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UPDATED: BC Business Summit 2014:
Building BC for the 21st Century - Innovation in Infrastructure

BC Business Summit 2014
Building BC for the 21st Century: Innovation in Infrastructure

The economic prosperity of British Columbia and Western Canada relies on global trade and our ability to deliver goods to market. Our province may be the closest North American jurisdiction to Asia, but do we have the trade infrastructure in place to reach Asia and other world markets efficiently and cost-effectively, both now and in the years ahead? As a small economy competing in a global marketplace, our social prosperity and quality of life will depend increasingly on our ability to deliver energy and other goods to domestic and international markets, which in turn will rely on our ability to invest in and deliver major infrastructure projects that are often significant in size and cost. 

Join us on November 7 at the second annual BC Business Summit - Building BC for the 21st Century: Innovation in Infrastructure, hosted by the Business Council of British Columbia. National and international experts will explore how we can meet the future infrastructure needs of our communities and our economy, global and domestic factors impacting our infrastructure networks, and how other jurisdictions are meeting their infrastructure challenges. This is a must attend event for business and community leaders working to build our economy and communities across the province.


Friday, November 7, 2014
Vancouver Convention Centre West Ballroom C/D

 7:00 am       Registration and breakfast 

7:45 am       Opening Remarks 

7:55 am       Opening Keynote: Jean Charest, Former Premier, Province of Quebec 

8:20 am       Feature Speaker: Leo de Bever, President and CEO, AIMCo 

8:50 am       Conversation with Jean Charest and Leo de Bever, moderated by Gary Mason, Columnist, Globe and Mail

9:25 am       Panel One: Connecting Goods: Supporting trade through a global gateway

      • Amanda Farrell, President and CEO, Partnerships BC; Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority; Andy Smith, President and CEO, BC Maritime Employers Association, Jim Vena, Chief Operating Officer, CN Rail; Moderator: Mark Hodgson, P.Eng, Infrastructure Practice Lead, BC, Deloitte

10:35 am    Break 

10:50 am    Plenary Panel Two: Connecting People: Infrastructure for social prosperity

      • Ian Jarvis, President and CEO, Translink; Dr. David Ross, President and CEO, SAIT Polytechnic; Dr. Marco Marra, BC Cancer Agency; WIlliam K. Sand, Director, Thought Leadership, PwC.  Moderator: Colin Hansen, President and CEO, Advantage BC

12:00 pm    Networking Lunch 

12:45 pm   Feature Speaker: Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia

1:15 pm      Feature Speaker: Peter Tertzakian, Chief Energy Economist and Managing Director, ARC Financial Corporation

2:00 pm      Plenary Panel Three: Connecting Energy: Powering the economy

      • Jessica Macdonald, President and CEO, BC Hydro; Glen Hodgson, Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada; Barry Munro, Partner, Oil and Gas Leader, EY Canada Keith Sones, President, Allteck.  Moderator: Kevin Falcon, Executive Vice President, Anthem Capital

3:00 pm      The Path Forward

      • Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer and Ken Peacock, Vice President and Chief Economist, The Business Council of British Columbia
      • Followed by Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour

3:30 pm      Closing Reception 


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