Business Development Forum | January 31, 2017

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Boost your Business Development Game with BC's Brightest Minds

Better Tools. Better Insights. Better Partnerships.

Featuring a day of captivating keynotes, including Canadian Chamber CEO Honourable Perrin Beatty and First Nations leader Ellis Ross, this Forum will help you unlock B.C.’s the potential of B.C.’s natural resource sector for YOUR business. 

What is the future of BC’s natural resource sector? How does your business tap into that potential? How do we create shared prosperity in partnership with our First Nations?  If you are a small to medium- sized enterprise, this is B.C.’s premier business development conference and should not be missed! 

Hosted in partnership with the BC and Prince George Chambers of Commerce, this year’s Forum will focus on creating more collaborative relationships with First Nations. Inspiring First Nations leader, Ellis Ross will offer deep insight on this topic.

Key takeaways from the day:

  • How to build more collaborative relationships with First Nations
  • A deeper understanding of BC's resource industries and how they relate to the Canadian economy
  • Techniques around how to create more effective business and team partnerships 

Event Agenda:

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Chamber of Commerce Opening Remarks
9:20 AM - 10:00 AM Today - Tomorrow - The Resource Sector in the Region, Country and Internationally
10:05 AM - 10:45 AM Networking Business Development Break
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Diversity of thought- all voices matter: Diane Bourret, Supervisor Recruitment, & Classification City of Prince George, Accredited Insights Facilitator, ACC and CPCC
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Lunch - Key Note Address Ellis Ross, past Chief Councilor of the Haisla Nation
1:20 PM - 2:00 PM Joint Venture Partnerships with First Nations: Kenny Ansems, CPA, CA, CAFM, Provincial Director of Aboriginal Services, BC/Yukon, MNP LLP
2:05  PM - 2:20 PM Refreshment Break
2:25 PM - 3:20 PM Business climate in the Region and across the Country - Perrin Beatty, CEO Canadian Chamber of Commerce
3:25 PM - 3:30 PM Closing Remarks

For more information on speakers, sessions and registration, please visit the Prince George Chamber website here.

Keynote Speaker Profiles

Ellis Ross, past Chief Councilor of the Haisla Nation

Ellis Ross was elected a full-time Councilor of the Haisla Nation in 2003. During his nine years as a Councilor, he began to focus on Aboriginal rights and title and economic development issues.
In 2011 he was elected Chief Councilor of the Haisla Nation and was re-elected in 2013 by acclamation. He recently left his position as Chief to pursue a role in Provincial politics. 
In 2012, BC Business magazine named Mr. Ross to “BC’s Power 50,” and Canadian Business magazine in 2013 named him one of the 50 Canadians who exert the most influence on the country’s business climate and community.

The Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Perrin is the principal spokesperson advocating the policy positions of the Canadian Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, the media and the general public. Perrin has served on a number of Canadian government advisory committees, is a member of the advisory council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and is a member of the board of directors of the Canadian International Council and of Mitsui Canada. 


The 2017 Business Development Forum is proudly sponsored by:

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