December 2012

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The Pulse
December 2012

Dear (Contact First Name),

Wow, what a year.  2012 is coming to a close and I have to say it has been one of the most exiting times for the association.  Whether it has been our successful summit, growth in BC BusinessCounts, launch of OpportunitiesBC, assistance to Burns Lake, TIR Receptions and Tours, Minister's dinner or some other activity, we hope that you have at least been able to participate in some way.

2013 will also be an interesting year as we take on new projects with the Ministry, host our Annual Summit in June, develop and implement new initiatives for our members and more.  We will also all go through a provincial election and we will be ready to make sure that we can continue to meet the needs of our members and to be part of growing BC's economic future.

I personally am very excited to see the arrival of Ashleigh's baby, plus two new grandchilden (so far - one in May and one in July) for me, and the wedding of my daughter Jolene in July.  Will be a busy year. 

On behalf of "BCEDA" I want to wish you all a great Christmas and a most prosperous and successful new year.

See you in January.
Dale Wheeldon, President & CEO

2013 Membership Renewals
The 2013 Membership renewals have now been distributed.  We appreciate your ongoing membership and we look forward to another year of providing you with all things economic development! You will notice that the renewal forms are editable to allow you to easily make any required adjustments. Please contact Laurie at, if you have any questions or for any additional information. 

Invest in B.C. Magazine
Invest in BC Magazine 

If you haven't already purchased your ad in the 2013 EDABC Invest in BC magazine, time is running out! The BC Jobs Plan and other important economic development activities in BC, including BC BusinessCounts, 2013's publication will no doubt be one of the best ever published.


OpportunitiesBC Webinar


Event:  OpportunitiesBC Teleconference and Online Meeting

Hosted by:  Economic Development Association of British Columbia and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

When:  Tuesday 15 January 2013, 1:30-3:00 pm

Invitees:  all Economic Development Officers are welcome

How:  see audio information and online meeting details below


Don't miss this teleconference and online meeting where you'll learn more about OpportunitiesBC, an online searchable database of business opportunities suitable for investment, and how it can help you create economic stimulus in your community.  Hear about upcoming changes and how they will affect you.  Got some ideas for enhancements?  Drop us a line, we'd love to hear from you. 

Since its launch in September 2012, the website has been streamlined and is easier for business and prospective investors to use.  With more than 600 opportunities listed, and more to come, the EDOs play a critical role in helping businesses find a good match for the buyer or investor they need.  During the meeting, we'll talk about best practices, the vetting process and capacity issues.  What can be done to better support you and how can we establish clear lines of communications?

To make sure we address your needs, we would like you to share any ideas you might have before the meeting.  Just email them to, and we'll add as many as we can to the agenda. 

Please mark off 1:30-3:00 pm Tuesday 15 January 2013 on your calendar to attend the online Opportunities meeting by teleconference and Live Meeting.  In order to maximize time during the meeting, please be ready to go by 1:30 pm.  Connection details are below:

Join the meeting:

Audio Information

Telephone conferencing - Use the information below to connect:

Toll-free: +1 (877) 353-9184

Toll: +1 (604) 681-0260

Participant code: 2858418

First Time Users: To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

Troubleshooting: Unable to join the meeting? Follow these steps:

1.   Copy this address and paste it into your web browser:

 2.   Copy and paste the required information:

Meeting ID: PBSZ3P

Entry Code: 8&xW9gC


If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact support

Telkwa Nominated as a Finalist
Congratulations to Telkwa! The Judging Panel of the 2012 United Nations Liveable Communities Awards competition has selected the Village of Telkwa as a finalist for the 2012 LivCom Award.  The awards were held from November 22nd to 26th, 2012, in AlAin, United Arab Emirates. 

 Visit to view the nominated video.

2013 Aboriginal Business Match

ABM 2013 is co-hosted by the Penticton Indian Band and takes place in Penticton, BC from Monday, February 18 to Thursday, February 21 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.


Aboriginal Business Match turns opportunities into business by matching First Nations with Exhibitors.


 Click here for more information. 

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In This Issue
2013 Membership Renewals
Invest in BC Magazine 2013
OpportunitiesBC Webinar
Telkwa Nominated
Aboriginal Business Match

EDABC Benefits Program
Working with our partners at ICBA Benefit Services, EDABC has developed a comprehensive benefits program for members of EDABC.  You may also pass this information on to your board members and local companies as an option they may wish to consider.  We only ask that you make sure they ask that EDABC be credited when signing up and perhaps purchase a membership in EDABC.   

This program is available to EDO's and staff, private consultants, development companies, small businesses and anyone else that may have an interest in supporting the economic growth of our Province.  This plan is competitively priced and is available to any sized company.  


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