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New Engagement Opportunities will Open the 16th Annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit!
© 2019 HA Photography
© 2019 HA Photography
Only three days until registration closes for the October 26/27 Economic Summit!

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Only three days until registration closes for the October 26/27 16th annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit – THE premier opportunity on Vancouver Island to engage decision-makers, explore opportunities, discover economic trends, and pursue solutions.
  • Meet with senior representatives from Export Development Canada, Island Coastal Economic Trust and PacifiCan and talk trade with 10 Mexican companies at the Summit Forum.
  • Enjoy Island Good meals with keynote speakers Stuart Bergman, EDC Economist, Susan Mowbray, partner at MNP presenting the 8th ‘State of the Island’ Economic Report, Darrell Bricker, demographic expert, and Deputy Premier, Mike Farnworth.
  • Explore business/economic trends and opportunities in three sessions on climate, three sessions on health, three sessions on food systems, 12 tech/innovation entrepreneurs, and sessions on labour, aquaculture, forestry, rural collaboration, housing, development processes, manufacturing, and the future of rail on Vancouver Island.
  • Engage with 40+ exhibitors and hundreds of decision-makers.


When I accepted a new executive position on the Island a number of years ago, I was encouraged to attend VIEA’s Economic Summit. I’ve attended many conferences over the course of my career and I thought ‘Oh Boy, an economic conference in Nanaimo! Lucky me!’ Well, it was the best event I had ever attended! I’ve returned every year since and along the way I became Chair of VIEA’s Economic Report Committee. 8th edition to be released at the Summit” – Pip White, Cedar Arch Consulting
The Future is possible, if we work together…

Food Systems part of the Tech & Innovation Showcase Sessions


Food Systems is one of the Tech & Innovation Showcase sessions presented by the Innovation Island Technology Association, Premier Sponsor for the 2022 Economic Summit.
We are the fortunate ones, our warm bountiful and beautiful Island provides for many, indeed, we are Island Good! However, we are far from self-sufficient and the challenges of true sustainability, biodiversity and equitable distribution pose a growing call to action! Hear from three companies who are rethinking soil, systems, and new solutions to what feeds us.


New to the Summit – Summit Forum 22
Networking and Collaboration – October 26, 8:30am to 10:30am

Networking amongst decision-makers is always #1 at the Economic Summit. This year we’re enhancing connection by providing two hours for meeting new leaders, contributing towards planning, exploring opportunities, and investigating funding sources. Engage! 

One of these sessions will include a meeting with Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifCan), the new federal regional development agency dedicated to British Columbia’s evolving economy. PacifiCan is strengthening its regional presence, including on Vancouver Island and Coast.  Agency staff will be available to outline PacifiCan’s roles and mandate, provide an update on the organization’s implementation, and engage with participants to learn about their priorities for economic development.



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