It's really about world-class talent, smart capital and the ambition for new markets.
- John Stackhouse, Senior Vice President, RBC

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

More than 400 business, academic, Indigenous and government leaders from across British Columbia and Canada came together at the fifth annual BC Business Summit in November 2017. Together they engaged in an energetic dialogue about creating the right policies and conditions to cultivate more high-growth companies and attract larger firms to invest and grow in BC, for the benefit of all British Columbians.

Scaling Up for Prosperity in a Changing World featured an outstanding line-up of local and international thought leaders in what was undoubtedly the year’s preeminent business event, hosted by the Business Council of British Columbia. We invite you to experience some of the highlights of #ScaleUpBC below.

Each year, the Business Summit explores the pressing challenges facing British Columbia's prosperity. We hope you will join us in 2018. 
 

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John Stackhouse (Senior Vice President, RBC) talks about opportunity, boldness and talent in his Keynote Address.
Tracey Arnish (Chief People Officer, Coast Capital Savings) talks about innovation and talent in her presentation #ScaleUpBC: Scaling Up Talent.
Michelle Grady (Senior Vice President, Sony Imageworks) talks about competitiveness and tax in the panel From Start Ups to Scale Ups.
Brad Smith (President, Microsoft) talks about talent in his Keynote Address.

“I just wanted to pass along my congratulations on such a successful business summit yesterday. I was very inspired by the quality and messages of the speakers, the quality of the attendees, and the format.
I have to say this is the best business event I've been to and I took away a lot of lessons and things to think about!” 

- Christine Little, Assistant Deputy Minister, Small Business and Regulatory and Service Improvement Division, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology

Honourable John Horgan (Premier of British Columbia) talks about innovation and talent.
Doug Suttles (President and CEO, Encana) talks about innovation in his feature speech #Scalingup Energy.
Susannah Pierce (External Relations Director, LNG Canada) talks about energy, climate, and trade in the panel discussion Canada as a Global Leader in the Low Carbon Economy.
Kenneth G. Peterson (Executive Chair, BC Hydro) talks about energy, climate, and competitiveness in the panel discussion Canada as a Global Leader in the Low Carbon Economy.

“Thank you for a great day!! It was insightful and informative!”

- Sheila Jarvis, VP, Private Banking, National Bank

Eli Gershkovitch (Founder and CEO, Steamworks Group of Companies) talks about competitiveness and trade in the panel From Start Ups to Scale Ups.
Jason Kryski (Founder, StrawhouseLabs) talks about opportunity and boldness in his presentation #ScaleUpBC: Startup Spotlight.
Jon Slavet (managing director US & Canada West, WeWork) talks about opportunity and talent in his Keynote Address.
Jon Slavet (managing director US & Canada West, WeWork) talks about competitiveness and capital in his Keynote Address.

“I wanted to reach out to you to say congratulations on a successful summit yesterday. I was very impressed with the speakers and content.”

- Michel Tarko, President & CEO, Justice Institute of British Columbia

“Thank-you for hosting a fantastic event yesterday. Of all the conferences I’ve attended over the past 25 years, yesterday’s rates up there as one of the best. If the quality of the program were to continue again next year, I would strongly support the attendance by more of our senior staff.”

- Joe Rektor, Interim CEO, Port of Prince Rupert

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