BC Hydro and BC Chamber of Commerce to hold Site C business networking events and more job fairs

By on January 12, 2016
North bank stabilization at the Site C dam site. Photo: BC Hydro

North bank stabilization at the Site C dam site. Photo: BC Hydro

FORT ST. JOHN – BC Hydro and the BC Chamber of Commerce will be holding business networking sessions in January and the first part of February, starting with a session in Fort St. John on Monday Jan. 25.

The sessions will let local businesses connect with Peace River Hydro Partners, a suite of companies contracted to carry out the construction of the still contentious Site C hydro dam project outside Fort St. John.

Peace River Hydro Partners is comprised of Petrowest Corporation, ACCIONA Canada, and Samsung C&T Canada Ltd.

The contract was awarded on Nov. 25 2015 and is the largest Site C agreement granted by BC Hydro as yet, as it includes the construction of the actual dam and its generating station and spillways.

“Now that BC Hydro has awarded the main civil works contract, there are going to be significant opportunities for local, regional and Aboriginal businesses and workers in the region,” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines.

“The business networking sessions are the first opportunity for local businesses to meet with the main civil works contractor team and build relationships. These business networking events, and the upcoming job fairs, will help us ensure that B.C. companies and B.C. workers are first in line for opportunities with the Site C project.”

Job fairs will be held in late February and early March.

They will be located in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Hudson’s Hope, Prince George, Fort Nelson, Mackenzie and Quesnel.

Job fair times and locations will be announced soon.

“BC Hydro has committed to providing economic benefits for northern communities and Aboriginal groups,” said Jon Garson, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce.

“We know that businesses in the Peace region are ready and waiting for this opportunity, and Site C’s positive impact will be felt by our members province-wide.”

Those interested in attending business-to-business networking sessions can register at bcchamber.org/events.

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Stacy Thomas

news@northeastnews.ca

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