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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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Putting BC to Work Forum presented by BCBC and CKNW

On April 24, the Business Council and CKNW hosted the Putting BC to Work Forum featuring Canadian economist, Don Drummond and business and education leaders to discuss British Columbia's labour market landscape, and opportunities and challenges for educating, attracting and retaining human capital. The forum was part of CKNW's month long on-air programme campaign Putting BC to Work.

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BC Business Summit

On November 12th and 13th, we brought 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, explored issues of competitiveness, human capital, economic opportunity and productivity through a series of presentations, breakout sessions and engaging panel discussions.

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BCBC Member Forum featuring Ambassador Gary Doer

On June 25th, Canada's Ambassador to the United States provided an update to BCBC members about his work and the priority files as Canada's representative to our largest trading partner.

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Business Council of British Columbia AGM featuring Premier Christy Clark and Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company

Newly elected Premier Christy Clark and Global Managing Director of leading consulting agency, McKinsey & Company, Dominic Barton addressed members of the Business Council at the 47th Annual General Meeting held May 28th, 2013.

Former British Columbian and Asia Expert , Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director of McKinsey and Company delivered an important message for all British Columbians to hear:

‘It is time to accelerate our relations and opportunities with Asia or we risk being left further behind.’

He offered specific recommendations and seven priorities for our province to pursue to improve our opportunities in and with Asia. The Business Council will continue to reflect on this insightful commentary and weave it into our own communications with government and stakeholders as we continue to push for a policy landscape which supports British Columbia’s ability to compete nationally and internationally.

We are pleased to be able to provide you with Dominic’s presentation slides which can be accessed online here 

Thank you for making our first Annual General Meeting dinner event a tremendous success.

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BC Agenda for Shared Prosperity Summit - April 5th, 2013 Vancouver

On April 5th, the Business Council of British Columbia with the BC Chamber of Commerce hosted the BC Agenda for Shared Prosperity Summit: The Circle of Prosperity. The event brought together business, non-profit, regional community leaders and first nations to discuss global social economic shifts, models for institutional reform and the policies needed to create a more prosperous future for all British Columbians.

Feature speakers included Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, Christina Romer, former Chair, Council of Economic Advisors to President Obama, Zanny Minton-Beddoes, Economics Editor, The Economist Magazine and David Dodge, former Governor of the Bank of Canada.

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Business Council of British Columbia Member Forum featuring Joe Oliver

Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver spoke to members of the Business Council of British Columbia on November 28th, 2012

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BCBC Conference: Connecting Jobs and People for an Optimal BC Economy

Thank you to our conference speakers, panelists and attendees for a successful conference featuring informative presentations and conversation. This event was the beginning of the conversation and we look forward to continuing to build connections between the supply and demand of the labour challenges in British Columbia.

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BCBC Policy Conference: Powering Canadian Prosperity: BC's Energy Opportunities

The Business Council of British Columbia was pleased to bring together leading energy industry analysts, government officials and CEOs from across the country for Powering Canadian Prosperity: BC’s Energy Opportunities. This special half-day conference featured respected energy expert Peter Tertzakian of ARC Financial Corporation, former federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice, plus Lorraine Mitchelmore of Shell Canada, Premier Christy Clark and a host of panelists on will examine the urgent need to leverage BC’s energy opportunities for the long term benefit of all British Columbians and Canadians.

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Business Council of British Columbia 46th Annual General Meeting

This year's AGM opened with a panel discussion featuring Mayor Diane Watts of Surrey and Mayor Greg Moore of Port Coquitlam and Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board.
Graham MacLachlan, Regional President for RBC Royal Bank and outgoing Chair of the Business Council after for four years of service, welcomed Hank Ketcham, Chairman and CEO of West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd as the incoming Chair for a two year term.

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Member Forum: Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair TD Bank Group

Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair TD Bank Group, former Premier of New Brunswick and former Canadian Ambassador to the United States addressed members of the Business Council of British Columbia.

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BCBC Policy Conference: British Columbia's Gateway: Realizing Canada's Asia Pacific Opportunity

The Business Council of British Columbia hosted British Columbia's Gateway: Realizing Canda's Asia Pacific Opportunity which brought together the country's leading CEO's, government officials and community leaders to highlight and reflect on the components of the country's success with Asia and explore how we can capitalize on the the opportunitiies to advance the province's prospertity during what some are now calling The Asian Century.

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