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Putting BC to Work

In partnership with CKNW, the Business Council of British Columbia is hosting a forum on April 24th, 2014 titled Putting BC To Work.  This event will focus on what we need to do in British Columbia’s diverse labour market to develop, attract and retain talent to grow the economy.  We will explore the appropriate roles for business, government and post-secondary educators and how we will collaborate to meet the labour market demands of this and the next generation.  This forum will be a wrap up discussion following CKNW's month long on-air Putting BC to Work program campaign which begins March 31st.

The forum will seek to address questions such as:

  • What drives job growth in British Columbia?
  • What are the real risks to our leading sectors and overall economic growth in the area of human capital?  
  • How are employers and educators preparing for project development and the future labour market in a skills and knowledge based economy?
  • How can our education system better prepare students for higher learning and employment? 
  • How can the post-secondary system collaborate with the private sector to develop a workforce ready for the jobs and economic opportunities ahead for BC?

Keynote speaker: 
Don Drummond, former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group

Don provides unparalleled insight into the Canadian economy and its future prospects. He is a sought after commentator on fixing the productivity malaise and the evolution of the workplace and labour market.  Don will discuss British Columbia and Canada's labour market outlook and share his thoughts on the labour supply challenges facing the province's employers.

Panelists include:

Brian Carter, President, Seaspan Shipyards
Fiona Macfarlane, Managing Partner, Western Canada and Chief Inclusiveness Officer, EY Canada
David Podmore, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Concert Properties
James Gorman, Chief Executive Officer, Council of Forest Industries
Dr. Ron Burnett, President and Vice Chancellor, Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Professor Jamie Cassels, President and Vice Chancellor, University of Victoria
Kathy Kinloch, President, BC Institute of Technology 


Thursday April 24, 2014
7:30 am - Breakfast and Registration
8:00 am - Programme begins
11:00 am - Event Ends
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
900 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia

Individual Tickets:
BCBC Members*: $79.00 + GST
Non-BCBC Members: $99.00 + GST


Table of 8
BCBC Members*: $632 + GST
Non-BCBC Members: $792 + GST

* To find out if your employer company or organization is a member of BCBC and qualifies for member pricing, please review our current list of members here


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Join CKNW's  Business Class

CKNW has always been an integral part of the business community in Vancouver - providing a preferred platform for business leaders, influencers, politicians and economists to share analysis and commentary with the people of British Columbia.  As the audience includes the very CEO's, senior business executives and business owners who often are guests on their shows - CKNW continues to strive to provide exclusive content and business updates, as well as grow special programming specific to the business community. 

This is why CKNW has developed the NEW member group CKNW Business Class - which focuses on what's going on today in business, the economy, the markets.  Simply sign up here to begin receiving updates on their business programming - including Putting BC To Work, The Chief Executive Series - as well as provide you exclusive behind the scenes access to content from business leaders, as well as invitations to business events and forums.