Our Partners

By , May 5, 2014

Northern Lights College


Northern Lights College (NLC) is the most accessible and affordable pathway to post-secondary education for residents of the Northeastern and Stikine regions of British Columbia.

NLC serves the northern third of the Province of British Columbia, an area that encompasses 324,000 square kilometres. NLC has campus locations in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John and Tumbler Ridge, along with access centres in Atlin, Dease Lake and Hudson’s Hope.

NLC is B.C.’s Energy College™, emphasizing programming that supports the Oil and Gas and evolving Clean Energy industries. NLC provides leadership throughout the province through the work of the provincial Centre of Training Excellence in Oil and Gas, based at the Fort St. John Campus. The Dawson Creek Campus features Centres of Excellence in Clean Energy Technology and Aerospace.

logo-sd59School District #59 – Peace River South

School District 59 is largely a rural district with a fairly dispersed population and a resource-based economy. Its mission, “To enable each individual to realize his or her personal potential‚” continues to guide the district in the development, delivery and ongoing improvement of its services to 4100 students in 22 schools. Improving student achievement is the highest priority for School District 59. The district is proud of its developing partnerships with local industry and with post-secondary institutions, including BCIT and Northern Lights College. These partnerships are resulting in expanded education opportunities for students.

logo-sd60School District #60 – Peace River North

School District 60 provides educational services to students in Fort St. John and the surrounding communities of Charlie Lake, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, and Prespatou. Facilities include two-room rural schools, a large senior secondary school, and one of nine provincial Distance Education schools. The district’s culture is diverse, including: First Nations students, European ESL learners, rural and urban philosophies, and provincial perspectives of both British Columbia and Alberta.

The district is committed to providing quality educational programs to all students. Highlights include a commitment to early intervention, French Immersion, inclusion, band, integration of technology including wireless writing, Aboriginal Student Support Workers, Outdoor Education, and a strong focus to transition to careers as evidenced in the Secondary School Apprenticeship, Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE-IT), Project Heavy Duty, and Northern Opportunities programs.

logosd81School District #81 – Fort Nelson

The Fort Nelson School District serves students from the town of Fort Nelson and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. The School District has five schools. There are four schools in Fort Nelson: J.S. Clark Elementary School, G.W. Carlson Elementary School, R.L. Angus Elementary School, and Fort Nelson Secondary School. The District also includes one rural school in Toad River. The Fort Nelson School District maintains its vision statement as an active element when planning and making decisions …”As a community of learners, we embrace opportunities to build successful futures.”

Chalo School

The Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN) is located seven kilometres south of Fort Nelson, in the northeastern corner of British Columbia. The FNFN Membership continues to grow substantially, with 84.7% living on-reserve and 15.3% living off-reserve. Chalo School is owned and operated by the Fort Nelson First Nation. The school also maintains Independent School status in the province of British Columbia. It enrols 190 students in Preschool through grade 12. In 2003-04, Chalo School was recognized as one of 10 exemplary schools for Aboriginal education in Western Canada and the Yukon. Chalo School has also been recognized in the House of Commons in Ottawa for its academic success and being a model school for First Nation education in Canada. FNFN is proud to be a partner with Northern Opportunities. We know that this innovative program will offer our students choice, success, and a chance to have a career in trades and technology.

CanFor Corporation


Canfor Corporation is a leading Canadian integrated forest products company based in Vancouver, B.C. with interests in more than 30 facilities in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Washington State and North and South Carolina.

Canfor is the largest producer of softwood lumber in Canada while also producing oriented stand board (OSB), plywood, remanufactured lumber products and specialized wood products. Canfor also owns a majority interest in Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership, one of the largest producers of northern softwood kraft pulp in Canada and a leading producer of high-performance kraft paper

Canfor has an annual production capability of approximately 5.2 billion board feet of lumber, 450 million square feet of plywood, and 1 billion square feet of OSB. Canfor also has approximately 11 million cubic metres of allowable annual cut under its forest tenures, all of which will be ISO 14001 certified.

logo SpectraSpectra Energy

Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE), a FORTUNE 500 company, is one of North America’s premier natural gas infrastructure companies serving three key links in the natural gas value chain: gathering and processing, transmission and storage, and distribution. For nearly a century, Spectra Energy and its predecessor companies have developed critically important pipelines and related infrastructure connecting natural gas supply sources to premium markets. Based in Houston, Texas, the company operates in the United States and Canada approximately 19,100 miles of transmission pipeline, more than 285 billion cubic feet of storage, as well as natural gas gathering and processing, natural gas liquids operations and local distribution assets. The company also has a 50 percent ownership in DCP Midstream, one of the largest natural gas gatherers and processors in the United States. Spectra Energy was recently ranked by FORTUNE as the world’s “most admired” pipeline company. For more information, visit www.spectraenergy.com.


The North East Native Advancing Society administers, coordinates and facilitates training programs and services as the holder of the Aboriginal Human Resource Development Agreement for the northeast region of British Columbia. NENAS’s mission “To create opportunities for First Nations and Inuit people of northeast British Columbia to realize their full potential by nurturing their health, wellness, education and economic self-sufficiency ” drives the continuum of services it provides and their collaborative work with Northern Opportunities


British Columbia Institute of Technology builds pathways for career success with full-time and part-time studies leading to certificates, diplomas and applied bachelor’s degrees. Technological innovation demands higher levels of applied knowledge. BCIT is developing applied master’s degrees for several disciplines.

T.R.A.D.E.S. Northeast

In 2001 T.R.A.D.E.S. Northeast was established in Fort St. John, sponsored by the UFCW Local 247 Training & Education Centre Society. It has since expanded to serve all of Northeastern BC. “The 247 Training Centre” also sponsors similar operations in Prince George serving the Caribou  and Northwest, and Kelowna serving the interior of BC. The success of T.R.A.D.E.S. can be attributed in part to the fact that all of their consultants are certified Red Seal trades people with a great deal of industry experience. T.R.A.D.E.S. offers a no fee employment service assisting people to achieve their goals for employment, and trade training. Employers benefit from T.R.A.D.E.S. services by having access to information regarding trade training and training tax incentives. T.R.A.D.E.S. Fort St John maintains an up to date job board where employers can post job opportunities at no charge. For more information go to www.tradesbc.org or call 1-866-263-0042.

Encana Corporation

Encana is a leading North American natural gas producer that is focused on growing its strong portfolio of prolific shale and other unconventional natural gas developments, called resource plays, in key basins from northeast British Columbia to east Texas and Louisiana. By partnering with employees, community organizations and other businesses, Encana contributes to the strength and sustainability of the communities where it operates. Encana common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ECA.

Northern Development Initiative Trust

Northern Development Initiative is an independent regional economic development corporation focused on stimulating economic diversification and job creation in central and northern British Columbia, a region that is strategically located, and offers a resource-rich economy with many competitive advantages and incentives for business. It was established in 2005 as Northern Development Initiative Trust, an initiative of the Province of British Columbia that is independently governed by a board of thirteen regionally-based directors.

NDI’s significant financial contribution to the North East BC Learning Council in 2006 supported program development in trades related courses. A recent additional grant will assist in the same area expanding into non-trades courses over the next three years.

Canadian Natural Resources

Canadian Natural is one of the largest independent crude oil and natural gas producers in the world. The Company continually targets cost effective alternatives to develop our portfolio of projects and to deliver our defined growth plan, thereby creating value for shareholders. We have a low-cost, diversified combination of assets in North America, the North Sea and Offshore West Africa, which enables us to generate significant value, even in challenging economic environments. Our balanced mix of natural gas, light oil, heavy oil, in-situ oil sands production, oil sands mining and associated upgrading facilities, represents one of the strongest and most diverse asset portfolios of any energy producer in the world. Our financial discipline, commitment to a strong balance sheet, and capacity to internally generate cash flows provide us the means to grow our company in the long term.


Site C Clean Energy Project

B.C. continues to grow and so does the need for electricity. That’s why BC Hydro is building, renewing, and encouraging conservation to meet today’s needs and those of future generations. BC Hydro is celebrating 50 years of providing power for British Columbians, and inviting them to help prepare for the next 50 years.

The Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C) is being proposed as part of BC Hydro’s overall regeneration program. Site C is a proposed third dam and hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River in northeast B.C., near Fort St. John.  It would provide up to 1,100 megawatts (MW) of capacity, and produce about 5,100 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity each year — enough energy to power more than 450,000 homes per year in B.C.

The Site C project is estimated to create 7,000 person-years of direct construction employment through an estimated seven-year construction period. In total, the project is estimated to create up to 35,000 direct and indirect jobs through all stages of development and construction, including jobs for welders, machinists, carpenters, pipefitters, painters, ironworkers, surveyors, labourers, and many others.

If approved, Site C would be a source of clean and renewable electricity in B.C. for over 100 years. It would be a publicly owned heritage asset for the benefit of all British Columbians.

More information on Site C can be found at: www.bchydro.com/sitec.


Shell Canada

Shell has been operating in Canada since 1911 and employs approximately 8,000 people across the country. A leading manufacturer, distributor and marketer of refined petroleum products, Shell produces natural gas, natural gas liquids and bitumen, and is Canada’s largest producer of sulphur. We have been a leader in sustainable development since 1991, and through our ongoing consultation and social investment activities, we aim to contribute directly to the well being of the communities who grant us our social license to operate.

In 2011, Shell Canada committed to a $25,000 to support the dual credit vocational program for High School students, as well as five annual $2,000 scholarships for Northeastern B.C. residents who elect to pursue power engineering or gas plant operations studies at Northern Lights College.


The Early Years

The government’s Oil and Gas Development Strategy provided funding to support oil and gas training programs to increase the number of British Columbia residents trained for and employed by the oil and gas industry. The Northeast BC Community Learning Council partnered with the following organizations to deliver on projects which met the goals of the Oil and Gas Education and Training Initiative:

  • Ministry of Energy and Mines
  • EnCana Corporation
  • Burlington Resources Canada Ltd.
  • Canadian National Resources Limited
  • Spectra Energy (formerly Duke Energy)
  • Petro-Canada
  • Talisman Energy Inc.
  • Enbridge Inc.
  • Devon Energy Corporation
  • Anadarko Canada Corporation
  • Dominion Exploration Canada Ltd.
  • Penn West Petroleum Ltd.
  • Nexen Inc.
  • Progress Energy Ltd.

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