Where Leaders Meet to Unlock B.C.'s Full Potential
The Business Council of British Columbia aims to produce timely and exceptional public-policy research and advice on issues to enhance B.C.’s competitiveness and prosperity. As a collaborative, non-partisan organization, the Council strives to be a venue where members, policy experts, elected officials and government decision makers can address problems and form solutions together.
The Council works collaboratively with a committed membership that includes B.C.’s top employers to ensure that its work is credible, timely and relevant. Through diligent, evidence-based research and interactive input from members and policy leaders, the Council provides informed, pertinent insight and advice to B.C.’s top decision makers, with the objective to create a prosperous and sustainable economy for all British Columbians.
The Business Council of British Columbia was formed in 1966 as the Commercial and Industrial Research Foundation with a mission to advance B.C.’s economic development and improve relations with communities and governments. The group changed its name to the Business Council in 1984 and began working on a broader range of issues, including environmental matters, energy, First Nations, technology and innovation.
The Council has grown from 43 member companies in its first year to about 250 today. The Council’s membership consists of B.C.’s top employers, including companies from all of B.C.’s major economic sectors. Collectively, they are responsible for roughly a quarter of all jobs in B.C. The Business Council has been a tireless advocate for competitive taxes, effective regulations, fiscally responsible government budgets and a well functioning set of government programs delivering education, health care and other services to citizens. Several landmark projects – including the 1998 and 2000/01 Business Summits; the Outlook 2020 series in the late 2000s and the Council’s B.C. Agenda for Shared Prosperity – demonstrate the Council’s ability to act as an effective and innovative voice for the business community in promoting a competitive economy that generates prosperity for all British Columbians.
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