BCEDA Economic Response & Restart Calls

The BCEDA Economic Response & Restart Teleconference series ran from April 2nd to June 11th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. BCEDA is pleased to share the call recordings below:

June 11
BCEDA is pleased to host a Q&A session with Hon. Michelle Mungall, Minister of Jobs, Economic Developmnet and Competitiveness . Also sharing best practices are: Darren Brewer, City of Cranbrook; Rose Klukas, City of Campbell River; Amy Reid, City of Quesnel and Jack Stevenson & Mike Gilbert, Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

June 4
Now more than ever, economic developers need to understand the importance of engaging with existing businesses. Our communities are faced with unprecedented challenges from the pandemic that will result in long-lasting changes to economies and the economic development profession. COVID-19 has demonstrated a clear need to focus on creating the best possible business environment for existing businesses post-disaster. Listen to expert advice and best practices on Business Retention and Expansion in a post-COVID era with Laith Wardi, President, ExecutivePulse. We will explore what economic developers need to know and how to now engage with local businesses. What are the new tools for engagement, and how can we get the data required to determine the nature and extent of COVID-19 on commerce today and tomorrow.
May 28
How Will Airports and Travel be Changed and Reshaped? Hear from Dave Frank, Executive Director, BC Aviation Council; Chad Munchinsky, Manager, Airport Business Development and Community Relations, Kelowna International Airport & Serge Corbeil, Director, Government Relations, Local and Provincial, Air Canada
May 21
BCEDA is very excited to welcome back BC Economic Summit Keynote, Becky McCray! Becky and her teammate, Deb Brown from Saveyour.town, speak about Refilling the Business Pipeline. The old way of going into business doesn’t fit today’s economic crisis realities. Entrepreneurs will need new, more accessible business formats and new ways of doing business, including pop-ups, shared buildings, businesses inside of other businesses and more. Find out how entrepreneurs are already using these smaller scale experiments and tests to learn what works before making a huge investment. Learn how you can adapt them for your community and pull down the barriers to entry. 
May 14
As the province starts to shift towards reopening, some questions arise: What will the retail landscape look like? How can businesses gain back their customers and markets? Will shopping centres still be viable? Can cancelled events and festivals be held virtually? What’s the future for the event/festival and conference industry? Listen to this call to hear about The Changing Business Landscape for Retail, Shopping Centres and Events Industries from the following experts in the retail, shopping centre and events industries: Karl Littler, Vice President, Public Relationships, Retail Council of Canada; Michael Kehoe, Canada Ambassador, International Council of Shopping Centers & Calvin McCarthy, President, SW Event Technology & Showtime Event and Display

May 7
It's a special edition of BCEDA's weekly teleconference celebrating Economic Development Week! Join us for guest speaker, Steven Pedigo of Resonance as well as the launch of the revised BCEDA Economic Recovery & Resiliency Toolkit. An expert in real estate and economic development research and strategy, marketing and place branding, Steven has advised cities, universities, real estate developers, nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and major media outlets across the globe. As Vice President, Strategy, at Resonance, Steven leads the economic development practice and works with real estate developers to build more inclusive, creative communities.

April 30
This week's topic was commercial businesses - current experience and trends with experts, Jeremy Bramell, Bramwell & Associates and Ian Tostenson of the BC Food and Restaurant Association.

April 23
Let's talk workforce – current situation, trends and the future with guest speakers Trudy Parsons of MDB Insight and Ken Peacock, Chief Economist and Vice President, Business Council of BC  

April 16
A discussion on available financial support with Paula Cruickshank, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Bryan Hughes, Export Development Canada (EDC). We're also talking about the impact on tourism with Maya Lange of Destination BC

April 2
Overview of BCEDA Economic Disaster Recovery Program by President & CEO, Dale Wheeldon, tips on community economic response and recovery and hear from EDOs who are starting new initiatives to assist their business communities.