• BC Chamber Insight: 10/30/2019

    SEPTEMBER 2019 — IN THIS ISSUE: We're celebrating: UNDRIP-based Legislation, improved access to justice, and accurate pollsters
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    Making History


    New Legislation Signals Start of Long-Term Journey Toward Reconciliation

     
    BC Chamber CEO Val Litwin was in Victoria last week to witness Minister Scott Fraser introducing new legislation that will create a framework for reconciliation for the BC Government. 

     "We’re optimistic about the potential here—the legislation introduced today will likely advance reconciliation and equity, and also provide greater certainty for the business community over time.”  says Val Litwin, President & CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce.

    Read the BC Chamber's full response.

     

    Who made the best prediction for #elxn43?

     

    Bruce Anderson did. And he’s coming to dinner Nov. 6

     
    For 30 years, Canadian pollster Bruce Anderson of Abacus data has designed and analyzed public opinion surveys. 

    And, on Nov. 6 he’s hosting our Collective Perspective Dinner. Together with BC’s Deputy Ministers, we’ll gather insight from BC businesses on their vision for our economy. Get your tickets now. 

    Policy Win! 


    In recent weeks, The BC government moved forward with several initiatives that aim to improve access to justice in BC—a direct reflection of two policies that have been on the BC Chamber’s books since 2017—namely:  "We've been participating in the Access to Justice BC Network for two years, providing influence on how resources in the justice system are allocated," says Dan Baxter, BC Chamber's Director of Policy.

    The details
    In October, The Province made a significant investment in legal aid—expanding the availability of attorneys across BC. To improve efficiency of our court system, the government also launched a Court Digital Transformation Strategy, and also expanded its online divorce assistance, making the no-contest service now available to divorcing couples with children.

    As part of its ICBC reforms, the Province also moved to direct ICBC disputes under $50,000 to a Civil Resolution Tribunal. The Province also added new courthouse services to help resolve family disputes and civil lawsuits more efficiently, and resolve disputes outside of court, while providing increased funding for registry staff, sheriffs and other essential court services.

    Mindful & Grow Partner

     

     

    Clean Energy—Courtesy of Woodfibre LNG

     
    Woodfibre LNG will be the cleanest LNG export project in the world. The site’s access to renewable BC Hydro electricity means they can reduce GHG’s by 80%. Access to renewable energy means annual greenhouse gas emissions (per tonne, per tonne of LNG) will be .0059. The next best is LNG Canada at .15. 

     
    We are excited to partner with The Art Of to provide our members with an exclusive offer for The Art of Leadership. This one-day event returns to Vancouver on December 2nd. Featured speakers include; Marcus Buckingham, Neil Pasricha, Dr. Liane Davey, Robert Richman and Ron Tite. 
    Learn more, and Register using promo code BCCC19 and save $100 per pass.
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    Last Call: Collective Perspective Survey Closes Soon


    We've heard from close to 1500 businesses so far, and are excited to share the results at our Collective Perspective Dinner on Nov. 6. 

    Sneak peek: You're saying that the availability of workers is a major issue. And, 66% of you are offering higher wages to compete for workers. You're also working more than you would like to.

    What about your business?

    Take the Collective Perspective Survey now.

    BC Chamber in the News


    We've been making headlines!

    October. 29, The Pique

    Whistler Chamber urges local businesses, staff to participate in comprehensive B.C. business survey

    October. 28, NationTalk

    BC Chamber Applauds New Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act

    View full media report. Use the password "BCMindReader".
    HINT: Click the small dots on the left of the report to navigate through the sections!
     

    Upcoming Events

     

     

    November 6, 2019 | Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

    BC's 2019-20 Collective Perspective Dinner

    Join BC’s business community at this annual Vancouver dinner—featuring one of Canada’s most respected pollsters, Bruce Anderson.
     

    November 21, 2019 | Microsoft, 725 Granville, Vancouver, BC

    #TradeTalks2019 

    Is it time to scale up? Join us for a one-day summit designed to help British Columbia SMEs step up their export game! Our theme this year Scaling Up: Time to Export features expert keynotes, resources, success-story panels and an interactive lunch with BC’s Consuls General lunch so you can capture intel on your next target market. See full agenda. 
     
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