Uniting for a greater voice to represent Northeast British Columbia
Energy Services BC (ESBC) has been a key advocate for oil, gas and energy services throughout Northeastern BC for the past 30 years. On February 1st, 2017, we have started our journey to make our voice even stronger by aligning our membership with the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B.C. (ICBA).
ICBA is the voice of B.C.'s construction industry and has been fostering the principles of fair and open tendering for over 40 years. It is also the single largest sponsor of construction apprentices in B.C., representing the interests of more than 2,000 companies and clients. ICBA's leadership and influence is widely respected, and most recently, ICBA has been at the forefront in fighting for responsible resource development, in particular throughout Northern British Columbia, as witnessed during the Northern BC LNG Truck Rallies held in Terrace, Fort Nelson and Fort St. John.
What this means for our membership:
As a valued member of our Energy Services BC over the years, we are confident that you will see this opportunity as a way to enhance our efforts and shed even more light provincially on issues in the North East.
Art Jarvis, Executive Director of Energy Services BC will transition into an ICBA representative and will continue to liaise with membership out of the current ESBC office. We will be sourcing office space in Fort St. John and building out business plans in 2017 to allow us to be fully operational in 2018.
ICBA will begin to represent and support ESBC’s full membership by offering a variety of member services to better support your business. Some of these services include: training, advocacy, health services benefits, construction market intelligence (prospecting tool), affinity programs and discounts. Once member transition has occurred, these services will be offered exclusively to you and your organization.
We will transition two (2) current ESBC Board members into ICBA Board Directors, to ensure the needs of the North East remain a top priority.
What this means for our communities:
It's a simple concept that has proven true time and time again. By working together as one organization, the issues that are important to businesses in the North East will now get more attention across the province – especially in the case for jobs and investment in the region.
"Over the last several years, ESBC has been looking at ways to extend the influence and increase the profile of companies driving the oil and gas sector in our region," said Art Jarvis, Executive Director of ESBC. "This is going to be a very powerful partnership and we are looking forward to be joining the voice of BC's construction industry."
"People in the North East understand what drives prosperity in B.C.," Regional Vice President of ICBA, Mike Davis. "Together, the ICBA and ESBC will stand up for investments in the energy and resource sector to help bring jobs here and help build stronger communities."
Please stay tuned to learn more about this merger and our goals ahead.
To learn more about ICBA, please visit: www.icba.ca