VIEA

Summit Schedule

ECONOMIC SUMMIT 

SCHEDULE

The 13th Anniversary State of the Island Economic Summit will convene at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Wednesday & Thursday, October 23 & 24, 2019. 

WEDNESDAY, OCT 23 - DAY ONE

8:30 AM Bonus Session
< Back 8:30 AM Bonus Session

Tech Showcase

Technology is enabling, empowering and engaging us in both expected and unexpected ways. The digital domain touches our farms, our forests, and our oceans. It helps us to tell our stories and to deliver our products and services in ways that simply weren’t possible without it. When applied to the building blocks of innovation, invention, adaptation and systems, we can implement creative solutions to spaces and industries that change our world for the better. Join us for the 4th year running of the Tech Showcase and learn about the people behind some of these progressive companies and industries.

PRESENTING COMPANIES

Sponsored by Innovation Island

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10:30 AM Tradeshow Opens
12:00 PM Opening Luncheon
< Back 12:00 PM Opening Luncheon

Presenter: Honorable John Horgan, PREMIER, British Columbia

Sponsored by BC Ferries

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1:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions
< Back 1:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions

Session One: Connected Communities – Digital by Design

Communities do not become digitally-enabled by chance; it happens by design. Learn how Vancouver Island communities are using connectivity to step up their digital bench-strength to build identity-rich, place-based, resilient economies. Hear firsthand how connectivity is a regional game-changer when it comes to redefining BC’s rural and coastal advantage!

Moderator: Colleen McCormick, Connected Communities Lead, Ministry of Citizens’ Services

Panelists:
 
– Graham Truax, Executive Director, Innovation Island Technology Association
 – Gary Wilson, Indigenous Engagement & Outreach Lead, Connected Communities BC
 – Victoria Smith, Senior Manager Strategic Initiatives, Strathcona Regional District

Sponsored by Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET)

 

Session Two: Tourism – Thriving Orcas, Thriving Communities

Vancouver Island is a world-renowned marine tourism destination known for its abundance of marine mammals, exceptional sport fishing and unique coastal communities. Ensuring continued success of marine-based tourism will require a proactive, pragmatic, collaborative approach.

Moderator: Walt Judas, BC Tourism

Panelists:
 – Brett Soberg, Eagle Wing Tours
 – Pat Ahearn, Last Cast Guiding
 – Karl Ablack, Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce
 – Val Litwin, BC Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored by Black Press

 

Session Three: Food & Shelter – Finding Ways to Make a Difference

Food and shelter are imperative to a quality of life that many find difficult to attain. Panelists will share inspiring initiatives that can be replicated in other communities and provide some on-the-ground information about projects aimed to address growing social needs.  Loaves and Fishes Food Bank and its Food 4U Recovery Program is turning scarcity into abundance. The District of Tofino has formed the Tofino Housing Corporation and entered a unique partnership with BC Housing delivering two projects on the west coast. BC Housing’s HousingHub is working to create partnerships to provide affordable housing on Vancouver Island.

Moderator: Signy Madden, United Way

Panelists:
 – Peter Sinclair, Loaves & Fishes Community Food Bank
 – Ian Scott, Tofino Housing Corporation
 – Malcolm McNaughton, BC Housing Corporation

Sponsored by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB)

 

Session Four: Entrepreneurs Panel: Zymurgy – Why this ancient practice now thrives on Vancouver Island

Join a panel of successful Island-based entrepreneurs as they talk about how they’ve grown their businesses in the craft brewing, distilling and winery industries. Hear about how they’ve overcome challenges in their respective businesses, how they innovate to stand out, and how building local partnerships has been instrumental in helping them excel well beyond Vancouver Island.

Moderator: Katie Bishop, TD Bank

Panelists:
 – Matt Phillips, Owner, Phillips Brewing
 – Brenda Hetman-Craig, Owner, 40 Knots Winery
 – Terence Fitzgerald, SVP, Sheringham Distillery

Sponsored by SBBC

< Back
3:00 PM Tradeshow – Networking Break
3:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions
< Back 3:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions

Session Five: Climate Change – Adaptation & Mitigation

Climate change and its impacts are top-of-mind for many Canadians. Multiple orders of government and numerous industries and businesses have engaged on this challenge, responding with plans and targets. But what does addressing climate change – both from an adaptation and a mitigation perspective – mean for Vancouver Island’s residents, businesses and institutions? Join us for an engaging session to learn how adaptation planning is being developed for Island communities; how innovative solutions are being pursued and implemented to drive mitigation while supporting the economy; and to hear local examples of adaptation and mitigation. There will be opportunities for interaction so bring your ideas, your questions and your creativity as we explore the possibilities for Vancouver Island to help move the climate needle.

Moderator: Siraz Dalmir, Fortis BC

Panelists:
 – Summer Goulden, ICLEI Canada
 – Scott Colbourne, Gabriola Trustee, Islands Trust

Sponsored by Fortis BC

 

Session Six: Foreign Trade Zone VI – Investor’s Forum

Over the past three years, VIEA has developed business cases aimed at gaining the attention of those wishing to invest in Vancouver Island business. Last year the summit delivered a broad view of foreign investment opportunities in four sectors. Come and listen to the people that have invested and are taking their ideas to the world. Hear about new and exciting opportunities that have potential to rejuvenate Island communities while generating wealth and attracting foreign investment partners.

Moderator: Bill Collins, CollinsWorks Ventures Inc.

Panelists:
 – Mark Smith, Query Capital
 – Mike Williamson, Cascadia Seaweed Corp.
 – Richard Egli, Alacrity Foundation

Sponsored by Port Alberni Port Authority (PAPA)

 

Session Seven: Looking for Skilled Labour? Answers May Be Closer Than You Think?

If you think it’s difficult now, imagine what it will be like in the coming years as the population of 20 to 65 year-old Islanders declines at the same time that the number of people choosing retirement increases. Smart organizations are thinking about options, and even smarter ones are working with post-secondary institutions to source student talent much earlier in the labour pipeline. This panel will provide an overview of options to engage students while they are still expanding their skills through work-integrated learning such as co-op and internships. Panelists will share benefits of work-integrated learning, tips on how to recruit and work with students, insights into funding options, highlight a special initiative underway right here on the Island and even tell a few success stories to inspire you.

Moderator: Roberta Mason, Royal Roads University

Panelists:
 – Anita Budisa-Bonneau, North Island College
 – David Woodward, Vancouver Island University
 – Vanessa Raber, University of Victoria

Sponsored by Chartered Professional Accountants of BC

 

Session Eight: Island Wood Industries – Waste Wood Recovery & Fire Mitigation

The Coast Forest Sector Revitalization intiative was launched in 2018 by the BC government to encourage more value-added manufacturing and wealth generation for BC communities. With Rural Dividend funding, VIEA has begun a two-year pilot project focused on waste wood recovery and forest fire mitigation and has signed an MOU with Khowutzun Forest Services operating a parallel initiative. Cost-effective access to fibre is the key for many existing and new businesses. Find out what’s happening and where it is headed.

Moderator: Bret Torok-Both, VIEA Past Chair

Panelists: 
 – Margaret Symon, Khowutzun Forest Services
 – Cindy Stern, Principal, Stern Sustainable Strategies Ltd.
 – Jim Schafthuizen, Executive Director, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development 

Sponsored by Inland Group

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5:00 PM Cocktail Hour
< Back 5:00 PM Cocktail Hour

Featuring Vancouver Island beers and wines.

Sponsored by CCCU

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6:30 PM Summit Dinner, Welcome & Presentation
< Back 6:30 PM Summit Dinner, Welcome & Presentation

2019 State of the Island Economic Report

Presenter: Susan Mowbray, Senior Economist, MNP

Sponsored by MNP

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8:30 PM Champagne Dessert Reception
< Back 8:30 PM Champagne Dessert Reception

Sponsored by the Vancouver Island Conference Center 

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THURSDAY, OCT 24 - DAY TWO

7:00 AM Tradeshow Opens
7:30 AM Breakfast Keynote
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Presenter: Peter Hall, VP & Chief Economist, Export Development Canada (EDC)

Sponsored by EDC

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9:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions
< Back 9:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions

Session Nine: Aquaculture – Challenges & Opportunities

How will the world feed itself in 2050? With UN scientists predicting an end to commercial fisheries by 2038 and the world populations estimated at 10 billion in 2050, what role will Canada play in marine food production? What barriers do we need to overcome? What are the opportunities? How will we on Vancouver Island use our enviable ocean resources for long-term, sustainable economic benefit? Aquaculture is already a significant contributor to the Island’s food production economy with lots of room for diversification and expansion. And while fish, shellfish and seaweed cultivation have little in common and are at different stages of development, one thing is clear: global demand for these products is high. How will we respond? And what will this mean for economic development in coastal communities and First Nations?

Moderator: Rocky Boschman, Grieg Seafood BC Ltd.

Panelists:
 – Mica Verbrugge, Northwest Aquaculture
 – Abayomi Alabi, Manatee Holdings
 – David Kiemele, Cermaq
 – Dr. Stephen Cross, Cascadia Seaweed

Sponsored by BC Salmon Farmers Association

 

Session Ten: Facilitating Access to Global Talent – Immigration Programs & Services to Source, Recruit & Retain International Talent

Can’t find enough qualified workers locally? Employers are having to cast their nets wider to meet their workforce needs in many industries across the labour market. Foreign workers and newcomers represent a diverse talent pool for employers and HR practitioners to tap into. Join us for an interactive session to learn how to use immigration as another tool to round out your hiring kit. Attendees will come away from the session better equipped to use federal-provincial government immigration programs to bring foreign talent to Canada. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about Canada’s immigration system.

Moderator: Jean McRae, Intercultural Association of Victoria

Panelists:
 – 
Linda Ryan, BC Construction Association
 – Heather Michaud, Government of Canada
 – Aireen Luney, BC PNP

Sponsored by Chemistry Consulting

 

Session Eleven: Campbell River & Region – Making Shift Happen!

The Strathcona region with Campbell River at its hub has successfully diversified its economy over the past decade. Through a tailored economic development approach and initiatives such as CRAdvantage and the Modern Entrepreneur Series focused on business retention and expansion, the region has fostered a foundation that supports innovation and an entrepreneurial mind-set across the community lending itself to continued diversification, growth, and investment. Find out what’s working in the Strathcona region and where it’s headed.

Moderator: Rose Klukas, City of Campbell River

Panelists:
 – Naomi Tabata, North Island College
 – David Baar, Local Investor
 – Shannon Baikie, North Island Employment Foundations Society
 – Andreas (Dre) Hagen, Principal, Study-Build

Sponsored by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

 

Session Twelve: Circular Economy – An Ideas Jam

The shift to a circular economy is not only about managing waste— it presents a new economic paradigm for rethinking how we design, use, and reuse our resources (both products and services). According to the World Economic Forum, circular business models provide a competitive edge because they create more value from each unit of resource than the traditional linear take-make-dispose model, accelerating the scale-up promises to deliver substantial economic growth while creating social and environmental co-benefits. Learn more about the circular economy shift that is underway globally and locally and the opportunities it presents for businesses and communities on Vancouver Island.

Moderator: Julie Sperber, Gabriola Economic Development

Panelists:
 – Paul Shorthouse, Delphi Group
 – Liz Maze, Synergy Foundation
 – Tracy Casavant, National Industrial Symbiosis Program
 – Merissa Myles, Tree Island Yogurt

Sponsored by Hemlock Printers

< Back
10:30 AM Tradeshow – Networking Break
11:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions
< Back 11:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions

Session Thirteen: The Here, Now and Soon of Clean Tech!

We are approaching a tipping point where the concepts of clean-tech are simply good for business, and where responsible resource and asset management deliver tangible triple-bottom-line outcomes. Get the latest updates on transportation projects, First Nations initiatives, clean beer and more!

Moderator: Lamont Brooks, Symphony Winery

Panelists:
 – Isaiah Archer, Whistlebuoy Brewery
 – Gerry Egan, Harbour Air Seaplanes
 – Miles McKinnon, BC Ferries
 – Trevor Cootes, Huu ay aht First Nation

Sponsored by Reliable Controls

 

Session Fourteen: Mindful Travelers & the Future of Tourism

Tourism is a leading generator and contributor to quality of life on Vancouver Island. While the industry has long flown under the radar, recent growth in visitor numbers has brought the industry into mainstream consciousness and some communities are beginning to ask ‘when is enough, enough?’ Industry experts will share their perspectives on responsible tourism best practices and approaches to ensuring the long term viability of our visitor economy.

Moderator: Anthony Everett, TAVI

Panelists: 
 – Trina White, Parkside Hotel
 – Paul Nursey, Tourism Victoria
 – Michelle Hall, Surfrider Canada

Sponsored by HA Photography

 

Session Fifteen: Gender Equity – Good for Business & Here’s How

Numerous studies have demonstrated that ensuring gender equity on boards and at every level of an organization including senior management, benefits everyone—whether it has a positive impact on the bottom line, supports increased innovation, or builds healthier communities. It’s so important that in 2015, the UN included ‘achieve gender equality’ as one of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals – which outline solutions to the most serious issues around the world.

Despite being a progressive nation, Canada has a lot of work to do—in 2018 Canada had the seventh largest gender wage gap in a comparison of 42 countries. In BC, according to a 2018 Minerva Foundation report, women held only 22% of available top 50 company board seats and only 17% of available top 50 company senior executive management positions.

Moderator: Janina Stajic, Vancouver Island University

Panelists:
 – Doris Bear, TD Bank
 – Grace Lore, University of Victoria
 – Kate Armstrong, Seaspan Marine

Sponsored by TD Bank

 

Session Sixteen: ‘Island Good’ is Great!

Consumer response is plain to see with a sales lift of 16.4% in our pilot project. Last year, Summit delegates raved about our all-Island Summit food and drink which is now a permanent feature of the Economic Summit. Now we’ve licensed Island Good with expanding numbers of producers and retailers; built islandgood.ca to serve licensees and aid consumers; and partnered with Tourism Vancouver Island to bring Island Good to tourists. Learn about our 2020 direction for Island Good and hear success stories from Island Good licensees.

Moderator: Dan Dagg, Hot House Marketing and H2 Digital

Panelists:
 – Tammy Averill, Country Grocer
 – Dave Brimacombe, Wayward Distillery
 – Erin Neely, Comox Valley Airport YQQ

Sponsored by Community Futures, Island Coastal

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12:30 PM Closing Luncheon & Presentation
< Back 12:30 PM Closing Luncheon & Presentation

Top Political Analysts will share their insights on the federal election

Moderator: Dan Hurley, Director, Communications & Public Engagement, VIU

Presenters:
 – Robert Asselin, Senior Global Director, Public Policy, Blackberry
 – Shachi Kurl, Executive Director, Angus Reid Institute

Sponsored by VIU

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2:00 PM 13TH Annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit Concludes
< Back 2:00 PM 13TH Annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit Concludes < Back
2:30 PM Bonus Session
< Back 2:30 PM Bonus Session

Doing Business with Chinese

Presenters Ji LiWei and Yuan Xiaopeng of the Chinese Young Entrepreneurs Association of Canada (CYEA) will share insight into Canada’s advantage in attracting Chinese investment and how foreign entrepreneurs can help grow your business. CYEA represents FTZVI to the international Chinese investment community and recently completed a business tour of China engaging investors with opportunities and Foreign Trade Zone policies of Vancouver Island. CYEA will share knowledge of Chinese investment and immigration interests with implications for Island business and economy.

Sponsored by Foreign Trade Zone Vancouver Island (FTZVI)

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Day
TWO

8:30 AM Bonus Session

Tech Showcase

Technology is enabling, empowering and engaging us in both expected and unexpected ways. The digital domain touches our farms, our forests, and our oceans. It helps us to tell our stories and to deliver our products and services in ways that simply weren’t possible without it. When applied to the building blocks of innovation, invention, adaptation and systems, we can implement creative solutions to spaces and industries that change our world for the better. Join us for the 4th year running of the Tech Showcase and learn about the people behind some of these progressive companies and industries.

PRESENTING COMPANIES

Sponsored by Innovation Island

12:00 PM Opening Luncheon

1:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions

Session One: Connected Communities – Digital by Design

Communities do not become digitally-enabled by chance; it happens by design. Learn how Vancouver Island communities are using connectivity to step up their digital bench-strength to build identity-rich, place-based, resilient economies. Hear firsthand how connectivity is a regional game-changer when it comes to redefining BC’s rural and coastal advantage!

Moderator: Colleen McCormick, Connected Communities Lead, Ministry of Citizens’ Services

Panelists:
 
– Graham Truax, Executive Director, Innovation Island Technology Association
 – Gary Wilson, Indigenous Engagement & Outreach Lead, Connected Communities BC
 – Victoria Smith, Senior Manager Strategic Initiatives, Strathcona Regional District

Sponsored by Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET)

 

Session Two: Tourism – Thriving Orcas, Thriving Communities

Vancouver Island is a world-renowned marine tourism destination known for its abundance of marine mammals, exceptional sport fishing and unique coastal communities. Ensuring continued success of marine-based tourism will require a proactive, pragmatic, collaborative approach.

Moderator: Walt Judas, BC Tourism

Panelists:
 – Brett Soberg, Eagle Wing Tours
 – Pat Ahearn, Last Cast Guiding
 – Karl Ablack, Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce
 – Val Litwin, BC Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored by Black Press

 

Session Three: Food & Shelter – Finding Ways to Make a Difference

Food and shelter are imperative to a quality of life that many find difficult to attain. Panelists will share inspiring initiatives that can be replicated in other communities and provide some on-the-ground information about projects aimed to address growing social needs.  Loaves and Fishes Food Bank and its Food 4U Recovery Program is turning scarcity into abundance. The District of Tofino has formed the Tofino Housing Corporation and entered a unique partnership with BC Housing delivering two projects on the west coast. BC Housing’s HousingHub is working to create partnerships to provide affordable housing on Vancouver Island.

Moderator: Signy Madden, United Way

Panelists:
 – Peter Sinclair, Loaves & Fishes Community Food Bank
 – Ian Scott, Tofino Housing Corporation
 – Malcolm McNaughton, BC Housing Corporation

Sponsored by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB)

 

Session Four: Entrepreneurs Panel: Zymurgy – Why this ancient practice now thrives on Vancouver Island

Join a panel of successful Island-based entrepreneurs as they talk about how they’ve grown their businesses in the craft brewing, distilling and winery industries. Hear about how they’ve overcome challenges in their respective businesses, how they innovate to stand out, and how building local partnerships has been instrumental in helping them excel well beyond Vancouver Island.

Moderator: Katie Bishop, TD Bank

Panelists:
 – Matt Phillips, Owner, Phillips Brewing
 – Brenda Hetman-Craig, Owner, 40 Knots Winery
 – Terence Fitzgerald, SVP, Sheringham Distillery

Sponsored by SBBC

3:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions

Session Five: Climate Change – Adaptation & Mitigation

Climate change and its impacts are top-of-mind for many Canadians. Multiple orders of government and numerous industries and businesses have engaged on this challenge, responding with plans and targets. But what does addressing climate change – both from an adaptation and a mitigation perspective – mean for Vancouver Island’s residents, businesses and institutions? Join us for an engaging session to learn how adaptation planning is being developed for Island communities; how innovative solutions are being pursued and implemented to drive mitigation while supporting the economy; and to hear local examples of adaptation and mitigation. There will be opportunities for interaction so bring your ideas, your questions and your creativity as we explore the possibilities for Vancouver Island to help move the climate needle.

Moderator: Siraz Dalmir, Fortis BC

Panelists:
 – Summer Goulden, ICLEI Canada
 – Scott Colbourne, Gabriola Trustee, Islands Trust

Sponsored by Fortis BC

 

Session Six: Foreign Trade Zone VI – Investor’s Forum

Over the past three years, VIEA has developed business cases aimed at gaining the attention of those wishing to invest in Vancouver Island business. Last year the summit delivered a broad view of foreign investment opportunities in four sectors. Come and listen to the people that have invested and are taking their ideas to the world. Hear about new and exciting opportunities that have potential to rejuvenate Island communities while generating wealth and attracting foreign investment partners.

Moderator: Bill Collins, CollinsWorks Ventures Inc.

Panelists:
 – Mark Smith, Query Capital
 – Mike Williamson, Cascadia Seaweed Corp.
 – Richard Egli, Alacrity Foundation

Sponsored by Port Alberni Port Authority (PAPA)

 

Session Seven: Looking for Skilled Labour? Answers May Be Closer Than You Think?

If you think it’s difficult now, imagine what it will be like in the coming years as the population of 20 to 65 year-old Islanders declines at the same time that the number of people choosing retirement increases. Smart organizations are thinking about options, and even smarter ones are working with post-secondary institutions to source student talent much earlier in the labour pipeline. This panel will provide an overview of options to engage students while they are still expanding their skills through work-integrated learning such as co-op and internships. Panelists will share benefits of work-integrated learning, tips on how to recruit and work with students, insights into funding options, highlight a special initiative underway right here on the Island and even tell a few success stories to inspire you.

Moderator: Roberta Mason, Royal Roads University

Panelists:
 – Anita Budisa-Bonneau, North Island College
 – David Woodward, Vancouver Island University
 – Vanessa Raber, University of Victoria

Sponsored by Chartered Professional Accountants of BC

 

Session Eight: Island Wood Industries – Waste Wood Recovery & Fire Mitigation

The Coast Forest Sector Revitalization intiative was launched in 2018 by the BC government to encourage more value-added manufacturing and wealth generation for BC communities. With Rural Dividend funding, VIEA has begun a two-year pilot project focused on waste wood recovery and forest fire mitigation and has signed an MOU with Khowutzun Forest Services operating a parallel initiative. Cost-effective access to fibre is the key for many existing and new businesses. Find out what’s happening and where it is headed.

Moderator: Bret Torok-Both, VIEA Past Chair

Panelists: 
 – Margaret Symon, Khowutzun Forest Services
 – Cindy Stern, Principal, Stern Sustainable Strategies Ltd.
 – Jim Schafthuizen, Executive Director, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development 

Sponsored by Inland Group

5:00 PM Cocktail Hour

Featuring Vancouver Island beers and wines.

Sponsored by CCCU

6:30 PM Summit Dinner, Welcome & Presentation

2019 State of the Island Economic Report

Presenter: Susan Mowbray, Senior Economist, MNP

Sponsored by MNP

8:30 PM Champagne Dessert Reception

7:30 AM Breakfast Keynote

Presenter: Peter Hall, VP & Chief Economist, Export Development Canada (EDC)

Sponsored by EDC

9:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions

Session Nine: Aquaculture – Challenges & Opportunities

How will the world feed itself in 2050? With UN scientists predicting an end to commercial fisheries by 2038 and the world populations estimated at 10 billion in 2050, what role will Canada play in marine food production? What barriers do we need to overcome? What are the opportunities? How will we on Vancouver Island use our enviable ocean resources for long-term, sustainable economic benefit? Aquaculture is already a significant contributor to the Island’s food production economy with lots of room for diversification and expansion. And while fish, shellfish and seaweed cultivation have little in common and are at different stages of development, one thing is clear: global demand for these products is high. How will we respond? And what will this mean for economic development in coastal communities and First Nations?

Moderator: Rocky Boschman, Grieg Seafood BC Ltd.

Panelists:
 – Mica Verbrugge, Northwest Aquaculture
 – Abayomi Alabi, Manatee Holdings
 – David Kiemele, Cermaq
 – Dr. Stephen Cross, Cascadia Seaweed

Sponsored by BC Salmon Farmers Association

 

Session Ten: Facilitating Access to Global Talent – Immigration Programs & Services to Source, Recruit & Retain International Talent

Can’t find enough qualified workers locally? Employers are having to cast their nets wider to meet their workforce needs in many industries across the labour market. Foreign workers and newcomers represent a diverse talent pool for employers and HR practitioners to tap into. Join us for an interactive session to learn how to use immigration as another tool to round out your hiring kit. Attendees will come away from the session better equipped to use federal-provincial government immigration programs to bring foreign talent to Canada. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about Canada’s immigration system.

Moderator: Jean McRae, Intercultural Association of Victoria

Panelists:
 – 
Linda Ryan, BC Construction Association
 – Heather Michaud, Government of Canada
 – Aireen Luney, BC PNP

Sponsored by Chemistry Consulting

 

Session Eleven: Campbell River & Region – Making Shift Happen!

The Strathcona region with Campbell River at its hub has successfully diversified its economy over the past decade. Through a tailored economic development approach and initiatives such as CRAdvantage and the Modern Entrepreneur Series focused on business retention and expansion, the region has fostered a foundation that supports innovation and an entrepreneurial mind-set across the community lending itself to continued diversification, growth, and investment. Find out what’s working in the Strathcona region and where it’s headed.

Moderator: Rose Klukas, City of Campbell River

Panelists:
 – Naomi Tabata, North Island College
 – David Baar, Local Investor
 – Shannon Baikie, North Island Employment Foundations Society
 – Andreas (Dre) Hagen, Principal, Study-Build

Sponsored by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

 

Session Twelve: Circular Economy – An Ideas Jam

The shift to a circular economy is not only about managing waste— it presents a new economic paradigm for rethinking how we design, use, and reuse our resources (both products and services). According to the World Economic Forum, circular business models provide a competitive edge because they create more value from each unit of resource than the traditional linear take-make-dispose model, accelerating the scale-up promises to deliver substantial economic growth while creating social and environmental co-benefits. Learn more about the circular economy shift that is underway globally and locally and the opportunities it presents for businesses and communities on Vancouver Island.

Moderator: Julie Sperber, Gabriola Economic Development

Panelists:
 – Paul Shorthouse, Delphi Group
 – Liz Maze, Synergy Foundation
 – Tracy Casavant, National Industrial Symbiosis Program
 – Merissa Myles, Tree Island Yogurt

Sponsored by Hemlock Printers

11:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions

Session Thirteen: The Here, Now and Soon of Clean Tech!

We are approaching a tipping point where the concepts of clean-tech are simply good for business, and where responsible resource and asset management deliver tangible triple-bottom-line outcomes. Get the latest updates on transportation projects, First Nations initiatives, clean beer and more!

Moderator: Lamont Brooks, Symphony Winery

Panelists:
 – Isaiah Archer, Whistlebuoy Brewery
 – Gerry Egan, Harbour Air Seaplanes
 – Miles McKinnon, BC Ferries
 – Trevor Cootes, Huu ay aht First Nation

Sponsored by Reliable Controls

 

Session Fourteen: Mindful Travelers & the Future of Tourism

Tourism is a leading generator and contributor to quality of life on Vancouver Island. While the industry has long flown under the radar, recent growth in visitor numbers has brought the industry into mainstream consciousness and some communities are beginning to ask ‘when is enough, enough?’ Industry experts will share their perspectives on responsible tourism best practices and approaches to ensuring the long term viability of our visitor economy.

Moderator: Anthony Everett, TAVI

Panelists: 
 – Trina White, Parkside Hotel
 – Paul Nursey, Tourism Victoria
 – Michelle Hall, Surfrider Canada

Sponsored by HA Photography

 

Session Fifteen: Gender Equity – Good for Business & Here’s How

Numerous studies have demonstrated that ensuring gender equity on boards and at every level of an organization including senior management, benefits everyone—whether it has a positive impact on the bottom line, supports increased innovation, or builds healthier communities. It’s so important that in 2015, the UN included ‘achieve gender equality’ as one of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals – which outline solutions to the most serious issues around the world.

Despite being a progressive nation, Canada has a lot of work to do—in 2018 Canada had the seventh largest gender wage gap in a comparison of 42 countries. In BC, according to a 2018 Minerva Foundation report, women held only 22% of available top 50 company board seats and only 17% of available top 50 company senior executive management positions.

Moderator: Janina Stajic, Vancouver Island University

Panelists:
 – Doris Bear, TD Bank
 – Grace Lore, University of Victoria
 – Kate Armstrong, Seaspan Marine

Sponsored by TD Bank

 

Session Sixteen: ‘Island Good’ is Great!

Consumer response is plain to see with a sales lift of 16.4% in our pilot project. Last year, Summit delegates raved about our all-Island Summit food and drink which is now a permanent feature of the Economic Summit. Now we’ve licensed Island Good with expanding numbers of producers and retailers; built islandgood.ca to serve licensees and aid consumers; and partnered with Tourism Vancouver Island to bring Island Good to tourists. Learn about our 2020 direction for Island Good and hear success stories from Island Good licensees.

Moderator: Dan Dagg, Hot House Marketing and H2 Digital

Panelists:
 – Tammy Averill, Country Grocer
 – Dave Brimacombe, Wayward Distillery
 – Erin Neely, Comox Valley Airport YQQ

Sponsored by Community Futures, Island Coastal

12:30 PM Closing Luncheon & Presentation

Top Political Analysts will share their insights on the federal election

Moderator: Dan Hurley, Director, Communications & Public Engagement, VIU

Presenters:
 – Robert Asselin, Senior Global Director, Public Policy, Blackberry
 – Shachi Kurl, Executive Director, Angus Reid Institute

Sponsored by VIU

2:00 PM 13TH Annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit Concludes

2:30 PM Bonus Session

Doing Business with Chinese

Presenters Ji LiWei and Yuan Xiaopeng of the Chinese Young Entrepreneurs Association of Canada (CYEA) will share insight into Canada’s advantage in attracting Chinese investment and how foreign entrepreneurs can help grow your business. CYEA represents FTZVI to the international Chinese investment community and recently completed a business tour of China engaging investors with opportunities and Foreign Trade Zone policies of Vancouver Island. CYEA will share knowledge of Chinese investment and immigration interests with implications for Island business and economy.

Sponsored by Foreign Trade Zone Vancouver Island (FTZVI)

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