Schedule Finalized for 2016 Growing the North Conference

The 2016 Growing the North Conference is set for February 17 and 18 at the ENTREC Centre at Evergreen Park. As the largest economic conference in Northwestern Alberta and Northeastern BC, it attracts hundreds of business and community leaders from across Western Canada.

This year’s program features an impressive lineup of expert speakers in the areas of Agriculture, Forestry, Tourism, Marketing, Oil & Gas, Technology, Urban Planning and much more.

“We are very excited about the list of speakers that we have put together this year” says Dan Pearcy, organizing partner and Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce CEO. “The conference will be hosting many of the leading experts in the major industries relevant to our region. There will be a range of topics discussed that our diverse business community can relate to.”

The newest additions to the lineup include Marc Saltzman, one of North America’s most recognized and trusted consumer technology journalists; Craig Klemmer, Senior Agricultural Economist with Farm Credit Canada; and Simon O’Byrne, award winning urban planner and Vice President of Stantec’s Urban Planning Division.

The event will feature a panel discussion on the oil and gas industry with Pat Carlson, CEO of Seven Generations; Jackie Forrest from ARC Financial Corporation; and Tim Stauft, President of Stauft Management Group.

JUST ADDED: The Hon. Marg McCuaig-Boyd, MLA Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley and Minister of Energy, will speak on the Royalty Review on Wednesday, February 17 at 12:20pm.

Growing the North Conference Announces Speakers for 2016 Annual Event

The seventh annual Growing the North Economic Development Conference is back February 17-18 with another impressive lineup of expert speakers in the areas of Business, Customer Service, Tourism, Development, Innovation and Technology, Energy, Agriculture, and Forestry.

“All of the partners who work together on this event are confident that the 2016 version will once again provide a wide-range of topics for discussion and consideration by municipal leaders and business people from across the Peace Region,” says Dan Pearcy, Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce CEO.

A few of the scheduled speakers include:

The Debaters – A CBC Radio One series with a combustible mix of sharply crafted comedic rants and adlibs hosted by award winning Steve Patterson
George Girouard- President and Principal Consultant of First Aboriginal Business Consulting Inc., the largest Aboriginal owned consulting company in Canada
Scott Stratten – President of Un-Marketing and Viral, Social and Authentic Marketing Expert. Stratten is a top Twitter influencer and was named one of the top five social media influencers in the world by
Peter Ladner- Well-known public speaker on food issues, urban farming and urban agriculture and author of The Urban Food Revolution, Changing the Way We Feed Cities

“We look forward to the information and insight that these particular speakers will bring to the conference and to the many economic facets of our community,” says organizing partner Chris King, Economic Development Manager for the County of Grande Prairie.

The conference will kick off on the evening of February 16th at the Stonebridge Hotel with the Taste of the Peace, a free event for conference registrants and the general public to network and meet local growers, producers and industry representatives.

Host Hotel for 2016 Growing the North Conference

Once again, the organizing committee and partners are pleased to welcome the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre as host hotel for the 2016 Growing the North Conference, in partnership with We Go North. For more information, click on the hospitality link in the menu bar. And for group booking information, please click here.












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