Prince Rupert: local AND global

UNBC alumni and local residents gather for a UNBC update and discussion at Cowpuccino’s cafe in Prince Rupert

As communities grapple with shortages of skilled workers in all sorts of areas – from trades to engineers to health care workers – the University is keen to be part of the solution. This was the backdrop hermes replica belt
to some conversations in Prince Rupert this week. Even though UNBC has a presence here (it has space in the local college campus) and has offered a variety of courses and degrees (primarily in social work and Tsimshian language) over the years, it seems that more can and should be done. This is the city, after all, that has produced two UNBC chancellors: founding chancellor Iona Campagnolo and current chancellor John MacDonald.

So what are the natural next steps? I joined a group of local alumni and residents to discuss this question during an informal presentation and conversation at Cowpuccino’s (the great local café in Cow Bay) earlier this week. We talked about big things like the port developments and promise of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, as well as health and social service education, and connecting with regional First Nations communities regarding economic development. On that last point, many click here of the attendees were pleasantly surprised to hear about UNBC’s plans for demonstrating community energy systems, food security, and integration with housing to model fake hermes belts
sustainable, northern communities.  With so many remote communities around Prince Rupert (along the Coast and on Haida Gwaii) often disconnected from electrical grids or gas pipelines, people understood the idea and could imagine many applications and benefits in the region.

I also had the opportunity to visit two of Prince Rupert’s port assets during my visit: the Fairview container terminal and the coal hermes belt size chart men
port on Ridley Island. Both are witnessing significant levels of growth. In fact, the local newspaper this week has been reporting that port traffic in Prince Rupert continues to set records. Container traffic is up 53% in the first two months of 2013 compared to the same time period last year, and growth is even more pronounced with exports of two commodities: coal and raw logs.  Originally built in tandem with the development of the coal mines around Tumbler Ridge in northeastern BC, Ridley Terminals is exporting coal at levels never before seen in Prince Rupert. And year-over-year stats are showing that nearly three times as many logs have been exported in 2013. Clearly, Prince Rupert is a major distribution centre for so many of northern BC’s natural resources.

So while Prince Rupert is a location for massive infrastructure geared to global trade, the region is also home to many small, remote communities that have their own aspirations for local economic development. This characterizes, in some ways, the dichotomy of this region. For UNBC, the challenge is to be responsive and relevant to both. Perhaps the evidence of some early success can be found among the University’s alumni, who can already be found everywhere from port facilities to remote communities, applying their education and local perspectives.

To the UNBC graduates in Prince Rupert and beyond: where are you working and how do you see the future of community evolving? Share your ideas here.


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About Rob van Adrichem

Rob van Adrichem is a UNBC grad and the University’s Vice-President for External Relations. He was born and raised in Prince George and has been an employee of UNBC since 1992. He was appointed by former Premier Gordon Campbell to a provincial council on climate action and has been a champion of UNBC’s efforts to be a model for sustainability. He is married with two young children.