2018 North Central BC Clean Air Forum - PGAIR


The 2nd North Central Clean Air Forum in 2018 Was a Huge Success!


PGAIR is proud to annouce that the second North Central BC Clean Air Forum on June 4th and June 5th, 2018 in Prince George, British Columbia was a resounding success. Representatives from regional districts, municipalities, First Nations communities, health-related non-profits, academia, provincial ministries, and the concerned public all gathered in Prince George to learn, network, and focus on the important health topic of air quality.

Presentations and workshops focused on the 2018 Forum theme - Community Tools for Change. This forum was designed to bring together air quality managers, health professionals, policy and decision makers and community members from all over British Columbia, especially those in small to mid-sized communities in the central and northern interior. We even had attendees from Alberta and California!

The forum theme Community Tools for Change - provided the opportunity for meaningful discussion about air quality challenges facing communities today, along with policy, education or regulatory mechanisms to apply toward lasting solutions. Lessons learned in other jurisdictions to identified community air quality issues provided context for these applying tools.


Over the next few weeks we will be sharing photos our Facebook page and this website. 

Thank you once again to speakers, moderators, volunteers, sponsors and funders. Our event would not be possible without them!


Travel bursaries are available for those attending the Woodsmoke and Education Outreach Workshop on June 4th, 2018 at this workshop is free.


Are you looking for the expense claim form for presenters or for those applying for Woodsmoke and Education Outreach Workshop travel bursaries? Please download this excel file to make your bursary or presenter expense form claim.


Forum Details: Select the topic below for more details





  Forum registration is now closed.


Ticket Prices

June 4th Workshop: Free (By invitation only. Please contact PGAIR to request an invitation).

June 5th Forum: $50 ($30 student/non-profit)

Prince George District Energy System Tour: Included in full forum ticket price (limited space)

Public Evening Session: Free


Available events for registration include:

June 4: Day 1 - Free Wood Smoke Education and Outreach Tools Workshop (by invitation)

This workshop is by invitation only, and will unveil some newly developed online education tools to help communities in their work to reduce the prevalence of harmful wood smoke from home heating appliances.

Travel Bursaries are available for this workshop! Limited to one bursary per organization.

Contact PGAIR to find out more information or to check your eligiblity for an invitation. Please register in advance. 

This registration includes attendance at the Prince George District Energy System Tour.


June 4: Day 1 - Prince George District Energy System Tour

An late afternoon tour of the Prince George District Energy System (exact time to be announced). Limited registration. Priority given to attendees of the Woodsmoke Education and Outreach Tools Workshop


June 4: Day 1 - Community Air Quality Evening Session - *FREE* and Open to the Public

This evening session is open to any and all concerned residents of Prince George and surrounding regional residents. Presentations will provide an update on the current air quality trends for the local community, as well as some discussion around priorities for future goal setting. Event will feature an EV (electric Vehicle) information booth. Please register in advance.


June 5: Day 2 - Full-Day 2018 North Central BC Clean Air Forum "Community Tools for Change"

Enjoy the full day's presentations and discussion about topics including health, wildfires, woodsmoke, citizen science and electric vehicles. Please register in advance.




The 2018 North Central BC Clean Air Forum Agenda is available for viewing and includes topics, times, and the speakers/presenters list. Updated May 24th!



The 2018 North Central BC Clean Air Forum will take place on Monday, June 4th and Tuesday June 5th, 2018 during National Clean Air Week.



The forum is centrally located in the heart of downtown Prince George at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre.

Street Address: 808 Canada Games Way, Prince George, BC V2L 5L1


Directions, Parking, and Accommodations


Directions/ Travel Distances:

The 2018 North Central Clean Air Forum is located in at 808 Canada Games Way at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre in downtown Prince George.

The venue is 18 km from the Prince George International Airport.


Travel Distances from North

Mackenzie: 184 km

Chetwynd: 303 km

Fort St. John: 455 km


Travel Distances from South

Quesnel: 122 km

Williams Lake: 240 km

Kamloops: 525 km

Vancouver: 753 km


Travel Distances from East

McBride: 209 km

Valemount: 292 km

Jasper, AB: 375 km


Travel Distances from West

Vanderhoof: 100 km

Smithers: 371 km

Terrace: 575 km



Onsite parking is limited. The Civic Facilities parking lot (next to the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre) has a free 3 hour time limit from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. Additional time is available at $1/hour or $6/day, payable at the kiosk on the ground level. There is no charge evenings or weekends. The City of Prince George uses license plate technology to monitor free parking.

Street parking is also available with a free 3 hour time limit from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Friday. There is no charge on evenings or weekends.

Downtown parking lots and parkades are available for $1 per hour/$6 day from during the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday (free evenings and weekends). For more information on parking.



Travelodge Prince George

A discounted event rate is availble at Travelodge Prince George on a first come, first served basis for single queen and sing queen business class rooms until May 17th, 2018. Registered guests will be provided the block rate code upon registering for the Forum. Didn't receive your block rate code upon registration? Please contact PGAIR.

Travelodge Prince George is 300 metres away from the Forum venue.

Address: 1458 7 Avenue, Prince George, BC
Phone: 1-800-578-7878

Other Accomodations

The forum venue is in close walking distance to a number of accomodations to meet your needs including Ramada Prince George, The Coast Inn of the North, Days Inn, Courtyward By Marriott, and Riveriera City Centre Inn. Prince George also features a variety of accomodations in the Hart area, College Heights and along both highway 16 and Highway 97 for out of town guests who are driving.


Forum Program

Full Program

Program at a Glance


2018 North Central BC Clean Air Forum Sponsors

The Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable (PGAIR) would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support of the 2018 North Central BC Clean Air Forum.


Gold Meal Sponsor for June 4th - Wood Smoke Education and Outreach Tools Workshop

Canfor Logo



Silver Meal Sponsors for June 5th - Forum Speaker Sessions

Sinclar Group    


Bronze Meal Sponsors for June 5th - Forum Speaker Sessions

Husky Energy Logo

Fraser Plumbing and Heating Logo


General Event Sponsors ($1,000+)

City of Prince George Logo Fraser Basin Council Logo  


This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada
Ce project a été réalisé avec l'appui financier du governement du Canada


Government of Canada Logo

Funded in part by the Government of Canada


 BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Solutions Logo  


Northern Health Authority Logo



Northern Health Authority Logo

 Northern Health Authority Imagine Grant





PGAIR Forum is a Participant in the CN Carbon Reduction Project of Business

PGAIR is proud to take part in CN Carbon Reduction Project for Business. This project, facilitated by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, will perform a carbon footprint analysis of PGAIR’s 2018 North Central BC Clean Air Forum. This innovative partnership works to improve local air quality through the reduction of fossil fuel usage. It is PGAIR's intention to use this information to purchase carbon offsets for any carbon emissions resulting from the event.

PGAIR is also proud to be a a funding partner for the 2018 Summer Carbon Internship.


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Frequently Asked Questions


General Attendee Questions:

Q: I would like to receive a copy of a presentation from the event. How do I go about doing this?

A: PGAIR will be contacting presenters shortly to find out if they are able to share their presentations. Once we have this information, we will update the website on what presentations area available and how attendees can access them.

Wood Smoke Education and Outreach Tools Questions

Q: I want to apply for a travel bursary for the Wood Smoke Education and Outreach Tools Workshop. How do I do that?

A: Travel bursaries will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. Make sure to register for the Wood Some Education Workshop. Then email us with the subject line reading "Clean Air Forum Bursary." Complete the the red sections of the PGAIR Clean Air Forum Travel Expense Form and attach it to your email. We will use this to track who applied for the bursary. Afer the forum is over you can complete the remaining sections of the bursary form and submit receipts to receive your bursary. Please download PGAIR Clean Air Forum Travel Expense Form here.

Q: Is the travel bursary valid for June 4th and June 5th?

A: The travel bursary is for those attending June 4th. Any additional costs incurred from attending June 5th would not be covered by the bursary (for example, if you would have driven back to your community if you were attending June 4th only but stayed an extra night to attend June 5th, June 5th hotel accomodations would not be covered by the bursary).

Q: My organization/local government wants to send more than one person to the Wood Smoke Education and Outreach Tools Workshop. Are we able to do that? Can we have multiple travel bursaries?

A:  Organizations and local governments are able to send more than one person to the Wood Smoke Education Outreach Tools Workshop. We are at discretion to limit mulitple registrations from one organization/local government if it would displace a representative from another community. At this time there is one travel bursary per organization/community but mulitple attendees may share that bursary (you can claim more than one attendee up to the value price of the bursary).

Q: I am only going to attend one day of the forum. Does that change the ticket price?

A: The full ticket price publicly posted is for the the June 5th full day event. The cost of the June 4th workshop is sponsored by the Clean Air Forum and is no cost for those registered.

Q: Do I need to provide original receipts for my bursary form?

A: PGAIR only requires copies (preferably scanned as pdf files) of your receipts. Please note: we do not have a fax machine. 

Q: I have additional feedback or questions regarding the educational videos or the draft B.C. Wood Smoke Education Portal Course viewed during the workshop. Where can I direct those comments/questions?

A: You may direct that feedback to either Kim Menounos (for videos) kmenounos[at]fraserbasin.bc.ca or Danielle Patterson dpatterson[@]fraserbasin.bc.ca (for draft course).


Presenter Questions

Q: I'm a presenter. How do I submit my expense form?

A: Please download PGAIR Clean Air Forum Travel Expense Form here. Complete all sections of the form and submit with copies of your receipts.


Q: I'm a presenter. Do I need to provide original receipts for my expense form?

A: PGAIR only requires copies (preferably scanned as pdf files) of your receipts. Please note: we do not have a fax machine.


Sponsorship Questions

Q: I'm interested in being an event sponsor. What options are availble for providing funds?

A: Events like the 2018 Clear Air Forum wouldn't be the same without the generous support of our event sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, we accept a direct financial contribution or we can send you a formal invoice for a specified amount. For more information contact Kim Menounos, PGAIR Manager: kmenounos@fraserbasin.bc.ca 


PGAIR Members/ Board of Directors Questions

Q: How do I register for the forum as a representative of my organization?

A: All member representatives on PGAIR were sent an email with a special member code for attending the forum. Enter this code on Eventbrite to register for the event. If you are having technical difficulites, please call the PGAIR office or email Kim or Danielle and we can manually register you. Member tickets are limited to one free ticket per member organization.

Q: I am the representative for my organization but I cannot attend the forum. Can I give mt ticket to my Proxy?

A: Yes, you can give your ticket to your proxy. Please register for the event in their name (if possible).

Q: Multiple members of my organization want to attend the forum. How do we all register?

A: We encourage all member organizations to let thier colleagues with interest in air quality know about the event. They can register at the public price of $50 ($30 for nonprofit/student).


8th Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition

During Clean Air Week, the 8th Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition will be held in Prince George from June 6th to June 8th, 2018

Location: Prince George Conference and Civic Centre (the same venue as the 2018 North Central BC Clean Air Forum).
For more information or to register for this event visit their website.


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