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Summit Schedule

2017 ECONOMIC SUMMIT
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The 11th Anniversary State of the Island Economic Summit will convene at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Wednesday & Thursday, October 25 & 26, 2017. See schedule details below:

 

Wednesday, October 25 - Day One

8:30AM BONUS SESSION
10:30 AM TRADESHOW OPENS
12:00 PM OPENING LUNCHEON
1:30 PM FOUR CONCURRENT SESSIONS
3:00 PM Tradeshow - Networking Break
3:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions
5:30 PM Cocktail Hour
6:30 PM Summit Dinner , Welcome & Presentation
8:30PM Dessert Reception

Thursday, October 26 - Day Two

7:00 AM Tradeshow Opens
7:30 AM Breakfast Keynote
9:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions:
10:30 AM Tradeshow – Networking Break
11:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions
12:30 PM Closing Luncheon & Presentation
2:00 PM 11th annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit concludes.
2:30PM BONUS SESSION
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Tech Showcase – featuring emerging and innovative companies


With a focus on “at” or “near revenue” products & services this year’s showcase will feature 7 local companies who have successfully moved past early-stage prototyping on their march to commercialization.

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< Back 12:00 PM OPENING LUNCHEON

Earning Trust In an Untrusting World


Presenter – Dan Tisch, President, Argyle Public Relationships


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< Back 1:30 PM FOUR CONCURRENT SESSIONS

#1 Vancouver Island Clean Tech – A home-grown industry poised for growth


• Moderator, Bert Zethof, Principal, Zethof Consulting Group
• Tom Zaban, Executive VP, Reliable Controls
• Judith Sayers, Director, Clean Energy BC
• Voytek Klaptocz, Technical Director, Mavi Innovations Inc


Sponsored by

#2 Spotlight on Cowichan – Changing Times, Changing Priorities, Changing Perceptions


• Moderator, Peter van Dongen, Regional Marketing Manager, MNP
• Amy Melmock, Manager, Economic Development Cowichan
• Caroll Taiji, Director of Strategy, Taiji Brand Group
• Alana Elliot, President, Libre Naturals
• Kathy Robertson, GM, Community Futures Cowichan
• Julie Scurr, President, Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce


Sponsored by

#3 Aboriginal Business Development on Vancouver Island


• Moderator, Maynard Harry, Co-Owner, Aboriginal Business Match
• Conrad Browne, CEO, Ka’wat’si Ec Dev Corp.
• Erralyn Thomas, EDO, Snuneymuxw Firss Nation
• Watch for updates...


Sponsored by


#4 Trade & Transportation – Optimizing Our Corridors


Join this panel of industry experts as they bust assumptions about Vancouver Island’s role as a transportation and trade corridor linking local, regional and international opportunities. Marine, road, and rail infrastructure are key components for community growth and economic prosperity to ensure goods can be cost effectively transported across many borders, home and abroad. The Island’s world class short sea shipping services just 30kms from Canada’s largest port - Vancouver, as well as our international deep sea facilities in Nanaimo, Victoria and Port Alberni provide a direct global link with capacity to transform export activity on Vancouver Island.


• Moderator, Robert Lewis Manning, President, Chamber of Shipping BC
• Peter Amat, Chair VI Shipping Committee
• Tabare Dominguez, Commercial Director DPWorld
• Allison Bouton, Program Manager, Export Navigator
• Adam Cook, Sales Director, CN Rail


Sponsored by
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< Back 3:00 PM Tradeshow - Networking Break

With a full 30 minutes between afternoon sessions, you'll have plenty of time to grab a coffee and network in the Tradeshow.



Sponsored by


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< Back 3:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions

#5 Truth or Consequences... ‘Fake News’, ‘Alternative Facts’, Where do we go from here?


• Moderator, Bruce Williams, South Island Prosperity Project
• Dan Tisch, President, Argyle Public Relationships
• Dan Hurley, VP Advancement & External Relations, Lester Pearson College
• Kerry Slavens, Editor-in-Chief, Douglas Magazine


Sponsored by

#6 Renewable Energy on VI – The future is here!


Find out about geo exchange in a dirty coal mine, turning green waste into renewal natural gas, and prospects for solar energy on Vancouver Island
• Moderator, John Hankins, CEO, Mid-Island Business Initiative
• Alan Cumbers, Executive Director, Facilities, VIU
• Colton Aston, Energy Solutions Manager, FortisBC
• Michel de Spot, President & CEO, EcoSmart Foundation


Sponsored by

#7 Vancouver Island Agriculture: Where are we? Where would we like to go? What do we need to get there?


• Moderator, James Street, Food Processing Consultant, Ministry of Agriculture
• Carmen Wakling, CEO, Eat More Sprouts
• Brenda Hetman-Craig, Co-Owner, 40 Knots Estate Winery
• Janet Thony, President, Coombs Farmers’ Institute


Sponsored by


#8 Vancouver Island – A Foreign Trade Zone


Watch for updates...


Sponsored by
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< Back 7:30 AM Breakfast Keynote

Earthquake Risk Management – fresh from assessing damage in Mexico


Presenter – Peter Yanev, Founder, EQE Consulting, Orinda CA


Sponsored by

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< Back 9:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions:

#9 Earthquake & Tsunami Risk Management – Are we ready? No, we are not!


• Moderator, John Hankins, CEO, Mid-Island Business Initiative
• Peter Yanev, Founder, EQE Consulting
• Alex Yanev, Partner, EQE Consulting


Sponsored by

#10 Resilient Entrepreneurs – Highs, Lows and Lessons Learned


• Moderator, Kerry Slavens, Editor-in-Chief, Douglas magazine
• Doug Brown, Principal, Brand Intervention and Partner, Blended
• Clemens Rettich, Principal Consultant, Great Performances Group
• Erin Skillen, VP & Co-Owner, May Street Productions


Sponsored by

#11 Wood Industry Initiative – VIEA Releases 2017 Opportunity Analysis & looks to next steps...


• Moderator, Larry Rumming, Principal Laurence Rumming Assessments
• Chris Duncan, Partner and Regional leader, Forestry and Forest Products Services, MNP
• Bill Collins, VIEA Business Case Analyst and Principal, CollinsWorks Ventures Inc.
• Doug Pauze, Senior VP Operations, Coastland Wood Industries


Sponsored by


#12 Futurescape - How Exponential Technologies will Impact our Businesses, Economy and Way of Life


• Moderator, Bert Zethof, Principal, Zethof Consulting Group
• Graham Truax, Executive-In-Residence, Innovation Island
• Denny Unger, CEO, Cloudhead Games
• Bartosz Bos, 3D Printing Consultant


Sponsored by
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< Back 10:30 AM Tradeshow – Networking Break

With a full 30 minutes between afternoon sessions, you'll have plenty of time to grab a coffee and network in the Tradeshow.


Sponsored by < Back
< Back 11:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions

#13 Addressing Poverty – Building Human Capacity and Economic Prosperity on Vancouver Island


• Moderator, Signy Madden, Executive Director, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island
• Ralph Nilson, President and Vice Chancellor, Vancouver Island University
• Adrian Legin, President & CEO, Coastal Community Credit Union
• Jeremy Higgs, Executive Director, Labour Market Information Office, Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training


Sponsored by

#14 Is Vancouver Island only ‘Alone’ in Film and Television? Or, does opportunity exist to capitalize on industry growth elsewhere in BC? If yes, what is the opportunity and what do we need to do?


• Moderator, John Hankins, CEO, Mid-Island Business Initiative
• Sandi Richter Cooper, BC Film Commissioner
• Kathleen Gilbert, South Island Film Commissioner
• Dian Cross Massey, President, The Crossing Studios
• Steve Gordon, Award-winning Commercial Director & Camerman


Sponsored by

#15 Financing a Venture – An Updated View of Options


• Moderator, Mina Haghighi, Business Development Manager, BC, Futurpreneur Canada
• Paulina Cameron, Director, BC & Yukon, Futurpreneur
• Kath Britton, Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre
• Jill Earthy, Chief Growth Officer, Frontfundr
• Jolynn Green, Executive Director, Community Futures, Central Island


Sponsored by


#16 Made on VI – An Initiative to Increase Demand for Island Products


• Dan Dagg, Hothouse Marketing, Moderator
• Tammy Averill, Marketing Manager, Country Grocer
• Travis Shaw, Local Development Manager, Sobey’s Inc.
• Colin Johnstone, Director of Meat and Deli Operations, Quality Foods
• Brad Chappell, Principal, Mackie Research


Sponsored by
< Back
< Back 12:30 PM Closing Luncheon & Presentation

3rd Annual Economic Report


Presented by Susan Mowbray, Senior Economist, MNP
Sponsored by < Back
< Back 2:00 PM 11th annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit concludes.

Coming soon...

< Back
< Back 2:30PM BONUS SESSION

Capturing Talent on Vancouver Island


• Christine Willow, Partner, Chemistry Consulting
• Ruth Mojeed, recent MA graduate, RRU, Initiator of the ‘Workplace, Inclusion for Newcomers’ project
• Tina McComb, Director, Student Engagement and Experiential Learning, VIU
• Aireen Luney, Manager, Program Development and Promotion, BC Provincial Nominee Program, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
• Heather Michaud, Employer Liaison Network Officer - B.C., International Network | Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | Government of Canada

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Wednesday, October 25 - Day One

8:30AM BONUS SESSION
8:30AM BONUS SESSION

Tech Showcase – featuring emerging and innovative companies


With a focus on “at” or “near revenue” products & services this year’s showcase will feature 7 local companies who have successfully moved past early-stage prototyping on their march to commercialization.

10:30 AM TRADESHOW OPENS
10:30 AM TRADESHOW OPENS Sponsored by
12:00 PM OPENING LUNCHEON
12:00 PM OPENING LUNCHEON

Earning Trust In an Untrusting World


Presenter – Dan Tisch, President, Argyle Public Relationships


1:30 PM FOUR CONCURRENT SESSIONS
1:30 PM FOUR CONCURRENT SESSIONS

#1 Vancouver Island Clean Tech – A home-grown industry poised for growth


• Moderator, Bert Zethof, Principal, Zethof Consulting Group
• Tom Zaban, Executive VP, Reliable Controls
• Judith Sayers, Director, Clean Energy BC
• Voytek Klaptocz, Technical Director, Mavi Innovations Inc


Sponsored by

#2 Spotlight on Cowichan – Changing Times, Changing Priorities, Changing Perceptions


• Moderator, Peter van Dongen, Regional Marketing Manager, MNP
• Amy Melmock, Manager, Economic Development Cowichan
• Caroll Taiji, Director of Strategy, Taiji Brand Group
• Alana Elliot, President, Libre Naturals
• Kathy Robertson, GM, Community Futures Cowichan
• Julie Scurr, President, Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce


Sponsored by

#3 Aboriginal Business Development on Vancouver Island


• Moderator, Maynard Harry, Co-Owner, Aboriginal Business Match
• Conrad Browne, CEO, Ka’wat’si Ec Dev Corp.
• Erralyn Thomas, EDO, Snuneymuxw Firss Nation
• Watch for updates...


Sponsored by


#4 Trade & Transportation – Optimizing Our Corridors


Join this panel of industry experts as they bust assumptions about Vancouver Island’s role as a transportation and trade corridor linking local, regional and international opportunities. Marine, road, and rail infrastructure are key components for community growth and economic prosperity to ensure goods can be cost effectively transported across many borders, home and abroad. The Island’s world class short sea shipping services just 30kms from Canada’s largest port - Vancouver, as well as our international deep sea facilities in Nanaimo, Victoria and Port Alberni provide a direct global link with capacity to transform export activity on Vancouver Island.


• Moderator, Robert Lewis Manning, President, Chamber of Shipping BC
• Peter Amat, Chair VI Shipping Committee
• Tabare Dominguez, Commercial Director DPWorld
• Allison Bouton, Program Manager, Export Navigator
• Adam Cook, Sales Director, CN Rail


Sponsored by
3:00 PM Tradeshow - Networking Break
3:00 PM Tradeshow - Networking Break

With a full 30 minutes between afternoon sessions, you'll have plenty of time to grab a coffee and network in the Tradeshow.



Sponsored by


VICC
3:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions
3:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions

#5 Truth or Consequences... ‘Fake News’, ‘Alternative Facts’, Where do we go from here?


• Moderator, Bruce Williams, South Island Prosperity Project
• Dan Tisch, President, Argyle Public Relationships
• Dan Hurley, VP Advancement & External Relations, Lester Pearson College
• Kerry Slavens, Editor-in-Chief, Douglas Magazine


Sponsored by

#6 Renewable Energy on VI – The future is here!


Find out about geo exchange in a dirty coal mine, turning green waste into renewal natural gas, and prospects for solar energy on Vancouver Island
• Moderator, John Hankins, CEO, Mid-Island Business Initiative
• Alan Cumbers, Executive Director, Facilities, VIU
• Colton Aston, Energy Solutions Manager, FortisBC
• Michel de Spot, President & CEO, EcoSmart Foundation


Sponsored by

#7 Vancouver Island Agriculture: Where are we? Where would we like to go? What do we need to get there?


• Moderator, James Street, Food Processing Consultant, Ministry of Agriculture
• Carmen Wakling, CEO, Eat More Sprouts
• Brenda Hetman-Craig, Co-Owner, 40 Knots Estate Winery
• Janet Thony, President, Coombs Farmers’ Institute


Sponsored by


#8 Vancouver Island – A Foreign Trade Zone


Watch for updates...


Sponsored by
5:30 PM Cocktail Hour
5:30 PM Cocktail Hour

Watch for updates...

6:30 PM Summit Dinner , Welcome & Presentation
6:30 PM Summit Dinner , Welcome & Presentation

Watch for updates...


Sponsored by
8:30PM Dessert Reception
8:30PM Dessert Reception Sponsored by

Thursday, October 26 - Day Two

7:00 AM Tradeshow Opens
7:00 AM Tradeshow Opens
7:30 AM Breakfast Keynote
7:30 AM Breakfast Keynote

Earthquake Risk Management – fresh from assessing damage in Mexico


Presenter – Peter Yanev, Founder, EQE Consulting, Orinda CA


Sponsored by

9:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions:
9:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions:

#9 Earthquake & Tsunami Risk Management – Are we ready? No, we are not!


• Moderator, John Hankins, CEO, Mid-Island Business Initiative
• Peter Yanev, Founder, EQE Consulting
• Alex Yanev, Partner, EQE Consulting


Sponsored by

#10 Resilient Entrepreneurs – Highs, Lows and Lessons Learned


• Moderator, Kerry Slavens, Editor-in-Chief, Douglas magazine
• Doug Brown, Principal, Brand Intervention and Partner, Blended
• Clemens Rettich, Principal Consultant, Great Performances Group
• Erin Skillen, VP & Co-Owner, May Street Productions


Sponsored by

#11 Wood Industry Initiative – VIEA Releases 2017 Opportunity Analysis & looks to next steps...


• Moderator, Larry Rumming, Principal Laurence Rumming Assessments
• Chris Duncan, Partner and Regional leader, Forestry and Forest Products Services, MNP
• Bill Collins, VIEA Business Case Analyst and Principal, CollinsWorks Ventures Inc.
• Doug Pauze, Senior VP Operations, Coastland Wood Industries


Sponsored by


#12 Futurescape - How Exponential Technologies will Impact our Businesses, Economy and Way of Life


• Moderator, Bert Zethof, Principal, Zethof Consulting Group
• Graham Truax, Executive-In-Residence, Innovation Island
• Denny Unger, CEO, Cloudhead Games
• Bartosz Bos, 3D Printing Consultant


Sponsored by
10:30 AM Tradeshow – Networking Break
10:30 AM Tradeshow – Networking Break

With a full 30 minutes between afternoon sessions, you'll have plenty of time to grab a coffee and network in the Tradeshow.


Sponsored by
11:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions
11:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions

#13 Addressing Poverty – Building Human Capacity and Economic Prosperity on Vancouver Island


• Moderator, Signy Madden, Executive Director, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island
• Ralph Nilson, President and Vice Chancellor, Vancouver Island University
• Adrian Legin, President & CEO, Coastal Community Credit Union
• Jeremy Higgs, Executive Director, Labour Market Information Office, Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training


Sponsored by

#14 Is Vancouver Island only ‘Alone’ in Film and Television? Or, does opportunity exist to capitalize on industry growth elsewhere in BC? If yes, what is the opportunity and what do we need to do?


• Moderator, John Hankins, CEO, Mid-Island Business Initiative
• Sandi Richter Cooper, BC Film Commissioner
• Kathleen Gilbert, South Island Film Commissioner
• Dian Cross Massey, President, The Crossing Studios
• Steve Gordon, Award-winning Commercial Director & Camerman


Sponsored by

#15 Financing a Venture – An Updated View of Options


• Moderator, Mina Haghighi, Business Development Manager, BC, Futurpreneur Canada
• Paulina Cameron, Director, BC & Yukon, Futurpreneur
• Kath Britton, Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre
• Jill Earthy, Chief Growth Officer, Frontfundr
• Jolynn Green, Executive Director, Community Futures, Central Island


Sponsored by


#16 Made on VI – An Initiative to Increase Demand for Island Products


• Dan Dagg, Hothouse Marketing, Moderator
• Tammy Averill, Marketing Manager, Country Grocer
• Travis Shaw, Local Development Manager, Sobey’s Inc.
• Colin Johnstone, Director of Meat and Deli Operations, Quality Foods
• Brad Chappell, Principal, Mackie Research


Sponsored by
12:30 PM Closing Luncheon & Presentation
12:30 PM Closing Luncheon & Presentation

3rd Annual Economic Report


Presented by Susan Mowbray, Senior Economist, MNP
Sponsored by
2:00 PM 11th annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit concludes.
2:00 PM 11th annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit concludes.

Coming soon...

2:30PM BONUS SESSION
2:30PM BONUS SESSION

Capturing Talent on Vancouver Island


• Christine Willow, Partner, Chemistry Consulting
• Ruth Mojeed, recent MA graduate, RRU, Initiator of the ‘Workplace, Inclusion for Newcomers’ project
• Tina McComb, Director, Student Engagement and Experiential Learning, VIU
• Aireen Luney, Manager, Program Development and Promotion, BC Provincial Nominee Program, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
• Heather Michaud, Employer Liaison Network Officer - B.C., International Network | Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | Government of Canada

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