Virtual Event

A conversation with Minister Joly on British Columbia’s Economic Future

Friday, January 22, 2021
10:30 AM
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Keynote Speaker:The Honourable Mélanie Joly
Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
Government of Canada
Schedule:Online Program 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. PT

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Minister Joly will be joined by Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s President and CEO, Bridgitte Anderson, and local economic leaders for a moderated conversation on the future of British Columbia’s economy and how the federal government can best support it through the creation of a new Regional Development Agency in British Columbia.

The information will help inform businesses how they can best succeed through the challenging economic times brought on by the pandemic.


The Honourable Mélanie Joly Sue Paish Shahrzad Rafati Tamara Vrooman Bridgitte Anderson

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, Government of Canada
Sue Paish, CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster
Shahrzad Rafati, Founder & CEO, BroadbandTV Corp
Tamara Vrooman, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority
Moderator: Bridgitte Anderson, President and CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

About the speaker:

The Honourable Mélanie Joly was first elected to represent Ahuntsic-Cartierville in the House of Commons in 2015.

In her ministerial roles, Minister Joly has worked to promote Canadian culture, and to grow and increase the visibility of Canada's tourism sector. She has also worked to safeguard Canada's two official languages while promoting the use of French in Canada and around the world, including in the digital sphere.

Prior to entering federal politics, Minister Joly founded the Vrai changement pour Montréal party and ran for mayor of Montréal in 2013 under its banner.

Minister Joly holds an Honours Bachelor of Law from the Université de Montréal and a Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law from the University of Oxford. She is the author of Changing the Rules of the Game, in which she shares her vision for public policy and civic engagement. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

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