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Indigenous Intern Leadership Program Announcement

On November 28, 2018, Honourable Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, made a special announcement regarding the Indigenous Intern Leadership Program.

The partnership between the Province, the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, the Business Council of B.C. and Vancouver Island University will match Indigenous graduates of technical, trades, diploma and degree programs with companies in B.C. for a two-year paid internship. The initiative is helping to educate and encourage B.C. businesses to cultivate Indigenous knowledge and culture in their practices by creating welcoming, attractive workplaces for Indigenous employees. Both the interns and the companies they will work for will receive mentoring from First Nations Chiefs and business CEOs.

The Indigenous Intern Leaders Program is an initiative of the Champions Table, a group of First Nations and private-sector leaders brought together through a memorandum of understanding between the BCAFN and BCBC. The aim of this innovative group is to produce concrete solutions in pursuit of greater certainty, partnerships and sustainable economic development that supports full reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in B.C.

For more information on the program please visit: https://career.viu.ca/Intern/home.htm

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B.C. Cabinet and First Nations Leaders' Gathering Welcome Reception

The Business Council of British Columbia was pleased once again to join with organizers from the Province of B.C., B.C. Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, and the B.C. Federation of Labour, to co-host a welcome reception for all delegates attending the annual Leaders' Gathering.

It is one of the largest gatherings of provincial and First Nations Leaders in the country and demonstrates a willingness to foster relationships, address problems, create solutions and celebrate success. Chiefs and their guests from 203 First Nations across the province, BC Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials joined with senior business and labour leaders from the Business Council of British Columbia and BC Federation of Labour for an evening dedicated to relationship building and reconciliation.

Thank you to our sponsors: Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Fasken, Innergex, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, RBC Royal Bank, Seaspan, Teck Resources and Vancouver Island University.

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B.C. Business Summit 2018: Canada 360° - Action to Win in the Global Economy

On November 16, 2018, the Business Council of British Columbia hosted the sixth annual BC Business Summit, Canada 360° - Action to Win in the Global Economy. Our program canvassed national and international perspectives on Canada’s risks, opportunities and business environment with a focus on the policy and leadership actions necessary to compete in the changing global marketplace. We also announced the creation of the B.C. Prosperity Index, to be launched in mid-2019. 

KEYNOTE & FEATURED SPEAKERS:

  • Hon. John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia
  • Hon. Johnathan Wilkinson, Federal Minister of Fisheries, Oceans & the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Josh Blair, Group President & Chief Corporate Officer, TELUS
  • Sandra Stuart, President & CEO, HSBC Bank of Canada
  • Andy Calitz, CEO, LNG Canada
  • Prof. Tiff Macklem, Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Prof. Bruce Pardy, Faculty of Law, Queen's University

PRESENTERS:

  • Carole Anne Hilton, CEO, The Indigenomics Institute
  • DJ Sures, CEO & Founder, SynthIAM
  • Judi Hess, CEO, Copperleaf
  • Ivy Can Zhang, CEO, Noah Canada Wealth Management

PANELISTS:

B.C. companies competing on the global stage

  • Sandra Stuart, Group General Manager, President & CEO, HSBC Bank Canada (Contributing Moderator)
  • Karn Manhas, Founder & CEO, Terramera
  • Ravi Saligram, CEO, Ritchie Bros.
  • Scott Thomson, President & CEO, Finning

The talent advantage in the global economy

  • Valerie Walker, Executive Director, Business/Higher Education Roundtable (Contributing Moderator)
  • Brent Cameron, Board Chair, Boyden Canada; Vancouver Managing Partner, Boyden
  • Jack Chen, Assistant General Counsel, Employment Policy & Society, Microsoft Corproation
  • Nahal Yousefian, Chief People Experience Officer, Mountain Equipment Co-op

Thank you again to our sponsors for their generous support, including:

  • Presenting Sponsors: Chartered Professional Accounts & Microsoft.
  • Leader Sponsors: Enbridge & HSBC.
  • Technology Sponsor: Encana
  • Video Sponsor: Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Partner Sponsors: BC Hydro, Maritime Employers Association, Bennett Jones, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, Deloitte, Ledcor, Stantec, Waste Connections of Canada.
  • Supporting Sponsors: Air Canada, BNSF Railway, Concert Properties, TD Bank, University of Northern British Columbia.

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Third Annual Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference (October 10)

On October 9-10th, 2018, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference brought together business, academic, and government leaders from both sides of the border to explore new strategies for the region to come together, maximize our shared competitive advantages, and elevate our global economic position.

Regional, national and international experts engaged on how we can work together to strengthen Cascadia's position as an international hub for innovation, spur job creation, and enhance our already high quality of life. The conference focused on:

• Showcase progress made over the past year

• Celebrate new partnerships and initiatives

• Chart a path forward for the Cascadia Innovation Corridor

Speakers included:

Greg D’Avignon, President & CEO, BCBC; Christine Gregoire, CEO, Challenge Seattle; Sue Paish, CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster; Mary Snapp, CVP of Microsoft Philanthropies; Richard Florida, International Best-Selling Author, Professor & Urbanist; Charles Hayes, Former CEO, Research Triangle Park; Katherine Dhanani, Consul General of the US in Vancouver; Brandon Lee, Consul General of Canada in Seattle; Premier John Horgan, British Columbia; Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State; Heather Redman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Flying Fish; Gerri Sinclair, Kensington Partners; Gina Phillips, General Manager, WeWork Northwest

Those working on these initiatives and other innovative partnerships are committed to continuing to share best practices; enhance the region’s physical and intellectual infrastructure; create exciting new opportunities for young people in both countries; and bring the benefits of technology developments to underserved populations. The 2018 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference is an important step in that process.

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Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference Welcome Reception (October 9)

On October 9-10th, 2018, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference brought together business, academic, and government leaders from both sides of the border to explore new strategies for the region to come together, maximize our shared competitive advantages, and elevate our global economic position.

Regional, national and international experts engaged on how we can work together to strengthen Cascadia's position as an international hub for innovation, spur job creation, and enhance our already high quality of life. The conference focused on:

• Showcase progress made over the past year

• Celebrate new partnerships and initiatives

• Chart a path forward for the Cascadia Innovation Corridor

Those working on these initiatives and other innovative partnerships are committed to continuing to share best practices; enhance the region’s physical and intellectual infrastructure; create exciting new opportunities for young people in both countries; and bring the benefits of technology developments to underserved populations. The 2018 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference is an important step in that process.

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BCBC Board of Governors & NEXT Leaders Council Future of Work Panel & Reception

On July 11th, the NEXT Leaders Council was pleased to host the fourth annual summer social with the Business Council's Board of Governors.

The reception featured an inter-generational panel discussion focusing on the ‘future of work’. With rapidly emerging disruptive technologies, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, automation and digitization, millions of jobs will become obsolete over the next decade. Are our organizations ready to adopt new, more efficient processes and technologies, and reskill our workforces? Do our workforces have the mindset needed to adapt and embrace lifelong learning?

Speakers included Kathy Kinloch, President, BCIT, Graham Cunliffe, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Operations, Finger Food Studios, Sean Garrity, Territory Account Manager, Omron Automation, Julie Kothlow, Managing Director, Advisory Practice, KPMG and Greg D’Avignon, President and CEO, Business Council of B.C.

Thank you to KPMG for hosting us!

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NEXT Leaders Council Technology & Innovation Forum

On July 11th, the NEXT Leaders Council spoke with B.C.'s industry leaders about leveraging our province's strengths in technology and traditional sectors to become a more innovative, productive, and talent driven economy that can offer solutions to some of the world's most challenging problems.

Some of the key questions explored throughout the program: How do we attract investment and world class tech talent? How do interdisciplinary teams and multi sectoral collaboration stimulate innovation? How do we use data to inform better decision making? How do we maximize the opportunities we have with the Cascadia Innovation Corridor and Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster to further establish our province as a global technology and innovation hub?

Speakers included Ted Lau, Chair, NEXT Leaders Council, Bill Tam, Past President & CEO, BC Tech Association, Co-Chair, Digital Technology Supercluster, Kim Logan, Business Development Director, Internet of Things, Telus, Professor Alejandro Adem, CEO, Mitacs, Shannon Bard, Practice Leader, Science & Innovation, Hemmera, Jeff Booth, Entrepreneur & Fellow, Creative Destruction Lab, Dr. Ron Burnett, President & Vice Chancellor, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Carling Dick, Account Director, Earnscliffe and Sue Paish, Chair, Business Council of British Columbia & CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster

Special thanks to KPMG for hosting us!

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Sixth Annual Chair's Dinner

The Business Council of British Columbia hosted a sold-out crowd for the Sixth Annual Chair’s Dinner on Tuesday, June 12th.

Our keynote speaker, David Frum, author, social and political commentator, and Senior Editor at The Atlantic, shared his insights on what the Trump Presidency means for Canada’s relationship with our largest trading partner. Afterwards, he was joined Maryscott Greenwood, Washington, D.C. based Principal with Dentons and CEO of the Canadian American Business Council, for a conversation about the latest developments in Canada - U.S. political and trade relations.

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support: Encana and Mitsubishi's Cutbank Ridge Partnership and Dentons (Leader Sponsors); LNG Canada and Tolko (Platinum Sponsors); BC Maritime Employers Association, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, Stantec, and TD (Supporting Sponsors).

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52nd Annual General Meeting of the Business Council of British Columbia

On May 1, 2018, members of the Business Council of British Columbia gathered for the 52nd Annual General Meeting. Sue Paish Q.C. was elected Chair of the Council and the Honourable John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia provided the keynote address.

In addition to the election of Sue Paish as Chair of the Business Council, BCBC members elected new representatives to the executive committee and board of governors. 

The Business Council welcomes the following newly elected members of the executive committee:

  • Doug French, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, TELUS Corp
  • Walter Pela, Regional Managing Partner, KPMG
  • Ryan Peterson, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Finger Food Studios Inc.
  • Asifa Samji, Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Environmental Services, Stantec
  • Ted Lau, Chief Executive Officer at Ballistic Arts and Board representative for the NEXT Leaders Council.

The full list of Executive Committee Members and Board of Governors is available here.

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A Conversation with Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey

On April 23rd, the Business Council was pleased to partner the British Columbia Institute of Technology in hosting a conversation with Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner of McKinsey.

As one of the world's most sought after economic advisers, Dominic shared his insights about the jobs of the future and what we must do now to ensure we can develop, attract and retain the talent needed to successfully compete in the global economy of the future.

Thank you to Telus for hosting the space.

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Member Forum with Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada's Minister of Justice and Attorney General

On April 13th, the Business Council was pleased to host a Member Forum featuring Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

Minister Wilson-Raybould's keynote address focused on Indigenous Rights and Reconciliation and the federal government's work to establish a Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework.

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Afterward, the Minister was joined by Greg D’Avignon, President & CEO, Business Council of BC, for an interactive conversation around how anticipated new legislation and policy will provide greater certainty to both Indigenous communities and industry across the country looking to collaboratively attract investment, generate sustainable economic development and advance reconciliation.

We are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Woodfibre LNG, LNG Canada and Teck Resources.

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Energy Transitions Forum featuring Bruce Anderson

On March 9th, the Business Council was pleased to partner with Teck Resources, Innergex Renewable Energy, and Clean Energy Canada, to co-host the Energy Transitions Forum featuring Bruce Anderson, Chairman of Abacus Data. As part of his address, Mr. Anderson presented his latest public opinion research on the views of British Columbians and Canadians on economic and environmental issues and priorities, including the pace of energy innovation and development of, and transition to, lower carbon energy solutions.

Afterward, Bruce was joined by Colleen Giroux-Schmidt, Vice President, Corporate Relations, Western Region, Innergex Renewable Energy, Tom Syer, Director of Government Relations, Teck Resources and Dan Woynillowicz, Policy Director, Clean Energy Canada to discuss what this means for policymakers, business leaders and stakeholders going forward.

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Post-Budget Breakfast with the Honourable Bill Morneau, Canada's Minister of Finance

On March 6th, the Business Council of BC was pleased to host a Post-Budget Breakfast with the Honourable Bill Morneau, Federal Minister of Finance. In his address to the B.C. business community, Minister Morneau highlighted the federal government's policy priorities and fiscal plan. Thank you to Susan Yurkovich, President & CEO of the Council of Forest Industries who moderated the interactive Q&A discussion.
We are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors, Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, KPMG and Fasken.

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NEXT Leaders Council & BCBC Embedding Sustainability Forum

On January 30th, the NEXT Leaders Council was pleased to bring together members of the BCBC's Board of Governors and related committees to facilitate an intergenerational discussion featuring Dr. Stephanie Bertels, Director of the SFU Beedie School of Business Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability and Founder of the Embedding Project,. This unique opportunity to learn about the leading edge work the Embedding Project and global and local firms and organizations such as the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Teck, and SFU, are doing to incorporate sustainability into their workplans, policies and processes and why this matters to your business.

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Member Forum: Public Affairs Breakfast

On January 25th, the Business Council of BC was pleased to host a member forum featuring public affairs leaders, Michael Goehring, Partner of National Public Relations, Thoren Hudyma, Vice President & General Manager BC of Global Public Affairs, Marcella Munro, Senior Strategist of KTG Public Affairs, Bruce Young, Managing Principal of Earnscliffe and moderated by Wendy Cox, BC Editor of The Globe and Mail. They shared their opinions on the national, provincial and inter-provincial public policy challenges that will dominate the headlines in 2018. We are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors, Bennett Jones LLP and FortisBC.

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BC Business Summit 2017: Scaling Up for Prosperity in a Changing World

On November 1, 2017, the Business Council of British Columbia hosted the fifth annual BC Business Summit, Scaling Up for Prosperity in a Changing World. The event convened leaders and decision makers from across the province and the country to examine strategies to diversify the British Columbia and Canadian economies and encourage the conditions and actions necessary to scale up our businesses, lever our assets and fulfill our potential prosperity.

With a small, open economy, trading with the largest and fastest growing countries in the world, size matters if British Columbia is going to be globally competitive. Delegates heard from international top economic experts and thought leaders such as Brad Smith, President & Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft and John Stackhouse, Senior Vice President at RBC Royal Bank, Jon Slavet, Managing Director - U.S. and Canada West with WeWork, and Doug Suttles, President and CEO of Encana, along with other speakers and panelists.

Thank you again to our sponsors for their generous support, including Presenting Sponsors: Encana & Mitsubishi Cutbank Ridge Partnership and Chartered Professional Accountants of BC. Partner Sponsors: British Columbia Institute of Technology, Deloitte, HSBC, Port of Vancouver. Supporting Sponsors: Agricultural Bank of China, BC Hydro, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Global Container Terminals, Seaspan, Stantec, Waste Connections of Canada.

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BC Cabinet and First Nations Leaders' Gathering Welcome Reception

The Business Council of British Columbia was pleased once again to join with organizers from the Province of BC, BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs, to co-host a welcome reception for all delegates attending the annual Leaders' Gathering. It is one of the largest gatherings of provincial and First Nations Leaders in the country and demonstrates a willingness to foster relationships, address problems, create solutions and celebrate success. We also welcomed the BC Federation of Labour as a new partner for this year's event, which offers an important opportunity to celebrate existing partnerships with First Nations and explore new collaborations. Chiefs and their guests from 203 First Nations across the province, BC Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials joined with senior business and labour leaders from the Business Council of British Columbia and BC Federation of Labour for an evening dedicated to relationship building and reconciliation.
Thank you to our sponsors: Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, EY, Fasken Martineau, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, RBC Royal Bank, Seaspan, Teck Resources, Vancouver Island University and Vancouver Airport Authority for their generous support.

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Business Council 51st Annual General Meeting

The Business Council of BC hosted the 51st Annual General Meeting on June 7, 2017. The meeting was chaired by Business Council Chair, Marcia Smith and included recognizing the important contributions of our retiring and current Executive Committee Members and Board of Governors as well as welcoming new members.

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Fifth Annual Chair's Dinner featuring Jeffrey Simpson

The Business Council of British Columbia hosted a sold-out crowd for the Fifth Annual Chair’s Dinner on Wednesday, June 7th. It was a pleasure to have so many Business Council members, First Nations Chiefs and guests come together.

Our keynote speaker, Jeffrey Simpson, award winning former national affairs columnist, shared his insights on Canada at 150 and our nation's partnerships with the United States, new challenges and opportunities in a complex world. Mr. Simpson's remarks are available here 

Jeffrey was joined by Christopher Sands (Director of the Center for Canadian Studies, Johns Hopkins University) and Martha Hall Findlay (President & CEO, Canada West Foundation) for a candid conversation around the formidable task of strategically managing our trade and diplomatic relations with our largest trading partner, and others, in an increasingly protectionist global landscape.  

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support: Microsoft (Leader Sponsor); Langara College and McCarthy Tetrault LLP (Partner Sponsors); Encana and Mitsubishi's Cutbank Ridge Partnership, Port of Vancouver, and Seaspan (Supporting Sponsors).

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Member Forum: Exploring Canada's and BC’s Place in the Evolving Global Energy Market, presented in partnership with the Energy Council of Canada

On March 10, the Business Council of BC and Energy Council of Canada was pleased to host a member forum featuring Canadian energy leaders, Michael McAllister, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Encana, Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada, and Jessica McDonald, President and CEO of BC Hydro, as they shared how their companies are addressing future challenges and capitalizing on the opportunities arising from the rapidly shifting global energy and trade landscape. Moderated by Mary Hemmingsen, Global Head of LNG and National Sector Leader, Power and Utilities at KPMG, the discussion focused on the implementation of major projects, developing First Nations partnerships, Canada’s regulatory framework and enhancing our competitiveness in the global marketplace. We are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors, IBCA, Ledcor Group, Solaris Management Consultants Inc., Kiewit and Sacre Davey Engineering.

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