The Council relies on its committees to deliver effective, issue-based insights and advocacy on B.C.’s most important economic issues. These working groups are made up of Business Council members, representing the majority of B.C.’s top employers. The input of members ensures that committees are focused on relevant business issues and are informed by on-the-ground experience and practical policy matters.

Business Caucus

The Caucus is a ‘virtual’ cross-sectoral business organization that meets and shares information and common issues in a regular and efficient manner. The mandate is as follows:

  1. Track and inform members of significant prospective and actual provincial policy and legislative issues, developments and consultative processes that impact business and the economy.
  2. Establish efficient and effective approaches for business participation and advocacy on non- sector specific economic and public policy matters at the federal, provincial and (selectively) local government levels.
  3. Develop and share communications strategies and media commentary related to cross sectoral issues.
  4. Share regular economic data among members on the B.C. economy and business climate.
  5. Maintain a watching brief on issues and, where a sufficient consensus exists, pool resources to strengthen the business community’s ability to engage in policy development and advocacy.
  6. Determine joint or concurrent submissions and collective participation where required on relevant economic and policy issues.
  7. Develop strategies to improve the quality and effectiveness of business community communications on matters of shared interest.

Communications Committee

We have reconstituted our Communications Committee and added experts to advise our staff on shifting media markets so the Business Council can more effectively leverage our voice and policy advocacy to target audiences. Specifically, the Committee is advising on new social media platforms and approaches to traditional media as well as on ways to better engage and inform our members.

Environmental Committee

The Committee is comprised of subject matter specialists drawn from member organizations spanning many economic sectors as well as the legal, accounting and environmental consulting communities. It tracks and considers local, provincial, and federal environmental policy and regulatory issues in multiple areas, including air and water quality, environmental assessment processes, water sustainability, waste management, contaminated sites, and species at risk, among others. The mandate of the Committee is to explore broad policy and regulatory issues affecting industries in the natural resource, manufacturing, construction, utility, infrastructure and transportation sectors. Technical issues are referred, where appropriate, to adhoc technical sub-committees.

The Committee’s agenda is set by members and informed by our knowledge and previous engagement with government on relevant issues. Meetings provide an opportunity for member discussion and intelligence sharing as well as direct dialogue with policy-makers, government Ministers and subject matter experts. Business Council staff provide research and administrative support.

Energy and Climate Committee

The Energy and Climate Committee was established to address the intersection of energy and climate matters, which are linked in many policy and process discussions at all levels of government. Energy development in Canada and B.C. now involves consideration of climate impacts integrated with other related policy responses. In 2020, the Committee will focus on influencing the re-calibration of B.C. government climate policies and emissions reduction targets, including advising on the development of measures to offset the impact of the rising carbon tax on energy-intensive and trade-exposed industries.

Employee Relations Committee

This Committee addresses policy and regulatory issues in the areas of labour law and collective bargaining, employment standards, occupational health and safety, and the operation and funding of WorkSafeBC. It meets every second month. Meetings sometimes feature an update from a senior government representative. The Committee also provides input on the Business Council’s Collective Bargaining Bulletin and database.

Federal Government Engagement Taskforce

Every year, the Business Council takes a delegation of B.C. business leaders to meet with Ministers, political staff and senior public servants in Ottawa. In preparation for this two-day visit, we work with a small Taskforce of interested members to identify priorities and ensure that a coordinated set of messages is delivered to federal government representatives.

Human Capital Committee

Against the backdrop of an increasingly complex and competitive marketplace for talent and growing concerns around the supply of qualified workers, the Business Council has established a Human Capital Committee. Its mandate is to inform governments on the priorities and needs of employers and ensure that B.C. employers have the right people, in the right numbers, at the right place and time with the appropriate skill sets. The Committee will look at strategic policy issues related to immigration, education, work-integrated learning and credentialing. A major background paper on trends in the B.C. job market and skills gaps was completed in 2017.

Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation

This committee focuses on primarily two topics. The first is policy area is related to the B.C. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, Specifically the meaning of ‘free, prior and informed consent’ and its implications for capital markets, investment, and Indigenous people relative to Canadian law, precedent and expectations.

The second focus will explore the ongoing execution of the Business Council’s 2016 MOU with the Assembly of First Nations through the Champions’ Table of Chiefs and senior business executives. This will require the Committee to support, through working tables, priorities associated with sustainable economic development, capacity-building, the development of policies and processes enabling both reconciliation and achieving greater certainty for investors and industries operating on the land base. An important initiative is the Indigenous Intern Leadership Program, where firms can hire Indigenous graduates to help build their business and within an economic sector knowledge and experience. This program is managed by Vancouver Island University along with the Business Council and BCAFN.

Innovation and Productivity

Canada is at an inflection point driven by demographic change, sluggish productivity growth and market uncertainty that is being compounded by accelerating technological innovation, the explosion of data and the disruption of many existing business models.

The Innovation and Productivity Committee has been created to help the Business Council advise governments on ways to leverage fast-developing technologies to improve and incent higher productivity within the private and public sectors alike. As well, the Committee will explore policy options to enable governments to move quickly to accommodate new business models and technologies and utilize technology, data and information-sharing platforms to build public confidence and foster greater efficiency. 

NEXT Leaders Council

NEXT is a forum for emerging business leaders to engage in constructive, fact-based dialogue, debate, and advocacy around economic and public policy issues that are key to investment, growth, and a sustainable, competitive economy in British Columbia and Western Canada. More information:

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