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New at the Summit: Speaker Series

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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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“Attending the VIEA Summit is such an amazing way to connect with people from many different industries across the Island and make valuable and meaningful connections.”
– Andrea Thomas, Manager and Engagement, Content, and Cruise Developer at the Port of Nanaimo


NEW – Speaker Series 

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New This Year at the Summit!

We’re excited to introduce our Speakers Series taking place from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 25th.

Immerse yourself in thought-provoking discussions on sustainable regional development. Explore visionary ideas from innovative change-makers. Ignite your passion for propelling organizations into regenerative business models and discover how collaboration can open doors to exciting opportunities.

Mark your calendars for an exploration of ideas that are bound to leave you motivated and invigorated.


Session Spotlight: On the Trail to Success 

We’re thrilled to offer a sneak peek into our recreation-focused session, On the Trail to Success: Collaborative Approaches for Expanding Recreation Opportunities on Vancouver Island.

The allure of Vancouver Island’s breathtaking natural landscape continues to attract growing interest in outdoor recreation. This session delves into the importance of embracing collaborative and flexible approaches to capitalize on the diverse recreational opportunities the Island offers. Join the panelists to uncover innovative strategies to encourage and maximize recreational offerings on the Island and in turn create economic vibrancy for the region.

This session will feature Leah Knutson, Economic Development and Tourism Manager with the City of Campbell River, as moderator and Cathy Robertson, General Manager of Community Futures CowichanAdam Speigel, Board Member of United Riders of CumberlandJon Watkin, Principal Owner of Panache Cycling Sports Co. and Pam Jorgenson, RPF, Land Use Forester with Mosaic Forest Management as speakers.

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


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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