Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you to the witnesses for being here.
As I was looking through some of these notes, I was thinking of the times when I used to work in the north as a geophysicist. I was particularly thinking of one day when I was with the senior geophysicist. When you do exploration for ground-based projects you need to have a fairly basic grid on the ground where you number off some wooden pickets and some things like that, and myself and the senior geophysicist were spending the day numbering off the pickets. It's not a job you generally go through university to do, and I remember thinking two basic things. One, what a waste, because I knew how much it cost to get us up there and what they were paying; and two, what a shame that local people weren't taking up the opportunity to do this rather basic job.
This brings me to the question, how does one ensure that the maximum benefit is there for the local population, both from an efficiency perspective and from an overall economic and social development perspective? With that as a background, how do northerners directly benefit from mineral resource development? You can break it off into a specific section for oil and gas, because it's my understanding there are some things directly related to oil and gas.
That'll be my first question, and both Ms. King and Mr. Bloom can take that if they want.