B.C. Business Summit 2019: The New Business & Societal Paradox: If things are going so well, why am I so anxious?

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November 20, 2019

On November 20, 2019 the Business Council of British Columbia presented the seventh annual B.C. Business Summit.

The programme explored the paradox of economic growth, abundant assets, resources and talent contrasted by a backdrop of disruption, risk, uncertainty and at times self-inflicted policies that impede success around both the kitchen table and the boardroom table.

Polling and surveys confirm that businesses and the public at large are anxious about the future. For many Canadian business leaders, our country’s competitiveness challenges, skilled labour shortages and escalating world-wide protectionism are taking a toll on confidence, particularly against the backdrop of slowing global growth.

What can we do to position our economy for the future and generate shared prosperity for British Columbians and Canadians?

The B.C. Business Summit brought together over 400 leaders from business, academia, government, Indigenous communities and the next generation.

Keynote & Featured Speakers:

  • Hon. John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia.
  • Al Monaco, President & CEO, Enbridge
  • Marcia Moffat, Managing Director – Country Head of Canada, BlackRock Canada

Presentation: Productivity and Prosperity: Is Canada Keeping Up with the Joneses?

  • David Williams, Vice President of Policy, Business Council of B.C.

Panel Discussion: The NEXT Generation of Leaders, in Conversation with Tamara Vrooman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Vancity

  • Ted Lau, Chair, NEXT Leaders’ Council & CEO, Ballistic Arts Media Studios
  • Minh Ngo, Founder & Principal, The Visual Scribe
  • Salima Remtulla, Vice President, Operations & Corporate Strategy, Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel
  • Chief Willie Sellars, Williams Lake Indian Band

Panel Discussion: Leveraging Our Cultural Diversity & Business Ties

  • Bridgitte Anderson, President & CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
  • Robin Dhir, Strategic Advisor, Fasken
  • Tero Kosonen, Co-founder, Ore Capital Partners
  • Wei Shao, Partner, Dentons
  • Jillian Stirk, former ambassador and co-author of The Diversity Dividend: Canada’s Global Advantage

Presentation: How Vancouver is Driving the Transformative Potential of Quantum Computing

  • Andrew Fursman, Co-founder & CEO, 1QBit

Panel Discussion: Building our Competitiveness in the 21st Century Economy

  • Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President & Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of British Columbia
  • Kevin Milligan, Professor, Vancouver School of Economics, UBC
  • Bill Robson, President & CEO, C.D. Howe Institute
  • Susan Yurkovich, President & CEO, Council of Forest Industries

Panel Discussion: Envisioning our Future Together: Aligning the Kitchen and Boardroom Tables

  • Her Honour, the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
  • Mayor Lori Ackerman, City of Fort St. John
  • Laird Cronk, President, B.C. Federation of Labour
  • John Montalbano, Principal, Tower Beach Capital
  • Dara Parker, Vice President, Grants and Community Initiatives, Vancouver Foundation
  • Chief Councillor Crystal Smith, Haisla Nation

Thank you again to our sponsors for their generous support, including:

Presenting Sponsor: Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia

Leader Sponsors: Enbridge, Port of Vancouver

Technology Sponsor: TELUS

Partner Sponsors: Bennett Jones, BCIT, BC Maritime Employers Association, ConocoPhillips Canada, Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster, Cutbank Ridge Partnership, HSBC, LNG Canada, Rogers, University of British Columbia, Waste Connections of Canada

Supporting Sponsors: Agricultural Bank of China, Borden Ladner Gervais, BC Hydro, BNSF Railway, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Coast Capital Savings, Global Container Terminals, KPMG, Vancity Credit Union, Woodfibre LNG

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