses, maintenance and content upload fees of the website, professional fees identified above*.
  12. Budget should include hourly rate of pay. 
  13. As a proponent of this Request for Proposals, you must be prepare to enter into an agreement with the RDBN, take direction from the RDBN and SWOT Executive, and to issue monthly invoices for work completed. 

*These activities have additional budgets to cover the expenses incurred by a contractor to complete the work. The Contractor is responsible for arranging these services, subject to RDBN approval. The RDBN is responsible for the additional fees.

Requirements of Respondent


  1. Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to effectively present information and to respond to questions from SWOT members, staff, government officials, and the public.
  3. Demonstrated ability to effectively manage all resources for project completion.
  4. Working knowledge of training needs assessment process and development.
  5. Working knowledge of labour market research and research processes.
  6. Working knowledge of industry, business and community/regional resources.
  7. Proven ability to facilitate collaborative group work.
  8. Proven skills in investigation and research.
  9. Demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and on budget.

Bid Requirements

  1. The proposal should clearly show the complete company name, name of contact person, and contact information (including email, mailing address, phone).
  2. Provide a detailed budget, including:
    • Each of the work categories individually budgeted
      • Project Communication Strategy
      • Project Sustainability Plan
      • Inventories/Databases/Reports
      • Marketing/Social Media/Communications Strategy
      • Workshop Development/Delivery
    • Hourly working rate
    • Travel expenses including mileage rate and estimated travel expenses to complete project
  3. The contractor will provide all materials, vehicle and labour for the completion of the project.
  4. The proposal should identify at least two references for the type of work to be performed.
  5. Unless specifically outlined in the proposal, the services or any part thereof may not be sub-contracted, transferred or assigned to another firm or sole proprietor without the prior written authorizations from the RDBN.
  6. The Proponent shall include, if possible, information regarding insurance protection, specifically:
    • General Liability insurance – Amount and Expiry Date
    • Professional Liability Insurance – Amount and Expiry Date
    • Automobile Insurance – Amount and Expiry Date
    • Worksafe BC certificate of compliance.

Budget and Time

Project Communication Strategy - Maximum Budget: $2,500
Project Sustainability Plan - Maximum Budget: $2,500
Inventories, Databases and Reports. Maximum Budget: $35,750
Marketing/Social Media/Communications Strategy Initiatives. Maximum Budget: $22,750
Development and delivery of presentations showing businesses the value of local talent attraction, retention, engagement and productivity Maximum Budget: $6,500

Payment schedule and project milestones to be determined by the RDBN and Contractor.

The work must commence May 1, 2017 and be complete by May 5, 2018.


  1. The RDBN is requesting proposals for Administration Services for the Strategic Workforce Opportunities Team (SWOT). The proposal submissions must be submitted via email to , subject line “RFP RDBN#2017-03”.
  2. Proposals must be received no later than 12:00 (noon) April 3, 2017.
  3. It is the responsibility of the Proponent to ensure the email was received. A reply email will be sent within 24 hours if the proposal was received.

Proposal Evaluation

Evaluation of proposal submissions will be conducted using at least the following criteria. The RBDN reserves the right to accept any or none of the proposals submitted and will evaluate proposal submissions based on “best-value” including but not limited to the following particulars:

  • Proposal Evaluation
    • Firm’s or person’s apparent understanding of the service required
    • Proposal clarity and creativity
  • Proponent’s Evaluation
    • Demonstrated relevant experience in administration
    • Qualifications of proponent (including other support staff if applicable)
    • References
  • Budget
    • Proponent’s cost proposal


  1. The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to accept the bid it considers most advantageous to the RDBN.
  2. The RDBN reserves the right to proceed with the assignment or to reduce or expand the scope of the program as necessary.
  3. The RDBN reserves the right to conduct post-selection meetings in order to correct, change, or adapt proposals to the wishes of the RDBN.
  4. The RDBN also reserves the right to not accept any of the proposals.


  1. Proposals should be based on these instructions in the RFP. Anyone interested in submitting a proposal must register to receive addenda or instruction changes by emailing Corrine Swenson at Include your name, company name, address, email address, and primary contact phone number.
  2. All questions should be directed to Corrine Swenson via email at by March 29, 2017.


Job Posting - Director of Environmental Services

The Regional District is seeking a knowledgeable, experienced and energetic professional for the position of Director of Environmental Services.  Reporting to the Regional District’s CAO, the Director of Environmental Services is accountable for the safe, efficient, and strategic delivery of infrastructure and environmental services.  These services include: recycling; solid waste management; landfill and transfer station operations, small water distribution system; small sanitary sewer collection and treatment system, and invasive plant management.

Position requirements:

  • University degree in environmental or civil engineering;
  • Minimum 5 years experience as a senior manager, preferably in a local government setting;
  • Demonstrated budget development and oversight, contract administration and project management experience;
  • Proven leadership; teambuilding; oral, written and interpersonal communication; and management skills;
  • Demonstrated success in maintaining partnerships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to coordinate and oversee multiple concurrent projects and services in a fast paced, dynamic work environment;
  • A valid BC Driver’s license.

A combination of equivalent education and experience may be considered.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako provides local government services to a large area of more than 77,000 square kilometers of scenic mountains, rolling hills, lakes and rivers.  The office is located in Burns Lake, a dynamic community that is known for its hospitality and as the Gateway to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.  The region offers affordable housing, stunning scenery, and incomparable recreational opportunities such as world class fishing, mountain biking, and cross country skiing.

This is a senior leadership position offering a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.  Applications should be addressed to Melany de Weerdt, CAO, at 37 3rd Avenue - PO Box 820, Burns Lake, BC  V0J 1E0 - Fax: (250) 692-3305 - E-MAIL: prior to March 31, 2017.

For a complete Director of Environmental Services Job Description:

Director of Environmental Services Job Description

Notice of Public Hearing "Burns Lake Rural and Francois Lake (North Shore) Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1785, 2017"

                                                 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

“Burns Lake Rural and Francois Lake (North Shore) Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1785, 2017”

Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing pursuant to the Local Government Act shall be held regarding “Burns Lake Rural and Francois Lake (North Shore) Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1785, 2017” on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 6:30 P.M. in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Board Room, 37-3rd Avenue, Burns Lake, B.C.

“Burns Lake Rural and Francois Lake (North Shore) Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1785, 2017” replaces “Burns Lake Rural and Francois Lake (North Shore) Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1514, 2009" and provides a statement of goals, objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management, within the Regional District’s Electoral Area B (Burns Lake Rural) and a portion of Electoral Area E (Francois/Ootsa Rural).

This Public Hearing is to be held by the Director or Alternate Director for Electoral Area B or E as a delegate of the Board. A copy of the Board resolution making the delegation, and copies of the proposed Bylaw and related documents may be inspected at the office of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako at 37-3rd Avenue, Burns Lake, B.C between the hours of 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 noon and 1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from February 1, 2017 to February 16, 2017 inclusive.  A copy of the proposed bylaw and related documents will also be made available at the Burns Lake Public Library.

At the Public Hearing all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard in person, by a representative, or by written submission respecting matters contained in “Burns Lake Rural and Francois Lake (North Shore) Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1785, 2017”.

Written submissions sent by mail to P.O. Box 820, Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0; by fax to (250) 692-1220; or by e-mail to must be received by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako no later than February 16, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. to be ensured of consideration at the Public Hearing.

The Public Hearing is the last opportunity for public input on “Burns Lake Rural and Francois Lake (North Shore) Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1785, 2017”.  The Board is limited in their ability to consider any representations or submissions from the public after the close of this Public Hearing.

For further information please call the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Planning Department at 250-692-3195 or 1-800-320-3339. 

Not-For-Profit Governance and the New Society Act

On December 3, 2016 the RDBN hosted a webinar delivered by Terry Clark CAE at  The following audio link is the unedited recording of the webinar and is 3.5 hours long.  The webinar includes information on navigating the new society act and governance for Not-For-Profit Societies.  Because this is the unedited webinar there are some sections that can be fast forwarded where the group took a break or technical issues were being solved.  An edited version will be posted when available.

Webinar Audio Link


Presentation Slides RDBN Dec Webinar