March 2012

The Summit Source
March 12, 2012



Welcome to the second edition of the Summit Source, the newsletter that gives you all the information you need to to know about the BC Economic Summit! The Summit is now only two months away, but there are some important deadlines coming up!


Early Bird Registration ends March 31st, be sure to sign up today and save $50 off our regular prices.  The deadline for entries for the BC Economic Development Awards is March 30th - nominate someone you know who is creating positive change in your region.


For more information about the Summit, visit or click here.


2012 BC Economic Development Awards - Entry Deadline March 30th, 2012


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


There are 3 categories of awards:

  • Marketing Award - recognizes achievement in marketing that supports economic development
  • Economic Development Leader Awardrecognizes individual or team achievement in the field of economic development
  • Community Project Award - recognizes a community or partnership working together in economic development
Entry Fee: $60.00 + HST
Note: Must be an EDABC Member to be eligible for nomination
Entry Deadline: March 30, 2012

Click here for the 2012 BC Economic Development Awards Package.


Early Bird Registration Prices End March 31st...Save $50 Now!

Register now and save $50! Early Bird Registration ends March 31st, and is under three weeks away!


You can register at or by clicking here.


Also available on this page is:
  • Online Registration
  • Draft Agenda
  • Speakers
  • Partnership Details
  • Travel Information

Speaker Spotlight: Jeff Finkle

Whether on a neighbourhood or national scale, economic development is a complex, demanding endeavour. It requires financial skills, political acumen and the ability to gauge the social benefit that will result from a given undertaking. Since the late 1970s, Jeffrey A. Finkle has demonstrated mastery of all those skills, applying them worldwide-from his native Ohio to the Far East and most points in between.

This experience has made Jeff Finkle a recognized leader and international authority on economic development. As President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the world's largest economic development membership organization, he contributes his expertise on community revitalization, business development and job creation to projects nationwide. Jeff has established multi-lateral partnerships with regional and national economic development organizations around the world and currently sits on the Consultative Committee of World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA). He has advised on economic development in China, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania. He now serves on the Board of Directors for Climate Prosperity. Inc., a company based on creating important regional economic outcomes -- green savings, green opportunity, and green talent -- while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

He is also a leader in community service and philanthropy. In 2005, Jeff organized 250 economic development volunteers to work in Gulf Coast communities endeavouring to recover from Hurricane Katrina. He also founded the Bollinger Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to educate and support children who have lost one or more parent who worked in the field of economic development. The foundation to date has awarded approximately $500,000 in grants.

A former Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he oversaw programs such as Community Development Block Grants and Urban Development Action Grants, Jeff writes and lectures frequently about economic development issues and advises Congressional Committees. His vigorous support of the use of eminent domain to promote economic development, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, garnered him national media attention, including appearances on CBS Sunday Morning, Fox television and the Journal Report on PBS.

With the formation of IEDC in 2001, Jeff set the course for a more effective and influential economic development organization. IEDC resulted from the merger of the Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED), where Jeff was president for 15 years, and the American Economic Development Council (AEDC). Addressing significant financial and organizational challenges, Jeff has grown IEDC to a $5 million annual operation with 30 employees. IEDC is recognized for its leadership in making sustainable economic development a priority in communities of all sizes and for professionalizing and diversifying the field of economic development. 

Economic Development Marketplace

The Economic Development Marketplace at the BC Economic Summit will be filled with companies from eight provincial sectors that have been identified as critical for BC's growth, either through direct job creation or as platforms for future expansion.  These sectors are: Forestry; Mining; Natural Gas; Agrifoods; Technology, Clean Tech and Green Economy; Tourism; Transportation: Ports, Marine and Aerospace; and International Education.  


In addition, we're looking for communities and companies with a focus on global relations, foreign direct investment and those who support growth in BC's Aboriginal Communities.


The display consists of an 8' rectangular skirted table, which will be located in our Economic Development Marketplace, where our members will congregate during the breaks and meals.  The price for a corporate booth is $1,000 + HST.  There is also limited space available to communities who wish to set up a booth at a special rate of $250.  


Please click here for more information and the rental form.


Book Your Room at the Sheraton Today

This year we are excited to host the Summit at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, in Richmond. Visit the online reservation page below to secure a room at our member rate, these rooms are going fast!  Thanks to the Sheraton for donating a portion of the room revenues to the EDABC Professional Development Fund!


For travel information visit


Click here to book your room with the Sheraton's online reservation system.

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In This Issue
2012 BC Economic Development Awards
Summit Registrations
Summit Speaker: Jeff Finkle
Economic Development Marketplace
Book Your Hotel Room Now!
Silent Auction

Silent Auction
We will again be holding a silent auction. The money raised at the silent auction goes to the EDABC Professional Development Fund. Bring in an item that represents your community; a Resort Getaway, Spa Package, Wine, Gift Basket. Whatever it is that makes your community special! If you have an item you would like to donate to the silent auction, please contact Stephanie!

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