2013 BMO Economic Outlook Forum: Fast Forward to the Future

Breakfast Keynote:
Doug Porter , Chief Economist, BMO Capital Markets
Political Panel:
The Honourable Michael de Jong, QC, Minister of Finance, Province of British Columbia
The Honourable Pat Bell , Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Province of British Columbia
Carole James, MLA, Victoria-Beacon Hill, Critic for Social Development
Bruce Ralston, MLA, Surrey-Whalley, Critic for Finance and Public Accounts
Moderated by: Rick Cluff, Host, CBC Radio One's Early Edition
Business Leader Panel:
Tamara Vrooman, CEO, Vancity Credit Union
Sue Paish, CEO, LifeLabs Inc.
Wynne Powell, President and CEO, London Drugs Ltd.
David Podmore, Chairman and CEO, Concert Properties Ltd.

Thu Jan 17, 2013 08:00 AM - Thu Jan 17, 2013 02:00 PM
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Doug Porter
For 24 years, The Vancouver Board of Trade's Economic Outlook Forum has been a barometer for business conditions in British Columbia. Hundreds of business owners and executives gather each January, to learn about the coming year's obstacles and opportunities from leading analysts, economists, and political leaders.

Join us January 17 and get a jump start on 2013. Gain timely and topical insight that will position your business for short and long-term success, even during volatile economic times, during this first moderated discussion of the 2013 B.C. Election lead up.

This year's roster of expert speakers includes breakfast keynote Doug Porter, Chief Economist for BMO Capital Markets, who was named Canada's top economic forecaster last year by Bloomberg News.  His presentation entitled "Where is the North American economy headed against the many cross-currents now buffeting the global outlook?". While the U.S. economy is still struggling to gather momentum and faces huge fiscal challenges, Europe is still grappling with its relentless debt crisis, and the emerging markets have broadly slowed. Meanwhile, Canada is facing a currency near par, fiscal restraint, a cooling housing market, and record household debt. Against this backdrop, what are the implications for the national and regional outlooks, as well as financial markets? Douglas Porter will address these topics and more in his round-up of the North American economic and financial update.

Pat Bell Carole James Bruce Ralston
Hon. Michael de Jong, QC Hon. Pat Bell, MLA Carole James MLA Bruce Ralston

Following the breakfast, join us for a political panel discussion featuring Michael de Jong, B.C.'s Minister of Finance and Pat Bell, B.C.'s Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, sharing the stage with Carole James, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill and Critic for Social Development, and Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley and Critic for Finance and Public Accounts. This stellar roster of speakers will be moderated by Rick Cluff, host of CBC Radio One's Early Edition and should provide for a spirited discussion.

Carole James Bruce Ralston
David Podmore Tamara Vrooman Sue Paish Wynne Powell

We'll round out the programming with a luncheon panel discussion, featuring the views of some of British Columbia's top business leaders:

  • David Podmore, Chairman and CEO, Concert Properties
  • Tamara Vrooman, CEO, Vancity Credit Union
  • Sue Paish, CEO, LifeLabs Inc.
  • Wynne Powell, President and CEO, London Drugs 

The Business Leader moderated panel will help bring the information to a practical level, providing you with the connections your business needs to be in the best position for the economic climate of 2013.

The Vancouver Board of Trade’s Women’s Leadership Circle will host a designated table at this event. If you would like to join that table and make meaningful connections with female business leaders, please answer “yes” when asked during the registration process.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013


Registration: 8:00 a.m.

Economic Outlook Keynote & Breakfast:  8:45 - 10 a.m.

Networking Break:  10 - 10:15 a.m.

Political Panel:  10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Ambassador's Lounge Networking Reception:  11:30 a.m.

Luncheon & Business Leader Panel:  12 - 2:00 p.m.


Vancouver Convention Centre - West






$159 + HST

Table of 10

$1900 + HST





$209 + HST


Table of 10

$2500 + HST

No cancellations after: Monday, January 14, 2013