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.
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.
Driven by a passion for sustainability and authentic community inclusion in natural resource development, Michaela Bjorseth leads Community and Indigenous Engagement in North Eastern British Columbia for Enbridge Inc. Michaela focuses on balancing infrastructure projects and local community interests through dialogue, engagement, innovation and strategic collaboration.
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.
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