2017 BCEDA Minister's Dinner

BCEDA is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our popular 6th Annual BCEDA and BC Minister's Dinner on Monday, February 6, 2017 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver.

This interactive event will give those involved in Economic Development from around BC an opportunity to speak directly with the Hon. Minister Shirley Bond and Key Staff from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Ministry of International Trade, and others.
Discussions will include:
  • Learning about the new activities the Province is pursuing to build BC's economy
  • Sharing your community/region's successes, opportunities and challenges
  • Identifying ways to work together 
  • Networking opportunities for BCEDA members and partners

The interactive format that will be followed at this dinner will see the Minister(s) and Key Staff take turns at each table as each course of the meal arrives. This will allow for extensive dialogue on opportunities throughout BC and in the identification of partnerships.   


Pre-Dinner Workshop Just Added!

Aboriginal-Municipal Economic Development Collaboration Workshop

Monday, February 6th

1:00pm to 4:00pm

BCEDA, in partnership with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, is hosting an afternoon workshop prior to the BCEDA Minister’s Dinner, aimed at building strong relationships between Aboriginal communities and local governments in support of promoting economic development opportunities.

This workshop is designed to help facilitate relationship building through:

  • Enhanced collaboration between Aboriginal communities and local governments;
  • Promotion of economic opportunities through exploration of shared-interests;
  • Discussion of the benefits and impacts of different relationship development strategies based on community success stories;
  • Increased capacity to achieve strong relationships based on trust and respect.


The Facilitators are Dr. Brent Mainprize, Arthur Mercer and Miles Richardson. Arthur is an entrepreneur and former CEO of the Nisga’a Commercial Group of Companies and Economic Development Coordinator with the Nisga’a Lisim’s Government. Brent is a teaching professor at the University of Victoria and Faculty Champion (Business) of the National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development. Miles is the Director of the National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development. 


Workshop 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Cocktails (no host) - 5:30pm
Opening Comments - 6:00pm
Dinner - 6:10pm (rotations begin)
Ending at around 9:00pm with a no host reception.


We hope you will join us.  Please register as soon as possible, as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space is limited!
Absolutely no refunds will be made; However a substitute delegate is welcome at no additional charge.

Mr. Miles G. Richardson, Director NCIED, University of Victoria.   Mr. Richardson is a citizen of the Haida Nation and Canada. He grew up among his people on Haida Gwaii, attended high school in Prince Rupert, BC, and in 1979 received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Victoria. From 1984 to 1996, he served as President of the Council of Haida Nation.
Mr. Richardson was a member of the British Columbia Claims Task Force, which made recommendations to the Government of Canada, Government of British Columbia and First Nations in British Columbia on how the three parties could begin negotiations to build a new relationship and what negotiations should include.
From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Richardson was a member of the First Nations Summit Task Group, an executive body representing First Nations in British Columbia. In October 1995, Mr. Richardson was nominated by the Summit and appointed as a Commissioner to the BC Treaty Commission. He was elected to a second term in April 1997. In November 1998, he was chosen as Chief Commissioner by agreement of Canada, BC and the First Nations Summit for a three-year term and was reappointed in November 2001.
In 2007, Mr. Richardson was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was the Co-Chair of the IOG Indigenous Advisory Circle from 2010 to 2013.