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September 11, 2020 | Task Force Raises the Bar for Envisioning a Clean and Prosperous Future

Stewart Muir is founder and executive director of the Resource Works Society, a Vancouver-based group open to participation by British Columbians from all walks of life who are concerned about their future economic opportunities. He is an author, journalist and historian with experience on three continents including a financial editor of The Vancouver Sun responsible for mining and markets coverage. Since Resource Works was established in 2014, the group has gained international recognition for its practical approach to the public challenges of responsible natural resource development and use.

The Real Jobs, Real Recovery initiative brought together 36 organizations from across Canada to show a leadership path for decision making at the national level.

Resource Works served as the convening platform for the project, marking the first time the BC-based organization has stepped up to a national mandate.

“The timing was right for the Real Jobs, Real Recovery work and it turned out to be something that we were perfectly suited for,” said Stewart Muir, executive director of Resource Works. “Coming back from COVID-19 will be much easier for Canada once we acknowledge the potential for the natural resource sector to lead the way with a clean, inclusive and competitive slate of innovations.

“We need economic solutions that punch above their weight. It’s the only way to address the significant fallout to our economy caused by COVID-19. Projections are for our economy to shrink from 6 to even 7 per cent if we see a second wave in 2020. The good news is that the resource sector can be our engine of growth, while we continue to take meaningful climate action.”

The report was released in August 2020 with 19 recommendations. Areas of potential include carbon capture, petrochemicals, hydrogen, small nuclear, transmission lines and greater Indigenous economic participation. The full report can be seen here.

Media coverage included:

Before the report’s publication, a number of commentary articles were published by members of the 20-person advisory group:

In September, the Task Force team will continue to share its findings with key influencers.

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September 11th, 2020

Posted In: Resource Works

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