Welcome!

News Feed Item

Jim Prentice to Lead Renewed Partnership Building With First Nations on Behalf of Enbridge and the Northern Gateway Partners

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/05/14 --

Editor's Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

Northern Gateway and its partners today announced that the Hon. Jim Prentice will lead renewed efforts to consult with and establish partnerships with First Nations and Aboriginal communities in British Columbia and Alberta. This will build on agreements already in place with 26 existing Aboriginal equity partners.

"I am doing this because I believe that First Nations should be full partners in resource development and they should be owners of projects like the Northern Gateway," said Prentice. "This project can bring jobs, economic opportunity, community development and educational opportunities to First Nation Canadians. This can be achieved while protecting the environment and respecting First Nation's environmental priorities. I have repeatedly said that the Northern Gateway project represents an opportunity for Aboriginal Peoples and the country."

"When we received the positive report of the Joint Review Panel in December, we said that this was only one step in the process and that we had some hard work ahead of us. We made it our first priority to reach out in a respectful way to Aboriginal communities - and we're committed to putting our best foot forward to further build trust. We believe Jim Prentice is uniquely suited to help us fulfill that promise," said Al Monaco, President and CEO, Enbridge Inc. "We value the constructive relationships we've built with our existing Aboriginal equity partners and we'll continue to work with them to realize meaningful opportunities while ensuring we safeguard BC's natural environment."

Jim Prentice is a former federal Minister of Indian Affairs Northern Development, and has spent 30 years working closely with First Nations. As a lawyer he successfully negotiated land claim settlements. He later served as the Co-Chair of Canada's Specific Claims Commission. As INAC Minister, Prentice negotiated the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. He also reformed the Specific Claims process. Mr. Prentice oversaw the Maa-nulth and Tsawwassen First Nation Settlements in British Columbia and the conclusion of the Gwaii Hanas Marine Conservation Area Agreement with the Haida. He has consistently advocated economic partnerships with First Nations.

Steve Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer, Suncor Energy, one of the energy companies partnering with Enbridge in the Northern Gateway project, speaking on behalf of the Northern Gateway Partners said "The Partners and Enbridge are keen to listen and open up further dialogue with Aboriginal communities. We welcome the role that Jim Prentice will lead to help us build trust and construct respectful economic partnerships."

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has agreed to make Mr. Prentice available for this role because CIBC believes in the importance of this project to both First Nations and to Canada. Mr. Prentice has taken on this role in his capacity as Senior Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman of CIBC.

About Northern Gateway

The Northern Gateway Project is a proposed 1,177-km twin pipeline system and marine terminal. The proposed project would transport 525,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil for export and import 193,000 bpd of condensate. Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) is working in partnership with leading Canadian and international energy companies, including Suncor Energy, Cenovus Inc., MEG Energy Corp. and First Nations and Metis communities in B.C. and Alberta. For more information, please visit www.gatewayfacts.ca.

Backgrounder The Honourable Jim Prentice

The Hon. Jim Prentice has worked successfully with Canada's First Nations over the course of a 30-year career in both the private and public sectors.

As a lawyer, during the 1990's, Mr. Prentice worked as an independent negotiator for the Alberta government in the successful resolution of First Nation claims in northern Alberta. He was appointed to Canada's Indian Claims Commission in 1992 and served for a decade as a Commissioner and as the Co-Chair of the Indian Claims Commission of Canada.

Elected as the Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre North in 2004, he was named Indian and Northern Affairs critic while in Opposition. In 2006, with the election of the Conservative government, Mr. Prentice was named to Cabinet as Minister for Indian and Northern Affairs.

In that portfolio, he negotiated the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, which compensated 78,000 First Nations survivors and established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to address the legacy of the Indian Residential School system.

That was followed in 2006 by a role in framing British Columbia's First Nations Education Agreement which provided First Nations with jurisdiction over their schools. On the west coast of Vancouver Island, Mr. Prentice supervised the Maa-nulth Treaty Settlement, among the first Final Settlements reached under the B.C. Treaty process. In 2007, he oversaw the first Lower Mainland Final Agreement between the Tsawwassen First Nation, British Columbia and the federal government.

In 2009, as federal Environment Minister, he oversaw the conclusion of an agreement with the Haida establishing the Gwaii Hanas Marine Conservation Area. That same year he ensured that First Nations were represented in Canada's delegation to the UN Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen, inviting National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Shawn Atleo.

Since returning to the private sector in 2010, Mr. Prentice has consistently advocated for the inclusion of First Nations when it comes to constructing west coast access for Canadian energy exports. In 2010, at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, Mr. Prentice referred to the need for a west coast energy corridor to move beyond regulatory approval to "full social license" including "the central participation of the First Nations of British Columbia."

Addressing the 34th annual Assembly of First Nation in Whitehorse in July 2013, he urged the audience to "move expeditiously, getting to the negotiating table to represent your own interests." "Once you sit down, the objective is to achieve economic participation...the duty to consult is not an end, but a beginning."

Following the National Energy Board's endorsement of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline in December 2013, Mr. Prentice wrote in the Globe and Mail that "The critical issue still to be negotiated, is the full economic participation of First Nations....and the ongoing need for respectful dialogue."

Jim Prentice is the Senior Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman of CIBC.

To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20140304-931333_bg.jpg

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
Digital innovation is the next big wave of business transformation based on digital technologies of which IoT and Big Data are key components, For example: Business boundary innovation is a challenge to excavate third-party business value using IoT and BigData, like Nest Business structure innovation may propose re-building business structure from scratch, as Uber does in the taxicab industry The social model innovation is also a big challenge to the new social architecture with the design fr...
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the organization. And the same can be said about the organization’s analytics. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data Practice at EMC, will introduce a methodology for capturing, enriching and sharing data (and analytics) across the organizati...
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real results. Am...
IoT is fundamentally transforming the auto industry, turning the vehicle into a hub for connected services, including safety, infotainment and usage-based insurance. Auto manufacturers – and businesses across all verticals – have built an entire ecosystem around the Connected Car, creating new customer touch points and revenue streams. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Macario Namie, Head of IoT Strategy at Cisco Jasper, will share real-world examples of how IoT transforms the car from a static p...
The many IoT deployments around the world are busy integrating smart devices and sensors into their enterprise IT infrastructures. Yet all of this technology – and there are an amazing number of choices – is of no use without the software to gather, communicate, and analyze the new data flows. Without software, there is no IT. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the protocols that communicate data and the emerging data analy...
The vision of a connected smart home is becoming reality with the application of integrated wireless technologies in devices and appliances. The use of standardized and TCP/IP networked wireless technologies in line-powered and battery operated sensors and controls has led to the adoption of radios in the 2.4GHz band, including Wi-Fi, BT/BLE and 802.15.4 applied ZigBee and Thread. This is driving the need for robust wireless coexistence for multiple radios to ensure throughput performance and th...
I’m going to cry tonight, long and hard. I’ll do so as I remember and mourn Jeremy Geelan. I knew Jeremy for almost 20 years, from the time he showed up one day at Cloud Expo’s headquarters in Bergen County, New Jersey, and went to work. The show wasn’t called Cloud Expo then, of course – it was still known as Java Edge, a pioneering event that grabbed developers, architects, and enterprise IT users alike for twice-yearly confabs. Jeremy didn’t have a job there, or even a job offer. He was s...
SYS-CON Events announced today that China Unicom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd ("China Unicom") was officially established in 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. China Unicom mainly operates a full range of telecommunications services including mobile broadband (GSM, WCDMA, LTE F...
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace.
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Robert Doyle, lead architect at eCube Systems, will examine the issues and need for an agile infrastructure and show the advantages of capturing developer knowledge in an exportable file for migration into production. He will introduce the use of NXTmonitor, a next-generation DevOps tool that captures application environments, dependencies and start/stop procedures in a portable configuration file with an easy-to-use GUI. In addition to captu...
All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of So...
Big Data has been changing the world. IoT fuels the further transformation recently. How are Big Data and IoT related? In his session at @BigDataExpo, Tony Shan, a renowned visionary and thought leader, will explore the interplay of Big Data and IoT. He will anatomize Big Data and IoT separately in terms of what, which, why, where, when, who, how and how much. He will then analyze the relationship between IoT and Big Data, specifically the drilldown of how the 4Vs of Big Data (Volume, Variety,...
Video experiences should be unique and exciting! But that doesn’t mean you need to patch all the pieces yourself. Users demand rich and engaging experiences and new ways to connect with you. But creating robust video applications at scale can be complicated, time-consuming and expensive. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Zohar Babin, Vice President of Platform, Ecosystem and Community at Kaltura, will discuss how VPaaS enables you to move fast, creating scalable video experiences that reach your...
There is little doubt that Big Data solutions will have an increasing role in the Enterprise IT mainstream over time. Big Data at Cloud Expo - to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - has announced its Call for Papers is open. Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is...