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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.


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Ryan Walter played more than 1000 games over 15 seasons in the National Hockey League. Drafted second overall by the Washington Capitals in 1978, Ryan was named the youngest NHL captain in his second of 4 seasons, played 9 seasons and won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens, and returned to his home town to play his last 2 seasons for the Vancouver Canucks. He was named Team Canada Captain in the World Junior Tournament, was selected to play in the NHL All-Star game and for Team Canada in 4 World Championships, became a Vice-President of the National Hockey League Players Association, and was honoured as NHL Man of the Year. Ryan has been inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame, named to the 30 all-time Washington Capitals' Dream team, the top 50 all-time BCHL players and the top 100 Montreal Canadiens in 100 years.


Ryan has a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership/Business. He is the author of 5 books, the creator of the board game Trade Deadline Hockey, and a regular contributor to both online and print magazines and newspapers. Ryan serves on the Hockey Canada Foundation's Board of Directors and is a member of the Seton Hall Stillman School of Business Leadership Advisory Council.


Ryan won a Gold Medal as Head Coach of Canada's National Women's Hockey Team, has been an Assistant Coach of the Vancouver Canucks, co-founder and president of two start-up companies, a TV and radio hockey analyst, and a hockey adviser and actor for both television and movies. Currently the President of the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Heat, Ryan continues to inspire teams, businesses, and organizations worldwide with his masterful keynote delivery and unique interactive training style. Ryan has helped businesses from McDonald's Canada, to Wolters Kluwer, to Schindler Elevator, across North America and beyond, to become their very best. From the page, the screen, the bench, the boardroom, and the podium Ryan is on a mission to "Inspire the Hungry Spirit!"

Natural gas is playing an ever more important role in our province's economic prosperity, particularly as we look to the future with the development of a new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry.


As companies involved in bringing natural gas to B.C. consumers, Spectra Energy and FortisBC partnered to launch a Natural Gas Education Program to help create awareness of the direct benefit to British Columbians of this abundant, affordable local energy source. To date the program has visited seven communities across the province including Kelowna, Fort St. John, Prince George, Kamloops, Terrace, Prince Rupert and Smithers. The range of communities demonstrates the geographic extent of the interest and the positive impacts of natural gas around B.C.


Natural gas is a tremendous economic driver for Canada and B.C. in particular has a world class natural gas resource sector:

  •  Over 100 years of supply at current production rates
  •  A large, safe and reliable network of gas distribution facilities  
  •  International investors keen to explore even greater opportunities to access B.C.'s natural gas  resources

The time is now, however, to decide how we can best use this remarkable resource for the benefit of all British Columbians. We are working hard to expand our use of this cleaner burning fuel through innovative low-emissions transportation opportunities such as ferry and commercial vehicle fleets. And we are also ideally positioned to export our surplus natural gas to markets in Asia that seek cleaner-burning energy.  


LNG presents extraordinary opportunities for B.C. It is simply natural gas cooled to -162oC, which takes up less room by volume and therefore is easier to ship in LNG carriers. LNG is a way to get B.C. natural gas to an awaiting Asian market. It presents a huge opportunity to create more jobs in B.C. and to attract significant levels of new investment. And natural gas sales in B.C. mean more revenue to government to provide services and build infrastructure like roads, hospitals and schools, upon which we all rely on. In fact, natural gas remains the number one resource revenue generator for the Province. With increased use of our natural gas, the opportunities are really endless for British Columbians.


We have been developing this resource in B.C. for over 100 years. We do it safely and sustainably, with some of the most stringent environmental standards in the world. The B.C. government continues to champion development of the natural gas industry by establishing regulations to foster growth and support, allowing the province to seize the opportunities at hand.


There are economic and environmental opportunities literally under our feet and B.C. natural gas can provide broad and significant benefits to our province right here at home. This is truly a generational opportunity. For more information on the Natural Gas Education Program or to arrange for our speakers to visit your community, please contact: Rosemary Silva, Spectra Energy at 604.488.8147 or Dave Bennett, FortisBC at 604.592.7850.                                  

EDOs can facilitate effective small merchant online activities by helping them understand and use  a simple analytical process. This process begins by looking at and prioritizing the organization's marketing objectives. It then matches the objectives with the e-marketing tools (e.g., website,emails, Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc.) that can best achieve each of those objectives. Finally, it selects those objective-matching tools that can be implemented, because the organization has the required resources. A primary objective for most small merchants should be "to be found" on the Internet. Another is cultivating repeat customers. Many small merchants can be effective online without having an e-store or the elaborate use of other e-commerce tools.

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With the help of British Columbia's Trade and Investment team in India, a leading Indian building is making it easier for home builders in India to obtain British Columbia wood products. Ashita Impex has placed an initial order for 50 containers of building materials, with plans to expand its orders to 200 containers every month..

Based in New Delhi, India, Ashita Impex is an international commodities trading house that works with numerous multinational companies to import worldwide goods to India, supplying value-added building products including timber roofing systems, pre-fabricated wooden structures and roofing tiles to Indian builders.

The deal for the construction materials reflects a growing market in India for British Columbia forest products, and a new market development strategy for India launched in 2012. As part of the strategy, British Columbia's market development agency for forest products, Forestry Innovation Investment, opened an office in Mumbai, co-housed with one of the three locations managed by British Columbia's India Trade and Investment Representative.   



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