April 2014 - The Pulse

British Columbia Economic Development Association
We hope you are having a wonderful beginning to the spring season!  We are staying busy as we near the start of the 2014 BC Economic Summit.  We are excited to welcome you to the beautiful Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in June, and we trust that you will take full advantage of the informative sessions and valuable networking opportunities.  If you have not yet registered, we encourage you to take advantage of early bird pricing till the end of April.  See you in Richmond!

The BCEDA team

2014 BC Economic Summit
2014 BC Economic Summit

June 8 - 11
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Join economic development professionals, industry, First Nations, local governments, and others as we meet to discuss best practices and how in today's changing economy we can choose the Winning Strategies.

Community Survivors 7 
Surviving the current economic situation requires communities to tackle the challenges of creating jobs, growing their economies, and competing globally.

Community Survivors 7 offers ideas and tactics to navigate these challenging times.  While no single action will improve the economic climate, new strategies are available to guide communities and help them survive.  Find out how to not only survive, but identify opportunities to grow and expand tomorrow. 

Call for Entries!

The BC Economic Development Association and BC Hydro's BC Economic Development Awards recognizes the province's best economic development programs, partnerships and marketing materials. These prestigious awards honor organizations and/or individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.


Winners will be announced at the 2014 BC Economic Summit, which will be held June 8th to 11th in Richmond, BC. 


Final submission deadline is April 25, 2014.

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Summit Speaker Spotlight: Robert Ironside

Robert is currently a finance Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, located in Surrey, BC and the CEO of Golden Birch Energy Limited, a Calgary-based oil company developing a large deposit in the Fort McMurray oilsands.


Prior to returning to the academic world in 2005, Robert spent a number of years in the corporate sector. He was President and CEO of Learning Dividends, a private eLearning company dedicated to taking the teaching of finance to the internet.  He was previously a corporate account manager for two of Canada's largest banks, a contract administrator for an international manufacturing company and VP Corporate Development for a Toronto Stock Exchange listed public oil company.  


Robert has been a life-long entrepreneur.  He was the primary force behind developing the concept that went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange as Trilogy Resource Corporation. He was a co-founder and Director of Primeline Capital Corp., an Alberta Stock Exchange listed Junior Capital Pool Corporation.


Robert has taught and consulted in over twenty countries around the world.  He is widely recognized for his exceptional teaching abilities - he has won six teaching awards in three different universities, teaching both graduate and undergraduate students.  


Job Opportunity

Community Futures South Fraser (CFSF) is currently seeking a skilled individual to fill the role of General Manager. This is a full time, salaried position. CFSF is a dynamic and vibrant not-for-profit corporation established in 1997, with its head office located in Chilliwack, BC.  


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Monthly Partner Profile
 Legacy Pacific, Platinum Partner

Legacy Pacific Land Corporation is one of the leading industrial developers in the Upper Fraser Valley of British Columbia Canada, with about 500,000 sq. ft. of industrial and commercial space on more than 140 acres of land, and ongoing construction projects.

Founded in 1996, Legacy Pacific Land Corporation is dedicated to providing quality service with a proven ability for flexibility to suit clients' specific business needs. Whatever a client's space requirement, Legacy Pacific Land Corporation will work with them to reach their goal, while providing opportunities to expand as their business grows in the future. 

We would like to thank all of our partners for their generous support. For a full list, visit our website