June 2014 - The Pulse

British Columbia Economic Development Association
The 2014 BC Economic Summit has come and gone, and we thank those who contributed to the success of the conference.  We also thank those who attended and hope you found the sessions informative and took advantage of networking time in the Economic Development Marketplace.  If you did not attend, we hope you will consider joining us next year as we intend to build off of this year's success. 
We had a record number of awards submissions this year, and we would like to congratulate all nominees and award winners on the initiatives you have undertaken in your communities.  It is encouraging to see the innovative and collaborative work you are doing in your communities, and you have without a doubt inspired your colleagues. See the News Release here.
On another note, our new website has launched! We are very pleased with the finished product, and we invite you to have a look around 

We hope you enjoy a relaxing and fruitful summer season.  

The BCEDA team

2014 BC Economic Summit Partners

The BCEDA would like to extend a special thank you to our generous partners. We would not be able to host the annual Summit without their ongoing support, and we look forward to working alongside them in the future.


We would also like to thank Cindy Shelford and Jennifer Moore for their efforts in finding and securing BCEDA partners. 

From the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

We are pleased to announce an enhancedbusiness match-making resources section is now available in the Business Attraction Toolkit for BC Communities, an online resource with information, tools and templates to support communities through the stages of business and investment attraction.


A significant number of small business owners in British Columbia are approaching retirement or interested in pursuing other ventures and are considering selling their businesses. The continued long-term success of these businesses is often critical to local communities. The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training heard from many of you that resources would be appreciated to mitigate any business succession challenges and support successful long-term business transactions. The Ministry has also heard through discussions arising from the Beetle Action Coalitions' "Rural BC Project" that business succession is a significant issue in rural communities around the province and that additional tools and supports for communities and business owners would be helpful.Moreover, this resource helps fulfill a BC Small Business Accord action item and a recommendation from the BC Small Business Roundtable's 2013 Annual Report to enhance supports for small business succession planning.


We hope the new resources are useful to you:

  • The business succession planning section identifies key support organisations, tools and business immigrant opportunities. The resources can help the development of a succession plan to smoothly transition a small business and help ensure its continued success.
  • The business match-making good practices checklist asks ten key questions that can help ensure successful long-term business matches. The questions cover key factors for any community leader, business seller, buyer or investor to consider to maximize opportunity for successful business matches.

The Ministry welcomes your input and ideas on the business succession resources. The Ministry would also appreciate hearing about your experience using the Toolkit. If you have an example to share or feedback to provide, please let the Ministry know at Toolkit@gov.bc.ca.

From the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

The BC Economic Atlas Team invites you to be part of the beta test phase of the BC Economic Atlas (Beta).



The BC Economic Atlas is a web-based mapping tool developed by theMinistry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.  It integrates economic and natural resource data and displays visual overviews of economic activity in British Columbia to support business and investment opportunity identification, business case analysis and decision-making.


The BC Economic Atlas provides a single window and user friendly access to a multitude of spatial economic and natural resource data relevant to business and investment decision-making allowing users to gain a visual overview of British Columbia's economic opportunities.   The BC Economic Atlas assists users to identify, visualize and promote business opportunities; conduct project scoping and business case analyses; and facilitate informed conversations with others.  


The BC Economic Atlas enables:

  • For the first time, integrated access and mapping capabilities of provincial government data such as investment opportunities (Opportunities BC), major projects (JTST Major Projects Inventory and Natural Resource Sector major projects), employment opportunities (Work BC), and tourism information (Destination BC);
  • Access to other spatial economic data as it becomes available;
  • Integration of proprietary data and data available from open data sources; and
  • Simplified access by offering thematic menus that provide the user easier access to the most relevant information.

You can help beta test the BC Economic Atlas by navigating to:    www.gov.bc.ca/economicatlas.  Before using the tool for the first time, you require a basic BCeID which can be obtained at: (Basic BCeID Registration). 


We would appreciate your feedback by September 15, 2014.  Any comments, suggestions or thoughts are welcome.  Please email bcea@gov.bc.ca with your questions and ideas, or utilize the feedback form located within the BC Economic Atlas homepage.   


Be sure to bookmark the BC Economic Atlas and visit often!


When the beta testing of the BC Economic Atlas is complete and user testing feedback is incorporated, we will look to launch the BC Economic Atlas publicly in the Fall of 2014.

Wedler Engineering LLP
Wedler Engineering LLP is a BC based civil consulting firm that has been in business since 1959. With an established base in Chilliwack, Wedler has expanded consistently and now also has offices in Courtenay and Surrey. We aren't limited by our office locations: Wedler works on projects from Manitoba to Tofino, and the US border to the Yukon. With an experienced team including 10 professionals and 16 technical staff, Wedler has the depth and knowledge for any development project.


For the past three years, Wedler has been involved in a significant number of projects in the Peace River Country. Wedler provided the civil engineering services to the Garrison Landing subdivision in Fort St. John, which included servicing for phase 1 and 2 of the overall development. These first two phases included 82 single family lots and the sanitary lift station and storm detention pond for the entire development, which will total 234 single family lots and one multi-residential lot upon completion.


Wedler is also providing civil engineering services to projects in Dawson Creek, including the Upper Montney Estates three building apartment project, and the Harvest View and Sunset Ridge town home projects. Included in our services are all of the necessary construction inspections, handled by a senior construction manager, who we base out of the area each construction season.


If you are considering a real estate development anywhere in Western Canada, Wedler Engineering LLP has the skills, experience, and team to get your project completed, on time and on budget.


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Monthly Partner Profile

Serving approximately 1.1 million customers in more than 135 communities, FortisBC delivers more energy than any other utility in British Columbia, approximately 21% of the total energy consumed.  FortisBC does so with more than 2,260 employees all focused on quality service and customer satisfaction. Visit FortisBC online here.


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