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Post Budget Member Forum with Hon. Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance

On February 24, the Business Council was pleased to host an interactive member forum with Honorable Minister de Jong for an in-depth look at the province's economic plan and fiscal outlook. We are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors, EY, Telus and HSBC.

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Member Forum: President Trump and the New U.S. Congress

On February 9, the Business Council and Bennett Jones LLP were pleased to host intimate panel discussion on the impact of a Trump administration on Canada's economy and BC business, featuring some of Canada's leading experts on U.S.- Canada relations.

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BC Business Summit 2016:

BC 2035: A Vision of Economic Growth and Prosperity

On November 1, 2016, the Business Council of British Columbia hosted the fourth annual BC Business Summit, BC 2035: A Vision for Economic Growth and Prosperity. The sold-out event convened leaders and decision makers from across the province and the country to examine the global trends impacting the provincial economy and inform a plan for long-term economic prosperity.

Delegates heard from Canada’s top economic experts and thought leaders on matters impacting the competitiveness of BC’s economy, including keynote addresses by Stephen S. Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada, the Honourable Kevin Lynch, Vice Chair of BMO Financial and Prof. Santa Ono, President of the University of British Columbia.

Panel discussions and a series of concise, content-rich 9-minute presentations touched on connectivity, branding and partnerships, urban clusters and policies to compete more efficiently, social and technological innovation adoption and embracing reconciliation. 

The BC Business Summit 2016 was the final input opportunity informing our 50th anniversary initiative, BC 2035, and resultant recommendations to help realize the vision of a competitive, sustainable and prosperous British Columbia over the next twenty years.

Thank you again to our sponsors for their generous support, including Initiative Sponsors: the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC and the Encana & Mitsubishi Cutbank Ridge Partnership. 

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Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference

Jointly hosted by the Business Council of British Columbia, the Washington Roundtable and Microsoft Corp, the Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference brought together business and government leaders to explore the potential for joint partnerships in education, transportation, university research, human capital and other areas.
Leaders on both sides of the border acknowledged the opportunity to create a single interconnected region that could be more competitive in today’s global economy and took immediate action to deepen relationships and strengthen partnerships.
At the conference, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark signed a formal agreement that committed the two governments to work closely together to "enhance meaningful and results-driven innovation and collaboration." The agreement outlines formal steps the two governments will take to collaborate in several key areas including trade, research, transportation and education.
In addition, the BC Cancer Agency, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance agreed to develop a new "master collaboration agreement" expanding patient access to care and clinical trials, advancing immunotherapy, enabling research collaboration, and providing better training opportunities for young scientists and researchers.

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BC Cabinet and First Nations Leaders' Gathering Welcome Reception

The Province of British Columbia, in partnership with the First Nations Leadership Council, hosted the third annual B.C. Cabinet and First Nations Leaders' Gathering on September 6-8th. 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. 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. Chiefs and their guests from 203 First Nations across the province, BC Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials gathered with senior business leaders from the Business Council of British Columbia for an evening dedicated to networking and relationship building.

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Aboriginal Economic Development and Prosperity Forum

The Aboriginal Business and Investment Council, in partnership with the Business Council of British Columbia, hosted Business Council Members and First Nations leaders from across the province for an engaging afternoon of dialogue and information exchange at the Economic Development and Prosperity Forum. The Forum featured a global economic briefing by the Business Council's Chief Policy Officer and Chief Economist, followed by a keynote address from one of BC's most respected CEOs and two panel discussions. The first panel explored the key features of the decision making and governance structures of several First Nations who are successfully advancing a range of partnerships and business ventures; the second explored best practices for directing the proceeds of economic development to community programming that improves the quality of life of members and secures the future of the community.

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BC Assembly of First Nations Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony

On September 6, 2016 the Business Council and the BC Assembly of First Nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance reconciliation through economic development. The MOU commitments outline the partnership in developing a new policy and regulatory framework that will create greater clarity and decision making certainty on the land base, attract capital investment, and grow the BC economy.

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Fourth Annual Chair's Dinner, featuring Lorraine Mitchelmore, Co-Chair, Smart Prosperity

The Business Council of British Columbia hosted a sold out crowd for the fourth annual Chair’s Dinner on Monday, June 13th. It was a pleasure to have so many of our members join us to celebrate the Business Council’s work over the past 50 years and honor some of the province's finest businesses and business leaders for their ongoing contributions to the Council.

Our keynote speaker, Lorraine Mitchelmore, Co-Chair of Smart Prosperity and former President and Country Chair of Shell Canada, shared her aspirations for Canada to regain its position as a competitive and innovative global energy leader. Bringing together Canadian leaders from business, think tanks, labour, Indigenous Peoples, youth, and NGO communities, Smart Prosperity aims to harness new thinking to map out and accelerate Canada’s transition to a stronger, cleaner economy in the next decade.

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support: Encana and Mitsubishi's Cutbank Ridge Partnership (Leader Sponsor); Pacific NorthWest LNG (Partner Sponsor), Agricultural Bank of China and Seaspan ULC (Supporting Sponsors).

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Business Council Panel on Innovation & 50th Annual General Meeting

The Business Council hosted a sold out crowd for our Panel on Innovation & 50th Annual General Meeting on May 12, 2016. The Panel on Innovation was an exceptional discussion, led by change agents in British Columbia's health, energy and technology sectors, highlighting how they are leading transformative change in a rapidly shifting business environment. The panel discussion followed our 50th anniversary Annual General Meeting and installation of our new Chair, Marcia Smith, Senior Vice President, Sustainability and External Affairs, Teck Resources.

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Post Budget Member Forum with Hon. Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance

On February 19, the Business Council was pleased to host an interactive member forum with Honorable Minister de Jong for an in-depth look at the province's economic plan and fiscal outlook. We are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of our presenting sponsor, EY and our breakfast sponsor, CIBC.

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Member Dinner featuring David A. Dodge, O.C.

On November 25th, the Business Council was pleased to host an intimate conversation with David A. Dodge, O.C. at the Vancouver Club. We were treated to an excellent presentation and commentary, in which Mr. Dodge offered a number of candid insights into the work ahead for our business sector to foster improvements in Canadian innovation and productivity.

We are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of our event sponsor, TELUS. Thank you also to Jock Finlayson for leading the discussion with Mr. Dodge.

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BC Business Summit 2015 - BC 2035: Forging British Columbia's Economic Future

Thank you to our speakers, sponsors and attendees for contributing to a successful BC Business Summit 2015. You can also download the presentation from opening keynote speaker, Andrew Ramlo who walked us through the demographic shifts we will be experiencing over the next 20 years. 

Plans are underway for the Business Council's BC2035 initiative as well as the 2016 BC Business Summit.  Visit for information as it becomes available.

Check out our opening video which looked at the history of BC's economy and contemplates what the future may hold looking ahead at 2035 as well as a recap video featuring many of the Summit's highlights.



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The Future of Energy: Improving Business Operations and Environmental Performance | October 8, 2015 | Westin Bayshore

On October 22nd, the Business Council was pleased to host The Future of Energy in partnership with GE Ecomagination.

This half day event featured speakers and panelists from Eurasia Group, Statoil, GE, Quest, Wurldtech, and Houweling's Greenhouses. A few highlights from the broad ranging discussion included the importance of energy security; the need for predictable, transparent global carbon pricing to provide certainty and ease planning; natural gas as a bridge to renewables; and breaking barriers to execution.

Thank you to our partner GE. We appreciated the opportunity to participate, and to provide a glimpse into the future of energy to all those who were able to join us.

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Business Council of BC | Provincial Leaders' Gathering Reception | September 8th 2015

On the eve of the second annual B.C. Cabinet and First Nations Leaders' Gathering, the Business Council was pleased to host the Provincial Leaders' Gathering Reception in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.

Attended by more than 400 First Nations, Provincial government and senior business leaders from across BC, the evening was dedicated to building relationships and evolving our partnerships through sustainable economic development. Remarks by Premier Christy Clark, Elder Mary Charles, Chief Robert Joseph, Ambassador, Reconciliation Canada, and former Attorney General, Geoff Plant, Q.C., Gall, Legge, Grant & Munroe LLP provided inspiration around what each of us can do to advance reconciliation.

The forestry, liquefied natural gas, mining, oil and gas, renewable energy, tourism and transportation sector showcases located through the room highlighted each sector's contributions to BC’s economy, as well as the opportunities before us to partner with First Nations.

The Business Council of British Columbia appreciates the generous contributions of the following event sponsors: Bennett Jones LLP, Ernst & Young, RBC Royal Bank, Seaspan ULC, Teck and Vancouver Island University.

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2015 Annual General Meeting & Political Affairs Media Panel

The Business Council was joined by a diverse representation of our membership for our 49th Annual General Meeting & Political Affairs Media Panel on June 11, 2015 at the Vancouver Club. The AGM business was chaired by Jonathan Whitworth and included recognizing the important contributions of our retiring and current Executive Committee Members and Board of Governors as well as welcoming some new faces to our governing bodies. A special acknowledgement goes to Harold Munro, Editor-in-Chief of the Vancouver Sun for moderating the Political Affairs Media Panel and we extend our appreciation to our panelists: Keith Baldrey, Legislative Bureau Chief at Global BC, Wendy Cox, BC Editor at the Globe and Mail and Les Leyne, Political Columnist at the Times Colonist for an engaging discussion regarding the state of politics in BC, Alberta and Canada.

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Third Annual Chair's Dinner

On May 13, 2015, the Business Council hosted the Third Annual Chair's Dinner at the Pan Pacific Vancouver. Elyse Allan, President and CEO of GE Canada delivered an exceptional keynote address  regarding the market dynamics impacting the future of work, including the internet of things, the emergence of the global brain and advanced manufacturing.  The sold out crowd also enjoyed a 3D printing demonstration which produced busts of our Chair, Jonathan Whitworth, as well as our lead sponsor and event participants.  Thank you to our lead sponsors: Encana and Mitsubishi through their Cutbank Ridge Partnership; partner sponsors: Pacific Northwest LNG and Port Metro Vancouver; gold sponsors: Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, Seaspan and Vancouver Island University and supplier sponsors: Marine Harvest and Tinkerine Studios.

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Exports: Putting BC to Work Forum

On April 9, 2015 the Business Council, in partnership with CKNW hosted EXPORTS: Putting BC to Work featuring an address from Benoit Daignault, President and Chief Executive Officer, Export Development Canada. This event focused on the importance of British Columbia's trade and export activities for our economic prosperity and featured a panel discussion among key business leaders from various export sectors. Thank you to Progressive Waste Solutions for their support as title sponsor of this event.

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Member Forum: Annual Post-Budget 2015 Briefing with Honourable Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance

On February 20th, the Honourable Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance provided a briefing to members of the Business Council regarding Balanced Budget 2015. We appreciate the continued support of Rio Tinto Alcan as sponsor of this event.

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BC Business Summit 2014

The second annual Business Summit: Building BC for the 21st Century - Innovation in Infrastructure was held on November 7, 2014 and featured national and international speakers and panelists exploring the role of infrastructure in our economy and how we can advance a strategic infrastructure plan for British Columbia.

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Second Annual Chair's Dinner featuring Kishore Mahbubani

The Second Annual BCBC Chair’s Dinner brought together British Columbia’s senior business leadership on May 20th for an enlightening evening exploring global issues facing our province’s economy. Following on last year’s guest speakers, Premier Christy Clark and Dominic Barton, Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, we were pleased to present Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. An author and academic, Professor Mahbubani is an expert in international affairs, Asia and the West. He has served as President of the UN Security Council, was listed by the Financial Times as one of the Top 50 Individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism and has been named one of Foreign Policy's top Global Thinkers. His latest book, The Great Convergence: Asia, The West and the Logic of One World, was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013. Professor Mahbubani shared with us his insights on how Asia is reemerging as a global economic powerhouse by understanding and implementing what he calls the seven pillars of western wisdom.

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