January 2011



January 2011

Economic Development Association of BC Newsletter


I am pleased to provide you with a copy of our January 2011 "The Pulse" Newsletter.  



On behalf of the EDABC Board, my staff and my family, I would like to wish you all great success in 2011.  2010 was a hectic year for many of you as you participated in marketing your community during the 2010 Winter Olympics and then tried to deal with overcoming various economic challenges.  Lets hope 2011 proves to be easier in many ways. 


2010 was a busy year for EDABC and Linx BC.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • Participated in the events during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
  • Hosted a FDI Seminar in Partnership with DFAIT
  • Hosted a successful conference in Osoyoos, BC
  • Identified new Partnerships to further expand EDABC and to promote the work of our members
  • New EDABC Newsletter - The Pulse
  • New Registration Process for our events.
  • Hosted some of North Americas top Site Selectors
  • Hosted a special event for Hotel Developers and a reception during the Western Canada Hotel and Resort Investment Conference
  • Introduced and adopted a new Constitution and Bylaws for EDABC
  • New Work Plans for EDABC and Linx BC
  • New Partnership with BC Hydro for the creation of BC BusinessCounts - a new BR+E Initiative
  • Relaunch of the Invest in British Columbia Magazine

We are confident that 2011 will be just as busy and productive as we work to expand the membership programs offered by EDABC. 


This month we are just releasing this short newsletter in order to get out the time sensitive information that you will find below.  Another newsletter will be published in early February and we will send out eblasts throughout the month with other highlights. 


You are encouraged to share this newsletter with anyone that you think would benefit from the information.  Some of the items are linked to the members only section and we hope, with your help this will result in an increase of membership to EDABC.  We continue to send out membership E-Blasts which will include RFP's, Job Postings, and other time sensitive materials available only to members. 


May all of your economic development dreams come true in 2011.


BC BusinessCounts - EDABC BR+E Seminar - February 21-22, 2011


Even if you are not a member of BC Business Counts, the new EDABC BR+E Initiative, this seminar is for you. Expand your existing BR+E program that you currently have with the knowledge that you will gain by attending this seminar.  


Topics include:

  • New Market Forces Impacting Our Companies, Communities and Organization
  • The New Model and Idea of New Metrics
  • The Concept of Value
  • Changes in Economic/Workforce Development
  • New Stakeholder Perspectives
  • Trends Today
  • Why Retention?
  • Objective, Outcomes and Benefits
  • Who is the Customer/Identifying Customers
  • One-to-One Database Marketing
  • Program Elements
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Roles/Responsibilities
  • Red Flags
  • Next Logical Questions
  • Dissecting the Outreach and Service Delivery Process
  • This two day seminar starting at 9:00 am on Monday February 21st and ending at 3:30 on February 22nd will help you create or improve your BR+E program in your community.  

The seminar will be led by Laith Wardi, CEcD, who is president of ExecutivePulse, Inc. He has worked in and around the economic development profession for over 20 years. Laith has comprehensive experience in business retention that includes outreach to hundreds of value-added client companies, work as a resource provider, and over a decade of regional program management.


In 1994-95, Laith pioneered the first web based system for business retention. Today, the ExecutivePulse™ Business Intelligence System is the most widely used database for business retention and expansion in North America. As co-founder and principal of ExecutivePulse Inc., Laith provides skills training, survey development, technology development and management consultation to clients seeking to implement a systematic and sustainable customer outreach program.


He is a regular instructor on business retention for the professional certification program sponsored by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).


Click here to register Now. Early Bird ends on February 1, 2011  


The Seminar will be held at the Westin Bayshore.  Reservation details:

Ask for the Economic Development Association of BC Rate - rates start at $129.00. 

Toll Free: 1-800-Westin-1

Hotel Direct: 604-682-3377

Email: bayshore.reservations@westin.com


The Rural BC Secretariat and Local Government Department invites you to participate in a couple of upcoming webinars.  More details on these events can be found by clicking here


1.  Strategies to Promote School Sustainability Webinar - January 6, 2011


The Ministry of Education, School District No. 50 (Haida Gwaii) and District of Wells will present at the Strategies to Promote School Sustainability Webinar on Thursday January 6, 2011 from 1:30-3:00pm.  Join us for an interactive discussion on how Neighbourhood Learning Centres and the co-location of community and local government services in schools can serve to unite a community; build relationships between schools, local governments, and service providers; and turn unused school space into vibrant community assets that enhance the sustainability of schools and communities, both urban and rural.


Participants in this webinar will be given the opportunity to learn about:

  • The Port Clements Multiplex Project, a Neighbourhood Learning Centre;
  • The Wells-Barkerville Elementary School; and;
  • Neighbourhood Learning Centres and School Community Connections Grants.

2.  Asia Pacific Twinning Initiative - Information Webinar - January 13, 2011.


The Economic Development Association of British Columbia, City of Williams Lake, Greater Victoria Development Agency and Corporation of Delta will be hosting an Asia Pacific Twinning Initiative - Information Webinar on Thursday January 13, 2011 from 2:30-4:00pm. Join us for an interactive discussion on the Asia Pacific Twinning Initiative, a long-term strategy to diversify B.C.s economic ties with the Asia Pacific.

This webinar will:

  • Profile B.C. twinning case studies;
  • Provide opportunities to exchange best practices and lessons learned; and
  • Identify strategies in support of developing and strengthening robust twinning relationships

Canada Business Leaders Trip to China - offer for EDABC Members
Canada Asia Business Netword is proud to be a leading business networking agency between Canada and China.  CABN is collaborating with C.T.S. (China Travel Service) to arrange this exclusive travel deal especially for EDABC's members. This is a 10/14 days business trip designed for the Canadian business leaders to visit China for two purposes. The first purpose is to experience China, a beautiful country with its long and fascinating history. The second purpose is to explore the business environment by interacting with the local business entrepreneurs in the major cities.

*Please note that this is not an event being run or managed by EDABC.  We are marketing it as a service to CABN who is a member and supporter of EDABC.   

EDABC CEO Meets with all Liberal Leadership Candidates

Dale Wheeldon, CEO for EDABC has now met with all Liberal Leadership Candidates and the next Premier of BC.  The primary purpose of meeting with the candidates was to highlight the work of EDABC and our members around BC.  It has long been felt that the work that the EDO and EDABC does in promoting BC for investment and in supporting the growth of BC communities might not be recognized by the Premiers office.  We hope to change that and to make Economic Development a priority and perhaps a Ministry.  It is now up to the members of the BC Liberal Party to decide.  Lets hope whoever wins recognizes the value of EDABC and our members and is willing to work with us in achieving economic development success throughout British Columbia. 

Issue: 6-2010

In This Issue
EDABC BR+E Seminar
Two new Webinars
Canada Business Leaders Trip to China
EDABC CEO Meets with all Liberal Leadership Candidates
EDABC Membership Renewals
Upcoming Events
Westin Bayshore - RENEWS EDABC Partnership
Job Postings and RFP's

EDABC Membership
Your invoices for your 2011 Membership have been sent.  We hope that you will continue to support our efforts to build a strong and widely recognized provincial economic development organization that represents your interest and the interest of building BC's economy. 

See the story about adding a member to help support EDABC. 

Upcoming Events

Business Retention and Expansion - New Approachs.
February 21-22, 2011
 EDABC Annual Conference 
June 5-7, 2011
Langley, BC

Westin Bayshore - RENEWS Support for EDABC and its Members
Westin Bayshore
The Westin Bayshore in Vancouver has renewed its support to EDABC and for our members for 2011. The rates are similar and are substantially lower than what you would pay if you were a non-member.    For every night booked and completed the Westin Bayshore will pay EDABC $10.00 towards assisting in providing Professional Development.  You must ask for the 'Economic Development Association of BC" rate when booking. 
Booking Procedures:
Hotel Direct: 604-682-3377
Fax: 604-691-6980
Online: www.spg.com
SET #204867

Job Postings

Check the EDABC Website often for new Job Postings.  We do send out notices as new ones are posted.

Kal Tire
EDABC is pleased to announce our newest membership benefit.  As a member of EDABC you now qualify for a discount at any Kal Tire.   

The 10% discount in on the sub total of the invoice. (not including tax or levy). The program is available at all of the 230+ Kal Tire locations, on all products.  (Kal Tire does not share/sell any info with anyone). Not all Kal Tire locations offer mechanical services, as some are commercial locations (handling large trucks) but tires can be purchased at all locations.

Just mention EDABC for your discount.

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