November 2014 - The Pulse

British Columbia Economic Development Association
Earlier this month we hosted the Western Economic Development Course in Richmond.  We had good turnout, and delegates were treated to informative sessions and invaluable networking opportunities.  If you were not able to join us, we urge you to consider attending next year.  
Listed within this edition of The Pulse you will find some exciting webinars from our partners, as well as upcoming events in the world of economic development.  It's a great time to be an economic developer in BC, and we wish you a productive end to your November as we bring on the holiday season. 

The BCEDA team

2015 BC Economic Summit
April 26 - 28, 2015
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Join economic development professionals, industry, First Nations, local governments, and others as we meet to discuss best practices in Economic Development as well as updates to BC`s Changing Economy.  More information will be available shortly.

2015 Invest in BC Magazine

Interested in increasing the visibility for your community or business? Invest in BC magazine helps business owners and managers make informed decisions by profiling each of B.C.'s eight economic regions. Informed articles highlight living conditions and current business trends along with informative graphs depicting economic data. Invest in BC provides an opportunity to present your products and services to firms entering British Columbia's market or expanding to other regions who are looking for new suppliers and partners. 

Discounted Rate for Conference Board Webinar

Each year, the Conference Board releases their Provincial Outlook Economic Forecasts, thoroughly researched documents by their team of economic experts that explain the many factors driving economic change in Canada, and the specific issues affecting each region.  They are very pleased to announce a special live webinar that aims to answer the question: Where is the economy for BC headed and how will your business plans be affected?   

The British Columbia Business Outlook Webinar: Recovery Taking Hold will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET.  You can attend this session for only $199... that's $100 in savings!  The fee gives you access to the live session and any materials released during the presentation. You can share the recorded webinar with your entire organization.  

To take advantage of these savings for yourself or a colleague, please visit their website.  You can also call them at 1-866-242-0075 or email  Don't forget to quote campaign code EXBCEDA


Small Business BC Awards

Small business owners have the opportunity to be recognized as one of BC's top entrepreneurs for their contribution to their local community and to the global economy as part of the Small Business BC Awards.


Nominations have already come in from Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kamloops, Kelowna, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Port Alberni, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, Vernon, Victoria, Whistler and Williams Lake, among others. 


SBBC welcomes you to nominate someone in your community for one the 10 award categories.  Nominations and voting are open from October 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014, and are accepted by both the business owners themselves and third-party nominations.


Learn More »

Build Connections With New Online Tool

ITA and WorkBC are excited to announce an exciting new way to connect apprentices and employers - with their online Apprentice Job Match tool on WorkBC's website.


The Introduction of this tool is part of ITA's increased efforts to better support apprentices through the apprenticeship pathway and to increase continuation and completion rates across the province.


This new tool will benefit both jobseekers and employers:

  • Jobseekers use Apprentice Job Match and identify as an apprentice, say Level 2 Electrician, and then search to see which employers in this province are looking to sponsor an apprentice in that particular trade and level.
  • Employers use Apprentice Job Match to add apprentice-specific information into your job posting, to help find the right apprentice for your workforce.

A Guidebook For Viable Values-Based Businesses

Businesses have a vital role to play in building a better world for people and the environment, and incorporating values into their operations achieves significant positive impacts in our communities, including:

  • Innovative products and services that build sustainable, resilient local economies and/or encourage market transformation (eg. Green products, local food enterprises)
  • Positive economic development in communities
  • Inclusive employment for marginalized populations
  • Products and services for underserved communities

Values-based businesses are shaped and led in all ways by community-focused values that guide how they use their resources, how they plan for the future and how they treat their constituents and employees.


Visit BCEDA online for the full eBook. 


Monthly Partner Profile

Vancouver Airport Authority is responsible for the development and maintenance of airport infrastructure, overseeing day-to-day operations at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and delivering a high-service, low-cost business model. In 1992, the Airport Authority took over the YVR leadership role from Transport Canada. A not-for-profit organization, the Airport Authority reinvests all earnings in airport development and improvements, and is governed by a community-based Board of Directors. To learn more visit Vancouver Airport Authority online here.


We would like to thank all of our partners for their generous support. For a full list, visit 
BCEDA Sponsorship Opportunities

Our 2015 sponsorship package has just been redesigned, and there has never been a better time to get involved with the BCEDA.  Increase your company's visibility, be recognized as a leader in corporate social responsibility, or network with key community reps who are influencing millions of dollars of spending in the BC Economy.  If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring the BCEDA please contact us today!