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2015 Economic Summit
Schedule

The 10th Anniversary State of the Island Economic Summit will convene at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Wednesday & Thursday, October 26 & 27, 2016.  

The 2016 program is being developed. See below for the program outline from the 2015 summit.
 
2015 Program Outline
Details are clickable below.

Follow us on Twitter - #VISummit 

Wednesday, October 28 - Day One
10:30 AM
Tradeshow Opens
10:30 AM Tradeshow Opens
Meet with more than 30 sponsors and exhibitors while networking with hundreds of delegates as the 2015 Economic Summit begins - 10:30 til noon.

We are also offering two concurrent bonus sessions scheduled for 8:30-10:30am prior to the official opening of the Summit Tradeshow:
  • LNG BuyBC- This session with LNG BuyBC Advocate, Gordon Wilson, will build on previous information to provide those who attend with details regarding related business opportunities.
  • AHOY BC- This session with Michael McLaughlin of AHOY BC and David Mailloux of the Nanaimo Port Authority, will showcase data on the marine tourism sector, across regions of Vancouver Island, identify opportunities for growth and how businesses and communities can benefit from marketing initiatives.
Confirmed Exhibitors Include:
MNP
North VI Aboriginal Training Society
Hemlock Printers Ltd.
Coast Outdoor Advertising Ltd. 
Aboriginal Business Match
Steelhead LNG
The Network Hub
Social Media Camp
Southern Rail
Taiji Brand Group
WorkBC
VI Social Innovation Zone 

12:00 PM
Opening Luncheon with Canadian Western Bank
12:00 PM Opening Luncheon with Canadian Western Bank
Tech Entrepreneur Peng-Sang Cau is Keynote Presenter for the Opening Luncheon.

Peng Sang Cau, President and CEO of Transformix Engineering, founded the company in 1995 with three engineers and has guided its transition from a local provider of engineering services to international supplier of Advanced Automation Solution.

Her Summit address, sponsored by Canadian Western Bank, will focus on the importance of manufacturing in a healthy economy.

1:30 PM
Four Concurrent Sessions:
1:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions:
1. The State of Retail on Vancouver Island
     Sponsored by Array Web & Creative
With grocery store chains jockeying for market share, the demise of a few big boxes, and the continual growth of e-commerce as well as the on-going challenges facing the unique “Mom & Pop” stores, it is an interesting time for Vancouver Island retail.  As a barometer for economic health and consumer confidence as well as both a major employer and municipal tax payer, this session takes a look at the importance of a healthy retail industry on Vancouver Island.
•    Dave Mills, Manager, Northwest Properties VI, Moderator
•    Graham Smith, Senior Vice-President, Colliers International 
•    Richard Antonchuk, Owner/Operator, Alberni Outpost 
•    Tyler Large, Owner/Operator, Country Grocer 

2. PNP Changes & Opportunities
    Sponsored by HA Photography
The B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is committed to attract the best and brightest workers and entrepreneurs to meet B.C.’s unique economic and labour market needs.  The BC PNP has recently undertaken a redesign process that included program improvements to increase operating efficiency, maintain strong outcomes, and position the program for future growth. This session will provide an update on recent changes and outline future plans for continuous program improvements to ensure BC PNP continues to be a key tool to support the province’s workforce development and economic growth.
•    Erin Seeley, Executive Director, BC Provincial Nominee Program, BC Ministry of
     Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

3. Social Innovation in the Business Sector
     Sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union
Business is increasingly finding a role to play in social innovation using business models to address social or environmental causes. An experienced panel of community-minded business leaders will speak to their inspiration, challenges around financing their operations, and how they collaborate with other sectors. A discussion will follow on the potential for social innovation through the business sector in BC and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
•    Fiona Friesen, Communications Specialist, Glue Solutions, Moderator
•    Melanie Cadden, General Manager, COCO Cafe 
•    Lee Herrin, Executive Director, Fernwood NRG 
•    Brian Roberts, Executive Director, Cowichan Energy Alternatives 

4. Our Forests - A Renewable Resource with Untapped Potential
     Sponsored by Island Radio
The coastal forest industry and on Vancouver Island has become concentrated in producing three main products, logs, pulp and dimensional lumber for export. Incremental technological improvements to efficiency help hold onto market share but do little to improve the corporate bottom line or the local economy.  

In Europe, where the over-arching goal is to maximize the value added potential of wood fibre, a very different industry has evolved. Integration of forestry and manufacturing as well as innovation in development and use of products like cross laminated timber (CLT) and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) have revolutionized the construction industry in Europe. The potential for industry diversification is vast. BUT…
 
A large gap exists between what could be and what is. We need opportunity analysis, regulatory change, partnerships, investment and commitment to building a new generation of forest products on Vancouver Island—economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
 
This session will explore the opportunities and challenges in moving to a new reality of forest products manufacturing.
3:00 PM
Tradeshow - Networking Break
3:30 PM
Four Concurrent Sessions
3:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions
1. First Nations Aquaculture
    Sponsored by BC Salmon Farmers Association
Aquaculture of marine protein will be essential to global food security.  Population growth, demographics, climate change impacts and consumer demand will drive up seafood prices. Globally, as well as in BC, investors have recognized this opportunity and are buying into aquaculture.

BC aquaculture is export driven providing sustainable long-term jobs in coastal and First Nations communities. Aquaculture is knowledge intensive, with constant innovation, providing living wages and now employing 2nd generation farmers.  Aquaculture has become part of the BC coastal fabric.

What does this opportunity mean to First Nations?  Come and listen first-hand to the stories of three First Nations aquaculture initiatives; the history of development, the partnerships, business arrangements, financing, progress to date, challenges and what the future holds.  
•    Don Tillapuagh, Director, Centre for Shellfish Research, VIU, Moderator
•    Sam Bowman,
CEO, Coastal Shellfish 
•    Larry Greba,
Director, Kitasoo Band businesses 
•    Garry Ullstrom,
CEO, Kuterra 

2. Workforce Strategies & Solutions
     Sponsored by Chartered Professional Accountants BC
Over the last few years, the Provincial Government has been active in creating and maintaining programs to support the local economy, business owners and job seekers. Topics of Workforce Strategies/Solutions panel will be the Canada-BC Job Grant and other initiatives supported through the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, the Wage Subsidy and Community and Employment Partnerships programs (administered through the Employment Program of BC) and other initiatives that support employers and communities grow.
•    Cheryl Dill, Executive Director, Career Centre, Moderator
•    Nichola Manning,
ADM, Employment & Labour Market Services Division, Ministry of        Social Development & Social Innovation 
•    Jack Tieleman, CEO, Global Vocational Services 
•    Scott MacDonald,
ADM, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Development 

3. Ideas Ignite - Exploring the Island's Entrepreneurial X Factor
    Sponsored by Douglas Magazine
Douglas magazine editor-in-chief Kerry Slavens hosts an exciting and provocative panel of entrepreneurial leaders who will talk about how "edge theory" applies to entrepreneurship on Vancouver Island, why we need maximum agility to thrive in the age of rapid change, and what X factor Island businesses need to succeed. Learn from local leaders in 3D technology, startup acceleration, transportation and digital engagement.
•    Kerry Slavens,
Editor-in Chief, Douglas Magazine– Moderator
•    John Wilson,
CEO & Co-Owner, Wilson’s Transportation Ltd.
•    Ryan Palibroda,
Co-Owner, Alleles Design Studio
•    Rebecca Kirstein,
Entrepreneur, MIX Victoria, The Freebird Collectiveand
     Business As Usua
l
•   Jim Hayhurst,
CEO, Pretio Interactive
   
4. Can We Make It? - Growing specialty manufacturing to strengthen the Island economy
     Sponsored by Island Coastal Economic Trust
Vancouver Island has a quiet manufacturing sector that contributes significantly to our economy. From robotics to water systems, from medical products to air compressors, from fishing gear to marine lighting systems some of these low-profile companies are dominant in their markets.

While our Island is unlikely to ever rival the world’s manufacturing power centres, plenty of opportunity exists for expansion in this sector with better understanding of what leads to success, what barriers inhibit growth, and how industry and government can work together to achieve results.

This panel of experts will share their perspectives and explore ideas for enhancing manufacturing potential on the Island.
•   Peng-Sang Cau, CEO, Transformix Engineering, Moderator
•    Stuart Coker,
Director of Operational Excellence, VMAC Global Technologies Inc.
•    Bill Collins,
COO, Quester Tangent
•    Scott Phillips,
CEO, StarFish Medical
5:00 PM
Tradeshow Cocktails – Networking
6:30 PM
Summit Dinner with Platinum Sponsor NEDC
6:30 PM Summit Dinner with Platinum Sponsor NEDC
The Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, is Keynote Presenter for the Summit Dinner.

Christy Clark was sworn in for her second term as British Columbia’s 35th Premier on June 10, 2013 and was elected Westside-Kelowna MLA on July 10, 2013.
 
Re-elected with an even larger majority, Premier Clark is unwavering in her focus to protect and create jobs on Vancouver Island and throughout B.C. with her plan for a strong economy and secure tomorrow.
 
Her proven commitment to controlling spending has led B.C. back to an era of balanced budgets. Her plan to continue growing a diverse economy with diverse markets includes working to seize the natural gas opportunity, fighting for economic development in every corner of our province, expanding international and overseas trade, and strengthening skills training to make sure British Columbians are first in line for the jobs that will come..

Her Summit address, is sponsored by the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation.
 
Thursday, October 29 - Day Two
7:00 AM
Tradeshow Opens
7:30 AM
Breakfast Presentation with VIU
7:30 AM Breakfast Presentation with VIU
First BC Shqwi qwal is Keynote Presenter for the Summit Breakfast.

As Shqwi qwal (‘speaker’ in the Hulquminum language), Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is charged with facilitating dialogue between BC’s First Nations, government and industry to foster understanding and help build partnerships. Nearing the completion of his first year in this position, Chief Atleo will provide insights from roundtable discussions with industry, government and First Nations leaders focused on opportunities for mutual benefit in our evolving society and economy.

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is a Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation, first elected in 2009 as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and re-elected in 2012 with an overwhelming majority of support from First Nations across Canada. Before that he served two terms as the regional chief of the BC AFN.

In 2014, Premier Christy Clark named Chief Atleo to head BC's first Shqwi qwal for Indigenous Dialogue. The Shqwi qwal office is housed within VIU’s new Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation.

His Summit address, is sponsored by Vancouver Island University
9:00 AM
Four Concurrent Sessions:
9:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions:
 1. Show Me the Money? Accessing Capital Workshop
    Sponsored by Nanaimo Daily News
Discover ways to finance your business and learn about the different sources of capital. Hear from experts on options from bootstrapping, angel investment, crowdfunding, government grants, and bank loans.

At the end of this interactive workshop, small and medium sized businesses looking for start-up or expansion capital will walk away with an understanding of the financing options available to them, how to make their business “funding ready”, how to prepare a pitch or proposal that will attract the money needed to advance their business, and how to avoid common mistakes when sourcing capital. They will also have a list of resources and materials they can access after the workshop to help put their capital-raising plans into action.
•    Ted Olak, Director, Growth & Transition Capital, BDC Capital, Moderator
•    Eric Kaas, Innovation Advisor, Concierge--Government of Canada 
•    Alixe B. Cormick, Principal, Venture Law Corporation 
•    Trevor Palmquist, President, Risk Management Association – Vancouver Island
     Chapter

2.Tackling the Downside of the Tourism Upswing   
    Sponsored by Vancouver Island Conference Centre
With the boom in tourism in British Columbia many employers once again face real labour challenges—’Visitor Boom’ and ‘Staffing Gloom.’ In several communities the reality of Closed due to Staffing Shortage is already a reality. Hear from three prominent Vancouver Island tourism and hospitality operators about how they are tackling the labour challenges in BC’s tourism industry.
•    Christine Willow, Principal, Chemistry Consulting, COO GT Hiring Solutions, 
      Moderator
•    Arlene Keis, Go2HR
•    Kate Dodd, VP of Finance, HR and Employees Safety, Mount Washington Alpine Resort
•    Melody McLorie, HR Manager, Wickanninish Inn
•    John Reese, Vice-President & COO, The Truffles Group

3. Can We Get There From Here? – Updates on Intermodal Transportation
     Sponsored by SW Audio & Visual
During the past two years VIEA has initiated and fostered dialogue amongst transportation stakeholders focused on how to turn an economic liability (our Island location) into a strategic advantage. In March, VIEA produced a video showcasing transportation initiatives on Vancouver Island and hosted a sold-out forum on the topic in Victoria. In April, VIEA again addressed the topic with local government representatives gathered for the annual AVICC Conference in Courtenay. This panel will report on progress being realized on some of these ambitious transportation projects. The dialogue continues...

Other transportation related sessions at the Summit include: AHOY BC8:30am (Pre-Summit) Wednesday, October 28 and Cruise Industry2:30pm (Post-Summit) Thursday, October 29. 


4. Beyond Boundaries
    Sponsored by FortisBC
Across the Island, small communities and First Nations are uncovering new ways to work together on economic development strategies. By pooling resources and drawing on the capacity that exists regionally rather than each trying to go it alone, larger, better, and more sophisticated projects are possible.

In this 'Beyond Boundaries' session, stakeholders will share stories on how small communities and First Nations are unleashing economic potential by taking a regional approach. Panelists will focus on the catalysts that brought them to the start line, the processes which led to their success, and perhaps most important, the things they will likely never do again!
•    Line Robert, CEO, Island Coastal Economic Trust, Moderator
•    Dallas Smith- President Nanwakolas Council, Board of Directors ICET
•    Josie Osborne- Mayor of Tofino
•    William Trousdale, President & Senior Planner, EcoPlan International
•    Sharon Gordon, Council Member, Namgis First Nation
•    Iris Frank, Administrator, Ucluelet First Nation
•    Micheal Berry, Mayor, Alert Bay

10:00 AM
Tradeshow – Networking Break
10:30 AM
Four Concurrent Sessions
10:30 AM Four Concurrent Sessions
1. Policy or Passion? Capital or Calamity?
    Sponsored by CTV
What makes Festivals & Events attractive to some and repulsive to others? Join this session for a thought provoking discussion with industry leaders about the value and challenges of the Festivals & Events sector Vancouver Island.

2.  Made for VI Businesses
      Sponsored by Tilray
Smart business people do not choose a home for their new or expanding enterprise on a whim. They require compelling reasons to locate and invest. We Islanders might like to think that lifestyle alone will attract business investment and jobs, but while our quality of life is broadly appealing, decision-makers with sharp pencils must factor many other critical elements.

Join these presenters to learn about why and how they have chosen to operate on Vancouver Island and to explore how to develop compelling business cases to attract ‘Made for VI’ businesses to add to the local economy.
•    Pedro Marquez, VP, Royal Roads University, Moderator
•    Greg Engel, CEO, Tilray
•    Pat Deakin, EDO, City of Port Alberni

3.  Mature Business Round Table
     Sponsored by Small Business BC
With ‘StartUps,’ ‘New Innovations’ and ‘New Entrepreneurs’ trending, pausing to connect with our roots and to learn from the experience and wisdom of companies that have endured on Vancouver Island provides insight into achieving sustainable business growth. This panel showcases the evolution of five local businesses that
started 12+ years ago and have notable success in local, regional or global markets. From acquisition to training centre, to shareholder restructure, hear the business stories from the people empowering the success of mature Media, Environmental Consulting, First Nations Economic Development, Construction & Technology companies.

4. Which Way Is Up? - Balancing Business Friendly Land Use with Long-Term  
     Community Goals 

     Sponsored by Vancouver Island Real Estate Board
When new development interests collide with high vacancies in existing inventory, how is ‘business friendly’ defined? When one community’s gain in tax base is a neighbouring community’s loss, what does the region actually achieve? This session explores what is possible when inter-municipal collaboration takes a long-term view; but also explores the challenges with actually making that happen on the ground.
 
There are no easy answers to the “sprawl vs. density” dichotomy; but maybe it’s not a dichotomy after all! Come hear what this panel of seasoned experts has to say about what they have learned, what challenges persist, and collaborative efforts that may help. Join our panel of experts in their 'point/counterpoint' discussion.
12:00 pm
Closing Luncheon with Premier Sponsor MNP
12:00 pm Closing Luncheon with Premier Sponsor MNP
A First - Annual Report on the Island Economy
The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance will release its first ever 'State of the Island' Economic Report at the Summit Closing Luncheon.

For nine years the Economic Alliance has been hosting the annual 'State of the Island' Economic Summit where hundreds of people gather to network, compare notes, learn of emerging trends, opportunities, and to explore solutions to nagging problems. Several times the Summit's plenary agenda has featured presentations from prominent economists reporting on the Canadian and BC economies while extrapolating implications for Vancouver Island from these broader numbers.

The Economic Alliance has long held a desire to produce an annual report specific to the Island economy but has not had the financial means to accomplish the task until now. This project is made possible because of the initiative and sponsorship of MNP and by additional sponsorship from the Nanaimo AirportCoastal Community Credit UnionBC FerriesBC Hydro, and the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

Susan Mowbray, a Senior Economist with MNP's Economics and Research Consulting Practice will be the keynote presenter at the Summit Dinner.

Each Summit delegate will receive a copy of the State of the Island Report.

2:00 PM
9th annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit concludes.
2:00 PM 9th 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 bonus session scheduled for 2:30-5:30pm of specific interest to people from the mid-Island region involved in tourism
  • Cruise Industry – Opportunities for the Central Island Region- The cruise industry has a significant economic impact on central Vancouver Island communities and represents an opportunity for future tourism growth
    and repeat visits. Future growth and success will rely on the collaborative
    efforts of community partners in the region. The Nanaimo Port Authority
    and Tourism Nanaimoinvite you to attend this workshop to learn more
    about industry trends, the economic impact of cruise visitation to our region
    and how you can play a role in, and benefit from, the industry’s growth.
    Presenters include: Lesley Anderson, Executive Director, Tourism Nanaimo, Bernie Dumas, President & CEO, Nanaimo Port Authority, Richard Lewis
    Director, Sector and Tourism Product Management, Destination BC, Neil Malbon General Manager, McLean Mill National Historic Site & Alberni Pacific Railway, Donna Spalding Director of Administration, Cruise Lines International Association - North West & Canada (CLIA-NWC), Moderator Jane McIvor
    Publisher, BC Shipping News

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is currently being planned. 

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2015 Economic Summit
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The 10th Anniversary State of the Island Economic Summit will convene at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Wednesday & Thursday, October 26 & 27, 2016.  

The 2016 program is being developed. See below for the program outline from the 2015 summit.
 
2015 Program Outline
Details are clickable below.

Follow us on Twitter - #VISummit 

Wednesday, October 28 - Day One
10:30 AM
Tradeshow Opens
12:00 PM
Opening Luncheon with Canadian Western Bank
1:30 PM
Four Concurrent Sessions:
3:00 PM
Tradeshow - Networking Break
3:30 PM
Four Concurrent Sessions
5:00 PM
Tradeshow Cocktails – Networking
6:30 PM
Summit Dinner with Platinum Sponsor NEDC
Thursday, October 29 - Day Two
7:00 AM
Tradeshow Opens
7:30 AM
Breakfast Presentation with VIU
9:00 AM
Four Concurrent Sessions:
10:00 AM
Tradeshow – Networking Break
10:30 AM
Four Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm
Closing Luncheon with Premier Sponsor MNP
2:00 PM
9th annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit concludes.
10:30 AM Tradeshow Opens
Meet with more than 30 sponsors and exhibitors while networking with hundreds of delegates as the 2015 Economic Summit begins - 10:30 til noon.

We are also offering two concurrent bonus sessions scheduled for 8:30-10:30am prior to the official opening of the Summit Tradeshow:
  • LNG BuyBC- This session with LNG BuyBC Advocate, Gordon Wilson, will build on previous information to provide those who attend with details regarding related business opportunities.
  • AHOY BC- This session with Michael McLaughlin of AHOY BC and David Mailloux of the Nanaimo Port Authority, will showcase data on the marine tourism sector, across regions of Vancouver Island, identify opportunities for growth and how businesses and communities can benefit from marketing initiatives.
Confirmed Exhibitors Include:
MNP
North VI Aboriginal Training Society
Hemlock Printers Ltd.
Coast Outdoor Advertising Ltd. 
Aboriginal Business Match
Steelhead LNG
The Network Hub
Social Media Camp
Southern Rail
Taiji Brand Group
WorkBC
VI Social Innovation Zone 

12:00 PM Opening Luncheon with Canadian Western Bank
Tech Entrepreneur Peng-Sang Cau is Keynote Presenter for the Opening Luncheon.

Peng Sang Cau, President and CEO of Transformix Engineering, founded the company in 1995 with three engineers and has guided its transition from a local provider of engineering services to international supplier of Advanced Automation Solution.

Her Summit address, sponsored by Canadian Western Bank, will focus on the importance of manufacturing in a healthy economy.

1:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions:
1. The State of Retail on Vancouver Island
     Sponsored by Array Web & Creative
With grocery store chains jockeying for market share, the demise of a few big boxes, and the continual growth of e-commerce as well as the on-going challenges facing the unique “Mom & Pop” stores, it is an interesting time for Vancouver Island retail.  As a barometer for economic health and consumer confidence as well as both a major employer and municipal tax payer, this session takes a look at the importance of a healthy retail industry on Vancouver Island.
•    Dave Mills, Manager, Northwest Properties VI, Moderator
•    Graham Smith, Senior Vice-President, Colliers International 
•    Richard Antonchuk, Owner/Operator, Alberni Outpost 
•    Tyler Large, Owner/Operator, Country Grocer 

2. PNP Changes & Opportunities
    Sponsored by HA Photography
The B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is committed to attract the best and brightest workers and entrepreneurs to meet B.C.’s unique economic and labour market needs.  The BC PNP has recently undertaken a redesign process that included program improvements to increase operating efficiency, maintain strong outcomes, and position the program for future growth. This session will provide an update on recent changes and outline future plans for continuous program improvements to ensure BC PNP continues to be a key tool to support the province’s workforce development and economic growth.
•    Erin Seeley, Executive Director, BC Provincial Nominee Program, BC Ministry of
     Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

3. Social Innovation in the Business Sector
     Sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union
Business is increasingly finding a role to play in social innovation using business models to address social or environmental causes. An experienced panel of community-minded business leaders will speak to their inspiration, challenges around financing their operations, and how they collaborate with other sectors. A discussion will follow on the potential for social innovation through the business sector in BC and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
•    Fiona Friesen, Communications Specialist, Glue Solutions, Moderator
•    Melanie Cadden, General Manager, COCO Cafe 
•    Lee Herrin, Executive Director, Fernwood NRG 
•    Brian Roberts, Executive Director, Cowichan Energy Alternatives 

4. Our Forests - A Renewable Resource with Untapped Potential
     Sponsored by Island Radio
The coastal forest industry and on Vancouver Island has become concentrated in producing three main products, logs, pulp and dimensional lumber for export. Incremental technological improvements to efficiency help hold onto market share but do little to improve the corporate bottom line or the local economy.  

In Europe, where the over-arching goal is to maximize the value added potential of wood fibre, a very different industry has evolved. Integration of forestry and manufacturing as well as innovation in development and use of products like cross laminated timber (CLT) and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) have revolutionized the construction industry in Europe. The potential for industry diversification is vast. BUT…
 
A large gap exists between what could be and what is. We need opportunity analysis, regulatory change, partnerships, investment and commitment to building a new generation of forest products on Vancouver Island—economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
 
This session will explore the opportunities and challenges in moving to a new reality of forest products manufacturing.
3:30 PM Four Concurrent Sessions
1. First Nations Aquaculture
    Sponsored by BC Salmon Farmers Association
Aquaculture of marine protein will be essential to global food security.  Population growth, demographics, climate change impacts and consumer demand will drive up seafood prices. Globally, as well as in BC, investors have recognized this opportunity and are buying into aquaculture.

BC aquaculture is export driven providing sustainable long-term jobs in coastal and First Nations communities. Aquaculture is knowledge intensive, with constant innovation, providing living wages and now employing 2nd generation farmers.  Aquaculture has become part of the BC coastal fabric.

What does this opportunity mean to First Nations?  Come and listen first-hand to the stories of three First Nations aquaculture initiatives; the history of development, the partnerships, business arrangements, financing, progress to date, challenges and what the future holds.  
•    Don Tillapuagh, Director, Centre for Shellfish Research, VIU, Moderator
•    Sam Bowman,
CEO, Coastal Shellfish 
•    Larry Greba,
Director, Kitasoo Band businesses 
•    Garry Ullstrom,
CEO, Kuterra 

2. Workforce Strategies & Solutions
     Sponsored by Chartered Professional Accountants BC
Over the last few years, the Provincial Government has been active in creating and maintaining programs to support the local economy, business owners and job seekers. Topics of Workforce Strategies/Solutions panel will be the Canada-BC Job Grant and other initiatives supported through the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, the Wage Subsidy and Community and Employment Partnerships programs (administered through the Employment Program of BC) and other initiatives that support employers and communities grow.
•    Cheryl Dill, Executive Director, Career Centre, Moderator
•    Nichola Manning,
ADM, Employment & Labour Market Services Division, Ministry of        Social Development & Social Innovation 
•    Jack Tieleman, CEO, Global Vocational Services 
•    Scott MacDonald,
ADM, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Development 

3. Ideas Ignite - Exploring the Island's Entrepreneurial X Factor
    Sponsored by Douglas Magazine
Douglas magazine editor-in-chief Kerry Slavens hosts an exciting and provocative panel of entrepreneurial leaders who will talk about how "edge theory" applies to entrepreneurship on Vancouver Island, why we need maximum agility to thrive in the age of rapid change, and what X factor Island businesses need to succeed. Learn from local leaders in 3D technology, startup acceleration, transportation and digital engagement.
•    Kerry Slavens,
Editor-in Chief, Douglas Magazine– Moderator
•    John Wilson,
CEO & Co-Owner, Wilson’s Transportation Ltd.
•    Ryan Palibroda,
Co-Owner, Alleles Design Studio
•    Rebecca Kirstein,
Entrepreneur, MIX Victoria, The Freebird Collectiveand
     Business As Usua
l
•   Jim Hayhurst,
CEO, Pretio Interactive
   
4. Can We Make It? - Growing specialty manufacturing to strengthen the Island economy
     Sponsored by Island Coastal Economic Trust
Vancouver Island has a quiet manufacturing sector that contributes significantly to our economy. From robotics to water systems, from medical products to air compressors, from fishing gear to marine lighting systems some of these low-profile companies are dominant in their markets.

While our Island is unlikely to ever rival the world’s manufacturing power centres, plenty of opportunity exists for expansion in this sector with better understanding of what leads to success, what barriers inhibit growth, and how industry and government can work together to achieve results.

This panel of experts will share their perspectives and explore ideas for enhancing manufacturing potential on the Island.
•   Peng-Sang Cau, CEO, Transformix Engineering, Moderator
•    Stuart Coker,
Director of Operational Excellence, VMAC Global Technologies Inc.
•    Bill Collins,
COO, Quester Tangent
•    Scott Phillips,
CEO, StarFish Medical
6:30 PM Summit Dinner with Platinum Sponsor NEDC
The Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, is Keynote Presenter for the Summit Dinner.

Christy Clark was sworn in for her second term as British Columbia’s 35th Premier on June 10, 2013 and was elected Westside-Kelowna MLA on July 10, 2013.
 
Re-elected with an even larger majority, Premier Clark is unwavering in her focus to protect and create jobs on Vancouver Island and throughout B.C. with her plan for a strong economy and secure tomorrow.
 
Her proven commitment to controlling spending has led B.C. back to an era of balanced budgets. Her plan to continue growing a diverse economy with diverse markets includes working to seize the natural gas opportunity, fighting for economic development in every corner of our province, expanding international and overseas trade, and strengthening skills training to make sure British Columbians are first in line for the jobs that will come..

Her Summit address, is sponsored by the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation.
 
7:30 AM Breakfast Presentation with VIU
First BC Shqwi qwal is Keynote Presenter for the Summit Breakfast.

As Shqwi qwal (‘speaker’ in the Hulquminum language), Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is charged with facilitating dialogue between BC’s First Nations, government and industry to foster understanding and help build partnerships. Nearing the completion of his first year in this position, Chief Atleo will provide insights from roundtable discussions with industry, government and First Nations leaders focused on opportunities for mutual benefit in our evolving society and economy.

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is a Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation, first elected in 2009 as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and re-elected in 2012 with an overwhelming majority of support from First Nations across Canada. Before that he served two terms as the regional chief of the BC AFN.

In 2014, Premier Christy Clark named Chief Atleo to head BC's first Shqwi qwal for Indigenous Dialogue. The Shqwi qwal office is housed within VIU’s new Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation.

His Summit address, is sponsored by Vancouver Island University
9:00 AM Four Concurrent Sessions:
 1. Show Me the Money? Accessing Capital Workshop
    Sponsored by Nanaimo Daily News
Discover ways to finance your business and learn about the different sources of capital. Hear from experts on options from bootstrapping, angel investment, crowdfunding, government grants, and bank loans.

At the end of this interactive workshop, small and medium sized businesses looking for start-up or expansion capital will walk away with an understanding of the financing options available to them, how to make their business “funding ready”, how to prepare a pitch or proposal that will attract the money needed to advance their business, and how to avoid common mistakes when sourcing capital. They will also have a list of resources and materials they can access after the workshop to help put their capital-raising plans into action.
•    Ted Olak, Director, Growth & Transition Capital, BDC Capital, Moderator
•    Eric Kaas, Innovation Advisor, Concierge--Government of Canada 
•    Alixe B. Cormick, Principal, Venture Law Corporation 
•    Trevor Palmquist, President, Risk Management Association – Vancouver Island
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2.Tackling the Downside of the Tourism Upswing   
    Sponsored by Vancouver Island Conference Centre
With the boom in tourism in British Columbia many employers once again face real labour challenges—’Visitor Boom’ and ‘Staffing Gloom.’ In several communities the reality of Closed due to Staffing Shortage is already a reality. Hear from three prominent Vancouver Island tourism and hospitality operators about how they are tackling the labour challenges in BC’s tourism industry.
•    Christine Willow, Principal, Chemistry Consulting, COO GT Hiring Solutions, 
      Moderator
•    Arlene Keis, Go2HR
•    Kate Dodd, VP of Finance, HR and Employees Safety, Mount Washington Alpine Resort
•    Melody McLorie, HR Manager, Wickanninish Inn
•    John Reese, Vice-President & COO, The Truffles Group

3. Can We Get There From Here? – Updates on Intermodal Transportation
     Sponsored by SW Audio & Visual
During the past two years VIEA has initiated and fostered dialogue amongst transportation stakeholders focused on how to turn an economic liability (our Island location) into a strategic advantage. In March, VIEA produced a video showcasing transportation initiatives on Vancouver Island and hosted a sold-out forum on the topic in Victoria. In April, VIEA again addressed the topic with local government representatives gathered for the annual AVICC Conference in Courtenay. This panel will report on progress being realized on some of these ambitious transportation projects. The dialogue continues...

Other transportation related sessions at the Summit include: AHOY BC8:30am (Pre-Summit) Wednesday, October 28 and Cruise Industry2:30pm (Post-Summit) Thursday, October 29. 


4. Beyond Boundaries
    Sponsored by FortisBC
Across the Island, small communities and First Nations are uncovering new ways to work together on economic development strategies. By pooling resources and drawing on the capacity that exists regionally rather than each trying to go it alone, larger, better, and more sophisticated projects are possible.

In this 'Beyond Boundaries' session, stakeholders will share stories on how small communities and First Nations are unleashing economic potential by taking a regional approach. Panelists will focus on the catalysts that brought them to the start line, the processes which led to their success, and perhaps most important, the things they will likely never do again!
•    Line Robert, CEO, Island Coastal Economic Trust, Moderator
•    Dallas Smith- President Nanwakolas Council, Board of Directors ICET
•    Josie Osborne- Mayor of Tofino
•    William Trousdale, President & Senior Planner, EcoPlan International
•    Sharon Gordon, Council Member, Namgis First Nation
•    Iris Frank, Administrator, Ucluelet First Nation
•    Micheal Berry, Mayor, Alert Bay

10:30 AM Four Concurrent Sessions
1. Policy or Passion? Capital or Calamity?
    Sponsored by CTV
What makes Festivals & Events attractive to some and repulsive to others? Join this session for a thought provoking discussion with industry leaders about the value and challenges of the Festivals & Events sector Vancouver Island.

2.  Made for VI Businesses
      Sponsored by Tilray
Smart business people do not choose a home for their new or expanding enterprise on a whim. They require compelling reasons to locate and invest. We Islanders might like to think that lifestyle alone will attract business investment and jobs, but while our quality of life is broadly appealing, decision-makers with sharp pencils must factor many other critical elements.

Join these presenters to learn about why and how they have chosen to operate on Vancouver Island and to explore how to develop compelling business cases to attract ‘Made for VI’ businesses to add to the local economy.
•    Pedro Marquez, VP, Royal Roads University, Moderator
•    Greg Engel, CEO, Tilray
•    Pat Deakin, EDO, City of Port Alberni

3.  Mature Business Round Table
     Sponsored by Small Business BC
With ‘StartUps,’ ‘New Innovations’ and ‘New Entrepreneurs’ trending, pausing to connect with our roots and to learn from the experience and wisdom of companies that have endured on Vancouver Island provides insight into achieving sustainable business growth. This panel showcases the evolution of five local businesses that
started 12+ years ago and have notable success in local, regional or global markets. From acquisition to training centre, to shareholder restructure, hear the business stories from the people empowering the success of mature Media, Environmental Consulting, First Nations Economic Development, Construction & Technology companies.

4. Which Way Is Up? - Balancing Business Friendly Land Use with Long-Term  
     Community Goals 

     Sponsored by Vancouver Island Real Estate Board
When new development interests collide with high vacancies in existing inventory, how is ‘business friendly’ defined? When one community’s gain in tax base is a neighbouring community’s loss, what does the region actually achieve? This session explores what is possible when inter-municipal collaboration takes a long-term view; but also explores the challenges with actually making that happen on the ground.
 
There are no easy answers to the “sprawl vs. density” dichotomy; but maybe it’s not a dichotomy after all! Come hear what this panel of seasoned experts has to say about what they have learned, what challenges persist, and collaborative efforts that may help. Join our panel of experts in their 'point/counterpoint' discussion.
12:00 pm Closing Luncheon with Premier Sponsor MNP
A First - Annual Report on the Island Economy
The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance will release its first ever 'State of the Island' Economic Report at the Summit Closing Luncheon.

For nine years the Economic Alliance has been hosting the annual 'State of the Island' Economic Summit where hundreds of people gather to network, compare notes, learn of emerging trends, opportunities, and to explore solutions to nagging problems. Several times the Summit's plenary agenda has featured presentations from prominent economists reporting on the Canadian and BC economies while extrapolating implications for Vancouver Island from these broader numbers.

The Economic Alliance has long held a desire to produce an annual report specific to the Island economy but has not had the financial means to accomplish the task until now. This project is made possible because of the initiative and sponsorship of MNP and by additional sponsorship from the Nanaimo AirportCoastal Community Credit UnionBC FerriesBC Hydro, and the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

Susan Mowbray, a Senior Economist with MNP's Economics and Research Consulting Practice will be the keynote presenter at the Summit Dinner.

Each Summit delegate will receive a copy of the State of the Island Report.

2:00 PM 9th 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 bonus session scheduled for 2:30-5:30pm of specific interest to people from the mid-Island region involved in tourism
  • Cruise Industry – Opportunities for the Central Island Region- The cruise industry has a significant economic impact on central Vancouver Island communities and represents an opportunity for future tourism growth
    and repeat visits. Future growth and success will rely on the collaborative
    efforts of community partners in the region. The Nanaimo Port Authority
    and Tourism Nanaimoinvite you to attend this workshop to learn more
    about industry trends, the economic impact of cruise visitation to our region
    and how you can play a role in, and benefit from, the industry’s growth.
    Presenters include: Lesley Anderson, Executive Director, Tourism Nanaimo, Bernie Dumas, President & CEO, Nanaimo Port Authority, Richard Lewis
    Director, Sector and Tourism Product Management, Destination BC, Neil Malbon General Manager, McLean Mill National Historic Site & Alberni Pacific Railway, Donna Spalding Director of Administration, Cruise Lines International Association - North West & Canada (CLIA-NWC), Moderator Jane McIvor
    Publisher, BC Shipping News