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The Second Annual BCBC Chair’s Dinner will bring 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 are 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. 

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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 24th.

Featuring keynote speaker, Don Drummond, former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, TC Bank Financial Group

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Absenteeism contributes to a substantial amount of lost productivity and revenue for Canadian organizations and the economy as a whole.

The Conference Board of Canada is holding a series of workshops in major cities across Canada on driving productivity and organizational performance by improving disability management practices and reducing absenteeism. The Workshop will take place in Vancouver on March 11; a special discount for BCBC members applies. Read more for details.

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Hosted by the City of Surrey, the Surrey Summit has become the signature business event in the province and an ongoing part of Surrey’s economic development strategy.

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Annual BCBC Member Budget briefing with the Minister of Finance.

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The 3rd annual Wavefront Wireless Summits is a technology leadership conference focused on strategic business transformation enabled by wireless & mobility solutions.
A MUST attend event for anyone interested in mobility and M2M! Knowledgeable and informative presenters, great solution diversity, perfect mix of presentations, roundtables, panels, discussion and networking.

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Canada's leading public affairs experts will share their insight into the burning political and public affairs issues for the upcoming year in Ottawa, Western Canada and British Columbia.

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Now in its 11th year, the BC Natural Resource Forum has grown to become the hub for all companies involved in the resource sector to get together for in-depth discussions, sharing of success stories, opportunities, innovations in technology, and expanding opportunities in the service and supply sector.

Details at
bcnaturalresourcesforum.com 

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On November 12 and 13th we will bring together senior municipal, federal and provincial government officials, as well as business , economic, and First Nations thought leaders from across the province and from every business sector to explore the opportunities and most pressing challenges facing our economy today...and tomorrow.

In its first year, the BC Business Summit 2013: Building Prosperity through a Competitive Economy, will explore issues of competitiveness, human capital, economic opportunity and productivity through a series of presentations, breakout sessions and engaging panel discussions.

Featured Speakers Include:

  • Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia
  • Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, Government of Canada
  • Arnaud Soirat, President and CEO, Primary Metals, Rio Tinto Alcan
  • Don Lindsay, President and Chief Executive Officer, Teck
  • Paulo Maia, President and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Bank Canada
  • Matthew K. Rose, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BNSF

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The Canada of 2030 will not be the country it is today. In the next 17 years, macro-changes, from globalization, demographics, technology revolutions, climate or security events, will reshape our lives, organizations and communities.

The Asia Pacific Foundation and the Business Council of British Columbia are pleased to host Mr. Eric Noel, initiator of the Canada towards 2030 project. This project aims to identify the major macro trends that will affect Canadians. This by-invitation only event is designed for leaders from business, government and civil society who are interested in long-term strategic planning for their organization.

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On June 25th, join the Business Council of British Columbia for this special Member Forum and breakfast featuring Gary Doer, Canada's Ambassador to the United States of America.

Buy your tickets today! 

Tuesday, June 25th
7:30 am - Breakfast and Registration
8:00 am - Program featuring Ambassador Gary Doer, Canada's Ambassador to the USA
Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel - 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver BC

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Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West presents a lunch conference on the EU-Canada Relationship & CETA (Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement)

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Join with members of the Business Council for an evening with Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company. 

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McKinsey & Company is one of the world’s largest management consulting firms advising leading businesses, governments and institutions.

Dominic Barton is the global managing director of McKinsey. Raised in British Columbia, Dominic graduated from UBC and was selected a Rhodes Scholar before beginning his 25-plus year career at McKinsey. Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries—including banking, consumer goods, high tech, and industrial—but his core area of work is in financial-sector development and reform.

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 For a post event summary including videos, please visit www.bcagenda.ca

Confirmed Speaker: Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia

As part of the BC Agenda for Shared Prosperity , the Business Council of British Columbia and the BC Chamber of Commerce are bringing together business, non-profit, regional community leaders and first nations to discuss global social and economic shifts, models for institutional reform and the right combination of policies, people and ingenuity to create a more prosperous future for all British Columbians.

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Hosted by the Vancouver Board of Trade and the Province of British Columbia.

Join Premier Christy Clark along with business and government leaders from India and BC for a close look at our growing trade relationship with India.  BC companies can learn how to take advantage of the many emerging export and investment opportunities.  The BC-India Global Business Forum will feature expert speakers, insightful panels and networking receptions.

For details visit www.boardoftrade.com/bcindia

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After 20 years, more than 300 million passengers, and five million take-offs and landings, Larry Berg is retiring from YVR.

On Friday, March 8, join us for lunch at the Vancouver Convention Centre East (Canada Place) as we celebrate Larry Berg's contributions, and thank him for his business and community leadership.

For more information, visit the Vancouver Board of Trade event listing here

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Fuelling the Future, hosted by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, will profile BC's competitive advantage in the global LNG market.  The two day conference will highlight the expertise international LNG proponents bring to BC, explain how this energy sector industry is developing in the province and provide a domestic and international economic perspective on BC's emerging LNG industry.

For more information visit: www.lnginbc-conference.ca

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Hosted by the Vancouver Board of Trade, the Oil Sands Story will feature The Honourable Ken Hughes, Minister of Energy, Province of Alberta, Honourable Rich Coleman, MInister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, Province of BC and Ian Anderson, President and CEO, Kinder Morgan.

For details, please visit the Vancouver Board of Trade here.

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The Aboriginal Business and Investment Council (ABIC) and the Business Council of British Columbia are pleased to host the ABIC Symposium which will bring together leaders from Aboriginal communities, business, corporate, and government organizations to highlight and celebrate Aboriginal business success stories. Register today at www.abicsymposium.ca

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Many of the challenges and gaps in the BC labour market are due to imperfect linkages, connections and communication between the demand and supply sides of the job market. Skill and labour shortages, regional mismatches, under-utilized labour force participant, labour surpluses, inefficient programs and sevices area ll symptoms of a workforce deman/supply disconnect.

Join with leaders from British Columbia’s business, education, recruitment and human resource sectors for this full day session to explore the challenges facing employers and the opportunities for solutions through our education and post secondary education systems, identifying underutilized labour pools and building connections between major project planning and human and broad human resource planning.

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