The sharing economy brings exciting new business models to the province, however Chambers are urging measures to ensure a level playing field for existing B.C. businesses.
Karen Hawes is senior vice-president, culture and technology for Interior Savings Credit Union, responsible for 22 multi-community locations throughout the Interior, including Kamloops, South Okanagan, Merritt and the North Thompson region.
Tackling B.C.'s affordable housing crisis - particularly in the Lower Mainland - is critical to the attraction and retention of businesses and talent in the region.
Kristine Simpson is an assurance partner at BDO Canada LLP based in Vancouver. She is BDO’s industry leader for the not-for-profit and education sectors and works extensively with housing, health, and community service providers, including their funding agents such as municipalities, health authorities, and other large public sector bodies.
Kristine has over 20 years of experience working in public practice. She has helped her clients with numerous projects including strategic initiatives, capital projects, governance and internal controls, compliance, and program performance.
Josh Bach is a lawyer in Abbotsford, with Integra Law Group, handling Wills and Estates (including powers of attorney and representation agreements), Real Estate (residential), and Corporate and Business law (including contracts and closely-held corporations). Josh practiced law in Ontario for over 25 years (15 in his own practice in Hamilton) before relocating to Abbotsford in 2006.
A hike to a $15 minimum wage in B.C. would negatively impact many B.C. small businesses.
Mobility pricing for B.C.'s urban centres would both raise vital funds for transportation infrastructure and manage traffic demand so as to alleviate congestion.
Dave Butler is a registered professional forester and biologist, and is the Director of Sustainability for Canadian Mountain Holidays LP. CMH is the world’s first and largest heli-skiing and heli-hiking company with operations throughout south-central BC. His role with CMH includes government relations, community relations and land and resource management.
Previous to his role with the BC Chamber of Commerce, Val served as CEO of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce for three years. During this time, he grew its membership base, launched a world-class educational partnership with the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria (which was featured on Forbes.com) and reinvigorated the Chamber’s brand to the point where Whistler had one of the fastest growing membership bases last year.
In 2007, Val co-founded a first-to-market concept, Blo Blow Dry Bar, which has since grown to more than 70 locations worldwide.
Moira Green is a committed professional with close ties to community and, since 1994, she has been proud to call the Peace Country her home.
In 2014, Moira joined the City of Fort St. John as economic development officer. Prior to that, from 2010 to 2014, she served as the managing director of the North Peace Regional Airport where she was accountable executive and steward of our community asset. Her background also includes 13 years with B.C. credit unions.