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New Speakers’ Series starts at NLC

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FORT ST. JOHN – An exciting new speaker series at Northern Lights College is expected to generate entertaining discussions on a variety of interesting topics.

The impetus for the 2014 Northern Lights Speakers’ Series comes from Business Management instructor Nakib Ahmed, who saw an opportunity to examine various subjects of importance to residents in Fort St. John and throughout northeastern British Columbia. Ahmed will also serve as moderator for the event.

“The Speakers’ Series is intended to share perspectives and encourage debate on a wide range of interdisciplinary topics such as civic responsibility, social justice, health and well-being, culture and the arts, resource sustainability, and much more at the Fort St. John Campus,” said Ahmed.

The first speaker in the series will be NLC Geography instructor Wim Kok. Kok’s presentation, entitled “Resource Economy of Northeast B.C.”, will discuss the development of the resource industry in this region, and the boom and bust cycles that have occurred over the last century.

Kok has more than 20 years of teaching experience, instructing courses in human and physical geography at NLC and the University of Northern British Columbia. He also has worked for the Ministry of Forests as a Range Manager, and the Ministry of Lands, Parks, and Housing as a Land Manager and Regional Planner.

There is no admission charge to attend the 2014 Speakers’ Series, and light refreshments will be available. Kok’s presentation will be held on Monday, February 17, from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm in Room 202 of the Main Campus building at the Fort St. John Campus. The presentation is open to the public, as well as anyone in the College community.

Speakers and topics for future dates in the Northern Lights Speakers’ Series will be announced as they are confirmed.