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Annual Chair's Dinner featuring Guest Speaker Professor Kishore Mahbubani

DATE: May 20, 2014 · LOCATION: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

The Second Annual BCBC Chair’s Dinner will bring together British Columbia’s senior business leadership on May 20th for an enlightening evening exploring global issues facing our province’s economy.  Following on last year’s guest speakers, Premier Christy Clark and Dominic Barton, Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, we are pleased to present Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.  An author and academic, Professor Mahbubani is an expert in international affairs, Asia and the West.  He has served as President of the UN Security Council, was listed by the Financial Times as one of the Top 50 Individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism and has been named one of Foreign Policy's top Global Thinkers. His latest book, The Great Convergence: Asia, The West and the Logic of One World, was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013. 

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News Release: Business Council appoints prominent business leader, Jonathan Whitworth, CEO of Seaspan ULC, as Chair for a two-year term

Posted Apr 17, 2014

April 17 (Vancouver, BC) - The Business Council of British Columbia is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Whitworth, Chief Executive Officer of Seaspan ULC, as the new Chair of the Business Council for a two-year term.  Mr. Whitworth replaces Hank Ketcham, Executive Chairman at West Fraser Timber who will become the immediate past chair of the Business Council.

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Statement from the Business Council of British Columbia on the passing of Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

Posted Apr 10, 2014

The Business Council of British Columbia is saddened to learn of the death of former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. 

“Mr. Flaherty was a dedicated public servant and man of character who gave of himself and his family to Canadians through public office, including over 8 years as the country’s Minister of Finance,” said Greg D’Avignon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia.  “He was a leader not only in Canada, but internationally among his counterparts, and his contributions to our country have ensured a more prosperous future for our country today and years to come.”

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Finlayson: Higher minimum wages not the best answer to reducing poverty (Troy Media and The Province)

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Proposals to boost the minimum wage have been drawing attention on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.

In January, U.S. President Barack Obama called for lifting the U.S. federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Since 2011, several American states and cities have increased minimum wages in their jurisdictions.

In Canada, four provinces are raising their minimum wages in 2014 — Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Ontario is taking the biggest step, hiking the minimum wage to $11 an hour and indexing it to the Consumer Price Index going forward.

Are higher statutory minimum wages an effective way to improve the economic well-being of low- to moderate-income workers and families? Will some businesses respond to escalating minimum wages by shedding jobs? These questions have been extensively studied by academic economists in the past decade. Overall, the research yields mixed results.

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Finlayson: Return to PST has hurt BC's competitiveness (Vancouver Sun)

Posted Mar 31, 2014

April 1 marks the one-year anniversary of the return of the Provincial Sales Tax following B.C. voters’ decision in 2012 to scrap the Harmonized Sales Tax. It is a good time to reflect on the province’s competitive position in a world where many jurisdictions are aggressively seeking to attract private sector investment and the jobs and economic activity that come with it.

There can be no doubt switching back to the PST altered the business landscape in a way that left the province at a competitive disadvantage. That’s why virtually all economists supported the HST. The situation varies by sector, and not all industries have been hurt by restoring the PST. But most have been.

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Events

Annual Chair's Dinner featuring Guest Speaker Professor Kishore Mahbubani

May 20, 2014

The Second Annual BCBC Chair’s Dinner will bring together British Columbia’s senior business leadership on May 20th for an enlightening evening exploring global issues facing our province’s economy.  Following on last year’s guest speakers, Premier Christy Clark and Dominic Barton, Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, we are pleased to present Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.  An author and academic, Professor Mahbubani is an expert in international affairs, Asia and the West.  He has served as President of the UN Security Council, was listed by the Financial Times as one of the Top 50 Individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism and has been named one of Foreign Policy's top Global Thinkers. His latest book, The Great Convergence: Asia, The West and the Logic of One World, was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013. 

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