The Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable (PGAIR) was pleased to host the North Central BC Clean Air Forum on March 6-7, 2013 in Prince George, BC. The goal of this Forum was to bring together air quality managers from communities in North Central BC, as well as researchers, health professionals, educators, and representatives from the industrial, commercial, transportation, and public sectors - to provide an opportunity for discussions on the relationship between air quality and their communities’ economic, social, and environmental vision for the future.



Download: North Central BC Clean Air Forum Final Program

Download: North Central BC Clean Air Forum Event Proceedings (Presentation list and observer notes)


(With links to electronic presentation files where applicable)


March 6, 2013 - Main Session

1) Air Quality in the BC Boondocks - Dr. Sarah Henderson, BC Centre for Disease Control

2) Air Quality and Community Health – Dr. Robert Oliphant, Asthma Society of Canada

3) Fostering Change: The Prince George Experience – Maureen Bilawchuk, BC Ministry of Environment

4) Overview of Environmental Trends – Dennis Fudge, BC Ministry of Environment

5) A Community Vision for Growth: Insights for Airshed Managers – Heather Oland, Initiatives Prince George


March 6, 2013 - Public Evening Session

6) Introduction to Air Quality and Air Quality Management – Dr. Peter Jackson, UNBC

7) Air Pollution, Public Health, and Your Health – Dr. Sarah Henderson, BC Centre for Disease Control

8) Husky Prince George Refinery – Ed Debevc, Husky Energy

9) Canfor Pulp and Paper – Martin Pudlas, Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership

10) Roundtable and Citizen Engagement – Tiffany Bonnett, Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable and Jacqueline Dockray, Prince George Resident


March 7, 2013 - Main Session Continued

11) Asphalt Cement and Gravel Sector – Carrie Comack, Columbia Bitulithic

12) Primary Wood Processors – Martin Meyer, Carrier Lumber

13) Pulp and Paper Sector – Adam Lancaster, Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership

14) Wood-Based Biomass Sector – Kevin Brown, Pacific BioEnergy

15) Fossil Fuel Refining Sector – Ed Debevc, Husky Energy

16) Bulkley Valley Lakes District: A Brief History – Ben Weinstein, BVLD Airshed Management Society and BC Ministry of Environment

17) Quesnel – Peter Walsh and Tracy Bond, Quesnel Air Quality Roundtable

18) Williams Lake – Bert Groenenberg, Williams Lake Air Quality Roundtable

19) Prince George – Sherry MacIntyre, Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable

20) Airshed Management Tools: Modelling – Dr. Peter Jackson, University of Northern BC

21) Effectiveness of Actions to Improve Air Quality: Does airshed management really work? – Dr. Michael Brauer, University of British Columbia

22) Group A: Planning for Air Quality – Joan Chess, Fraser Basin Council

23) Group B: Fostering Behaviour Change – Rebecca Freedman, BC Ministry of Environment

Group C: Air Quality and Energy

24) Solar, Geothermal, and Wood Heating – Dan Veller, Fraser Plumbing and Heating

25) Bioenergy at UNBC – David Claus, University of Northern BC

Group D: Transportation

26) Non-Road Diesel Emission Regulation – Ray Robb, Metro Vancouver

27) Move cleaner. Get the credit. – MaryAnne Arcand, Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative

28) Championing Integrated Air Quality through Partnerships and Fleet Management – Scott Bone and Terry Hawkes, City of Prince George



View event photos here.



Contact Tiffany Bonnett, Coordinator at or call 250-612-0252.


Our thanks to the BC Ministry of Environment for providing financial support for this event

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