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Business development opportunities abound at the Economic Summit
A Common Thread – First Nations, Tourism, Product & Business Development
The Business of First Nations
With numerous treaty settlements and reconciliations completed or in process on Vancouver Island, the economic landscape is changing rapidly and significantly. Major projects are underway with many more opportunities for business partnerships.
     •    Dan Smith, BC Treaty Commission – Moderator
     •    Chief Michael HarryMalahat First Nation
     •    Andy Callicum, First Nations Human Resource Labour Council
     •    John Jack,Councilor, Huu-ay-aht First Nation, Board Member, Alberni- Clayoquot Regional District
“Build It and They Will Come”: Insights on Tourism Product Development
Destination success in tourism is reliant on the availability of high quality products or visitor experiences that can be promoted to external markets. While the Island region has excellent marketing systems in place, the products available to promote must continue to be developed. In this panel session, delegates will be exposed to a variety of examples of tourism products and learn about the actions taken to turn them from ideas into reality. The stories will provide inspiration and insight to businesses, communities and organizations to create visitor experiences that add to the regions attractiveness for visiting markets.
        •    Nicole Vaugeois,BC Regional Innovation Chair in Tourism and Sustainable
              Rural Development, VIU – Moderator
        •    Cathy Maihout,Marketing Coordinator, Tourism Cowichan
        •    Lillian Hunt,Director, Aboriginal Tourism BC
        •    Jane Docherty,Owner, Merridale Ciderworks Corporation
Register for the 2014 Summit – ‘The centre of business on Vancouver Island.’

On Wednesday, October 30th, Chief Commissioner Sophie Pierre of the BC Treaty Commission will give the Morning Address sponsored by Vancouver Island University

Special thanks to our Premier Sponsor, Nanaimo Port Authority.


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