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It’s a pleasure to be here today for the ninth Project Management Conference.
I am excited to be taking part of this conference this year in a different capacity than I have in previous years. In the past, I have been a moderator or participant, but this year I get to be here as the new Minister of the Department of Infrastructure.
This conference has always been a good opportunity for discussion and collaboration on effective project management and industry best practices from its presenters and attendees, and I am confident that this year will be no different.
There are a lot of exciting projects on the horizon for the Government of the Northwest Territories and many people in this room.
Over the next four years, our government will be undertaking and managing a number of major infrastructure projects that will have a transformative impact on the territory’s economy and its people.
The last government made major strides to get us to where we are today, and now it’s up to the 19th Legislative Assembly to bring these projects to fruition.
As we work toward connecting communities and increasing the use of alternative and renewable energy throughout our territory, projects like the Mackenzie Valley Highway, the Slave Geological Corridor, and the Taltson Hydro Project have been specifically named in the priorities of this government.
This year, the Department of Infrastructure has committed to working on hundreds of projects from the Beaufort Delta to the South Slave Regions, which will employ Northerners, support Northern businesses, connect our communities and improve the quality of life for all residents.
This Project Management Conference provides an important opportunity to bring together northern experts – some who have travelled here from Yukon and Nunavut – in a variety of fields to share knowledge and collaborate on ways we can work together as an industry to deliver these projects effectively and efficiently for the benefit of all.
As leaders in our fields, we have a chance to learn from each other and update our skills to increase our effectiveness in all aspects of project delivery.
Over the course of the conference, I would urge each of you to spend time talking and sharing with one another. I know I’m also looking forward to hearing and speaking with many of you.
I’d like to thank all delegates and guests for taking the time to be here today, and a special thank you to the staff working behind the scenes at the Department of Infrastructure for organizing the conference.
Hope you all have a great rest of the day, and have an enjoyable and informative next two days.