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What’s Next for the Island Economy?


The 15th annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit will feature grassroots conversations on a range of topics important to our transforming regional economy:

  • Carlota Sanz, Co-founder of the Doughnut Economics Action Lab, will open the Summit with this inclusive and comprehensive approach to 21st century economic vitality
  • First Nations economic leaders will share their development plans, their successes and challenges
  • Organizational Development & Human Resource professionals will outline mental health strategies to help employers with back-to-work plans
  • We’ll take an in-depth look at recent government initiatives such as the new federal economic development agency ‘PacifiCan’, BC’s new economic recovery plan, and Modernizing Forest Policy
  • The CEO of Community Foundations Canada will suggest philanthropy’s role in maturing our economic ecosystem while Bentley Allen of the Pacific Climate Change Institute identifies low-carbon investment opportunities in our region
  • The ‘Food Professor’, Dr. Charlebois of Dalhousie University, will speak to food production and food security opportunities complemented by Island Good success stories
  • And we’ll explore opportunities in the ‘Blue Economy’; learn about findings from a recent Island & Gulf Island study on arts, business and tourism; gain insights from a corporation’s resolution of workplace issues of diversity and inclusion; and explore economic data emerging from COVID-19 in the 7th edition of VIEA’s annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Report.

This year’s Summit is ‘Up Close & Virtual’ – meaning that delegates can choose to participate in person at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre or online using our digital platform. There’s even a ‘three-pack’ option for those wishing to attend certain sessions virtually.

Register NOW and take advantage of Early Bird discounts.

For everyone’s health and safety, the Summit will comply with all current BC COVID protocols for the in-person event – occupancy limits, mask requirements, and vaccine passports. Please tell us how this influences your decision to attend.

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Applying Doughnut Economics to Cities: How local government can lead economic development fit for the 21st century

What does it mean for humanity to thrive in the 21st century? Nanaimo is the first Canadian city (joining Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Melbourne, and Sydney) to adopt the Doughnut Economics framework to guide all city initiatives in order to build a thriving community that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.
Carlota Sanz, Co-founder of the Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL), with Councilors Tyler Brown and Ben Geselbracht will discuss how Nanaimo is applying the principles of Doughnut Economics and how local governments can leverage their resources to lead robust economic development to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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