BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER – Building consensus key to First Nations partnerships

By Peter Mitham
June 14, 2016, 9 a.m.

Business thrives on certainties – the fewer the risks associated with an investment, the greater the comfort felt by both investors and the people receiving the investment.

That’s especially true when social goods are in play, as proponents of natural resource projects across B.C. are finding out. Many opponents believe First Nations hold the trump card, given the obligation to consult before projects proceed.

Yet as the tiny Malahat Nation on southern Vancouver Island is demonstrating, an obligation to consult simply makes good business sense. It may take time, but it also builds the consensus that will ensure a broad distribution of benefits from a given project.

GLOBE AND MAIL – Natural gas is a key piece of Canada’s climate puzzle, at home and abroad

Contributed to The Globe and Mail
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Tim McMillan is chief executive officer of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

As part of the Paris climate treaty, Canada has signalled its collective commitment to do its part to tackle global climate change. This is no small task. But it’s doable, and natural gas has a strategic role to play for the long term.

It will require realistic, achievable solutions at home at the provincial and federal levels. It will also require our industry to continue its focus on continuous environmental performance improvement. And we can take action globally by exporting some of our abundant energy, produced under one of the most stringent regulatory systems in the world, to countries that need it. Here’s how.

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