UBCM Joining Environment and Economy Roundtable

UBCM has accepted an invitation from Environment Minister Mary Polak to participate in the provincial Roundtable on the Environment and Economy. The Roundtable will be chaired by MLA Mike Bernier, and has been given the mandate to seek the right balance between economic development and environmental protection.

The Roundtable will include representatives from industry, labour, communities, First Nations, and the environmental sector. Gary MacIsaac, UBCM's Executive Director was appointed to the Roundtable by UBCM's Executive. Participation in this important discussion supports key directions set out in UBCM's Strong Fiscal Futures report.

Members of the Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy


  • Organizing for Change, Lisa Matthaus, provincial lead
  • BC Wildlife Federation, Al Martin, director of strategic initiatives
  • Nature Conservancy of Canada, Linda Hannah, B.C. regional vice-president
  • World Wildlife Fund Canada, Linda Nowlan, interim regional director, British Columbia and Pacific region


  • Business Council of British Columbia, Greg D'Avignon, president and CEO
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Alex Ferguson, vice-president, policy and environment
  • Mining Association of British Columbia, Karina Briño, president and CEO
  • BC Agriculture Council, Stan Vander Waal, vice-chair
  • Council of Forest Industries, James Gorman, president and CEO
  • Clean Energy BC, Paul Kariya, executive director


  • Union of British Columbia Municipalities, Gary MacIsaac, executive director
  • Luke Strimbold, mayor of Burns Lake

First Nations

  • (To be determined)


  • United Steelworkers, Frank Everitt, president
  • Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, Philip Hochstein, president
  • British Columbia Federation of Labour, Irene Lanzinger, secretary-treasurer

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