2016 BC Economic Summit




2017 BC Economic Summit has been announced!
June 11-13th, 2017


Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa

Victoria, BC

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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.

This year's Summit, Past, Present & Future, will celebrate BCEDA's 35th Anniversary by respecting the Past, embracing the Present, and shaping the Future. Connect with forward-looking strategic leaders to learn how to increase productivity, competitiveness, and make the most of your community's economic development potential.  The program features keynote presentations by distinguished experts, relevant, highly practical and interactive workshops on hot topics, such as:

  • Under the Microscope: Economic Development Websites
  • Entrepreneurship & Coworking Spaces
  • You Did What? And it Worked?
  • Craft Breweries: A Potential for Economic Development
  • Special Report: Economic Development Survey Results
  • Energy: Boom, Bust and Everything in Between
Keynote: David Rendall


What do you wish you could change about yourself? Are you too loud or too quiet, too hyperactive or too sedentary, too organized or too messy? You get the idea.

Most people think that they should find and fix their weaknesses. However, most of us never make much progress trying to eliminate our worst traits. In fact, our weaknesses are actually the best clue to our strengths. In this funny and counter-intuitive talk, David shows how to find success and improve performance by starting with weaknesses — and embracing them rather than trying to deny them.

This same principle also applies to communities. Too often, we miss the positive aspects of our cities and towns because we are focused solely on negative characteristics. We wish our community was bigger or smaller, more modern or more historical, or had more young people or more seniors. But those apparent disadvantages are actually assets that when we connect them we can use to promote the economic development of our area. 


Keynote: Dave Crenshaw

Dave Crenshaw is the master of helping business owners triumph over chaos. He has appeared in Time magazine, FastCompany, USA Today, and the BBC News. His first book,The Myth of Multitasking: How ‘Doing It All’ Gets Nothing Done, has been published in six languages and is a time management best seller. His latest book, The Focused Business: How Entrepreneurs Can Triumph Over Chaos, is also a small business best seller. As an author, speaker, and business coach, Dave has transformed thousands of businesses worldwide.


Keynote: Chief Councillor Ellis Ross

Ellis Ross, Chief Councillor for the Haisla Nation, has spent 11 elected years leading an economic development movement that has changed the Haisla from a systemically impoverished people into a B.C. business success story.  Find out what has made his efforts successful and how First Nations and Local and Regional Governments must work together to capitalize on economic development opportunities.

Immediately following the Summit, BCEDA will host IEDC's Business Retention & Expansion Course on June 15th to 16th, 2016.




This interactive course presents the core components of a BRE program and why the concerns of local businesses need to be actively addressed. By building an understanding of business visitation techniques and survey methods, practitioners will be able to clearly gauge their community's business climate. Learn the "red flags" that may indicate a company is looking to move elsewhere, and learn how to structure an effective technical assistance program to respond to business concerns. This course helps participants understand how a BRE program relates to attraction, workforce development, small business finance, technology transfer and many other economic development activities. Click here for Agenda & Speaker information.

Course Highlights:

• Establishing, maintaining and upgrading a BRE program 
• Creating effective models for business visitations and surveys 
• Customer-Relationship Management (CRM) techniques 
• Marketing a BRE program 
• Establishing an early warning system 
• Cluster and industry-focused BRE programs 
• Tracking and analyzing customer feedback and response 
• Quantitative and qualitative economic development metrics

Information will be made available first on our Twitter accounts. Make sure you follow @BCEDAEvents and @EconomicDevBC


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