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FortisBC Energy Inc. is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable energy, including natural gas, propane and thermal energy solutions. FortisBC Energy Inc. employs more than 1,800 British Columbians and serves approximately 1,008,400 customers in 135 B.C. communities. FortisBC Energy Inc. owns and operates approximately 49,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Energy Inc. is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry.

For more than 30 years, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has been working to diversify the western economy while improving the quality of life of western Canadians. We aim to be a leader in building a strong, competitive West by focusing on business development, innovation and community development. We are a federal institution that is part of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio.

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BC Hydro is a provincial Crown corporation, owned by the people of British Columbia. We operate an integrated system of generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure to deliver reliable, affordable and clean electricity to our four million customers, safely. The electricity we generate and deliver to customers throughout the province powers our economy and quality of life.

We want to make it easier for new customers to do business with us. That's why we've created a Business & Economic Development team to provide a single point of entry for new businesses wanting to locate in British Columbia. We are here to help prospective customers understand how to get connected to our clean electricity grid, anticipated electricity costs and possible options for where to locate. To get in touch with the team, please visit: bchydro.com/newbusiness

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The Government of British Columbia, through various branches and service lines, provides key services to ministries and organizations, employees, and broader public sector (BPS) entities.  BCEDA works closely with many ministries and public sector entities.  Our primary partnerships are with the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology and the Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development.  BC is open for business check out www.britishcolumbia.ca.



 

Brought to you by the BCEDA and BCBusiness Magazine, Invest in BC is your guide to getting the most of out of a great Canadian province. With a diverse economy and boundless opportunity, British Columbia is the place to be!

The Vancouver Consular District, consisting of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, would be the tenth largest trading partner of the United States, if considered as an independent economic unit. The economy of the district is greatly diversified, between traditional resource industries such as forestry, mining and fisheries, but containing important new, high technology industries such as bio-medical development, fuel cell manufacturing and film production. Agriculture, retail trade, light manufacturing, finance and hydroelectric energy generation are also important components of the districts economy.

Tourism is also a major part of the districts economy with over 22 million overnight visitors to the province per year. With its strategic location on Canadas Pacific coast, Vancouver, B.C. is the economic hub of the district. The port of Vancouver is a world-class deep-water port, ideally situated to handle both exports and imports of goods to the United States and Latin America. It is also an ideal location for trade with Asia. With its highly trained work force, diverse population, outstanding resource base, and ideal location, the Vancouver Consular District offers great potential for business and trade.

The Consulate General in Vancouver has a small Economic Section which follows economic developments and advocates for U.S. economic interests in the district.

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Connecting to 65+ destinations in BC

Pacific Coastal Airlines provides regular schedule, charter, and cargo services to 16 airports with connections to 50+ destinations in British Columbia, more than any other airline.  PCA is the sixth largest airline operating at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) based on total outbound seats, and third largest based on take offs and landings. An equal opportunity employer, they employ over three hundred people in two divisions across fourteen bases including pilots, flight attendants, engineers, dispatchers, and cargo. Administrative office is located at YVRs South Terminal in Richmond B.C., and the Seaplane division is headquartered in Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.  Pacific Coastal has been a long and strong supporter of BCEDA, our members, and our economic disaster recovery initiatives.



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The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and oil throughout Canada. CAPPs member companies produce about 80 per cent of Canadas natural gas and oil. CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support the upstream oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's members and associate members are an important part of a national industry with revenues from oil and natural gas production of about $110 billion a year. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is governed by an elected Board of Governors representative of our membership. 


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Resonance Consultancy combines business strategy and marketing creativity to help shape the future of countries, cities and communities around the world with research, strategy, branding and placemaking. To date, our team has completed more than a hundred research, strategy, planning and branding projects for governments, destinations and developers in more than 20 states and provinces and 70 countries. In all of our engagements, we strive to foster community, preserve cultural heritage, protect the environment and generate economic benefits for all those involved. Resonance services a global clientele with offices based in Vancouver, Toronto, and New York.

MemberLeap is an all-inclusive and flexible membership management solution for small, medium, and large organizations. Vieth Consulting built this all-in-one association management system.  BCEDA is proud to be the first Economic Development Association in Canada to be part of this extensive and easy to use member management system allowing us to provide more services and exposure for our members and programs that we offer.


 

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Co-operatives First is a business development organization funded in full by the Co-operative Retailing System and Federated Co-operatives Limited. Every day, we focus on promoting and supporting business development based on the co-operative business model. Our priority overall is increasing rural and Indigenous economic development across western Canada.
LocalIntel offers a catalog of online economic development tools that can be selected a-la-carte based on a municipalitys needs and budget. It provides the flexibility to then integrate the tools on an existing website or as a stand-alone microsite, making it easier for businesses to track down valuable information about the local economy, customers, competition and more. Since launching, the company has partnered with 22 municipalities and two regions across North America, ranging in size from 5,000 to 1.3 million people, including Seattle, Calgary and Edmonton.



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GIS Planning is the world leader in online economic development solutions. Over 13,000 U.S. cities in 43 states are served by GIS Plannings Geographic Information System (GIS) Software, which provides real estate, demographic, and industry data to help businesses and site selection professionals select optimal geographic locations through powerful online mapping analysis. GIS Planning's software as a service helps local communities grow their economies through business investment. 

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The Government of Canada is committed to giving small and medium enterprises (SME) access to compete for government business.

The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) in Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) advocates on behalf of SMEs and encourages their participation in federal government procurement.



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The short story is that we are management consultants who help people and places thrive in the 21st century economy.  For us, this work isnt about churning out strategies. Its a commitment to improving the world around us, even if its just one community at a time.

This passion makes our people our greatest strength. Our teams breadth of expertise allows us to push the boundaries of our practice areas. We continually explore new overlaps between our core practice areas economic development, cultural development, and workforce development because we believe sustainable growth wont happen in silos.

Were not just experts in these fields. Were experienced practitioners. Our team members have worked on the ground in diverse communities and contexts. We understand the challenges faced by our clients. So we customize our approach to each project to meet clients needs using sound research, proven methodologies, and a collaborative attitude.  Whether a large city, rural community, business or stakeholder organization, we equip our clients with the ideas, action plans, and resources needed to achieve tangible results.


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At BDC, we know business owners. Weve been working with them for 75 years. We know their challenges and we understand their needs. And we want them to grow and succeed.

We support small and medium-sized businesses in all industries and at every stage of growth with money and advice. We are the Business Development Bank of Canada. We are BDC.


Vancity is a values-based financial cooperative serving the needs of its more than 534,886 member-owners and their communities in the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka'wakw territories, with 59 branches in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Squamish and Alert Bay.

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