May 2014 - The Pulse

British Columbia Economic Development Association
The time is now! In less than three weeks we hope to welcome you to the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel for the start of the 2014 BC Economic Summit.  This year's conference is shaping up to be the most successful conference thus far. With a variety of interesting speakers and unlimited networking opportunities, we hope you will join your colleagues for a fun and educational conference.

If you have not already purchased your ticket, we invite you to have a look at our website for a variety of information on sessions, speakers and much more. We hope to see you in Richmond!

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.

Grupio: BCEDA's Summit App 
In preparation for this year's Summit, we invite you to download the Grupio App for your smart phone and tablet. The app will replace our traditional agenda, and will feature session information, speaker's bios, maps, exhibitors and so much more. 

Visit your respective app store and search for Grupio.  Upon installation, search for BCEDA14 and tap the 2014 BC Economic Summit. If you do not have a smart phone or tablet, you can visit the conference website here.

We are still in the process of populating the app, so please keep in mind the information is subject to change. 

Job Opportunity

The City of Abbotsford is looking to hire! The Executive Director, Economic Development ("EDED") will direct the administration and operation of economic development for the City of Abbotsford. Initially reporting to the Deputy City Manager and potentially leading the formation of a separate economic development entity, the position will provide general supervision to leadership to a small team


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Summit Speaker Spotlight: Hon. Shirley Bond

Shirley Bond was elected in 2001 and 2005 as the MLA for Prince George - Mount Robson, and re-elected in 2009 and 2013 as the MLA for Prince George - Valemount.


Shirley was appointed Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour on June 10, 2013. In this role, she will lead the acceleration of the BC Jobs Plan, ensure that British Columbians are first in line for the jobs of today and tomorrow by developing a comprehensive 10-year skills training plan, and is working closely with Destination BC to meet the targets laid out in the Province's tourism strategy Gaining the Edge.


With more than 12 years of Cabinet experience, Shirley has served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Minister of Education, Minister Responsible for Early Learning and Literacy, Minister of Advanced Education, Minister of Health Services, and was the first female to hold the position of Attorney General in British Columbia; a title she held while Minister of Justice.


Shirley currently serves as the Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Strong Economy, Vice-Chair of the Cabinet Working Group on Core Review and is also part of the Treasury Board and the Priorities and Planning Committee.


Before her election to the Legislative Assembly, she served three terms on the Prince George School Board, the last as Chair. She also worked with the continuing education department of the Prince George School District, becoming its business manager. She was given the B.C. Interior, North & Yukon Woman of Distinction Award for her work in public education.


She was protocol director for the 2001 Special Olympic Summer Games and sat on the boards of Carey Theological College, the Personal Living Choices Society, the Trinity Opportunity Fund Grants Committee and the City of Prince George's Standing Committee on Youth.


Join us at the 2014 BC Economic Summit to hear Hon. Minister Bond's updates on the BC Jobs Plan and provincial programs supporting economic development  in BC communities.


Job Opportunity

Are you looking for an opportunity to market and promote one of the most picturesque communities in the Okanagan? Do you excel in leveraging partnerships and in building strong relationships to maximize marketing results? Do you have experience in working with a Destination Marketing Organization? Are you one who thrives in a spirited team atmosphere? This position offers an exceptional opportunity for a seasoned Tourism professional.


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Monthly Partner Profile
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel provides a unique hotel experience minutes from Vancouver International Airport. Located in beautiful Richmond, British Columbia, this newly-renovated, modern hotel is a refreshing destination for all your business and vacation adventures in Vancouver. Whether you are meeting clients, catching an early flight or just enjoying our Vancouver vibe, the Sheraton Vancouver Airport is the place to work, play, dine, connect and relax. 

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