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Elmer Derrick, Mayor Dan Rogers, Mayor Mary Sjostrom and Minister Pat Bell
NEWS RELEASE · 24th February 2010
Ministry Forests and Range
Northern B.C. was front and centre at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on Feb. 23. More than 150 delegates experienced the Prince George and a Northern Decade for British Columbia Showcase at Vancouverís Robson Square.

Hosted by Initiatives Prince George, the Showcase focused on Northern B.C., one of the most resource rich areas in Canada. This diverse region boasts propulsive trade and investment opportunities in transportation & logistics, forestry, mining, green energy, and industrial development. Northern B.C. is also home to the Port of Prince Rupertís new Fairview Container Terminal, the first Asia-North America trade corridor in 100 years. This state of the art terminal provides shippers with unparalleled reliability, speed and cost efficiencies in moving their products between Asia and North American markets.

The Showcase is part of a larger series of events and outreach opportunities to promote British Columbiaís core industries, diverse regions and communities, and investment and job-creation potential. Events promoting every region are taking place throughout Vancouver and Whistler, including the BC International Media Centre (BCMC), BC Showcase and the Asia Pacific Business Centre at Robson Square, the BC Canada Pavilion at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Terminal City Club, and the Whistler Discovery Centre.

Minister of Forests and Range Pat Bell joined Initiatives Prince George and the Northwest B.C. Forest Coalition at the BCMC to announce steps increasing the use of wood in local government buildings and increased investment opportunities in B.C.ís Northwest. More than 2,000 domestic and international media are registered at the BCMC, providing tremendous international exposure for this announcement.