(EnergyAsia, February 25 2013, Monday) — Canada’s first international conference focused on the rapidly expanding liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry will be held in Vancouver city in British Columbia province today and tomorrow.

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark will open the event at the Vancouver Convention Centre attended by global investors, domestic and international traders, government leaders, First Nations representatives, learning institutions, environmental groups, and members of the media to discuss issues facing the industry, in particular its development in the province.

Addressing “The Fuelling the Future: Global Opportunities for LNG” conference, expert speakers will discuss global market developments, supply-demand balances, pricing across regional markets, regulatory practices, environmental regulations, labour demand, pipeline construction and plans.

Some of the industry speakers invited by the province’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, which is organising the conference, include Anders Ekvall, Vice President, LNG Americas, Shell Canada Services Ltd; Elizabeth Spomer, Senior VP, Global Business Development, BG Group; Mike Culbert, President and CEO, Progress Energy Canada Ltd; Luo Weizhong, Executive VP, CNOOC Gas and Power Group & President, CNOOC Gas & Power Trading & Marketing Ltd; Jeff Lehrmann, President, Chevron Canada Limited; Dave Montgomery , Senior Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting; Shinya Miyazaki, CEO, Diamond Gas Management Canada Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, and Shuhei Miyamoto, Senior VP of the Americas & Africa, INPEX.

The British Columbia government is planning for investors to build and operate three export-oriented LNG facilities by 2020. The construction of the three projects and connecting pipelines could create up to 1,400 jobs along with many indirect jobs to support long-term operations.