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Just Announced: Canadian Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages Keynotes Economic Summit


Canada’s Economic Development Minister

VIEA is pleased to announce the Honourable Mélanie Joly as a keynote presenter at our virtual Economic Summit, October 27-29!

As Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, Joly is responsible for Canada’s six regional development agencies: the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Western Economic Diversification Canada.

She was first elected to represent Ahuntsic-Cartierville in the House of Commons in 2015.

In her ministerial roles, Minister Joly has worked to promote Canadian culture, and to grow and increase the visibility of Canada’s tourism sector. She has also worked to safeguard Canada’s two official languages while promoting the use of French in Canada and around the world, including in the digital sphere.

Prior to entering federal politics, Minister Joly founded the Vrai changement pour Montréal party and ran for mayor of Montréal in 2013 under its banner.

Minister Joly holds an Honours Bachelor of Law from the Université de Montréal and a Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law from the University of Oxford. She is the author of Changing the Rules of the Game, in which she shares her vision for public policy and civic engagement. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

There are just 15 days until the virtual State of the Island Economic Summit begins!


Dr. Justin Bull on Entrepreneurship in the time of COVID-19

“The COVID-19 crisis has provided a sneak-peek of how our economic systems will handle future shocks (like climate change or geopolitical unrest). It has also amplified existing trends, forcing many industries and firms to rapidly move up the technology adoption curve.

New entrepreneurial ventures will succeed if they listen to the lessons COVID is offering.

For Vancouver Island, this means embracing three key themes: the low-touch economy is here to stay; climate change resilience and adaptation is going to be front and centre in stimulus efforts; and partnering with First Nations will offer significant competitive advantages.”

Learn more from Dr.Justin Bull in his upcoming keynote presentation at the State of the Island Economic Summit, this October 27-29. See the agenda here.

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