Kitimat Economic Development Association


KITIMAT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (KEDA)  is committed to assisting companies in developing and establishing community relationships. Comprised of working and retired professionals, our directors, with years of proven business acumen, are offering their services to those companies considering location in our community.


PRESIDENT - Ron Burnett

Ron has lived in Kitimat since 1952 and is a retired businessman who continues to volunteer in the community. Currently, Ron is a direct the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce and president of the Kitimat Economic Development Society and the Terrace-Kitimat Airport Society. Ron is a former city councilor and regional director and a hospital trustee and Board chair.



Raised in Kitimat, Debbie with her partner Jack started J. Oviatt Contracting Ltd. 1980 and is interested in seeing Kitimat evolve to its potential. Debbie has been an active director of the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce for the last five years and is involved with a variety of community organizations and annual community events.



Jim has been a long time resident and business owner in Kitimat. He has also spent several years as a councillor for the District of Kitimat, and many of the designated committees that goes along with that position . We welcome Jim to the KEDA executive after three years of membership.

VICE-PRESIDENT - William (Bill) Eynon

Bill has over 40 years experience in the petro-chemical industry with a strong background in petro-chemical facilities construction, maintenance and start ups. Maintains strong relationships with a large base of industry leaders. Prior to retiring Bill’s roles included plant manager and general manager, world wide production for Methanex Corporation.


DIRECTOR - William (Bill) Hickman

Bill is actively involved as a director on several boards for organizations in Northwest BC including the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures 16/37 and the Terrace-Kitimat Airport Society. Having retired as Division Manager for Rivtow (now Smit Marine Services) Bill is also involved with the Mid Coast Ferry Task force for Kitimat.