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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.



 

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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. Thats why weve 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.



 

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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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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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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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British Columbia's Fastest Growing Metro Area

Located on the traditional territory of the Syilx people on the shores of Okanagan Lake, the Central Okanagan is the largest trading centre between the major Western Canadian cities of Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta.

Canadas fastest growing and most entrepreneurial region, the Central Okanagan is home to approximately 197,000 residents and over 13,000 thriving and diverse businesses.

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) is a service of the Regional District of Central Okanagan providing economic development services to the communities of Lake Country, Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, West Kelowna, Peachland and Electoral Areas East and West.


 
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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Founded by young Canadian entrepreneurs, Townfolio is a trusted community profile network used by municipalities and businesses to access hard-to-find public data and discover local opportunities across the country.  The idea stemmed from international site selection experience, where founder Davie Lee learned how difficult it was for businesses to find data on communities in Canada. Upon recruiting our other co-founder, Ryley Iverson, the team interviewed dozens of economic developers across the country and learned that communities do not have the time, budget or technical skills to manage their public data and properly promote their community for investment. Based on this feedback, the idea for Townfolio was born. After countless iterations, in November 2015, the team launched a software product to aggregate and visualize public data, automating the community profile.



 

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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Nations Creation Is an exciting Social Enterprise that began in October 2016 at St:l Nations Vedder Road site. Thanks to a Partnership-Based Labour Market Training Project funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, this project will support workers interested in training in sophisticated, computer-based light manufacturing and also support indigenous artists.

The project involves training eligible workers on reserve to make multi-use of First Nations art designs by creating t-shirts, mugs and other collectible items featuring the work of local artists. Local artists will receive a royalty for each item sold with their design, and the remainder of the proceeds will return to the social enterprise to employ more workers in the manufacturing and sales.  For more information contact sales@nationscreations.ca.



 
Exceed Analysis is market analytics company with the capacity to geographically align internal performance data with external competitor and market demand data. Our location intelligence capabilities effectively connects a firm to its external market, quantifies market sales potential and provides a framework for new site selection and the optimization of a firms network.



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