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Blog policy
The following content is intended for any person or organization that is a member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade or a guest collaborator and wants to contribute to our blog ...
GVBOT blog editorial policy
GVBOT blog editorial policy
FEB
16

Understanding Consumer Trends: Accenture’s latest Life Trends Report

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Accenture, a global professional services company in the field of strategy, consulting, technology, and operations, shared their observations on consumer trends, drawn from their extensive experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries.

Last week during our GVBOT's event - "Consumer Trends: Develop Stronger Relationships with Customers" - Accenture shared the findings of their latest Lifestyle Trends report which covers several of the latest consumer trends. Here are 5 of the trends explored during the event and the key insights from the panellists.

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JAN
29

Critical Juncture for B.C.’s Critical Minerals

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The mining sector represents 35,000 rural and urban jobs, makes up $7.3 billion of provincial GDP, 28 percent of B.C's goods exports and approximately $1 billion in provincial government revenue to support services.

Critical minerals are those that have been identified by the federal government as essential to the energy transition -- metals and minerals such as copper, cobalt, nickel and lithium. Critical minerals are the building blocks of the digital and green economy.

B.C is home to 16 of Canada's 31 critical minerals and is Canada's largest copper and only molybdenum producer. This month may mark a pivotal moment for the future of the mining industry in British Columbia.

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JAN
20

Legacy: Alan Hart

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Reflecting on Alan Hart's impact and legacy.

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JAN
15

Reinvest in B.C. by making carbon tax revenue neutral again

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Read the latest op-ed in the Vancouver Sun by Greater Vancouver Board of Trade President and CEO Bridgitte Anderson on the rising costs squeezing B.C.'s smaller businesses and the need for action.
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JAN
10

Exploring Major Projects in British Columbia

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British Columbia is at a crossroads. For the past several years, major projects have been a significant pillar of B.C.'s economy, creating tens of thousands of jobs and injecting billions through procurement spending. However, as many of these projects reach completion, the province faces a crucial juncture that demands strategic foresight and careful planning.
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JAN
02

It Takes More than Food to Make an Impact

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You don't need to search far to see an article or news story discussing the growing need in Vancouver. We've seen an increasing dependence on food banks and social support services in the years following the pandemic, with record-breaking costs for food and housing driving people to the tipping point in their finances. Despite this relentless growth, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) has kept up with the skyrocketing need due to our transparent and tactical approach to the non-profit work we do.
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NOV
29

7 takeaways from the 2023 Labour Market Outlook for in-demand careers

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The Province of British Columbia released its 2023 Labour Market Outlook report, which revealed that about one million job openings are expected in the next decade. In an era of rapidly changing workforce demands, the annual report provides useful insights to help post-secondary students and those thinking about entering, switching, or advancing their careers in the workforce, make informed decisions on optimizing their career, skills training, and education for a good-paying job. In particular, it is a valuable resource for identifying job opportunities, growth sectors, and skills development for British Columbians of all ages to use in planning ahead and investing in a future-proof and in-demand education, career, or business. 

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NOV
28

Filling the data gaps and setting the foundation for new investment attraction

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Invest Vancouver's latest report identifies the rising stars with previously unavailable critical regional datasets to advance regional prosperity and amplify opportunities 

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NOV
27

Paper Planes Café By PAFN Now Brewing At YVR, Advancing Inclusive and Accessible Travel And Employment Experiences

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In a groundbreaking move towards fostering inclusivity and accessibility in the travel industry, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and the Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN) have joined forces to unveil the Paper Planes Café. This innovative addition to YVR's reimagined food and beverage offerings marks a significant milestone as the first-of-its-kind inclusive coffee bar at a Canadian airport.
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NOV
20

Vancouver's other land crisis

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Read the latest op-ed in the Business in Vancouver by Greater Vancouver Board of Trade President and CEO Bridgitte Anderson on the current industrial land crisis facing our region.
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NOV
07

One-to-one with Susan Tohyama

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Susan Tohyama is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Ceridian. Susan is a highly accomplished leader with a proven track record of driving organizational transformation with some of the world's top brands. 

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NOV
03

Update on British Columbia Pay Transparency Requirements

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Beginning on November 1, 2023, in accordance with British Columbia's Pay Transparency Act (the "Act"), employers will be required to specify the expected salary or wage or expected salary or wage range, as well as any other information prescribed by regulation, for any publicly advertised job opportunity.
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OCT
26

2023 Business Distinction Award Recipients announced

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On October 25, 2023, the Vancouver business community gathered at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront for the annual GVBOT Business Distinction Awards.

The awards were presented to businesses that have gone above and beyond to set themselves apart in one of seven distinct categories.

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SEP
22

Advancing Diversity and Inclusion: A Year of Impact at the DLC

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A message from Rob Chiarello, Senior Vice President of People and Culture at Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) and outgoing co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (DLC) at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.
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SEP
08

Empowering Local Businesses

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A message from Kim Osborne, CEO of Chemistry Consulting Group Inc. and outgoing Chair of the Scale-up Centre for SMEs (SCS) program by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.
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SEP
05

What B.C. Businesses Need to Know About the EV Transition

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British Columbia is leading the way in Canada's shift to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). Statistics Canada says that nearly one in five of all new vehicles registered in the province in the first quarter of 2023 was a ZEV, the highest percentage in the country.

There is still a long way to go in the transition to electric vehicles—and businesses need to consider how ZEV sales targets, provincial and federal incentives, B.C.-wide charging infrastructure and new regulations and legislation could affect them.
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AUG
25

Measuring Inclusivity Diversity and Equity Progress: New Challenges, Fresh Opportunities

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For years, if not decades, companies have used data to hold themselves accountable for diversity initiatives under the adage, "What gets measured gets done." Companies now have digital tools to collect and access Inclusivity Diversity and Equity (ID&E) data more efficiently and face regulatory requirements requiring ID&E metrics, such as pay transparency legislation. As companies face increasing pressure to collect and use ID&E data, it's important to proceed carefully and thoughtfully.
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JUL
03

Unleashing the Leader Within: A Journey of Growth

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In the world of sports and community engagement, my journey has been an incredibly fortunate one. What started as a two-year working holiday in Canada became a fulfilling career with the Vancouver Whitecaps. I had the privilege of being part of their business development team and now the Canucks as the Director of Premium Sales & Experience. I firmly believe that sports organizations should be pillars of their communities, using their influence to drive positive change. Reflecting on my professional growth, I can confidently attribute a part of my success to the transformative experience of GVBOT's Engaged Leadership Program.

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JUN
12

AI vs. AI for your business

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) drives transformative results for business, whether its with faster and deeper analytics for stronger supply chains, heightened cybersecurity defense, or improved customer service. Still, we are at a pivotal moment for how AI is – and will be – used for cross-industry, cross-enterprise. For some, there is a lack of clarity as to what impact it can have. Business leaders can feel overwhelmed, underprepared, and unsure how to best utilize AI, but know they need accurate results they can trust that can easily be adapted to new scenarios and use cases. ChatGPT and other generative AI capabilities have woken businesses up to the possibilities that AI offers, but consumer use cases are not where the real transformational powers lie.

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MAY
23

Opportunities for British Columbians

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Major projects like Woodfibre LNG and others underway across British Columbia provide real opportunities for local employment and procurement contracts, including for workers that otherwise might have to leave their hometowns to find steady work in their industry.

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Featured stories

Beginning on November 1, 2023, in accordance with British Columbia's Pay Transparency Act (the "Act"), employers will be required to specify the expected salary or wage or expected salary or wage rang...
A message from Rob Chiarello, Senior Vice President of People and Culture at Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) and outgoing co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (DLC) at the Greater Vanco...
Reflecting on Alan Hart's impact and legacy.