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Third Annual Chair's Dinner
Featuring guest speaker, Elyse Allan, President & CEO, GE Canada

DATE: May 13, 2015 · LOCATION: Pan Pacific Hotel

The Third Annual BCBC Chair’s Dinner will bring together British Columbia’s senior business leadership on May 13th for an enlightening evening exploring how innovation can drive the Canadian economy with Canadian business leader Elyse Allan, President and CEO, GE Canada.   

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Finlayson Op-Ed: The Sobering Reality Behind Business Incentives (Troy Media)

Posted Mar 18, 2015

Recent news stories from both sides of the Canada-U.S. border highlight the growing role of business incentives and “subsidies” in shaping the climate for corporate location and expansion decisions. 

The big three U.S. automobile producers are in the midst of downgrading their presence in Ontario as they build new plants in various American states as well as Mexico. Asian and European automobile producers are also stepping up capital spending in the U.S. and Mexico.    

One of the factors behind this trend is the rich incentive packages provided by U.S. state and local governments keen to secure auto-related manufacturing plants and jobs.  While Ontario and the Canadian government have also been prepared to spend taxpayers’ money to lure automobile investment, so far they have been unwilling to match the stupendous sums on offer in states such as Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Michigan.

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Finlayson: Post-secondary education still the ticket to better jobs (Troy Media)

Posted Mar 13, 2015

It is almost one year since the B.C. government unveiled details of its plan to re-engineer the post-secondary education (PSE) and training system. The Liberal government’s “Skills for Jobs Blueprint” will see additional funding directed to expand capacity to educate/train people in high-demand occupations – and fewer dollars available for programs in other parts of the system. An important factor behind the revamp is a belief among policy-makers that the “supply” of and “demand” for skills are out of alignment in the contemporary labour market.

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Statement: Business Council supports new minimum wage policy

Posted Mar 12, 2015

“The Business Council supports the government’s decision today to implement a modest increase of the statutory minimum wage of $0.20 to $10.45 and to index future increases to the consumer price index as the Council has previously advocated,” said Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of British Columbia.

“This brings British Columbia’s minimum wage policy in line with most other jurisdictions in Canada and provides a fair and predictable approach to future increases that businesses can plan around.

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Forest Sector Remains a Vital Economic Engine for BC

Posted Mar 10, 2015

British Columbia’s forest industry is an integral part of our economy and remains one of the most important economic engines for the province. It generates tens of thousands of jobs directly and supports many more jobs in other sectors that sell goods and services into the different elements of the forest products cluster.

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Exports: Putting BC to Work
Featuring Export Development Canada President and CEO, Benoit Daignault

Apr 9, 2015

Join us on April 9 as the Business Council, in partnership with CKNW hosts EXPORTS: Putting BC to Work featuring an address from Benoit Daignault, President and Chief Executive Officer, Export Development Canada. This event will focus on the importance of British Columbia's trade and export activities for our economic prosperity and will also feature a panel discussion among key business leaders from various export sectors. 

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