Langley Community Forum
Exploring Kinder Morgan Pipeline Decision

image02.pngJoin us for an afternoon of information, inspiration and discussion on the impact of Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline through the Fraser Valley.

We are thrilled to be able to bring a number of speakers from all over Western Canada for an interactive discussion on many topics including: oil economics, the impact of a pipeline expansion in the Lower Mainland, property values related to pipeline locations, and to share the work that being done in BC and beyond to address a changing world and oil market.


WHEN:Saturday March 8th from 12:30 - 5:30
(Doors Open at Noon, Panel Starts at 12:30)

WHAT: Community forum with panelists/speakers, opportunities to engage, and interactive workshops for skill-building and information gathering.

WHO: Speakers/panelists will include: Andrew Nikiforuk, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Liz McDowell, Arno Kopecky,and Trenton Pierre

(Scroll down to read the speaker’s biographies and discussion topics for this event.)

WHERE: Walnut Grove Secondary School (South Entrance by basketball courts)
8919 Walnut Grove Drive, Langley, BC   |    Map & Directions -

HOW: Come for as much or as little of the programming as you like. All are welcome.

COST: This event is free of charge!

WHAT ABOUT MY KIDS?  Feel free to bring your children. Free childcare provided onsite.

WHAT ELSE? We'll be raffling off all sorts of amazing prizes throughout the day- provided by local businesses and community members!

FOOD & DRINK: The fine folks at The Water Shed Arts Cafe will be selling their fantastic sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Make sure you bring your wallet - you don’t want to miss out on these munchies

ACCESSIBILITY INFO: This venue is wheelchair accessible, and there are wheelchair accessible washrooms on-site. PLEASE let us know if you have any accessibility requirements that we can meet to make this event accessible to you.




"How to talk to your friends and neighbours about oil issues." with Andrew Nikiforuk

"A closer look at property values, economic trade offs and economic truths around pipelines." with Liz McDowell


Andrew Nikiforuk: “The real bottom-line of oil economics”

Economist and award winning author & journalist

nikiforuk.pngAndrew has been writing about the oil and gas industry for nearly 20 years.  He cares deeply about accuracy, government accountability, and cumulative impacts.  He has won 7 National Magazine Awards for his journalism and top honours for investigative writing from the Association of Canadian Journalists.  Andrew has also published several books.  Among these, Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig's War Against Big Oil, won the Governor General's Award for Non Fiction in 2002.  Pandemonium, which examines the global trade on disease exchanges, received widespread national acclaim.  The Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of the Continent, was a national best seller and won the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award and was listed as a finalist for the Grantham Prize for Excellence In Reporting on the Environment.  Andrew’s book, Empire of the Beetle, was also nominated for the Governor General's Award for non-fiction in 2011.

 Melina Laboucan-Massimo: “Growing up in the shadow of the tar sands.”

Member of the Lubicon Cree (Peace River, Alberta), longtime tar sands educator

laboucan-massimo.pngMelina Laboucan-Massimo is Cree from Northern Alberta, Canada. She has worked as an advocate for Indigenous rights for the past 12 years. She has studied and worked in Brasil, Austalia, Mexico, and Canada focusing on Indigenous rights and culture, resource extraction, and ICTs. She has also produced short documentaries, researched, and worked on topics ranging from the tar sands, inherent treaty rights, water issues to cultural appropriation. For the past 6 years Melina has worked against tar sands extraction and expansion as a Climate & Energy campaigner with Greenpeace and the Indigenous Environmental Network in Alberta and currently is finishing her Masters degree in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria.

 Liz McDowell: “Property values & pipelines: Will your home be affected?”

CRED B.C. (Conversations for Responsible Economic Development)

mcdowell.pngLiz McDowell is the Executive Director of CRED BC, a growing collection of more than 90 business leaders and professionals from the tourism, real estate, tech, health, creative and other service-based sectors who are committed to participating in informed dialogue about long-term prosperity on Canada’s west coast. CRED's mission is to promote industries that build on BC’s creativity, innovation and natural beauty, and to foster conversations about the types of energy and resource development and transportation that are compatible with this vision. Liz has been working in social innovation for the past 10 years. She is the founder of the Otesha Project UK and the Youth Funding Network, the former chair of the East London Green Jobs Alliance, a finance graduate from McGill University and an organizational development consultant specializing in collaborative working structures. Raised in the Fraser Valley, she believes that there's a real need for more balanced dialogue about the risks of Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline for the local economy.

Arno Kopecky: “Northern Gateway's ground zero: Are we next?”

Journalist, travel writer & TED Presenter


Arno is a Vancouver-based journalist and travel writer whose dispatches have covered four continents and appeared in publications ranging from The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Readers Digest and Foreign Policy. His first book, The Devil's Curve, was based on his year-long journey through Peru and Columbia and made Amazon's top-100 list for 2012.  His latest book, The Oil Man and The Sea, is the story of a sailing expedition into British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest and the heart of the Northern Gateway Pipeline controversy.

Trenton Pierre: “How does a pipeline proposal affect us now and in the future?”

Member of the Katzie First Nation, construction project coordinator & artist

Trenton Pierre is a member of the Katzie First Nation, located on Barnston Island in Surrey, BC, in addition to several other locations in the lower mainland. At twenty-three, he began working in construction, and has done so for the past four years. Trenton is currently a Project Coordinator, working locally in this region. His career has predominately focused upon securing the quality control and quality assurance of projects, including the Port Mann Highway 1 Project as a Lead Quality Control Inspector. Trenton is a prospective student of the UBC Civil Engineering program and has plans to earn his engineering degree.  He is also an artist in the little spare time he has.  Trenton is devoted to the health and well-being of his community, and as a result has taken a great interest in the Kinder Morgan pipeline issue, as it would traverse his traditional lands if approved.



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