Business Council of B.C. Economic Dashboard Launch

Event Description


On April 27th, the Business Council of B.C. will launch the new Business Council of B.C. Economic Dashboard, developed in collaboration with KPMG's Lighthouse team. This new, nationally unique and highly interactive data visualization tool applies exponential thinking and emerging technologies to provide up-to-date insights and tracking of the trends in B.C.'s economy and our collective well-being. The Dashboard is a public service designed for organizations and individuals alike, which will pull from data sources, including Statistics Canada, as well as real-time data sources, to provide access to essential economic and social activity indicators for our province, with the ability to compare across Canadian jurisdictions over time.

Join us virtually on Tuesday, April 27th, as we provide an exclusive demonstration of the Dashboard followed by a panel conversation with business and economic leaders who will discuss how the pandemic has impacted the B.C. economy, and what we can expect through recovery. The discussion will showcase how members, government, and the public alike, can use this tool as a one-stop-shop for quick or detailed data insights to support their work and advance a more prosperous, competitive province.

More about the Business Council of B.C. Economic Dashboard:

From jobs, to leisure activities, to changes in consumer behaviours, such as shopping and commuting, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all aspects of our lives and the economy. To what extent does the disruption continue? How is the public responding and is the economy recovering?

The Dashboard, developed in collaboration between the Business Council of B.C. and KPMG, allows users to quickly see the economic toll, track recovery, and gauge the current economic changes and emerging climate. With just a little exploration, the uneven impact across different sectors and demographics is evident. Comparisons across provincial outcomes and over varied time periods on different measures of key economic indicators can be readily seen. Whether it be retail sales, employment, exports or building permits, users will have quick and easy access to all of the key economic data - along with BCBC analysis and insights - at their fingertips.

Visit the Dashboard

  • Location:Online via Zoom
  • Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
  • Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

Greg D'Avignon, President & CEO, Business Council of B.C.

Greg D'Avignon, President & CEO, Business Council of B.C.

Greg D’Avignon is the President and CEO of the Business Council of B.C., a 210-member driven policy and advocacy organization comprised of the province’s leading businesses in every sector of the provincial economy and B.C.’s post-secondary institutions. A fourth generation British Columbian, Greg has held senior private and public sectors leadership positions over the last 25 years, including serving the Prime Minister of Canada.

Greg is the immediate past Chair of the B.C. Cancer Foundation and former Chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. He is a current member of the Board of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, the Premier’s Indigenous Business Investment Council, the B.C. Academic Health Science Network, and the Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation.

Ken Peacock, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, Business Council of B.C.

Ken Peacock, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, Business Council of B.C.

Ken is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the Business Council of British Columbia, a business advocacy association representing B.C.’s 210 largest companies that together, account for over one-quarter of all jobs in the province. In this capacity, Ken contributes to the Council’s work on economic and policy issues of interest to the business community. Ken was born and raised in B.C. and has attained his master’s degree in economics from Simon Fraser University. He is a past President of the Association of Professional Economists of B.C. and a member of the B.C. Economic Forecast Council.

Walter Pela, GVA Regional Managing Partner, KPMG

Walter Pela, GVA Regional Managing Partner, KPMG

As Regional Managing Partner, Walter leads B.C.’s largest and oldest professional services firm, operating with 1,200 people in 12 offices across the Province. Walter also serves on KPMG’s Clients & Markets Committee, overseeing client service and market development across Canada. Prior to his current role, Walter served as the Partner-in-Charge of Tax Services for KPMG's Greater Vancouver Area for 9 years. In his role as Regional Managing Partner, Walter leads conversations with clients, business leaders and organizations on business, social and economic issues, including in the area of innovation and business transformation.

With more than 25 years of experience and as an active Tax Partner, he provides tax advice to a wide variety of clients, including public and private businesses, institutional investors, and private equity groups. Walter has acted as tax lead for many security offerings, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, and tax structured transactions.

Throughout his career, Walter has maintained an industry focus in real estate, advising developers, REITs, funds and syndications. In 2016, Walter was recognized as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA) and until recently was Chair of the Finance Committee for UNICEF Canada.

Jennifer Shulman, National Lead Partner, Economic Services & Global Co-Chair, Impact Services, KPMG

Jennifer Shulman, National Lead Partner, Economic Services & Global Co-Chair, Impact Services, KPMG

Jennifer has a Ph.D. in International Political Economics and has over 15 years of experience conducting pricing and costing analyses. She has led multiple studies for both corporate and not-for-profit clients across a wide range of industries such as pharmaceuticals (including vaccines and bio-pharma), medical devices, public health, chemicals, professional services, diversified industrial, mining and energy.

Jennifer has developed an extensive skill set in helping clients with multiple, often competing, stakeholders with developing and implementing funding and costing methodologies and strategies. This work brings together elements of economics, statistical modelling, cost accounting, and game theory/incentive alignment.

Jennifer has deep experience in the professional services industry as well as working with global advisors and consultancies. Prior to KPMG, she served as Managing Director for a major finance services company, specializing in international transfer pricing, including complex planning, controversy, and documentation issues.

Bridgitte Anderson, President & CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

Bridgitte Anderson, President & CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

Bridgitte Anderson is the President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade - Western Canada's most active and influential business association, known for influencing decision-makers, and educating, connecting with, and engaging our communities.

Bridgitte is the first woman to lead the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade in its 134-year history. Her focus is on building a more competitive and sustainable economy to help our region thrive while evolving the Board’s programs to foster a more diverse and inclusive region. She joined GVBOT from Edelman, a global public relations firm, where she led the Vancouver office, the city’s largest communications agency.

Prior to that, she served as Press Secretary to Premier Gordon Campbell, leading communications during the 2009 BC election and the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Bridgitte holds the ICD.D designation from ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and IAP2 certification in public participation.

Kathy Butler, Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets, CIBC

Kathy Butler, Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets, CIBC

Kathy is a managing director and head at CIBC Capital Markets in British Columbia. Kathy joined CIBC in 1996 and has worked on merger and acquisition advisory mandates and debt and equity financing for clients in the technology, telecom, consumer retail, industrial products and forestry sectors.

Kathy holds an MBA (Honours) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance (Honours) from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. She represented the technology industry on the B.C. Jobs and Investment Board and is currently on the Board of Governors for the Business Council of British Columbia and the Working Group on International Financial Services for B.C. Kathy is also on the boards of CIBC World Markets Inc., CIBC Children’s Foundation, St. George’s Foundation, and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, and is a partner of Social Venture Partners Vancouver.

Salima Remtulla, Vice President, Operations & Corporate Strategy, Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel

Salima Remtulla, Vice President, Operations & Corporate Strategy, Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel

Salima drives organizational change as Vice President, Operations & Corporate Strategy at Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd, which involves everything from overhauling client reporting and implementing new technology, to empowering support teams and assessing strategic threats and opportunities. Salima is a 2018 Business in Vancouver Top 40 Under 40 honouree, and a strong advocate for diversity and inclusive workplaces.  Previously, Salima was the COO of Global Private Investing at D. E. Shaw & Co. LP, a multi-strategy hedge fund headquartered in New York City.

Salima is a graduate of Yale University and a Palmer Scholar of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she holds an MBA, and where she placed in the top 5% of her class and won the peer-voted Benjamin Franklin Award. A CFA charterholder, Salima is certified in financial risk management and governance for not-for-profit directors and is currently a candidate for the CPHR human resources designation.

In the community, Salima is the Chair of the Vancouver Hospice Society and a Member-at-Large on the board of the B.C. Business Council. She previously served as a member of the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation’s capital campaign cabinet and contributed to a think tank in the Ismaili community.

Salima is passionate about new experiences, keyboard shortcuts, travel, and dance (the kind that’s inspired when nobody’s watching). 

Shaun Stevenson, President & CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority

Shaun Stevenson, President & CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority

Shaun was appointed President and CEO in August 2018. Shaun joined Prince Rupert Port Authority in 1997 and assumed progressive roles, namely as Vice President, Trade Development and Public Affairs, to help lead the Port of Prince Rupert in its transformation and growth as a global trade gateway.