Economic Development Association of BC

Economic Development Association of BC
BC Economic Summit

BC Economic Summit

March 12, 2012 19:41 ET

EDABC: BC Economic Summit Coming in May 2012

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2012) - The Economic Development Association of British Columbia (EDABC) is pleased to announce that they are organizing a four-day economic summit centred around building British Columbia's economy through the BC Jobs Plan and other innovative economic development tools.

The conference, titled BC Economic Summit - Canada Starts Here: Taking BC Global, will bring together regional economic development officers, business and industry leaders, representatives from municipal and provincial governments, along with academics and economists.

Participants will engage in discussion at plenary sessions about developing the BC Jobs Plan's eight sectors of focus - forestry, mining, natural gas, agrifoods, tourism, international education, transportation and technology.

Dialogue will also focus on the BC Jobs Plan's three pillars: enabling job creation, getting goods to market and opening and expanding markets, particularly in Asia.

The BC Economic Summit will take place at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond from May 13 to 16, 2012.

The EDABC is the BC Economic Summit's official host and lead organizer and the event will replace the organization's 2012 annual conference. Registration to the BC Economic Summit will be open to all those with an interest in fostering B.C. economic and job growth.

Jeff Finkle, President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council, is booked as a keynote speaker and will talk about the importance of global relations. Chris Knight, of fDi Intelligence (London, UK) will talk about how BC is doing in relation to other locations in attracting foreign investments.

Registration is now open through the summit's website,, and will be the primary source for event updates, speakers, and information about partnership opportunities.

"While effective economic development is a shared function of all levels of government, it is often most effectively implemented at the local level," said Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. "There is a far greater chance of success when there is a partnership between government, business and industry."

Dale Wheeldon, EDABC Chief Executive Officer, said: "The launch of Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan is an opportunity for our organization to work with the Province of BC, our members, partners and industry in building a collaborative approach in encouraging economic growth that would benefit all regions in B.C."

Quick Facts:

The Economic Development Association of British Columbia (EDABC) is the leading professional association of economic development practitioners in the province of BC. EDABC currently has over 260 members from communities throughout the province. EDABC provides services that help member communities grow and expand new and existing businesses, attract new business investments, and work towards strategic infrastructure investment, land use planning, and community enhancement.

Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan is a strategy to create long-term jobs and investment across B.C. by building on the province's key competitive advantages. To achieve this, the Province will engage with communities and industry in developing strategies to create lasting economic benefit and boost job creation.

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