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2023 Summit: Includes Exciting New Editions on the Agenda!

Register for the Economic Summit Today!

The 17th Annual State of The Island Economic Summit will take place on October 25 & 26 at Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, BC.

Register here!

“As a first-time attendee and relatively new Islander, I highly recommend attending the Economic Summit. From gaining a clearer understanding of the regional economy, to meeting the passionate business professionals focused on the success of all Island residents, to meeting like-minded people who will become friends, this is a must attend event for anyone in business on the Island.”

– George Morin, Relationship Manager, RBC Group Advantage


Summit Agenda – When, What, Where

Day One – October 25

8:30 am – Registration Opens

9:00 am – 11:00 am – NEW – Speaker Sessions

Don’t miss out on the speaker sessions! They’re your ticket to gaining valuable insights into regional development, and witness firsthand how individuals are revolutionizing the way we do business.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Networking & Business to Business (B2B) Exhibitors

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Opening Lunch & Plenary Speaker

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm – NEW – Action Lab Workshop 1

This year we are harnessing the power of collaboration like never before at the Summit. Join us for two workshops: Regional Food Security and Community Design and Development. Your insights and expertise will shape discussions and inspire solution-driven ideas for positive impact.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Five Concurrent Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Five Concurrent Breakout Sessions

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cocktails & Networking Opportunities

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Appetizers & Plenary Speaker

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – NEW – Island Good 5 Year Celebration Dinner with Live Music

Meet Island Good entrepreneurs, learn about their products, and experience the culinary delights they offer.

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Champagne Dessert Reception & Networking Opportunities

Day Two – October 26

7:00 am – 7:30 am – Networking & B2B Exhibitors

7:30 am – 9:00 am – Breakfast & Plenary Speaker

9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Action Lab Workshop 2

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Five Concurrent Breakout Sessions

10:30 am – 11:00 am – Networking & B2B Exhibitors

11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Five Concurrent Breakout Sessions

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Closing Lunch & Plenary Speaker

Session details coming later this month. Register for the Summit here.


Why You’ll Want to be at This Year’s Summit

Networking Opportunities: Meet business leaders, decision makers, First Nation community members, local government representatives and Island collaborators to foster valuable connections and collaborations.

Speaker Series: A collection of passionate and inspiring talks to kick off the event, followed by an informal Q&A period where you can learn more about the topics you care about from experts in the field.

Action Labs: A opportunity to dig deeper into current and pressing regional topics and collaborate with others through a solution-focused lens.

Keynotes: Renowned speakers will share their expertise, inspiring new ideas and strategies relevant to Vancouver Island and the rural Islands.

Topical Sessions: Engage in dynamic discussions with panelists, exchanging perspectives and exploring innovative solutions.

Island Good Celebration: Enjoy a delicious spread of local Island Good food and drink, along with music and entertainment.

Cutting-edge Insights: Gain access to the latest economic trends, data, and analysis, with the ‘State of the Island’ Economic Report, empowering you to make informed decisions in a rapidly changing world.

Join us at the ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit to be part of unlocking opportunities through collaboration.


Sponsor Spotlight

The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance could not present the annual Summit in such scope and quality without the support of our sponsors. These sponsors are passionate about the region, the work they do and the possibilities of a thriving innovative economy. Thank you to all our Sponsors for their recognition of the Summit’s positive impacts and VIEA as a whole.


Interested in being a VIEA sponsor? Check out our sponsorship kit here, or connect with Julie: or 250-668-5389.



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