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Trade, Productivity & Competitiveness

BC’s ability to adapt to a rapidly changing world economy will depend on how well we can find new ways of doing business, adopt new ideas and practices, and connect with new trading partners. The Council encourages public policies that support research and innovation, business practices that increase productivity, connections that open new trading opportunities, and processes to commercialize BC’s best research.

The Natural Gas Story

Environment and Energy Bulletin       v3 n2
Both globally and in North America, natural gas is poised to play a bigger role in meeting the energy needs of consumers, businesses and communities. Recent discoveries of large unconventional (shale) gas deposits in the United States, Canada and parts of Europe have heightened awareness that natural gas is an abundant, widely distributed and cost-effective energy source. Many analysts also see natural gas as a “foundation” fuel that can help to pave the way to a lower-carbon energy future. And with a number of countries – Japan, Germany, etc. – now looking at reducing their reliance on nuclear power, the global appetite for natural gas seems poised to increase markedly in the coming years.

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Transportation Infrastructure for a Globally Conneted BC Economy

Policy Perspectives       v18 n2
Infrastructure is the sometimes invisible and seldom discussed backbone of a modern economy. A region’s infrastructure affects the quality of life enjoyed by citizens, the competitive position of businesses, and the potential for long-term gains in productivity and incomes. As a small economy, BC depends heavily on trade with other countries and provinces to generate income, employment and tax revenues. Both the profit margins on exports and the costs of imported goods are linked to the efficiency of the freight transportation system. As a gateway to the Asia Pacific, BC’s transportation sector is more than a facilitator of trade. In connecting Asian countries with other North American jurisdictions, the industry generates its own export earnings, apart from the enabling economic activity more broadly. Transportation as an industry looms larger in BC than in other provinces.

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A New World Order Takes Shape

Policy Perspectives       v18 n1
How long before a surging China eclipses a struggling United States as the largest national economy? The question takes on new significance as the world continues to recover from the 2008-09 financial crisis and economic downturn.

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Natural Gas: Fueling British Columbia's Growth

Authored by OnPoint Consulting

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Profile and Outlook for the BC Agri-Food Industry

Authored by Gregg Burkinshaw, Business Council of British Columbia

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Vancouver as a City-Region in the Global Economy

Authored by the Vancouver Economic Development Commission

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Shifting Perceptions: Health Industries as a Source of Wealth Creation in British Columbia

Authored by Jock Finlayson and Ken Peacock, Business Council of British Columbia

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Opportunity BC 2020: BC's Forest Industry, Moving from a Volume Focus to a Value Perspective

Authored by Woodbridge Associations

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Building the Economic Base: Tradable Services

Authored by Michael A. Goldberg

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Prospects for Mining in British Columbia

Authored by Michael R. J. McPhie, M.Sc., QEP, Managing Director, Natural Resource and Infrastructure Projects, Heenan Blakie

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Co-operative Opportunities in British Columbia

Authored by Monica Marshal, Director, Strategy, Andrea Harris, Director, Community Leadership, Bill Corbett, Director, Elvy Del Bianco, Consultant
Vancity

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Manufacturing BC - Outlook 2020

Authored by the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, British Columbia

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Changing People Changing Places: Demographic and Economic Change in British Columbia

Authored by David Baxter, Andrew Ramlo and Erin Ramlo, Urban Futures

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The United States to 2020 and the Requirement for Canadian Initiative

Authored by Colin Robertson, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

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Situating BC in the Global Economy

Authored by J. Baggs, Faculty of Business, D. Scoones, Department of Economics, and G. Voss, Department of Economics
University of Victoria

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The Rise of Asia: Opportunities and Challenges for British Columbia

Authored by Rosalie L. Tung, Ph.D., FRSC, Faculty of Business, Simon Fraser Univeristy

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British Columbia's Global Linkages: A Snapshot

Authored By: Jock Finlayson and Ken Peacock, Business Council of British Columbia

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BC's Advanced Technology Sector: Reaching for the Next Level

Authored by the BC Technology Industry Association

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