March 2014 - The Pulse

British Columbia Economic Development Association
With the addition of our organizational membership, we are very pleased to welcome all of our new members! We trust that you will take full advantage of your BCEDA membership, and join us at the 2014 BC Economic Summit in June.  We hope you all have a productive March.
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.


MentorshipBC is an online resource for small business owners in BC to find and access mentor programs available to them. Using the search tool on the MentorshipBC homepage will provide users with a list of mentorship programs that most closely suit their needs. 

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.

 Learn More » 

Summit Speaker Spotlight: Stan Phelps

Stan Phelps is the Founder and Chief Measurement Officer of 9 INCH marketing, an organization that inspires leaders to think differently about their most important stakeholders. Helping brands win the hearts of employees and customers through a groundbreaking concept
called The Goldfish Rule. 

Stan is the author of the Amazon Best-Seller, What's Your Purple Goldfish - 12 Ways to Win Customers and Influence Word of Mouth. The book is based on the Purple Goldfish Project, a crowd sourcing effort that collected over a thousand examples of signature added value. The book provides 12 practical strategies for winning the hearts of customers and influencing positive word of mouth. 

He is also the author of What's Your Green Goldfish - Beyond Dollars: 15 Ways to Drive Employee Engagement and Reinforce Culture. Green Goldfish examines the importance of employee engagement. The book showcases 15 ways to increase engagement, finding signature ways to reinforce the culture of the organization. 

Since 2008, Stan's insights have been featured on leading sites such as Customer Think,Business2Community, MENG Blend, and Switch & Shift. 

Prior to founding 9 INCH, Stan held leadership positions at IMG, adidas, and the PGA of America. He also spent 7+ years as Chief Solutions Officer at Synergy, an award winning experiential marketing agency. At Synergy, Stan helped create larger than life brand experiences for brands such as KFC, M&M's, Starbucks and organizations such as NASCAR, MLS, and the USTA. These programs, although successful, weren't scalable or sustainable.
Stan received a B.S. in Marketing and Human Resources from Marist College, a J.D./M.B.A. from Villanova University and a certificate for Achieving Breakthrough Service from Harvard Business School. He has worked as an adjunct professor of marketing at NYU and Manhattanville College. He serves on the Advisory Board for Special Spectators and as a member of the marketing committee for the Ronald McDonald House of Durham. Stan lives in Cary, NC with his wife Jennifer, their two boys Thomas & James.

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Coastal Forest Industry Workforce Initiative Labour Market Information Report

The overriding challenge facing the forest industry is replacing an aging workforce, as the need to replace retiring workers, and others who depart voluntarily, is significant and ongoing over the next 10 years. This challenge is made more difficult given the challenges attracting and recruiting youth to an industry that has been in decline for a number of years. Public perceptions of the industry are such that youth are not considering job or career opportunities in the industry, as the work is perceived as seasonal and uncertain, often in remote locations. The shift towards a "contract" workforce (versus an employed workforce) in forestry and logging over past several years has contributed to this perception. 


Read the rest of the key themes and the Full Report Here »

Global Retail Real Estate Convention

RECon is the global convention for the shopping center industry and provides networking, deal making and educational opportunities for retail real estate professionals from around the world. With over 32,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors it is the largest industry convention, making it an unparalleled opportunity to do a year's worth of business in just three days! If you are looking to meet retailers to discuss new or existing leases in your centers, view the latest industry products and services that are critical to your business, attend educational sessions or find the next deal, then you need to attend RECon. 


Register by March 28 to save $150!

Monthly Partner Profile
 Wedler Engineering, Platinum Partner

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