The 16th annual VIEA State of the Island Economic Summit will be looking at what’s happening in communities like Port Alberni. Like so many other places on Vancouver Island, the former forestry town is undergoing an exciting renaissance, including a massive waterfront development that will see new housing, retail, offices and park space on the former Somass sawmill lands. Photo from: Port Alberni Port Authority.
Break out the lanyards and comfortable shoes — the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance Summit is back for 2022. Things will look a little different this year.
For starters, the summit is live and in person, at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo.
Another change will be the face of VIEA’s president and CEO. Julie Sperber, former executive director of the Gabriola Chamber of Commerce, brings management experience in the non-profit, manufacturing and hospitality sectors to her new job, which she has held since August 1. She is also a successful entrepreneur, having built three businesses as owner/operator.
The two-day summit will include a trade show with more than 40 exhibitors, as well as networking opportunities, plenaries, breakouts and speakers.
Among the speakers, Susan Mowbray, partner and senior economist at MNP, will share the key findings of VIEA’s 8th Annual State of the Island Economic Report, and Stuart Bergman, vice-president of Export Development Canada, and Dr. Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, will both share their knowledge on the current business landscape.