BC Chamber 2019 AGM & Conference

Cue the smoke machines. AGM registration is now open. Join chambers from across BC as we “crank it to 11” and discuss the policies that will power our advocacy work in the year ahead.

Our network strength has always been our breadth and depth – so this year we’re celebrating the theme, Better Together, and our speakers and panelists will call attention to the Power of the Crowd.  

Check out our program.

Date: May 23-25th

Location (s): 

  • The Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel
    6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby BC
  • Element Hotel 
    5988 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC

Speakers & Panels

Rex Murphy

The one and only Rex Murphy is a trusted face and voice across Canadian media. His intellect and biting humour strike through the heart of profound political and social issues. Currently he writes and reports for CBC’s The National and is a columnist in the National Post. Full bio

JP Gladu

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto. His riveting talk will push you to consider how economic reconciliation is the cornerstone of Canada's future. Full bio

Vivian Krause

Vivian Krause is a researcher and writer based in Vancouver. Over the past ten years, she has traced the funding of activist groups that campaign against resource-based industries.  Full bio.

Perrin Beatty

The Honourable Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, 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. Full bio.

Carol Ann Hilton

Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO and Founder of The Indigenomics Institute. Carol Anne is a recognized First Nation’s business leader with an international master’s degree in business management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is of Nuu chah nulth descent from the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island. Full bio.

Crystal Smith

Crystal Smith is the Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation. She advocates for Haisla Nation-owned joint-venture partnerships for major projects in Haisla territory to provide rewarding work, educational opportunities, and skill enhancement for both today’s Haisla and future generations. Full bio.

Dr. Sarah Lubik

Dr. Sarah Lubik is SFU’s first Director of Entrepreneurship, promoting the power of interdisciplinary teams to solve wicked problems. She is the Executive Director of the Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship in the Beedie School of Business, co-Champion of the Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU program, and researches the entrepreneurial mindset, university entrepreneurship and support ecosystems. Full bio.

Joanna Buczkowska

Joanna is the Executive Director at League of Innovators, a Canadian charity, mandated to mobilize the next generation of leaders from discovery to acceleration. Through her work she has been at the forefront of youth and social entrepreneurship, and believes we can create enterprises that are not only profitable but create social and environmental value in the in our communities through their activities and their brands. Full bio.

Panel — Cutting Edge of the Ledge

Back by popular demand, our 'Cutting Edge of the Ledge' panel features CKNW's Simi Sara, Global BC's Keith Baldrey, Vancouver Sun's Vaughn Palmer, and is moderated by broadcasting legend Bill Good.

Panel & Keynote — Economic Reconciliation: The Cornerstone of Canada’s Future

Keynote: Jean Paul (JP) Gladu

This keynote will be followed by a panel featuring:

  • JP Gladu, CEO Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
  • Carol Ann Hilton, CEO & Founder, Indigenomics Institute
  • Crystal Smith, Chief Councillor, Haisla Nation

Panel: Time to talk with Gen Z

Gen Z (born between 1995-2015) are global, social, visual and technological. They are the most connected, educated and sophisticated generation ever.  But they’re also full of anxiety and uncertainty. We need to get to know them—fast, because they have influence beyond their years, and are the future workforce and entrepreneurs. We’re partnering with YELL Canada on a panel session — to find out what’s on their minds and glimpse into the personalities that are shaping the future economy.

This panel features:

  • Dr. Sarah Lubik, Director of Entrepreneurship, SFU
  • Joanna Buczkowska, Executive Director, League of Innovators

Book Your Hotel 

  • Hilton Vancouver Metrotown — $229/night
    • Rates valid from May 21 to May 25 (checkout May 26)

    • Discounted hotel rate details

    • Note: May 21 and 22 special rates arranged for those attending the BCCE event

  • Element Hotel — $245-305 per night