2017 BC Economic Summit

Save the date! The 2018 BC Economic Summit will be held from June 10th to 13th at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna.




The BCEDA BC Economic Summit takes you out of the office and gives you the space to imagine, create and discuss key issues facing economic developers, local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal leaders, community planners, and more, with some of the most creative and strategic minds in the industry.

Successful economic development depends on a team that can identify and foresee challenges, and capitalizes on opportunities.  Sometimes you have to make waves to shake things up in a community and to get key players all working together for the ultimate economic development success.  The 2017 BC Economic Summit will look at what is Making Waves throughout BC right from the Provincial Capital to individual communities.   The Summit will showcase what is shaping communities and how they are riding the wave to a more resilient and stronger local economy.  

Immediately following the Summit, from June 14th to 16th, BCEDA will host IEDC's Economic Development Credit Analysis Course. Bundle both events to save!

Keynote Speakers


Advancing Technology in Your Community

Jason Hermitage, Vice President of Public Sector

Microsoft Canada

As Vice President of Public Sector, Jason works with all levels of government to help them apply technology to enable strategic change to their business, cascading to better service delivery for (and on behalf of) Canadians.

Community leaders, Chambers, and EDO's are challenged to re-envision existing economic development models and embrace a different way of communicating with residents, local businesses, attracting new businesses, empowering employees, and optimizing operations. Cloud computing and communicating has emerged as a vital resource for creating more efficient processes for economic development.  Cloud services can now unlock the secrets held by data in ways that create new insights and lead to breakthroughs, not just for science and technology, but for addressing the full range of work that communities are focused upon: economic and social challenges and the delivery of better communications with audiences in order to promote each community for investment and to live in.  Learn what's new and emerging to help your community increase awareness of opportunities and to thrive in the next decade and beyond.


NAFTA - Why North America Still Matters

Matthew Rooney, Director, Economic Growth

George W. Bush Presidential Center

Matt’s presentation will focus on the “unfinished business” of NAFTA:  policy areas that were not addressed in the final agreement, where practical steps to more closely integrate the North American market would produce additional commercial opportunities, economic growth and job creation.   The Bush Institute carried out an extensive analysis of this question, based on a broad consultation with political, business and academic leaders from Canada, Mexico and the U.S., and presented an agenda of policy recommendations designed to pursue these improvements.  With a renegotiation of NAFTA under discussion, this is a timely discussion of a front-burner topic with far-reaching implications for businesses and citizens across North America.



The Canadian Economy: Recent Developments & Future Challenges

Dr. David Williams, Senior Economist

Bank of Canada

David Williams is a Senior Economist at Canada's central bank, the Bank of Canada. His research focuses on macro-financial linkages between house prices, credit markets and the real economy.

David will discuss recent developments in the global and Canadian economies, including implications for British Columbia.  He will also discuss some of the key economic challenges that lie ahead.






































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