THE COMPANY that wants to build the Northern Gateway crude oil pipeline from Alberta to a marine terminal at Kitimat has hired away the District of New Hazelton administrator.
Donny van Dyk begins working for Enbridge this week as its manager of coastal stakeholder relations and will be based in Kitimat.
He’s worked for the District of New Hazelton for four years, the first year as deputy administrator before taking on the administrator’s position.
“I will be working exclusively on the Northern Gateway project,” van Dyk said of his new job.
“I will meet with communities in the northwest and answer any questions people and organizations have regarding the proposed pipeline.”
“The key for myself and for Northern Gateway is to take the time to share information, but also to listen to ideas and concerns from each community we visit to work to find solutions. I look forward to learning those concerns and addressing them.”
van Dyk has been active politically within the BC Liberal party and its youth wing.
He’s also been the president of the BC Liberal Skeena constituency association and, in the 2009 provincial election, was unsuccessful in a bid to unseat NDP incumbent Robin Austin to become the MLA for Skeena.
van Dyk is also a provincial government appointee to the board of Northwest Community College.