Governors' Gala and Rix Awards 2024

On April 22, 2024 we  hosted our 36th annual Governors' Gala and Rix Awards. 

The Gala paid tribute to the recipients of the Rix Award for Engaged Community Citizenship and the Rix Award for Engaged Corporate Citizenship, both named in honour of the late Dr. Don Rix, a former Chair of the Board of Trade and esteemed philanthropist.

Learn more about the award recipients here:


Canadian CEO Insights for the Future

With a legacy spanning over a century, PwC is dedicated to empowering Canadian organizations to thrive in today's dynamic business landscape. Boasting a team of 7,700+ partners and staff across the nation, PwC brings a wealth of expertise and a collaborative spirit to address the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing businesses today.

At the recent 'Canadian CEO Insights for the Future: The Reinvention Imperative' event hosted by GVBOT, PwC shared valuable insights gleaned from their deep industry knowledge and global perspective. 


Understanding Consumer Trends: Accenture’s latest Life Trends Report

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.


Critical Juncture for B.C.’s Critical Minerals

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.


Exploring Major Projects in British Columbia

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.

It Takes More than Food to Make an Impact

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.

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

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. 


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

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


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

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.

A fond farewell to GVBOT Vice President Austin Nairn

After 14 years, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Vice President and World Trade Centre Vancouver Executive Director, Austin Nairn has announced that he will be leaving the organization to pursue other opportunities.

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