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BCBC Board of Governors & NEXT Leaders Council Future of Work Panel & Reception

On July 11th, the NEXT Leaders Council was pleased to host the fourth annual summer social with the Business Council's Board of Governors.

The reception featured an inter-generational panel discussion focusing on the ‘future of work’. With rapidly emerging disruptive technologies, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, automation and digitization, millions of jobs will become obsolete over the next decade. Are our organizations ready to adopt new, more efficient processes and technologies, and reskill our workforces? Do our workforces have the mindset needed to adapt and embrace lifelong learning?

Speakers included Kathy Kinloch, President, BCIT, Graham Cunliffe, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Operations, Finger Food Studios, Sean Garrity, Territory Account Manager, Omron Automation, Julie Kothlow, Managing Director, Advisory Practice, KPMG and Greg D’Avignon, President and CEO, Business Council of B.C.

Thank you to KPMG for hosting us!

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NEXT Leaders Council Technology & Innovation Forum

On July 11th, the NEXT Leaders Council spoke with B.C.'s industry leaders about leveraging our province's strengths in technology and traditional sectors to become a more innovative, productive, and talent driven economy that can offer solutions to some of the world's most challenging problems.

Some of the key questions explored throughout the program: How do we attract investment and world class tech talent? How do interdisciplinary teams and multi sectoral collaboration stimulate innovation? How do we use data to inform better decision making? How do we maximize the opportunities we have with the Cascadia Innovation Corridor and Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster to further establish our province as a global technology and innovation hub?

Speakers included Ted Lau, Chair, NEXT Leaders Council, Bill Tam, Past President & CEO, BC Tech Association, Co-Chair, Digital Technology Supercluster, Kim Logan, Business Development Director, Internet of Things, Telus, Professor Alejandro Adem, CEO, Mitacs, Shannon Bard, Practice Leader, Science & Innovation, Hemmera, Jeff Booth, Entrepreneur & Fellow, Creative Destruction Lab, Dr. Ron Burnett, President & Vice Chancellor, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Carling Dick, Account Director, Earnscliffe and Sue Paish, Chair, Business Council of British Columbia & CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster

Special thanks to KPMG for hosting us!

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Sixth Annual Chair's Dinner

The Business Council of British Columbia hosted a sold-out crowd for the Sixth Annual Chair’s Dinner on Tuesday, June 12th.

Our keynote speaker, David Frum, author, social and political commentator, and Senior Editor at The Atlantic, shared his insights on what the Trump Presidency means for Canada’s relationship with our largest trading partner. Afterwards, he was joined Maryscott Greenwood, Washington, D.C. based Principal with Dentons and CEO of the Canadian American Business Council, for a conversation about the latest developments in Canada - U.S. political and trade relations.

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support: Encana and Mitsubishi's Cutbank Ridge Partnership and Dentons (Leader Sponsors); LNG Canada and Tolko (Platinum Sponsors); BC Maritime Employers Association, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, Stantec, and TD (Supporting Sponsors).

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52nd Annual General Meeting of the Business Council of British Columbia

On May 1, 2018, members of the Business Council of British Columbia gathered for the 52nd Annual General Meeting. Sue Paish Q.C. was elected Chair of the Council and the Honourable John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia provided the keynote address.

In addition to the election of Sue Paish as Chair of the Business Council, BCBC members elected new representatives to the executive committee and board of governors. 

The Business Council welcomes the following newly elected members of the executive committee:

  • Doug French, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, TELUS Corp
  • Walter Pela, Regional Managing Partner, KPMG
  • Ryan Peterson, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Finger Food Studios Inc.
  • Asifa Samji, Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Environmental Services, Stantec
  • Ted Lau, Chief Executive Officer at Ballistic Arts and Board representative for the NEXT Leaders Council.

The full list of Executive Committee Members and Board of Governors is available here.

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A Conversation with Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey

On April 23rd, the Business Council was pleased to partner the British Columbia Institute of Technology in hosting a conversation with Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner of McKinsey.

As one of the world's most sought after economic advisers, Dominic shared his insights about the jobs of the future and what we must do now to ensure we can develop, attract and retain the talent needed to successfully compete in the global economy of the future.

Thank you to Telus for hosting the space.

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Member Forum with Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada's Minister of Justice and Attorney General

On April 13th, the Business Council was pleased to host a Member Forum featuring Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

Minister Wilson-Raybould's keynote address focused on Indigenous Rights and Reconciliation and the federal government's work to establish a Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework.

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Afterward, the Minister was joined by Greg D’Avignon, President & CEO, Business Council of BC, for an interactive conversation around how anticipated new legislation and policy will provide greater certainty to both Indigenous communities and industry across the country looking to collaboratively attract investment, generate sustainable economic development and advance reconciliation.

We are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Woodfibre LNG, LNG Canada and Teck Resources.

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Energy Transitions Forum featuring Bruce Anderson

On March 9th, the Business Council was pleased to partner with Teck Resources, Innergex Renewable Energy, and Clean Energy Canada, to co-host the Energy Transitions Forum featuring Bruce Anderson, Chairman of Abacus Data. As part of his address, Mr. Anderson presented his latest public opinion research on the views of British Columbians and Canadians on economic and environmental issues and priorities, including the pace of energy innovation and development of, and transition to, lower carbon energy solutions.

Afterward, Bruce was joined by Colleen Giroux-Schmidt, Vice President, Corporate Relations, Western Region, Innergex Renewable Energy, Tom Syer, Director of Government Relations, Teck Resources and Dan Woynillowicz, Policy Director, Clean Energy Canada to discuss what this means for policymakers, business leaders and stakeholders going forward.

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Post-Budget Breakfast with the Honourable Bill Morneau, Canada's Minister of Finance

On March 6th, the Business Council of BC was pleased to host a Post-Budget Breakfast with the Honourable Bill Morneau, Federal Minister of Finance. In his address to the B.C. business community, Minister Morneau highlighted the federal government's policy priorities and fiscal plan. Thank you to Susan Yurkovich, President & CEO of the Council of Forest Industries who moderated the interactive Q&A discussion.
We are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors, Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, KPMG and Fasken.

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NEXT Leaders Council & BCBC Embedding Sustainability Forum

On January 30th, the NEXT Leaders Council was pleased to bring together members of the BCBC's Board of Governors and related committees to facilitate an intergenerational discussion featuring Dr. Stephanie Bertels, Director of the SFU Beedie School of Business Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability and Founder of the Embedding Project,. This unique opportunity to learn about the leading edge work the Embedding Project and global and local firms and organizations such as the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Teck, and SFU, are doing to incorporate sustainability into their workplans, policies and processes and why this matters to your business.

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Member Forum: Public Affairs Breakfast

On January 25th, the Business Council of BC was pleased to host a member forum featuring public affairs leaders, Michael Goehring, Partner of National Public Relations, Thoren Hudyma, Vice President & General Manager BC of Global Public Affairs, Marcella Munro, Senior Strategist of KTG Public Affairs, Bruce Young, Managing Principal of Earnscliffe and moderated by Wendy Cox, BC Editor of The Globe and Mail. They shared their opinions on the national, provincial and inter-provincial public policy challenges that will dominate the headlines in 2018. We are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors, Bennett Jones LLP and FortisBC.

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BC Business Summit 2017: Scaling Up for Prosperity in a Changing World

On November 1, 2017, the Business Council of British Columbia hosted the fifth annual BC Business Summit, Scaling Up for Prosperity in a Changing World. The event convened leaders and decision makers from across the province and the country to examine strategies to diversify the British Columbia and Canadian economies and encourage the conditions and actions necessary to scale up our businesses, lever our assets and fulfill our potential prosperity.

With a small, open economy, trading with the largest and fastest growing countries in the world, size matters if British Columbia is going to be globally competitive. Delegates heard from international top economic experts and thought leaders such as Brad Smith, President & Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft and John Stackhouse, Senior Vice President at RBC Royal Bank, Jon Slavet, Managing Director - U.S. and Canada West with WeWork, and Doug Suttles, President and CEO of Encana, along with other speakers and panelists.

Thank you again to our sponsors for their generous support, including Presenting Sponsors: Encana & Mitsubishi Cutbank Ridge Partnership and Chartered Professional Accountants of BC. Partner Sponsors: British Columbia Institute of Technology, Deloitte, HSBC, Port of Vancouver. Supporting Sponsors: Agricultural Bank of China, BC Hydro, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Global Container Terminals, Seaspan, Stantec, Waste Connections of Canada.

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BC Cabinet and First Nations Leaders' Gathering Welcome Reception

The Business Council of British Columbia was pleased once again to join with organizers from the Province of BC, BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs, to co-host a welcome reception for all delegates attending the annual Leaders' Gathering. It is one of the largest gatherings of provincial and First Nations Leaders in the country and demonstrates a willingness to foster relationships, address problems, create solutions and celebrate success. We also welcomed the BC Federation of Labour as a new partner for this year's event, which offers an important opportunity to celebrate existing partnerships with First Nations and explore new collaborations. Chiefs and their guests from 203 First Nations across the province, BC Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials joined with senior business and labour leaders from the Business Council of British Columbia and BC Federation of Labour for an evening dedicated to relationship building and reconciliation.
Thank you to our sponsors: Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, EY, Fasken Martineau, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, RBC Royal Bank, Seaspan, Teck Resources, Vancouver Island University and Vancouver Airport Authority for their generous support.

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Business Council 51st Annual General Meeting

The Business Council of BC hosted the 51st Annual General Meeting on June 7, 2017. The meeting was chaired by Business Council Chair, Marcia Smith and included recognizing the important contributions of our retiring and current Executive Committee Members and Board of Governors as well as welcoming new members.

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Fifth Annual Chair's Dinner featuring Jeffrey Simpson

The Business Council of British Columbia hosted a sold-out crowd for the Fifth Annual Chair’s Dinner on Wednesday, June 7th. It was a pleasure to have so many Business Council members, First Nations Chiefs and guests come together.

Our keynote speaker, Jeffrey Simpson, award winning former national affairs columnist, shared his insights on Canada at 150 and our nation's partnerships with the United States, new challenges and opportunities in a complex world. Mr. Simpson's remarks are available here 

Jeffrey was joined by Christopher Sands (Director of the Center for Canadian Studies, Johns Hopkins University) and Martha Hall Findlay (President & CEO, Canada West Foundation) for a candid conversation around the formidable task of strategically managing our trade and diplomatic relations with our largest trading partner, and others, in an increasingly protectionist global landscape.  

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support: Microsoft (Leader Sponsor); Langara College and McCarthy Tetrault LLP (Partner Sponsors); Encana and Mitsubishi's Cutbank Ridge Partnership, Port of Vancouver, and Seaspan (Supporting Sponsors).

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Member Forum: Exploring Canada's and BC’s Place in the Evolving Global Energy Market, presented in partnership with the Energy Council of Canada

On March 10, the Business Council of BC and Energy Council of Canada was pleased to host a member forum featuring Canadian energy leaders, Michael McAllister, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Encana, Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada, and Jessica McDonald, President and CEO of BC Hydro, as they shared how their companies are addressing future challenges and capitalizing on the opportunities arising from the rapidly shifting global energy and trade landscape. Moderated by Mary Hemmingsen, Global Head of LNG and National Sector Leader, Power and Utilities at KPMG, the discussion focused on the implementation of major projects, developing First Nations partnerships, Canada’s regulatory framework and enhancing our competitiveness in the global marketplace. We are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors, IBCA, Ledcor Group, Solaris Management Consultants Inc., Kiewit and Sacre Davey Engineering.

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Post Budget Member Forum with Hon. Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance

On February 24, the Business Council was pleased to host an interactive member forum with Honorable Minister de Jong for an in-depth look at the province's economic plan and fiscal outlook. We are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors, EY, Telus and HSBC.

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Member Forum: President Trump and the New U.S. Congress

On February 9, the Business Council and Bennett Jones LLP were pleased to host intimate panel discussion on the impact of a Trump administration on Canada's economy and BC business, featuring some of Canada's leading experts on U.S.- Canada relations.

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BC Business Summit 2016:

BC 2035: A Vision of Economic Growth and Prosperity

On November 1, 2016, the Business Council of British Columbia hosted the fourth annual BC Business Summit, BC 2035: A Vision for Economic Growth and Prosperity. The sold-out event convened leaders and decision makers from across the province and the country to examine the global trends impacting the provincial economy and inform a plan for long-term economic prosperity.

Delegates heard from Canada’s top economic experts and thought leaders on matters impacting the competitiveness of BC’s economy, including keynote addresses by Stephen S. Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada, the Honourable Kevin Lynch, Vice Chair of BMO Financial and Prof. Santa Ono, President of the University of British Columbia.

Panel discussions and a series of concise, content-rich 9-minute presentations touched on connectivity, branding and partnerships, urban clusters and policies to compete more efficiently, social and technological innovation adoption and embracing reconciliation. 

The BC Business Summit 2016 was the final input opportunity informing our 50th anniversary initiative, BC 2035, and resultant recommendations to help realize the vision of a competitive, sustainable and prosperous British Columbia over the next twenty years.

Thank you again to our sponsors for their generous support, including Initiative Sponsors: the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC and the Encana & Mitsubishi Cutbank Ridge Partnership. 

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Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference

Jointly hosted by the Business Council of British Columbia, the Washington Roundtable and Microsoft Corp, the Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference brought together business and government leaders to explore the potential for joint partnerships in education, transportation, university research, human capital and other areas.
Leaders on both sides of the border acknowledged the opportunity to create a single interconnected region that could be more competitive in today’s global economy and took immediate action to deepen relationships and strengthen partnerships.
At the conference, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark signed a formal agreement that committed the two governments to work closely together to "enhance meaningful and results-driven innovation and collaboration." The agreement outlines formal steps the two governments will take to collaborate in several key areas including trade, research, transportation and education.
In addition, the BC Cancer Agency, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance agreed to develop a new "master collaboration agreement" expanding patient access to care and clinical trials, advancing immunotherapy, enabling research collaboration, and providing better training opportunities for young scientists and researchers.

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BC Cabinet and First Nations Leaders' Gathering Welcome Reception

The Province of British Columbia, in partnership with the First Nations Leadership Council, hosted the third annual B.C. Cabinet and First Nations Leaders' Gathering on September 6-8th. It is one of the largest gatherings of provincial and First Nations Leaders in the country and demonstrates a willingness to foster relationships, address problems, create solutions and celebrate success. The Business Council of British Columbia was pleased once again to join with organizers from the Province of BC, BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs, to co-host a welcome reception for all delegates. Chiefs and their guests from 203 First Nations across the province, BC Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials gathered with senior business leaders from the Business Council of British Columbia for an evening dedicated to networking and relationship building.

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