Op-ed: Proposed tax change is 'intellectually offensive'
Thu Sep 14 2017
In today's issue of The Province newspaper, Board of Trade President and CEO Iain Black writes about Ottawa's proposed tax changes and the #HitThePauseButton campaign.
B.C. Budget 2017 Update
Mon Sep 11 2017
Earlier today British Columbia's new government released a budget update in Victoria.
Important Message to Members: Proposed tax changes for small businesses
Thu Aug 31 2017
In this Message to Members, Board of Trade President and CEO Iain Black discusses the federal government's proposed changes to business taxes.
News release: Political uncertainty causes heartburn for B.C. businesses
Mon Jun 26 2017
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has released results from its first post-election Member Survey, which found that businesses across the Lower Mainland are anxious about the province’s economic future given the uncertain political situation in Victoria.
News release: GVBOT brings region’s priorities to BC Chamber AGM in Victoria
Sun May 28 2017
All five resolutions submitted or supported by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade were adopted at the BC Chamber of Commerce's 2017 AGM in Victoria, including a key resolution on the governance of Canada's ports and airports.
News release: Board of Trade releases new policy report on housing affordability
Tue Apr 18 2017
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade released a new report today on the region’s housing affordability crunch that identifies seven steps local governments can take to help unlock housing supply and improve affordability for residents.
News release: GVBOT welcomes partnership to increase exporting in B.C.
Tue Apr 04 2017
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade is excited to enter into a $2.5-million partnership with the B.C. Government aimed at permanently increasing the export capacity of B.C.'s small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).
GVBOT gives 2017 Federal Budget a ‘B’ grade on annual Report Card
Wed Mar 22 2017
On behalf of its thousands of Members across the Lower Mainland, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has assigned an overall grade of "B" on its 2017 Federal Budget Report Card.
News release: GVBOT hails ridesharing and taxi modernization announcement
Tue Mar 07 2017
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade applauds today's news that the Provincial Government is shifting gears and moving towards the introduction of ridesharing in B.C. and the modernization of the taxi industry.
GVBOT awards “A” grade to B.C. Budget 2017 on annual report card
Tue Feb 21 2017
On behalf of thousands of businesses across the Lower Mainland, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has given the 2017-18 Provincial Budget an overall grade of "A."
News release: GVBOT unveils 2017 Provincial Election Platform
Tue Jan 31 2017
With less than 100 days until the May 9 B.C. Election, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has released its 2017 Provincial Election Platform, which outlines key issues and priorities of the regional business community and makes a series of recommendations to the parties running to form the next Provincial Government.
News release: Trans Mountain Expansion Project meets Province’s 5 conditions
Wed Jan 11 2017
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes today’s announcement that the Province of British Columbia has granted environmental assessment approval to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and that the Province’s five conditions for the project have been satisfied.
News release: Increasing global connectivity and economic value through Canada’s international airports
Thu Dec 08 2016
The Canadian Global Cities Council, a coalition of Canada’s eight largest urban regional chambers of commerce, is calling for airport policy reform to align Canada with global best practices, and for our international airports to be factored into transit infrastructure planning by all levels of government.
News release: GVBOT applauds federal government approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project
Tue Nov 29 2016
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes today's news that the Federal Government has approved the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion between Strathcona County, AB and Burnaby, B.C.
News release: GVBOT announces 2017 Rix Award winners
Thu Oct 27 2016
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has announced it will honour Michael Audain, Yoshi Karasawa and Whistler Blackcomb during its 30th Annual Governors' Banquet and Rix Awards on April 3, 2017.
News release: GVBOT supports Phase One of Mayors’ Ten-Year Vision
Thu Oct 13 2016
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade is throwing its support behind Phase One of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation proposed by the region's Mayors.
News release: GVBOT renews calls for ridesharing in British Columbia
Tue Oct 04 2016
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade is once again urging the Provincial Government to make changes to passenger transportation regulations, to allow innovative transportation options such as ridesharing and enhance the competitiveness of the taxi industry.
News release: GVBOT applauds Pacific NorthWest LNG approval
Tue Sep 27 2016
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes today's announcement that the federal government has approved the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, subject to 190 conditions.
News release: Business groups support Greater Vancouver’s millennials
Thu Sep 22 2016
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Company of Young Professionals program is expanding across the region, as part of an exciting new partnership with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce.
News release: GVBOT achieves national adoption of four policies
Mon Sep 19 2016
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade had four policy resolutions adopted at the 2016 Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM in Regina this past weekend.
Opinion: Massey Tunnel needs replacement right now
Mon Jul 11 2016
In this Vancouver Sun op-ed, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and Delta Chamber of Commerce outline the economic importance of the Highway 99 corridor and Massey Tunnel replacement to our regional economy.
Message from the CEO: Introducing our Pillar Partners
Mon Jul 04 2016
In this Message to Members, President and CEO Iain Black unveils the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's five inaugural Pillar Partners.
News release: Board of Trade applauds new transit funding for region
Thu Jun 16 2016
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade applauds the provincial and federal governments for committing $616 million earlier today towards transit initiatives across the region.
News release: Scorecard priorities reflected at BC Chamber AGM
Tue May 31 2016
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s seven policy resolutions were adopted at this week’s BC Chamber of Commerce AGM in Kelowna. The seven resolutions put forward by the Board of Trade address pressing issues identified by the recently released Greater Vancouver Economic Scorecard, including housing, infrastructure, and improved regional coordination.
News release: GVBOT applauds National Energy Board’s conditional approval of Trans Mountain Expansion Project
Thu May 19 2016
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes today's news that the NEB has conditionally approved the proposed $5.4-billion dollar pipeline expansion between Strathcona County, AB and Burnaby B.C. Now we urge the Federal Government, following its interim review process for pipelines, to respect the science-based regulatory process of the NEB and approve the project based on the expert opinion of Canada's independent regulator.
News release: Greater Vancouver Economic Scorecard: Outlook Bright, But Challenges Remain
Wed May 18 2016
Today, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade released a new Greater Vancouver Economic Scorecard ranking for the Greater Vancouver region in relation to 19 other international metropolitan regions on key economic and social indicators. The Scorecard aims to measure Vancouver's strengths and weaknesses in attracting labour and business investment.
Message from the CEO: Province announces minimum wage increases
Wed May 04 2016
In this Message to Members, President and CEO Iain Black discusses the provincial government's decision to increase B.C.'s minimum wage to $11.25 by next fall.
Federal Budget earns ‘B’ grade on annual Report Card
Tue Mar 22 2016
On behalf of its thousands of Members across the Lower Mainland, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has assigned an overall grade of "B" on its 2016 Federal Budget Report Card.
Chair's Message: Introducing our new name and logo
Thu Mar 03 2016
After nearly 130 years of dedicated service to businesses across the region, our organization has adopted a new logo and name — the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.
Ridesharing an innovative transportation option for B.C.
Wed Feb 24 2016
A new paper by the Board of Trade recommends the Provincial Government introduce new regulations that would pave the way for ridesharing across the province, while also launching a review of the Passenger Transportation Act and overhauling regulations to enable the traditional taxi industry to be more competitive.
B.C. Budget 2016 awarded an 'A' grade
Tue Feb 16 2016
On behalf of thousands of businesses across the Greater Vancouver region, the Board of Trade assigned an overall grade of "A" to the 2016-17 Provincial Budget, based on the government's commitment to disciplined spending, paying down direct operating debt, and improving B.C.'s tax competitiveness.
Members vote in favour of name change resolution
Tue Jan 19 2016
At a special General Meeting held on Jan. 15, 2016, our Members voted overwhelmingly to change our organization's name to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.
Board urges Ottawa to invest in B.C. infrastructure
Mon Jan 11 2016
The Vancouver Board of Trade is calling on the federal government to invest in transit and trade-enabling projects across the Greater Vancouver region, as part of its pre-budget consultations with the Department of Finance Canada.
Message from Chair: Notice of Meeting
Wed Dec 23 2015
The Vancouver Board of Trade's Chair has called a general meeting in order to vote on the following resolution:
News release: Massey Tunnel replacement moving forward
Wed Dec 16 2015
The Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes this morning’s release of the Project Definition Report and Project Business Case for the estimated $3.5-billion project and launching of the third phase of public consultation on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau names new cabinet ministers
Wed Nov 04 2015
In this Message to Members, The Vancouver Board of Trade's President and CEO, Iain Black, discusses what Greater Vancouver's business community can expect from some of Canada's newly appointed cabinet ministers.
News release: TPP increases trade opportunities for B.C. businesses
Mon Oct 05 2015
The Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes this morning’s announcement that the members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have successfully concluded negotiations on a historic free trade agreement in Atlanta, Georgia.
Board welcomes appointment of new BC Chamber CEO Jon Garson
Thu Sep 24 2015
The Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes today’s announcement that Jon Garson has been selected as the new President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce.
Board applauds new WestJet service between YVR and London
Tue Sep 15 2015
"This is exceptional news, not only for British Columbians who travel for business or pleasure, but also for thousands of business owners and employees across the Greater Vancouver region,” said Iain Black, President and CEO of The Vancouver Board of Trade.
Chair's Message: Looking forward with optimism
Tue Sep 08 2015
In his second message to Members, 2015-16 Chair Tim Manning focuses on some of the bright spots in B.C.’s economy, despite economic uncertainty around the globe.
Opinion: No regrets, and a key lesson from transit vote
Fri Sep 04 2015
Note: This op-ed was originally published in The Vancouver Sun on Sept. 4, 2015. Iain Black, President and CEO of The Vancouver Board of Trade.
Chair's Message: A milestone year ahead
Wed Aug 12 2015
In his first message to Members, 2015-16 Chair Tim Manning outlines his three priorities for the year ahead: diversity, youth, and the launch of a Regional Economic Scorecard.
Message to Members: B.C. cabinet shuffle
Thu Jul 30 2015
From the desk of the President & CEO Earlier today Premier Christy Clark announced changes in cabinet responsibilities. This communication summarizes those changes, and offers some commentary to you as business leaders in Greater Vancouver.
Media statement — 2015 Transportation and Transit Plebiscite Results
Thu Jul 02 2015
Re: 2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite Results “First and foremost, I’d like to thank The Vancouver Board of Trade’s thousands of members and partners, who have shown a tremendous amount of support for our organization over the past six months, as we poured time, energy and resources into this unprecedented referendum campaign,” said Iain Black, President and CEO of The Vancouver Board of Trade and one of the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition’s four co-chairs.
VBOT becomes only major business organization in Canada with more women than men on its board of directors
Fri Jun 26 2015
At The Vancouver Board of Trade's 128th AGM, incoming Chair Tim Manning announced an unprecedented decision to elect more women than men to the board of directors — something that has not happened before in the organization’s history.
New report finds gender gap in B.C.'s economic activity
Wed May 06 2015
Today, the WEB Alliance of Women's Business Networks announced the release of a new report, Women as a Catalyst for Growth: A BC Action Plan, which identifies key barriers and solutions to increasing the economic impact of women in British Columbia.
VBOT gives Federal Budget 2015 an A- grade
Tue Apr 21 2015
The Vancouver Board of Trade, representing thousands of businesses across Greater Vancouver and B.C., has assigned an overall grade of "A-" to Federal Budget 2015. This grade was awarded as a result of the budget's focus on incentives to promote small and medium-sized businesses, improve gender diversity in business, and bolster national infrastructure.
200 organizers pack YES! campagin only
Thu Apr 02 2015
Organizers behind the Better Transportation and Transit Coalition (BTTC) gathered for a noisy mid-campaign rally at the Simon Fraser University Wosk Centre for Dialogue.
B.C. seniors’ organizations back “Yes” campaign
Fri Mar 27 2015
"We need these services!” With that clear declaration, Lorraine Logan, on behalf of the Council of Senior Citizens Organizations (COSCO) of British Columbia, became one of the most recent signatories to the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition. “We’re recommending to all our members: vote Yes,” Logan said.
Better Transit and Transportation Coalition welcomes nine student associations to YES campaign
Thu Mar 12 2015
The Better Transit and Transportation Coalition is pleased today to welcome nine associations representing tens of thousands of post-secondary students in Metro Vancouver to the Yes campaign.
YWCA becomes 100th member of Better Transit and Transportation Coalition
Thu Feb 19 2015
YWCA Metro Vancouver has joined the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition, highlighting the important role that transit plays – now and in the future – for many local families.
B.C. Budget 2015 earns an "A" grade from Board of Trade
Tue Feb 17 2015
The Vancouver Board of Trade, representing 5,000 business members across Greater Vancouver and B.C., has assigned an overall grade of “A” to B.C. Budget 2015, based on the government’s steadfast commitment to balancing the books, reducing debt, and stoking a variety of sectors of our economy.
Coalition welcomes provincial clarification on collection of metro congestion improvement tax
Sun Feb 01 2015
The BC Chamber, Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association and the Vancouver Board of Trade welcomed the government's commitment that the Metro Vancouver Congestion Tax will be a simple extension of the PST rather than a new, separate tax structure.
"Yes" coalition calls on voters to support Metro Vancouver transportation improvements
Thu Jan 29 2015
Victory for the "Yes" vote in Metro Vancouver's upcoming transportation referendum will benefit people from all walks of life, according to the broad-based Better Transit and Transportation Coalition, which calls the referendum "one of the most important decisions facing our region for the next generation."
VBOT supports Better Transit and Transportation Coalition
Wed Dec 10 2014
The Vancouver Board of Trade has joined a new coalition to support increased investment in regional transit and transportation improvements.
Take part in the Dream Employers of BC survey!
Fri Nov 21 2014
The Vancouver Board of Trade has joined forces with Insights West and Miles Employment Group to launch the second annual Dream Employers of BC Survey.The Vancouver Board of Trade has joined forces with Insights West and Miles Employment Group to launch the second annual Dream Employers of BC Survey....
VBOT announces 2015 winners of its prestigious Rix Awards
Thu Nov 13 2014
The Vancouver Board of Trade reveals the 2015 winners of its Rix Awards for Community and Corporate Citizenship, which honour one outstanding individual and one exemplary organization each year, in memory of the late Dr. Don Rix.
Media Release: VBOT applauds Provincial review of solid wast management plan
Fri Oct 17 2014
The Vancouver Board of Trade applauds today's announcement that the Province will formally review Metro Vancouver's solid waste management plan.
Media Release: VBOT surveys business community on civic election issues
Tue Oct 14 2014
With only one month remaining before Vancouverites head to the polls, The Vancouver Board of Trade has released results from its 2014 Municipal Election Survey, giving insights into some of the top priorities and concerns of Greater Vancouver's business community.Tue Oct 14 2014
VBOT supports the Vancouver Aquarium and its current cetacean policy
Thu Jul 24 2014
The Vancouver Board of Trade’s President and CEO, Iain Black, sent a letter to Mayor Gregor Robertson, city councillors, and Parks Board commissioners yesterday afternoon outlining our organization’s support for the Vancouver Aquarium and its current cetacean policy.
New chamber report identifies $50B risk to Lower Fraser River
Tue Jul 15 2014
Today, chambers of commerce from the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley released a new research study which concludes that $50 billion in economic development along the Lower Fraser River is at risk unless all levels of government act now to address the serious issues facing the river.
Op-ed: Minister Shirley Bond on B.C.'s LNG opportunites
Mon Jul 07 2014
We are facing incredible economic opportunities here in British Columbia. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector alone has the potential for nearly $175 billion in industry investment and up to 100,000 jobs in B.C. over the next decade.
VBOT CEO shares thoughts on the future of Granville Island
Fri Jul 04 2014
OPEN LETTER TO THE EDITOR Re: "Port Metro Vancouver not the correct landlord for Granville Island," Vancouver Sun, July, 2, 2014
VBOT reaction to Mayors' Council Transportation Strategy
Thu Jun 12 2014
Earlier today, representatives from The Vancouver Board of Trade attended a stakeholder briefing at TransLink's office, prior to the public release of the Mayors' Council 30-Year Transportation Strategy for Metro Vancouver.
Message from the CEO: Remembering B.C. D-Day veterans
Fri Jun 06 2014
Dear Members, I write asking your indulgence on a matter that has little to do with business, per se... other than to note that in absence of it our way of actually conducting business today would almost certainly be fundamentally restricted.
VBOT shares regional transportation vision with Mayors' Council
Thu May 29 2014
The Vancouver Board of Trade has sent a letter to Mayor Richard Walton, Chair of the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation, outlining a number of priorities for the movement of goods and people throughout Metro Vancouver. The letter, which was sent by Board of Trade President and CEO Iain Black, aims to "assist the region's Mayors in the preparation of a regional transportation vision." Included in the letter is "The Vancouver Board of Trade's Principles for Regional Transportation," a list developed...
Notice of Meeting - 127th Annual General Meeting on June 20
Tue May 13 2014
In accordance with Bylaw 11.10 — Notice of Meeting — notice is hereby given that the 127th Annual General Meeting of The Vancouver Board of Trade will take place on June 20, 2014.
VBOT and Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce to Join Forces
Thu May 01 2014
The Vancouver Board of Trade (the "Board") is pleased to announce that the nearly 550 members of the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce ("KCC") voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night at their Annual General Meeting in favour of joining the Vancouver Board of Trade, and the subsequent orderly wind-down of KCC.
VBOT submits more feedback regarding women on boards
Mon Apr 14 2014
Last week, The Vancouver Board of Trade submitted additional feedback to the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) regarding proposed regulatory changes that would increase the involvement of women on corporate boards and in senior management positions.
Notice to Members about the Heartbleed bug
Mon Apr 14 2014
The Vancouver Board of Trade does NOT use the OpenSSL software library on our website that is vulnerable to the Heartbleed software bug. Members of our organization can use our website with confidence, knowing their data is not at risk.
Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement a boon fo B.C.
Tue Mar 11 2014
The Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes today's news that Canada and South Korea have reached a historic free trade agreement — a move that will strengthen ties with a key trading partner for many businesses across Metro Vancouver and B.C.Tuesday,
VBOT warns port shutdown will hurt B.C. economy
Sun Mar 09 2014
The Vancouver Board of Trade is expressing grave concerns about a looming work stoppage planned by Unifor and the United Truckers Association (UTA), which would seriously affect operations at Port Metro Vancouver — the largest and busiest port in Canada.
Justin Trudeau gives first Vancouver Board of Trade address April 11
Thu Feb 27 2014
Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will deliver a keynote address to B.C.’s business leaders on Friday, April 11, at The Vancouver Board of Trade.
Board gives provincial budget a B+ grade
Mon Feb 17 2014
Finance Minister Mike de Jong may have called this year's provincial budget a "triple B" effort (a "boring balanced budget"), but The Vancouver Board of Trade thinks today's budget deserved a B+.
B.C. celebrates local chambers of commerce
Mon Feb 17 2014
Feb. 17-21, 2014, has been proclaimed Chamber of Commerce Week in B.C.
Board gives federal budget 2014 a B+ grade
Mon Feb 10 2014
The Vancouver Board of Trade, representing thousands of businesses in British Columbia, has assigned an overall grade of "B+" to Economic Action Plan 2014, based on strong progress towards a surplus budget and overall focus on fiscal prudence.
Board supports delay of transit referendum until June 2015
Fri Feb 07 2014
The Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes yesterday's announcement that a referendum on transit funding in Metro Vancouver could be delayed, and urges the provincial government to push back the referendum date to June 30, 2015, in order to give the public ample time to consider the referendum question and its implications.