News & Stories > VIEA News
Register Now for the Economic Summit – Early Bird ends July 31st!

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

“I look forward to this event each year and it never ceases to impress me. From the keynotes, sessions, and exhibitors, this is one of the best events to connect, collaborate and create with other leaders from across Vancouver Island.”

– Chris Callanan, Regional Manager of Employer Services, North Island Employment Foundations Society


Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Ken Coates

The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance is pleased to highlight Dr. Ken Coates, Chair of the Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance program at Yukon University, as a speaker at the upcoming Economic Summit.

Ken Coates is one of Canada’s foremost analysts of the challenges and opportunities facing the country. Raised in Whitehorse, his northern background provides original and creative perspectives on contemporary realities. Ken focuses on the impact of science and technology on society, particularly in the world of work. He has deep insights into the issues facing rural towns in Canada and, conversely, the rise of economically dominant city states. Ken has written extensively on Indigenous rights and economic development, and has worked with Indigenous groups across Canada and internationally. He is a leading commentator on Arctic affairs and northern development. Ken is currently the Chair of the Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance program at Yukon University.

Early Bird Registration ends July 31st!

Nanaimo – Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) Information Session

Are you an innovative, globally-oriented business seeking to accelerate your growth? Then take a look at the Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program. BSP can provide no-interest, repayable funding to high-growth firms to:

  • scale up and expand;
  • demonstrate and commercialize new technologies;
  • improve productivity; and,
  • enter or grow in international markets.

In British Columbia, BSP is delivered by Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan). In 2023, PacifiCan will be accepting expressions of interest from incorporated companies with staffed operating facilities in BC, between July 14 and September 22, 2023. For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit PacifiCan’s BSP website or contact their offices.

Click here to register for the Nanaimo information scheduled for August 17, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.



Did you find what you're looking for?
We're glad to hear it! If you need anything please email us or give us a call at 250-667-5225.
We'd love to help! Let us know what you are looking for and our team will be in touch soon!