The Council relies on its committees to deliver effective, issue-based insights and advocacy on BC’s most important economic issues. These working groups are made up of Council members, representing the majority of BC’s top employers. The input of members ensures that committees are focused on relevant business issues and are informed by on-the-ground experience and practical policy matters.
Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
In 2017, this committee will primarily focus on two areas. The first is the policy areas related to the UN Declaration, and specifically on ‘free, prior and informed consent’ and its implications for capital markets, investment, and First Nations in the face of Canadian law, precedent and expectations.
The second focus will be on the execution of the Business Council’s 2016 MOU with the Assembly of First Nations through the Champions table of Chiefs and CEOS. This will require the committee to support, through working tables, the priorities of sustainable economic development, capacity building and the development of policy to enable reconciliation and greater certainty. One initiative that members will be asked to consider is a First Nations’ Intern Leadership program in which up to 20 firms per year will hire a First Nations graduate to build their knowledge and experience in business and within a sector(s). The program will be managed by Vancouver Island University along with the Business Council and BCAFN.
The committee is comprised of subject matter specialists drawn from many economic sectors. It tracks and considers provincial and federal environmental policy and regulatory issues in a number of areas, including air and water quality, environment assessment processes, water sustainability, waste management, contaminated sites and species at risk. Committee members also contribute to the Business Council’s work on environmental sustainability and protection. The mandate of the committee encompasses broad policy and regulatory frameworks that affect industries in the natural resource, manufacturing, infrastructure and transportation sectors. Technical issues are referred, where appropriate, to ad hoc technical sub-committees.
The committee agenda is set by members and informed by our knowledge and earlier engagement with government on each party’s issues and interests. Meetings consist of member discussion and often direct dialogue with policy makers, government Ministers and subject matter experts. Business Council staff provide research and administrative support.
Energy and Climate Committee
In Q1 of 2017 the Energy Committee is being reconstituted to address the intersection of energy and climate matters. While they can be mutually exclusive, increasingly the two are linked in policy and process discussions. Energy development in Canada now involves a consideration of climate impacts and related policy responses.
Employee Relations Committee
This committee addresses policy and regulatory issues in the areas of labour law and collective bargaining, employment standards, occupational health and safety, and the operation and funding of WorkSafeBC.
Human Capital Committee
Through 2016 the Business Council undertook a broad assessment and fresh research on Human Capital policy, programs and approaches to meet the labour market needs of today and tomorrow. In anticipation of the increasingly complex and competitive marketplace for talent and the changing needs of large and mid-sized employers, we will be launching in Q2 a new Human Capital Committee to inform governments on the priorities and needs of employers and ensure BC has the right people, in the right numbers at the right place and time with the appropriate skills sets. This committee will look at strategic policy issues related to immigration, education, work-integrated learning and credentialing.
Innovation and Productivity
We are in the midst of an inflection point driven by demographic change, sluggish productivity growth and market uncertainty that is being accelerated by technology, data, connectivity and business model disruption.
This committee will establish the priorities and policy approaches to enable the Business Council to advise governments on how to improve and incent higher productivity within business and government itself. As well the committee will consider policy and process approaches to enable government to move quickly to accommodate new business models and technologies, and consider how government can utilize technology, data and information sharing platforms to build public confidence and foster greater efficiency.
NEXT Leaders Council
NEXT is a forum for emerging business leaders to engage in constructive, fact-based dialogue, debate, and advocacy around economic and public policy issues that are key to investment, growth, and a sustainable, competitive economy in British Columbia and Western Canada. More information: www.nextleaders.ca
For information on our committees, please contact info[at]bcbc.com or 604-684-3384.