2018 North Central BC Clean Air Forum - PGAIR


The 2nd North Central Clean Air Forum in 2018 Was a Huge Success!


PGAIR is proud to annouce that the second North Central BC Clean Air Forum on June 4th and June 5th, 2018 in Prince George, British Columbia was a resounding success. Representatives from regional districts, municipalities, First Nations communities, health-related non-profits, academia, provincial ministries, and the concerned public all gathered in Prince George to learn, network, and focus on the important health topic of air quality.

Presentations and workshops focused on the 2018 Forum theme - Community Tools for Change. This forum was designed to bring together air quality managers, health professionals, policy and decision makers and community members from all over British Columbia, especially those in small to mid-sized communities in the central and northern interior. We even had attendees from Alberta and California!

The forum theme Community Tools for Change - provided the opportunity for meaningful discussion about air quality challenges facing communities today, along with policy, education or regulatory mechanisms to apply toward lasting solutions. Lessons learned in other jurisdictions to identified community air quality issues provided context for these applying tools.

PGAIR is fortunate to be able to share the speakers’ presentations at the 2018 North Central BC Clean Air Forum. Find a complete list of the presentations below.

June 4th, 2018

2018 Woodsmoke Education Workshop Welcome

Kim Menounos, Manager, PGAIR/Assistant Manager, Fraser Basin Council


Introduction to Woodsmoke Discussions

Paula Tait, Northern Health


Provincial Woodstove Exchange Program

Markus Kellerhals, Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy


Community Experience: Central Okanagan Regional District

Nancy Mora Castro, City of Kelowna

Woodsmoke Education and Outreach Tools Workshop

Kim Menounos, Manager, PGAIR/Assistant Manager, Fraser Basin Council

Danielle Patterson, Coordinator, PGAIR/ Coordinator, Fraser Basin Council


June 5th, 2018

Air Quality in the Other 99%, Henderson

Sarah Henderson, BC Centre for Disease Control 


Current Trends in Northern BC

Gail Roth, Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy


Health, Smoke, and Wildfires

Sarah Henderson, BC Centre for Disease Control


Wildfire Smoke Forecast Systems

Roland Schigas, University of British Columbia


Community Prevention and Mitigation Strategies

David Conway, Mariposa County, California


Metro Vancouver’s Approach to Managing Wood Smoke Emissions

Julie Saxton, Metro Vancouver


Woodstove Regulation: Smithers

Taylor Bachrach, Mayor, Town of Smithers


Prince George Clean Air Bylaw

Andrea Byrne, City of Prince George


Advancements in Citizen Science and the Implications for Community Air Quality Management

Peter Jackson, University of Northern BC


The Evolution of EVs in Northern BC

Charlotte Argue, Fraser Basin Council


Wrap Up – How might we transition to a clean air future?

Ben Weinstein, Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy


Full Program

Program at a Glance 


Thank you to our speakers, moderators, volunteers, sponsors and funders. Our event would not be possible without their generous financial support, time commitment, and expertise.


2018 Sponsors and Funders:


Gold Meal Sponsor for June 4th - Wood Smoke Education and Outreach Tools Workshop

Canfor Logo



Silver Meal Sponsors for June 5th - Forum Speaker Sessions

Sinclar Group    


Bronze Meal Sponsors for June 5th - Forum Speaker Sessions

Husky Energy Logo

Fraser Plumbing and Heating Logo


General Event Sponsors ($1,000+)

City of Prince George Logo Fraser Basin Council Logo  
This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada
Ce project a été réalisé avec l'appui financier du governement du Canada

 Government of Canada Logo

Funded in part by the Government of Canada


 BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Solutions Logo  


Northern Health Authority Logo



Northern Health Authority Logo

 Northern Health Authority Imagine Grant





PGAIR Forum is a Participant in the CN Carbon Reduction Project of Business

PGAIR is proud to take part in CN Carbon Reduction Project for Business. This project, facilitated by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, will perform a carbon footprint analysis of PGAIR’s 2018 North Central BC Clean Air Forum. This innovative partnership works to improve local air quality through the reduction of fossil fuel usage. It is PGAIR's intention to use this information to purchase carbon offsets for any carbon emissions resulting from the event. PGAIR is also proud to be a a funding partner for the 2018 Summer Carbon Internship.


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