It takes a tremendous amount of support from our members to enable what the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade accomplishes every day. A few exceptional organizations have become Foundational Partners and collaborate closely with the Board of Trade to make it Western Canada’s the leading business association.

port of vancouver

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s is the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of the lands and waters that make up the Port of Vancouver. As a Canada Port Authority, our mandate is to plan and provide port infrastructure to help meet Canada’s trade objectives, ensuring safety, environmental protection and consideration for local communities. We work together with port terminals and tenants in the interest of all Canadians, integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations.

The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port, and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo. With the most diversified range of cargo of any port in North America, the port operates across five business sectors: automobiles, breakbulk, bulk, container and cruise. Almost 90% of the port’s total volume serves Canadian import and export markets.

Enabling the trade of approximately $240 billion in goods, port activities sustain 115,300 jobs, $7 billion in wages, and $11.9 billion in GDP across Canada.

Pacific Blue Cros

Pacific Blue Cross is a Health Benefits Society and British Columbia's number one health benefits provider. Based in Burnaby, B.C., the not-for-profit organization provides health, dental, life, disability and travel coverage for 1 in 3 British Columbians through group benefits and individual plans. As part of its mission to improve health and wellbeing for British Columbians, Pacific Blue Cross proactively supports charitable organizations across the province working to improve health outcomes.

Scotia Bank

A Canadian-headquartered bank with focus on high-quality growth markets in the Americas. We are a top-five universal bank in each of our core markets, and a top-15 wholesale bank in the U.S., delivering superior advice and services to help our customers get ahead.

With a team of approximately 97,000 employees, we are guided by our purpose: "for every future." We help our customers, their families and their communities achieve success through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets.

We strive to create an inclusive culture where every employee is empowered to reach their fullest potential, respected for who they are, and their differences and similarities are embraced. Our approach to managing environmental, social and governance issues focuses on areas where Scotiabank can make the biggest impact – enabling stakeholders to reach their fullest potential, mobilizing finance to address important social and environmental challenges and building trust by acting with integrity in everything we do.

Bennett Jones

Bennett Jones is the firm that businesses trust with their most complex legal matters. With 500 lawyers and business advisors, the firm is well equipped to advise businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities around the world.


KPMG professionals provide audit, tax, and consulting services to Canadian businesses, governments, public sector agencies, and not-for-profits, improving performance, turning risk into opportunity, developing strategies to support growth, and enhancing value across the organization.

We have a long and impressive history in British Columbia, and in 2022, KPMG in the GVA celebrated its 125th birthday. As the province grows, so does KPMG. We are the largest professional services firm in British Columbia, with approximately 1,700 employees in 12 offices across the province.

KPMG leads with a commitment to quality and integrity across the KPMG global organization, bringing a passion for client success and a purpose to serve and improve the communities in which KPMG firms operate. In a world where rapid change and unprecedented disruption are the new normal, we inspire confidence, empower change, and drive innovation in all we do.


Destination Vancouver is the non-profit, member-led destination management organization for the spectacular city of Vancouver, BC. Our purpose is to transform our communities and our visitors through the power of travel and to be thoughtful leaders, advocates and ambassadors for our city. We work with our partners in Vancouver's visitor economy to develop compelling experiences and offerings for our visitors and to promote Vancouver in key Canadian, US, and international markets. The responsibility to build a sustainable and resilient visitor economy is the foundation of everything we do.


Parkland is an independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator.

Parkland services customers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region and the Americas through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure.

Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves.


Lighthouse Labs is a leading tech education company that empowers individuals to transform their lives through hard work and dedication. With a supportive and collaborative environment, Lighthouse Labs is committed to actively addressing the digital skills gap and ensuring that technological change is an opportunity for all through the support of equity-deserving groups. In its 10th year, the company has equipped over 40,000 students with the competencies, skills and knowledge needed to drive innovation and change, with full-time and part-time programs in cyber security, data science, data analytics, web development and more. Through a purpose-driven approach to learning and a team of passionate, expert instructors and mentors, Lighthouse Labs unlocks and nurtures each student’s potential to help launch their bright and prosperous futures.