10:30 AM Tradeshow Opens
Meet with more than 40 sponsors and exhibitors while networking with hundreds of delegates as the 2016 Economic Summit begins - 10:30 til noon.
Sponsored by HA Photography
We are also offering an exciting new bonus session
scheduled for 8:30-10:30am prior to the official opening of the Summit Tradeshow:
Confirmed Exhibitors Include:
Tech Showcase - Sponsored by Innovation Island, this showcase will feature a dozen emerging Island-based technology companies sharing their products, services, vision and opportunities. Come networking with these entrepreneurs and find out what's happening while registering for the Summit.
The Communication Connection
12:00 PM Opening Luncheon with BC Innovation Council
Dr. Catherine Potvin, McGill University, National Chair for Climate Change Mitigation, is Keynote Presenter for the Opening Luncheon.
Dr. Potvin's Summit address, sponsored by the BC Innovation Council
, will focus the economic implications and opportunities associated with climate change mitigation in Canada and on Vancouver Island.
She will be joined by three of her colleagues in a panel conversation on this topic in a concurrent session later on the first afternoon of the Summit.
1:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions:
1. Manufacturing on Vancouver Island - watch for details...
Sponsored by Island Coastal Economic Trust
• John Juricic
, Principal, Harbour Digital Media
• Shannon Renault,
Director, Labour Market Program, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
2. The Changing Face of Aboriginal Business Development
Sponsored by Aboriginal Business Match
Aboriginal business development is transforming from primarily community-owned ventures, often connected to resource projects and Aboriginal rights and title, to more and more individually owned small and medium enterprises. This transformation carries with it increasing opportunities to partner with Aboriginal entrepreneurs and businesses, strengthening competitive advantages, developing a local workforce, accelerating entry into supply chains and more. This workshop looks at opportunities and challenges along with best practices.
• Giles Newman,
Partner, BDO Consulting
and National ABM Partner
• Lawrence Lewis
, Entrepreneur, One Feather
• Trevor Cootes
, Executive Council, Huu ay aht First Nation
• Marilyn Hutchinson
, Director HR, Sustainability and Growth, Grieg Seafood Ltd. BC
3. The Disruptive Economy - An Insider's look at the Booming Sharing Economy and What It Means for Vancouver Island
Sponsored by Quality Foods
Disruption is happening at an accelerated rate in virtually every industry. It is driven by rapid technological, economic, and social change. It is a powerful economic force that is at once destructive and creative – whole industries and business models can be overturned in a short period of time. What are the supply and demand dynamics at play? How is this shift affecting the Vancouver Island economy? What are examples of Island economies, industries, and businesses that are riding the crest of the wave? What are the opportunities and risks? Participate in an engaging discussion with three expert panelists.
• Bert Zethof
, Zethof Consulting Group
• Fez Rismani
, Founder, Daily Delivery
• Walt Judas
, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of BC
• Barbara Gray
, Founder & Financial Analyst, Brady Capital Research
4. Made on Vancouver Island - A workshop on an initiative to increase demand for Vancouver Island consumer products - watch for details...
Sponsored by BC Salmon Farmers Association
3:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions
1. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Impacts and Solutions
Sponsored by Hemlock Printers
Climate innovations are happening across the country. Ontario’s leaked climate action plan is one of the most comprehensive and integrated plans in the country. Premier Notley has just introduced her plan and the province of British Columbia is poised to introduce their next climate action plan. What are the implications for Vancouver Island and how can the business sector plan and move forward in accelerating the emerging consensus that we need to move to a carbon neutral economy by the latest at 2050.
• Dr. Ann Dale, Royal Roads University, Moderator
• Dr. Catherine Potvin, McGill University
• Stephen Sheppard, University of British Columbia
• Audrey Dallimore, Royal Roads University
2. The Faces of Tech - What it really takes to grow and stay in place
Sponsored by Stantec
Tech and innovation is the fastest growing sector in the Province and is driving the economy. The regional tech sector is quietly leaving a lasting impact. In the past three years, tech entrepreneurs in central and northern Vancouver Island have secured $5M in capital investment that increased their revenue by $2M and added 41 new tech jobs to the regional economy. But what does tech look like in the region? Who are these entrepreneurs? Why are they here and what do they need to grow and stay in place? Join Innovation Island and hear from a diverse panel of tech entrepreneurs about what keeps them here and what communities can do to help accelerate their growth.
• Graham Truax, Innovation Island – Moderator
• Conan Reis, CEO, Agog Labs
• Melissa Welch, Founder, Pixel Cents
• Denny Unger, CEO, Cloudhead Games
• Ivan Eggers, CEO, Resonance Software
3. First Nations Reconciliation
Sponsored by Black Press
Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is a legal imperative, mandated by our Constitution, the Court and Canada’s endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Key to reconciliation is the importance of Indigenous laws and legal orders engaging when governments, First Nation communities and business make decisions that impact Indigenous peoples and their land.
There remains confusion about what Indigenous laws are and how these laws hold the promise for a better future. Here on Vancouver Island and coastal BC, there are treaties which contain Indigenous law. Learning how to respect these treaties provides an opportunity to participate in a reconciliation which is given shape by the terms of these treaties.
• Janina Stajic, Manager, Communications & Public Engagement, VIU - Moderator
• Louise Mandell, QC, Chancellor, Vancouver Island University
• Ardith Walkem (Walpetko We’dalx), Partner, Cedar & Sage Law Corporation
4. The 'South Island Prosperity Project' - Region-wide multi-stakeholder driven economic development in the 21st Century"
Sponsored by Seaspan Ferries
Learn about the new economic development organization for the Greater Victoria region now known as the South Island Prosperity Project
. Mayor of Victoria
, Lisa Helps, will talk about the motivation of the 10 founding municipalities for putting such an initiative together. Victoria Chamber
Vice-Chair, Dan Dagg (President of Hot House Marketing
), will talk about how the business community drove the project's creation--led by Mr. Dagg himself. Founding Chair of the Prosperity Project Bill Bergen (retired CEO of both Oracle
and IBM Canada
) will discuss the organization's five-year strategy just launched in September and how the new approach is a modern take on economic development. The panel will be moderated by the Prosperity Project's new Executive Director Emilie de Rosenroll
, who brings a wealth of economic development experience to the island from other parts of Canada.
5:00 PM Tradeshow Cocktails – Networking
Find yourself something to drink at the Tradeshow Bar and network with fellow delegates, presenters, sponsors and exhibitors sharing insights from the day's activities.
Confirmed Exhibitors Include:
The Communication Connection
6:30 PM Summit Dinner
Nicole Verkindt, the newest and youngest member of CBC's Dragon's Den, is Keynote Presenter for the Summit Dinner.
Speaking to the importance of disruptive thinking, technology, and innovation, Nicole Verkindt -Founder of OMX
, Round Up commentator on CBC's the Exchange and Dragon on Next Gen Den- stresses that the key to success lies in the ability to ignore being told “no” over and over again. Nicole's presentation is sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union.
Hear from Nicole on how investment in technology can drive competitive growth, and how to leverage technology as a competitive advantage at the 10th Annual State of the Island Economic Summit on October 26th.
And that's not all!
VIEA is welcoming everyone to an 'after party' for dessert to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Economic Alliance (and the Summit) in the Tradeshow immediately following the conclusion of the Summit Dinner. A few celebratory presentations, a draw for an 'Anniversary Prize', and lots of networking--Sponsored by an organization that has been a dedicated sponsoring member of the Economic Alliance since day one - the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board.
7:00 AM Tradeshow Opens
For those who like to get a head start on their second-day networking, the Tradeshow opens at 7:00am. Come browse, chat, and whet your appetite for the 7:30 Breakfast Presentation.
Confirmed Exhibitors Include:
The Communication Connection
7:30 AM Breakfast Presentation
Summit Breakfast Presentation - watch for details...
9:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions:
1. An Ocean of Opportunity – Ocean Network Canada
Sponsored by Array Web & Creative
Until recently, our window into the world’s ocean has been very small. Ocean monitoring technology has been constrained by the duration of research vessel expeditions, favorable weather and/or the duration of battery life for instruments and sensors. This session will share the progress being made thanks to Canada’s $200M investment in cabled ocean observatories, an initiative that has revolutionized Canada’s ocean sensor technology industry and created opportunities for commercialization and investment. Join Kate Moran, President of Ocean Networks Canada
, as she shares how Smart Ocean Systems™, an innovative program that harnesses science and research, leverages the unique capabilities of the world’s most advanced ocean observatories to inform public, marine safety and environmental monitoring. Joining Kate on the panel of experts are Terry Tarle, President & CEO of AXYS Technologies Inc.
, and David Fissel, Chair and Senior Oceanographer of ASL Environmental Sciences
; three ocean leaders right here on Vancouver Island who are changing how the world views our ocean.
• Dr. Kate Moran
, Oceans Network Canada
, Moderator & Presenter
• Terry Tarle
, President & CEO,AXYS Technologies Inc.
• David Fissel
, Chair and Senior Oceanographer,ASL Environmental Sciences
2. Are You Ready?
Sponsored by Island Radio
In today’s changing world, the ability to manage risks and mitigate negative impacts are key competencies for business leaders. This interactive session will discuss the hazards we are we likely to face on Vancouver Island and the significant potential economic and social impacts. Beyond seismic events, our communities and businesses are susceptible to many hazards from wildfires to windstorms to acts of terrorism. Do you have an effective business continuity plan? What are the critical ingredients to an emergency response plan? Be prepared, not scared. This eye-opening session is a must attend for leaders of today and tomorrow.
• Jenn Houtby-Ferguson, Twist Consulting
• Josie Osborne,
Mayor of Tofino
• Dr. Paul Hasselback, Island Health
• Mike Hooper,
CEO, Nanaimo Airport
3. Entrepreneurs In Action - Dare to Think Different
Sponsored by Douglas magazine
Back by popular demand, Douglas Editor-in-Chief, Kerry Slavens, talks with some of the Island's most innovative entrepreneurs whose companies are changing the way we look at everything from social media to, yes, oysters. This inspiring, lively panel will look at risks and rewards of being Island businesses, why being different is no longer optional, and how to grow a business from idea to impact.
- Kerry Slavens, Editor-in-Chief, Douglas magazine, Moderator
Nicole Smith, CEO, Flytographer
Karl Swannie, CEO, EchoSec
- Christine Willow, Principal, Chemistry Consulting Group
- Jess Taylor & Sean Roberts, Owners, The Wandering Mollusc Oyster Co.
4. Retaining Talent from Island Colleges and Universities - watch for details...
byNanaimo Economic Development Corporation
International Education is now one of BC's major export products and is significant to the Island economy. Thousands of international and domestic students choose Vancouver Island to advance their education and begin their careers. How well are we doing at retaining this talent? How might institutions and the business community better engage to capture this skilled labour and associated investment? A VIEA initiative is bringing UVIC
, Royal Roads
and North Island College
together to analyze the potential and explore ways to ensure that new generations of talent find meaningful internship and career opportunities--strengthening the Island economy.
Watch for details...
11:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions
1. Carbon Neutrality – What is the Hard-Nosed Reality?
Sponsored by TD Bank
What if Vancouver Island as a region was to set an objective to become carbon neutral as a way to promote our reputation for one of the most pristine environments in the world? What would this mean? What are the business and economic opportunities for renewable energies and green tech? What are the challenges, limitations, and economic liabilities? Might the Island use this objective to strengthen our brand by riding the coattails of Vancouver’s ‘Greenest City’ initiative? Come share the thought exchange with our panel of experts. (John)
• John Hankins
, CEO, Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation
• Karen Clarke-Whistler
, Chief Environmental Officer, TD Bank Group
• Kent Rathwell
, President, Sun Country Highway
• Dr. Thomas Pederson, University of Victoria
2. Crowdfunding versus Pitching Angels: What Route to Finding Investors is Right for You?
Figuring out where to access capital to grow your business is a struggle faced by all growing businesses. Should you try to raise capital on one of the six startup crowdfunding portals operating in BC? Would going the more traditional route of pitching to angels be a better fit? What do you need have ready (and do) to successfully raise capital through these channels? In this session we will cover the questions most entrepreneurs have about how to successfully raise capital for their business as viewed by: a crowdfunding portal operator, seasoned investor come entrepreneur raising capital, securities lawyer and angel investor, and seasoned accounting professional.
Sponsored by CPABC
• Alixe McCormick, Venture Law Corporation
• Peter-Paul Van Hoeken,
Founder & CEO, Frontfundr
• Marty Gunderson,
Founder & President, Quidni Estate Winery
• Watch for details...
3. Service Extensions - Implications for Business and Property Development
Sponsored by FortisBC
This informative session will feature presentations by representatives from FortisBC, Telus, and BC Transit sharing details of present activities and future plans for extending and/or expanding services on Vancouver Island. Implications are that when services expand or when access to existing services improves, opportunities for business and property development expand. Attend this session to find out where and when changes are anticipated on Vancouver Island.
4. The 'Building Makerspaces Movement' - Potential for Vancouver Island
by Blackberry Creative
Across the country, people are coming together in Makerspaces to follow their curiosity, imagination and creativity. From 3D printing, robotics and programming to bio hacking and creative design, from alternative energy workshops to Arduino and Raspberry Pi boot camps a grass roots movement has emerged based on making, inventing and re-purposing. People share knowledge, skills, tools and space, it’s a place to learn new skills, develop new enterprises, and enjoy the satisfaction of mastering technology and craftsmanship. But this is more than just a rediscovery of craft married to 21st Century technology – this is about a collective approach to mastering technology together.
• Fiona Friesen, Glue Solutions
• Rebecca Kirk, MakerSpace Nanaimo
• Derek Jacoby,
President, MakerSpace Victoria
• Angie Barnard, Chief Motivator, The Network Hub Nanaimo
12:30 pm Closing Luncheon with Premier Sponsor MNP
VIEA's Second Annual 'State of the Island' Economic Report
will be released its first at the Summit's Closing Luncheon.
Sponsored by MNP
At the tenth annual Economic Summit, the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance will release its second annual 'State of the Island' Economic Report. Everyone in attendance will receive a printed copy of the Report.
The first annual Report
was similarly released at the 2015 Economic Summit and has since been used extensively by investors, business, financial and educational institutions, and government as a user-friendly resource for economic information specific to our Island. Numerous presentations on the economy, including by the Conference Board of Canada, have featured data from VIEA's Report.
While the Economic Alliance knew that such information would be important to decision-makers, we had no idea how unique and impactful this information would be. It turns out that VIEA's 'State of the Island' Economic Report is the only annual report of its kind in British Columbia. Produced, as it is, by a non-government organization with a regional mandate, the Report provides an unbiased account of the Island economy with comparative data showing where we have been and where we are going while also offering editorial regarding trends where reliable data does not exist.
Susan Mowbray, Senior Economist with MNP's Economics and Research Consulting Practice, will be keynote presenter at the Summit's Closing Luncheon.
Each Summit delegate will receive a copy of the 2016 'State of the Island' Economic Report.
VIEA's 'State of the Island' Economic Report
is made possible because of the generous sponsorship of MNP
and by additional sponsorship from the Nanaimo Airport
, Coastal Community Credit Union
, BC Ferries
, BC Hydro
, and the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
2:00 PM 10th annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit concludes.
Unless you have appointments scheduled, there's no rush to leave. Feel free to stay awhile to catch up with others you may have missed along the way...
We are also offering a two bonus sessions
scheduled for 2:30-5:30pm of specific interest to people wishing to engage with Young Professionals of Vancouver Island.
Next Generation of Business Owners: Making succession a reality!
Planning on selling or dreaming of buying a business? Let us guide you through a world of possibilities that could make for a profitable sale or a successful investment opportunity.
What can you as a business owner do now to plan for your own succession? It can start from building your management team to implementing taxation strategies and the many things in between to make a graceful and profitable exit.
Are you looking to raise capital for a business transfer project—such as a family succession, a management or partner buyout, or a management buy-in? Let us show you a few interesting and real ways we can make those dreams a reality. We will also share some great tools on how to work with different generations to build a strong foundation for successful succession.
Come learn about how we work with entrepreneurs who want to leave or enter amazing businesses on Vancouver Island.
• Andre Sullivan
, Integral Wealth
• Jenn Bogwald
• Courtenay Ndiaye
The Strategic Value of Social Business: Why Your Business Can’t Afford to Ignore Social Media
Over the past decade, social media has completely transformed the way we connect, communicate and consume information. While most businesses have begun to utilize social media as a marketing tool, many are still missing out on opportunities to take advantage of the full potential that these platforms offer.
Join Erin MacDonald and Jenn Houtby-Ferguson, as they discuss ways your company can thrive and cope in today’s social and digital age. They will highlight how social media can be used to support a number of different functions throughout your business, as well as who should be tasked with developing and delivering the key messages on these platforms.
In today’s digital age, having a social media presence without an appropriate strategy and plan can be just as damaging as having no online presence at all. If you would like to learn how your company can take advantage of this growing area of communication, while avoiding the pitfalls, you won’t want to miss this discussion.
• Erin MacDonald
, 460 Communications
• Jenn Holtby-Ferguson
, Twist Consulting