Economic Outlook Forum 2023 Presented by Scotiabank

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Thursday, January 26, 2023
8:00 AM
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Individuals: $199 + GST
Table of 8: $1,900 + GST

Individuals: $299 + GST
Table of 8: $2,800 + GST
Schedule:Registration and Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. PT
Program: 8:30 - 12:00 p.m. PT

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Following several years of pandemic-related spending in supports for Canadian individuals and businesses and necessary investments in our healthcare systems, governments are now turning their focus to economic growth and resiliency. While we are, hopefully, past many of the major hurdles associated with the pandemic, new economic challenges are surfacing and causing great concern to Canadian businesses. Inflation and rising costs are making it more difficult to do business amidst the threat of an impending recession. The market for talent and skilled employees is becoming increasingly competitive. Rising prices at the grocery store and an uncertain housing market, many individuals are less than optimistic about their economic futures. With all these challenges in a post-pandemic environment, now is this time to chart a path forward for economic growth, resiliency, and prosperity.

GVBOT’s 34th annual Economic Outlook Forum, presented by Scotiabank, will provide our region’s business leaders with a detailed, insightful and timely look at the key challenges and opportunities facing Greater Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada as a whole. This forum, one of the "must-attend" events in the 2023 business calendar, will take a hard look at the challenges facing Canadian businesses and households and provide an opportunity to discuss meaningful solutions.


Jean-Francois Perrault

Jean-Francois Perrault
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist


Bridgitte Anderson

Bridgitte Anderson
President and CEO
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade


Stephen Poloz

Stephen Poloz
Special Advisor
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Former Governor
Bank of Canada (2013-2020)


Tamara Vrooman

Tamara Vrooman
President & CEO
Vancouver Airport Authority

Panel 1

Executive Perspective

In a competitive market for skilled employees and new businesses, is the Greater Vancouver region well suited to support business development and growth? Industry leaders from major organizations in the region will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing their sectors in the year ahead- from the talent shortage to inflation and rising costs- and will provide thoughtful perspectives on how governments and industry can work together to make the Greater Vancouver region the best environment for doing business.

Walter Pela  Susan Yurkovich  Carole Taylor

Walter Pela, Regional Managing Partner, KPMG
Susan Yurkovich, Senior Vice President, Global Business Development, Canfor
Moderator: Carole Taylor, Former BC Finance Minister

Additional panellists to be announced

Panel 2:

The Political Economy

This panel brings together journalists and political commentators to discuss the current political landscape in a post-COVID world. Following the municipal elections and leading into upcoming provincial and federal elections, panelists will explore government priorities for the year ahead and how they may impact the local business community.

Dan Fumano Raj Sihota Richard Zussman  Simi Sara

Dan Fumano, City Columnist, Vancouver Sun & Province
Raj Sihota, Vice President, Strategies 360
Richard Zussman, Reporter, Global BC
Moderator: Simi Sara, Host, Mornings with Simi on 980 CKNW

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