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What do you want BC to look like in 2035? What are the big ideas that will leverage our collective strengths, adapt to global trends and result in the creation of a strong economy and society that will propel our province through the fourth industrial revolution?

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Canada has important tools for business to succeed in the Pacific economy. Are we using them?

The second annual Pacific Finance and Trade Summit will look at how we can build our economy with a focus on important new tools in finance and trade. And how we can further develop those advantages to build business in the Pacific, with a commitment to economic growth, sustainability and global trade.

In partnership with AdvantageBC and the Province of British Columbia, this 25th edition of a CityAge event will gather business and public sector leaders from across North America and Asia to look a new approaches to growing Vancouver, BC's and Canada’s economic activity in the Pacific Rim.

Specific topics will include building Canada’s status as a gateway for financial and infrastructure services between the Asia Pacific and the Americas, building new markets for trade, expanding our shipping, air and technology industries, and building our national brand and presence in the Pacific.

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She explores. She leads. She innovates. She TALKS!

16 women. 8 minutes each. 1 impactful day.

sheTalks Resources, presented by Resource Works, will feature stories of women and their connection to and journey through the resource sector in BC. Women are leading the way in ensuring resource development is taking place in environmentally, socially and economically responsible ways. Learn about the impacts these women are making in our communities.

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We invite you to join us for an invaluable discussion, led by change agents in British Columbia's health, finance, energy and technology sectors, highlighting how BC companies are leading transformative change in a rapidly shifting business environment. This panel discussion will follow our 50th anniversary Annual General Meeting and installation of a new Chair.

  As we reflect on the work of the Business Council over the past 50 years, a lot has changed for our member companies and business in our province in general.  The accelerated pace at which global competitiveness, technological developments and business model changes are advancing today has never before been experienced.  With the realities of climate change, the rise of the sharing economy and rapidly increasing disruptive technologies, innovation and adaptability are essential.

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Multi-billion dollar public and private investments in health care are on the horizon. How can these investments ensure that our health care system rewards innovation, and is used as an asset that encourages economic growth and healthier cities?

British Columbia has a massive opportunity in the new St Paul’s hospital. How can that opportunity be used to build a healthier city and a new health precinct that yields a stronger economy and creates jobs?

To date, more than 1,000 leaders from across North America and Europe have attended The Data Effect. At the same time, CityAge has organized over 20 additional conferences that address opportunities in business of city-building. 

In the sixth edition of The Data Effect, CityAge will combine these audiences – in health care research and in next generation city-building – to build a powerful network who can implement the innovations the next generation of Canadian health requires.

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Register today for our annual Post-Budget briefing with the Honourable Michael de Jong on Friday, February 19th. Don't miss this opportunity for an in-depth look at the province's economic plan and fiscal outlook presented by British Columbia's Minister of Finance.   
  

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In 2015, our economy is undergoing a transition amid increasing global competiveness and rapid rate of change brought on by exciting new technological developments, demographic shifts, information transfers and global economic change.  In this environment, it is important that we take steps today to prepare for the future. So, at this year’s Third Annual BC Business Summit, the Business Council is asking: what type of British Columbia do you want in 2035?

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Join the Business Council of British Columbia and GE Ecomagination for a thought-provoking discussion on trends, technologies and actions to drive operational, financial and environmental performance.

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From October 14-16, 2015, leaders from government, industry, business and First Nations will gather at the Vancouver Convention Centre for the third annual International LNG in BC Conference: Clean Energy. Reliable Partner.  The event showcases what British Columbia has to offer and helps move the Province forward in the international LNG marketplace.  It provides the opportunity for businesses and LNG proponents to connect and network. A variety of keynote speakers and industry panels will offer an opportunity for attendees to engage in discussions and share their knowledge.

This year’s Trade Show Exhibition will feature over 300 businesses from the energy sector, including many organizations from British Columbia whose products and services are integral to the completion of the LNG industry.

As in previous years, a Youth Expo will take place for the duration of the Conference, but this year’s event will see an expansion, including an education fair, a youth forum and an Award Challenge.  The Youth Expo will be designed to stimulate the next generation of talented energy professionals who will drive the LNG industry forward.

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The Pacific Finance Summit, organized by CityAge and co-hosted by AdvantageBC and the Province of British Columbia, will outline how Canada’s financial sector and business leaders can benefit from the massive opportunity that Canadian based financial institutions and businesses have at their doorsteps as qualified RMB investors – as long as we capitalize on it.

For tickets and information visit: http://www.pacificfinancesummit.org.

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How much of Canada's economic future will thrive on oil & gas? How much should it? It's up to us to decide - please join the conversation!

Breakfast discussion with  Jeff Rubin, Author of The Carbon Bubble: What Happens to us When it Bursts? and Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of British Columbia

This breakfast debate is part of the Eco-Pragmatist Summit which looks at ways of promoting human needs & progress along with environmental issues. The breakfast will be followed by a focus on technological advancements in the oil & gas industry, and our lunch keynote is thought-provoking author Alex Epstein on The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.

For Tickets and additional information, visit: Eco-Pragmatist Summit

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 The  Business Council of British Columbia is pleased to present a public and political affairs media panel as part of our 49th Annual General Meeting. This panel discussion will focus on current political events and feature an impressive line up of BC media representatives, including Keith Baldrey, Wendy Cox, Les Leyne and Harold Munro. The panelists will share their insights and perspectives regarding the upcoming federal election; the results and implications of the recent Alberta provincial election; and the state of BC politics.

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Creating Connections 4.0 will bring together people of all genders and backgrounds for two days to discuss issues of personal and professional development, networking, and inspiration. This is an opportunity for a meaningful dialogue about the participation of women in Engineering, Science, and Technology. The hope is to engage individuals and organizations to create a world where everyone can explore and participate in the opportunities provided by engineering, science and technology to improve our world.

Speakers include: the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser, and high-tech entrepreneur and author Shannon Byrne Susko.

For Conference details and registration information visit: http://www.sfu.ca/sfuwest/cc-2015

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The Third Annual BCBC Chair’s Dinner will bring together British Columbia’s senior business leadership on May 13th for an enlightening evening exploring how innovation can drive the Canadian economy with Canadian business leader Elyse Allan, President and CEO, GE Canada.   

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Join 250 senior-level corporate leaders from Canada, United States, Europe and Latin America to discuss practical ways in which women, as consumers and employees, entrepreneurs and executives are critical to the continuing success of companies in today's competitive, international economy. This invitation is extended to all C-Suite / Senior Executive Level Business Council members.

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Join us on April 9 as the Business Council, in partnership with CKNW hosts EXPORTS: Putting BC to Work featuring an address from Benoit Daignault, President and Chief Executive Officer, Export Development Canada. This event will focus on the importance of British Columbia's trade and export activities for our economic prosperity and will also feature a panel discussion among key business leaders from various export sectors. 

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Members of the Business Council are invited for a lunch event with the Honourable Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance for his first post-budget briefing. The Provincial Budget 2015 will be delivered on Tuesday, February 17th and this will be the Minister's first opportunity to brief the business community and take your questions on the details of the budget.

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The data age presents us with a new approach to build the economy and the country.  Data, and the systems around it, are revolutionizing key sectors of the economy.

The Data Effect will look at how data stands to be a key tool to build BC and Canada's competitive advantage in the global economy.  The event will lay out the practical steps required to ensure BC's global strengths in health care research and delivery can improve outcomes, create jobs and build the economy. 

The select audience will be drawn from government, business, research and the investment community and will map out the partnerships, policies and ideas that can make Canada a leader in the data age. 

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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.

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Come discover pathways to industry partnership with UBC Applied Science. In an evening of thought-provoking, seven-minute presentations, learn why faculty are passionate about their work. Start the dialogue to open up infinite possibilities to leverage our research.

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