Economic Outlook Forum - Day 1

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
9:00 AM
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Keynote Speaker:Jean-Francois Perrault
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Schedule:Online Program 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.


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The business community is at a crossroads. COVID-19 brought severe economic hardship in British Columbia and around the world. As we begin to emerge from the initial wave of crisis, there will undoubtedly be profound and lasting effects on particular sectors. In addition, the impacts of the virus have accelerated technology adoption, business transformation, and other structural changes to our economy.

Our 32nd Annual Economic Outlook Forum will provide our region's business leaders with a detailed and insightful look at the road to economic recovery in the year ahead. It's the kind of practical conversation our Members expect as they review their own plans for the new year and explore the opportunities amidst uncertainty, which makes this forum one of the "must-attend" events in the 2021 business calendar.

You can choose to purchase a bundle package and attend both sessions or simply attend the session that is most relevant to you.


Jean-Francois Perrault

Jean-Francois Perrault
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist

Economic Outlook Business Survey Results

Bridgitte AndersonEvi Mustel

Bridgitte Anderson, President and CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
Evi Mustel, President, Mustel Group

Panel Discussion

The CEO perspective

Our region’s executive leaders provide their outlook on economic resiliency and recovery in B.C. and tell us how they will be making decisions in 2021, and what will really be affecting their bottom line.


Christine BergeronColin BosaPrem Gill Walter PelaRobin Gill

Christine Bergeron, President & CEO, Vancity
Colin Bosa, CEO, Bosa Properties Inc.
Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC
Walter Pela, Regional Managing Partner, KPMG
Moderator: Robin Gill, Weekend Anchor and BC Correspondent, Global National

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