Dear Young Pipeliners,

YPAC is excited to invite you to its first 2015 event, the Annual General Meeting!

The AGM is your opportunity to review YPAC’s activities in the past year and stay in tune with YPAC’s future initiatives. We will also have Mark Podlasly, Sr. advisor to BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council, present about BC First Nations’ social, legal and political contexts in regards to pipeline developments. As always, you will also have an excellent opportunity to meet up and network with YPAC members and professionals in the industry.

This is a free event; however, registration is required. To register, click here and follow the instructions.

Please complete our annual member survey so that the YPAC committee can serve its members interests better!

AGM Highlights:

  • Re-establishing YPAC values and objectives
  • Summary of 2014 undertakings and accomplishments
  • Broad overview of upcoming activities in 2015
  • Talk presentation by Mark Podlasly, BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council
  • Excellent networking and mixing opportunity

AGM Agenda:

5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Registration & Networking Enbridge Building, 2nd Floor, Follow Pop-up Banners
5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. YPAC Board Presentation  Review of YPAC activities in 2014,Future initiatives, strategy and path forward
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Guest Speaker PresentationMark Podlasly, BC First Nations Energy

and Mining Council


Deep History: First Nations, land questions, and pipeline developments in BC
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Networking  Mixer Location to be announced at event 

Date: February 12, 2015

Speaker: Mark Podlasly, BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council

Topic: Deep History: First Nations, land questions, and pipeline developments in BC.

Motivation: Canadian pipeline companies are being asked to deliver energy to one of the world’s fastest growing energy markets – Asia.  Yet for the first time in over 150 years of Canadian pipeline operations, pipeliners are facing BC First Nations who hold immense legal power to oppose — and possibly stop – pipelines to Canada’s west coast ports.  How is that that BC First Nations have the legal ability to delay or block pipeline projects?  What are BC First Nations expecting from pipeliners seeking to build and operate in BC? This session will explain why BC First Nations have become key legal players in pipeline projects, and what pipeliners need to know about BC First Nations’ social, legal and political contexts in regards to pipeline developments in BC.

Mark_PodlaslySpeaker BiographyMark Podlasly, member of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation near Merritt, British Columbia, is a senior advisor to the BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council on extractive industries and their impact on indigenous lands and communities.  The Council supports First Nations interests in land, community and resource issues on indigenous territories across British Columbia.   Mark began his career at Westcoast Energy — now Spectra Energy — and is familiar with all aspects of natural gas from production through transport to final end use.

A graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Mark has considerable experience in corporate strategy, strategic partnerships and global markets related to the energy and mining sectors.  Frequently invited to speak on extractive industry impacts, Mark is a regular contributor to the executive energy and mining leadership programs at Northwest University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.

Mark is also the co-founder and CEO of North Pacific Energy Ltd., a Canadian wood biomass energy company servicing Japan and Korea’s electricity and industrial power sectors.  Starting in 2015, North Pacific will be providing up to 600,000 tons/year of carbon-neutral wood biomass from Northern Canada to Asian customers.

Mark serves his First Nation as Lead Trustee for the Nlaka’pamux Legacy Trust, a mining revenue sharing fund dedicated to community and skills building for eight band communities in central BC.

Prior to co-founding North Pacific Energy, Mark ran a successful executive education and consulting practice in Asia, Europe and the USA, designing corporate strategy, leadership, and globalization programs for clients including GE, Unilever, General Mills, Clorox, Goldman Sachs and Praxair.

Mark is married with two young children and makes his home in Vancouver, Canada.