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April 2013


2013 BC Economic Summit:Making the Connection

Mark your calendar for the 2013 BC Economic Summit which will take place from June 23rd to 26th, 2013 at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver.


Early Bird Registration ends April 30th / 2013


Click here for Registration


Draft Agenda


Summit Speakers Presentations


Tourism Cowichan

                                     The Cowichan Valley Regional District -Tourism Cowichan, has produced a great new Promo video.


Good music, creative arts, an inclusive and diverse community that thrives on fresh food and delights in the stunning scenery which is a daily four seasons backdrop to life in The Cowichan - that is what inspired this short film.  


Click here to view video


      2013  BC Economic Development Awards -

                  Call for Entries Begins


The Economic Development Association of BC and BC Hydro's BC Economic Development Awards recognizes the province's best economic development marketing materials; programs and partnerships. These prestigious awards honour organizations and/or individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.  

There are 2 categories of awards:


Marketing Award:

                        - Communities < than 20,000 population

                        - Communities > than 20,000 population


Community Project Award:

                         - Communties < than 20,000 population

                         - Communities >than 20,000 population


Entry Fee: $60.00 + GST

Note: Must be an EDABC Member to be eligible for nomination.


Entry Deadline: April 31, 2013


Click here for the 2013 BC Economic Development Awards Package


Upcoming Courses
Coming Soon - Investment Development 101 Course
Limited to 25 registrants per Session
Special Offer for EDABC Members: $100.00 for the first person and $50.00 for all others from the same organization.
The Economic Development Association of BC is teaming up with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in order to bring its 2-day Investment Development 101 Course to Vancouver in April and again in June, following the BC Economic Summit.
The session is delivered by Bernard Lemay, PhD, Senior Advisor Investment Training at DFAIT, focused on providing participants with an overview of investment promotion, prospecting and services functions. It also provides a great networking opportunity and dynamic forum to discuss roles and responsibilities, while at the same time, consolidating federal, provincial/territorial, regional and local partnerships.
Dates: April 11-12, 2013
Richmond Sheraton Vancouver Airport
7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond/ Reservation Code 204867
Dates: June 27-28, 2013
Westin Bayshore
1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver / Reservation Code 204867
Cost: EDABC Members - $100.00 (includes lunch only on both days)  
EDABC Members who register more than one from your organization,rate will be reduced to $50.00.
Non Members - $125.00

Member Requests


One of our EDABC Members is wanting to draft a Terms of Reference regarding the formation of a Response Team, to be utilized when responding to some concerns of businesses and to also provide valuable feeedback to the organzation, to help guide the BRE initiative. 


If your community/organization is already effectively utilizing a Response Team, would you consider contacting Carol McGillivray at and copy to provide insight.



One of our Members is hoping to connect with an Economic Development office that has successfully created a Business Resource Centre.


 If you are able to assist with any information regarding the set up of a Business Resource Centre, please contact Kathy Lachman at and copy


Thank-you for your assistance


Quick Links
In This Issue
2013 BC Economic Summit
Tourism Cowichan
BC Economic Development Awards
Upcoming Courses
Member Requests

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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