Statement: B.C. Business and Community Leaders Take a Stand Against Racism: We Say NO to Hate… It Must Stop Now

May 21, 2020

As business and community leaders, British Columbians, and human beings we cannot sit idly by. What we condone, we accept, and we cannot accept the growing racism and hate directed at people because of their ethnicity, culture, or faiths. Racism must be called out and it must stop now!

We are all deeply disturbed by the violent, overt and subtle displays of racism we are increasingly seeing and some that are being reported in the media. This is an affront to what it means to be a citizen in our province and country. As a place that welcomes the world, what we are witnessing is not who we are or aspire to be as Canadians. Admitting this growing problem will enable us to address it.

Brazen assaults on people of Chinese descent. Racist slurs directed at Indigenous peoples, visible minorities and people based on their faith. Hate messages written on buildings. The recipients of these reprehensible behaviours are our family members, friends, neighbours, colleagues, fellow business and community leaders, philanthropists, and generations of people who have helped build our province.

These incidents and actions come in sharp contrast to the many generous acts of kindness and tolerance exhibited by so many British Columbians every day and particularly the compassion that we have seen during this trying time.

Our cultural mosaic is the envy of the world. It is comprised of generations who were born here and those who chose to come here to make a difference, to build a better life for their families and to contribute to a better province. It doesn’t matter where British Columbians and their ancestors are from. As B.C. business and community leaders, we care deeply about our collective well-being and are standing up to say: this is wrong.

Here in British Columbia, we have been fortunate thanks to the leadership of both our government and the Provincial Health Officer, and the measures each of us have taken during COVID-19 to do our part to plank the curve. This is a collaborative success that exemplifies our capacity to care for one another.

Our primary job now is to dig out of this generational crisis together to create an even better province, with jobs and new opportunities for all. We need every British Columbian to be part of this rebuilding effort, working together with generous hearts, offering their solutions, intelligence, positivity, creativity and as Dr. Bonnie Henry so compassionately tells us: kindness.

Division makes us smaller and weaker, at a time when strength and collaboration is required given the pain that so many face. Study after study has shown that rich diversity in our workplaces and communities results in stronger performance and a higher quality of life, from improved productivity and innovation to global connectivity and economic prosperity.

Enough wrongs have been committed over the course of our province’s history and this need not be another. Let’s look back on this pivotal moment as a time when we turned our backs on racist tendencies and chose a different path that embodies our best character and shows our resilience and the humanity that has served us so well.

We ask you join us to stop racism, educate others and celebrate the diversity that gives us strength and an advantage in the changing world we face together.

The Business Council of British Columbia


The Honourable Janet Austin
Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

Jeff Zweig

President & CEO, Mosaic Forest Management
Chair, Business Council of B.C.

Sue Paish
President & CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster
Past Chair, Business Council of British Columbia

Carling Dick

Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group
Chair, NEXT Leaders' Council

Brandt Louie
Chairman & CEO, H.Y. Louie Group of Companies

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

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  • Wilfred Adam, Former Chief, Lake Babine Nation
  • Bridgitte Anderson, President & CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
  • Ian Anderson, President & CEO, Trans Mountain Corporation
  • Mohammed Shujaath Ali Imam, The B.C. Muslim Association
  • Armita S. Alikhani, AVP, Strategic Planning & Corporate Affairs, BlueShore Financial
  • Peter Armstrong, Founder & Owner, Armstrong Group
  • Chris Atchison, President & CEO, B.C. Construction Association
  • Michael Audain, Chairman, Polygon Homes Ltd.
  • Kevin Au-Yeung, President, Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACCE)
  • Andy Balser, Vice President, TELUS Home Solutions Marketing, TELUS Corporation
  • Alan Baratz, CEO, D-Wave Systems
  • Jimenez Baskerville, Vice President, Strand Based Business, Tolko Industries
  • Krista Bax, CEO, go2HR
  • Stewart Beck, President & CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
  • Stuart Belkin, Chairman & CEO, Belkorp Industries Inc.
  • Mark Betteridge, President & CEO, Betteridge Inc.
  • Mark Blamey, President, Kerr Wood Leidal
  • Mark Blucher, President & CEO, Central 1 Credit Union
  • Robert A. Booker, CEO, Ridley Terminals Inc.
  • Jeff Booth, Chairman, Llamazoo
  • Dan Bregg, President, Buy-Low Food
  • Etienne Bruson, Managing Partner for Deloitte B.C., Deloitte Canada
  • Ron Burnett, President Emeritus, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
  • Steve Butz, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Vancouver
  • Frank Butzelaar, President & CEO, Seaspan
  • Dr. Jason Byassee, Reverend, Vancouver School of Theology
  • Ian Campbell, Chief, Squamish Nation
  • Bob Cantwell, Managing Director, Boeing Canada
  • Eric Carlson, Co-founder & CEO, Anthem Properties
  • Bill Carpenter, Vice President, Insurance, ICBC
  • Paul R. Cassidy, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP
  • Chris Catliff, President & CEO, BlueShore Financial
  • Dr. Steven J. Chambers, Reverend, Vancouver School of Theology
  • Angela Chapman, President & CEO, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
  • Shaheen Chaudhary, CEO & Co-Founder, Pragilis Solutions
  • Jenny Chen, CEO, Poly Culture North America Investment Corporation Limited
  • Glenn Cherepak, Vice President, Process & Infrastructure, Spartan Controls
  • Christian Chia, CEO, OpenRoad Auto Group
  • Toby Y. Chu, Chairman, President & CEO, CIBT Education Group, Inc. & Sprott Shaw College
  • Glen Clark, President & COO, The Jim Pattison Group
  • Troy Connolly, Vice President, Solid Woods, Tolko Industries
  • Don Coulter, President & CEO, Concentra Bank
  • Katherine Coutinho, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Ledcor
  • Bryan Cox, President & CEO, Canadian LNG Alliance
  • John D. Crawford FCPA, FCA, ICD.D,CFE, CA (Scotland), President & CEO, Pacific Blue Cross
  • Rob Crosby-Shearer, Reverend, The Emmaus Community & the Abbey Church (Anglican/United)
  • Michael Crothers, President & Country Chair, Shell Canada Ltd.
  • Alex Dagg, Director, Airbnb Canada
  • Roger Dall’Antonia, President & CEO, FortisBC
  • Dr. Robert Daum, Chair, Board of Directors, The Laurier Institution
  • Alan Davis PhD, President & Vice Chancellor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
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  • Christophe Desage P.Eng., CEM, Executive Director, Western Canada Operations, BBA
  • Kevin Desmond, CEO, TransLink
  • Gavin Dew, Chief Strategic Advisor, Abbotsford Tech District
  • Mike Dickens P. Eng, Vice President, Kerr Wood Leidal
  • Gavin Dirom M.Sc., P. Ag, President & CEO, Geoscience B.C.
  • Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan, Vancouver School of Theology
  • Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls, Reverend, Presbyterian Church of Canada
  • Brock Dykeman, President, University Canada West
  • David Earle, President & CEO, British Columbia Trucking Association
  • Allen Eaves OBC, MD, PhD, FRCPC, President & CEO, STEMCELL Technologies
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  • Brad Eshleman, President & CEO, Western Stevedoring
  • Kevin Falcon, Executive Vice President, Anthem Properties
  • Martha Hall Findlay, Chief Sustainability Officer, Suncor
  • Mark Fitzgerald, President & CEO, Petronas Energy Canada Ltd.
  • Bob Fleet, Vice President, Forestry & Environment, Tolko Industries
  • Thomas Fung, President & CEO, Fairchild Developments
  • Frank Giustra, Fiore Corporation
  • Michael Goehring, President & CEO, Mining Association of British Columbia
  • Sara Goldvine, Vice President, Communications, B.C. Housing
  • Tristan Goodman, President, Explorers & Producers Association of Canada
  • Heidi Gravelle, Chief, Tobacco Plains Band
  • Genesa M. Greening, President & CEO, B.C. Women’s Health Foundation
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  • Doron Grosman, President & CEO, Global Container Terminals Inc.
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  • Margaret Heldman, Associate, Vice President Academic, Langara College
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  • Paul Hollands, Chair, A & W Corporation
  • Rebeckah Hornung, Indoor Operations Manager, Whitewater Ski Resort
  • William Hung, Executive Vice President, Teekay Corporation
  • Kenneth Hvid, CEO, Teekay Corporation
  • Rick Ilich, CEO, Townline
  • Rabbi Jonathan Infeld, Congregation Beth Israel
  • Trevor Jahnig, Chief Financial Officer & Vice President, Finance, Tolko Industries
  • Ingrid Jarrett, President & CEO, British Columbia Hotel Association
  • Reverend Vida Jaugelis, Interim Pastor, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
  • Natasha Jeshani, President & CEO, Career Contacts
  • Kevin Jewett, Vice President, Woodlands, Tolko Industries
  • Nicolas Jimenez, President & CEO, ICBC
  • Lara Johnson, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, BCIT
  • Kendra Johnston PGeo, MBA, President & CEO, Association for Mineral Exploration
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  • Stephanie Jones, President, B.C. Maritime Terminal Operators Association
  • Walt Judas, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia
  • Don Kayne, President & CEO, Canfor Corporation
  • David Keane, President, Woodfibre LNG
  • Brent Kerr Q.C., Vancouver Managing Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
  • Jess K. Ketchum, President, Ketchum Communications
  • Charles Kim, President & CEO, Trans-Pac Group
  • Kathy Kinloch, President & CEO, BCIT
  • Bill Kiss, Co-CEO, G&F Financial Group
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  • Peter Leitch, Chair, Motion Picture Production Industry Association
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  • Kelly Scott, President, B.C. Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association
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  • Dr. Kala Singh, Member of the Board, Akali Singh Sikh Society
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  • Mark Stock, Senior Vice President, Human Resources & IT, Interfor Corporation
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  • Carole Taylor, Canada Chair, Trilateral Commission
  • Scott Tebbutt PhD, CEO & Chief Scientific Officer, PROOF Centre of Excellence
  • Kathryn Teneese, Chair, Ktunaxa Nation Council
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  • Scott Thomson, CEO, Finning International Inc.
  • Brad Thorlakson, President & CEO, Tolko Industries
  • John Tognotti, Chair, Haywood Securities
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  • Ben Yeung, President, Peterson
  • Susan Yurkovich, President & CEO, Council of Forest Industries
  • Peter Zebedee, CEO, LNG Canada
  • Guoxing Zhang, Head, Agricultural Bank of China
  • Ivy Can Zhang, CEO, Noah Canada Wealth Management Ltd.
  • Sherry Zhao PhD, Senior Account Manager, Acting B.C. Team Lead, Business Development, MITACS

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