Rio Tinto established the Kitimat Public Advisory Committee (KPAC) close to twenty years ago to ensure that community voices are brought to the table and considered throughout our operations in Kitimat-Kemano. While the size of the KPAC is limited to ensure effective collaboration the intent of the membership is to ensure the wider community has a voice. We encourage community members with questions or concerns to reach out to KPAC members, who will make sure your voice is heard by Rio Tinto.
KPAC Members participate in a 2016 Air Quality Workshop hosted by Rio Tinto and attended by the BC Ministry of Environment, the District of Kitimat, Northern Health Authority, the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District, and the Regional District Hospital Board.
KPAC Members participate in a 2015 field visit with scientific researchers from Trent University, with whom Rio Tinto has developed a collaborative research agreement to provide long term monitoring of the soils in the Kitimat Valley as part of the EEM Program.
The current committee (2016/2017) is represented by the following individuals and organizations:
- City of Terrace, Michael Prevost
- District of Kitimat, Tim Gleig
- Douglas Channel Watch Society, Lucy McRae
- Former Kitimat Mayor, Joanne Monaghan
- Haisla Nation, Candice Wilson
- Kitimat First United Church, Ken Maitland
- Kitimat Health Advocacy Group (KHAG), Rob Goffinet
- Kitimat Rod and Gun Association, David Sivyer
- Kitimat Valley Naturalists, Peter Ponter
- Kitimat Chamber of Commerce, Trish Parsons
- Kitselas Nation, Sam Coggins
- Kitsumkalum Nation, Rina Gemeinhardt
- KUTE, Ken Maitland
- Lakelse Lake Society, Terry Brown
- Steelhead Society, Brian Kean
- UNIFOR 2301, Mike Schmidt