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New at the Summit: Action Labs

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.

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e Summit is the best event I’ve attend to in my career as it brings so many communities together and drives common interests/well-being. “

– Warren Davey, Senior Credit Advisor, TD Indigenous Banking

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New This Year at the Summit – Action Labs!

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.

These action labs will create an environment that allows for in-depth discussion. Attendees will be asked to pre-register and familiarize themselves with a provided overview for the topic ahead of time. This pre-reading will provide a baseline understanding and incubator for thought, allowing participants to dive right into the heart of the matter on Oct 25 and 26th.

We can’t wait to see how these Action Labs will transform discussions into action at the 2023 VIEA Summit! Stay tuned for more updates and registration details.

Session Spotlight: Circularity in Action: How to turn Waste into Wealth 

We’re thrilled to offer a sneak peek into our circular economy session, Circularity in Action: How to turn Waste into Wealth

The promise of a sustainable and regenerative future depends on the ability of organizations moving from a linear to a circular economic model. The circular economy emphasizes designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use for longer, and regenerating natural systems. It offers a pathway to decouple economic growth from resource consumption, thereby fostering sustainable prosperity. This session will start with some foundational definitions and principles, explore local resources for accelerating and incubating circularity, and share some live case studies of organizations at different stages of the journey. This panel discussion aims to host an engaging conversation, inspire new ideas, and foster a deeper understanding of the circular economy’s transformative potential.





Stay tuned for more session features, as we have much more in the works!

Booking Accommodation for the Summit 

Should you require accommodation we have secured a block of rooms at the following hotels in Nanaimo:

Best Western Dorchester
Book on line or call 250-754-6835 or 1-800-661-2449

Coast Bastion Hotel

Call 1-800-716-6199 and quote reference # CBI-GFC22740

Courtyard Marriott

Book on line or call 250-824-2705

Please note that rooms are based on availability and negotiated rates are available until September 22, 2023.

Thanks to our Sponsors

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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