Committees

The Council relies on its committees to deliver effective, issue-based insights and advocacy on B.C.’s most important economic issues. These working groups are made up of Business Council members, representing the majority of B.C.’s top employers. The input of members ensures that committees are focused on relevant business issues and are informed by on-the-ground experience and practical policy matters.

Business Caucus

The Caucus is a ‘virtual’ cross-sectoral organization for industry associations that meets and shares information and common issues in a regular and efficient manner. The mandate is as follows:

  1. Track and inform members of significant prospective and actual provincial policy and legislative issues, developments and consultative processes that impact business and the economy.
  2. Establish efficient and effective approaches for business participation and advocacy on non- sector specific economic and public policy matters at the federal, provincial and (selectively) local government levels.
  3. Develop and share communications strategies and media commentary related to cross sectoral issues.
  4. Share regular economic data among members on the B.C. economy and business climate.
  5. Maintain a watching brief on issues and, where a sufficient consensus exists, pool resources to strengthen the business community’s ability to engage in policy development and advocacy.
  6. Determine joint or concurrent submissions and collective participation where required on relevant economic and policy issues.
  7. Develop strategies to improve the quality and effectiveness of business community communications on matters of shared interest.

Communications Committee

We have reconstituted our Communications Committee and added experts to advise our staff on shifting media markets so the Business Council can more effectively leverage our voice and policy advocacy to target audiences. Specifically, the Committee is advising on new social media platforms and approaches to traditional media as well as on ways to better engage and inform our members.

Employee Relations Committee

This Committee addresses policy and regulatory issues in the areas of labour law and collective bargaining, employment standards, occupational health and safety, and the operation and funding of WorkSafeBC. It meets virtually every month. Meetings sometimes feature an update from a senior government representative. The Committee also provides input on the Business Council’s Collective Bargaining Bulletin and database.

Environment Committee

The Environment Committee is made up of subject matter specialists drawn from BCBC member organizations. It tracks and considers provincial and federal environmental policy and regulatory issues related to air and water, environmental assessment processes, waste management, contaminated sites, producer responsibility, and species at risk, conservation, etc. The Committee’s mandate encompasses policy and regulatory frameworks that affect industries operating on the provincial land base. Meetings provide an opportunity for participants to discuss current issues, share intelligence, and engage in dialogue with policymakers, government Ministers and other subject matter experts. Business Council staff provide research and administrative support.

Energy and Climate Policy Committee

The Energy & Climate Policy Committee addresses the continually growing intersection of energy and greenhouse gas management policy at all levels of government. As such, the Committee focuses on helping shape government climate policies and regulations, the structure of the B.C. carbon tax, and especially the need to protect B.C.’s energy intensive trade-exposed industries. Business Council staff provide research and administrative support.

Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation Committee

The Indigenous Affairs & Reconciliation Committee considers a broad set of policy and regulatory issues including the ongoing implementation of B.C.’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People Act as well as Canada’s United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. Topics discussed are broad and varied from Indigenous access to capital and the mechanisms required, shared decision making, commercial arrangements and issues between industry and Indigenous communities, and the effects of various government policy and actions on the existing permitting and project development outlook. The Committee provides advice to both the B.C. and Canadian governments through written submissions and regular engagement. The Committee has a member chair/co-chair.

NEXT Leaders' Council

NEXT is a forum for emerging business leaders to engage in constructive, fact-based dialogue, debate, and advocacy around economic and public policy issues that are key to investment, growth, and a sustainable, competitive economy in British Columbia and Western Canada. More information: www.nextleaders.ca

For information on our committees, please contact info@bcbc.com or 604-684-3384.