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Presentation:
Jock Finlayson presentation to MacKay CEO Breakfast
Macroeconomic Musings in a Slow-Growth World

On May 27, 2015, BCBC Executive VP and Chief Policy Officer Jock Finlayson gave an economic update to a group of CEOs and Top Executives at a MacKay CEO Forums Breakfast Event.

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Presentation:
Ken Peacock presentation to Construction Council of Vancouver Island
Building BC for the 21st Century

On May 13, 2015, BCBC Chief Economist Ken Peacock presented to the Construction Council of Vancouver Island's first annual Capital Project Forum in Nanaimo. In his presentation, Ken makes the case for increased infrastructure investment due to its strong economic impact and the role infrastructure plays in enabling access to foreign markets and improving quality of life. With the current climate of low interest rates, now is an opportune time to borrow capital in order to finance essential infrastructure projects. The presentation also looks at a variety of financing options from both the private and public sector, and notes the need for a long term infrastructure development strategy to ensure we keep pace with the global economy and our shifting demographics here at home.

This presentation is based on the Business Council's November 2014 whitepaper on infrastructure policy and financing, Building BC for the 21st Century, authored by Ken Peacock and Jock Finlayson.

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Jock Finlayson receives Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws from Royal Roads University (with speech)

On November 4. 2014, Royal Roads University presented an Honorary Degree to Jock in recognition of the exceptional work he has done, through his career and his various board appointments. His work for over 20 years in BC has informed good public policy, encouraged healthy debate and his role as a strong communicator and business advocate. 

As noted in the University statement Finlayson’s insight into economic policy has benefited the entire province. He translates complex economic concepts into applied knowledge for the benefit of government, business owners and residents of British Columbia” 

To this we congratulate Jock not only on this honour, but on the contribution he makes every day on our behalf to the Business Council members, the economy and the public’s understanding of business through the work he does at the Council. 

Thank you, Jock, for your continued thought leadership and your contribution to not only the Council and its members, but to British Columbia.

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Submission: Business Council Submission in Advance of the 2015 Provincial Budget

The Business Council of British Columbia's submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, outlining our views and advice concerning the 2015 provincial budget.

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Presentation: Greg D'Avignon presentation to Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Event: Imagining Canada's Future

Business Council president and ceo Greg D'Avignon joined with four other panelists to discuss the six future challenge areas identified through Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's Imagining Canada’s Future initiative at The University of British Columbia on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

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Presentation: Greg D'Avignon Keynote Presentation to the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce

The world has become more competitive since 2008-09 and BC is competing with countries all around the world to attract investment capital. Mr. D’Avignon gave an overview of BC’s economic reality and discussed why we need to start working more collaboratively, more effectively, and more competitively if we’re going to maintain the kind of lifestyle we want. - See more at: http://www.nvchamber.ca/events/Past_Event_Recap/keynote-breakfast-with-greg-davignon-bc-business-council-president-ceo#sthash.KmdOtLo7.dpuf

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Presentation: KPMG 2014 Federal Budget Presentation by Jock Finlayson

Jock Finlayson's annual post-Federal Budget presentation to KPMG and their clients.

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Speaking Notes on the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

Speaking notes for Jock Finlayson's appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade on the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

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Submission: Site C Clean Energy Project

The Business Council's comments to the Joint Review Panel on the Site C Clean Energy Project

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Submission: Water Sustainability Act for British Columbia Legislative Proposal

The Business Council's comments on the Ministry of Environment’s Water Sustainability Act for British Columbia: Legislative Proposal.

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Submission: Business Council Pre-Budget Submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance, Province of BC

The Business Council of British Columbia is pleased to provide this submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, outlining our views and advice on the 2014 provincial budget to be presented next February.

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Submission: Letter to Honourable James Moore re Telecommunications Policy

Correspondence sent on behalf of the Business Council's membership on a matter of national significance, and of considerable importance to British Columbia, pertaining to telecommunications policy, and specifically the regulatory framework for the sector which recently has been under review by Industry Canada.

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Letter to Metro Vancouver RE: Air Quality Impact of New and Expanded Coal Shipment Activity in Metro Vancouver

The Business Council of British Columbia addressed written correspondence a proposed recommendations on the potential air quality impacts of new and expanded coal shipment activity in Metro Vancouver being considered by the Board of Metro Vancouver on June 14th, 2013.

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Presentation: Federal Budget 2013 KPMG Breakfast

Economic outlook presentation by Jock Finlayson to the KMPG Federal Budget Breakfast, March 22, 2013

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Submission: Letter to Vancouver City Council re Coal Export Expansion Motion

The Business Council is disappointed that a majority of Vancouver Council voted to adopt the motion on March 13. This submission outlines the views summarized during the Business Council's appearance before City Council's Transportaion, Planning and Environment Committee.

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Presentation: From Good to Great: Nurturing Small Business Growth in British Columbia

Paper prepared for the SFU School of Public Policy and the BC Population Prosperity Initiative

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Submission: Land Based Spill Preparedness and Response in BC

The Business Council's response to the Ministry of Environment's request for comments on the Land Based Spill Preparedness and Response in British Columbia, Policy Intentions Paper for Consultation (2012).

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Submission: 2013 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission

The Business Council of British Columbia submits preliminary advice on the 2013 provincial budget to the legislature's Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.

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Submission: BCBC's submission to the Provincial Carbon Tax Review

In the 2012 budget, the Provincial Ministry of Finance announced a review of the carbon tax and its impact on British Columbia's competitiveness. The attached publication was prepared by Jock Finlayson and his policy team at the Business Council.

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Submission: Provincial Government's Expert Panel on Business Taxation

In response to the provincial government's request for input, the Business Council of British Columbia is pleased to share our views with the Expert Panel on tax measures that could be implemented to strengthen BC’s economy and competitive position as the province shifts from the HST back to the dual PST/GST system. The Panel is familiar with the benefits of the HST, and the many reasons why economists and public finance scholars almost universally see value-added taxes like the HST as an important and useful element in the revenue mix for governments.

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