For Immediate Release
Jan. 18, 2019

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade is excited to announce a new Pillar Partnership with Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, Air Canada.

The announcement was made earlier today in front of hundreds of B.C. business leaders at the Board of Trade’s 30th annual Economic Outlook Forum.

“We are thrilled to welcome Air Canada as our organization’s newest Pillar Partner,” said Hon. Iain Black, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. “A Pillar Partnership reflects the fact that Air Canada consistently goes above and beyond in their generous support of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Simply put, our relationship with Air Canada is unprecedented in its scope. Their support enables our organization to deliver important public policy work and provide our Members with unique and robust Member programming.”

Pillar Partners are special relationships that are customized to the individual needs of the partners and defined by a minimum-commitment, multi-year arrangement. Air Canada is also the Global Airline Partner of World Trade Centre Vancouver, a subsidiary of the Board of Trade that focuses on helping businesses in British Columbia export their products and services to new markets abroad. 

“Air Canada is proud to become a Pillar Partner of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, further strengthening our relationship with this influential business organization. Our commitment to serving Greater Vancouver is demonstrated every day by our more than 4,500 employees in the region, and by the development of our commercial trans-Pacific hub at YVR launching up to 1,293 flights globally each week, representing more than $5 Billion worth of aircraft assets dedicated to the YVR market every day. Supporting other businesses contributes to further economic growth, and Air Canada’s range of corporate programs and partnership in the World Trade Centre – Vancouver’s Trade Accelerator Program all support the travel requirements for companies throughout our far-reaching and expanding global network,” said Ferio Pugliese, Senior Vice President, Regional Markets and Government Relations at Air Canada.

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s five Pillar Partners include TELUS, CN, the Vancouver Airport Authority, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Air Canada.

For more information, visit boardoftrade.com/pillarpartners.


About the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade:

Since its inception in 1887, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has been recognized as Pacific Canada’s leading business association, engaging members to impact public policy at all levels of government and to succeed and prosper in the global economy. With a Membership whose employees comprise one-third of B.C.’s workforce, we are the largest business association between Victoria and Toronto. We leverage this collective strength, facilitating networking opportunities, and providing professional development through four unique Signature Programs. In addition, we operate one of the largest events programs in the country, providing a platform for national and international thought leaders to enlighten B.C.’s business leaders.

Media enquiries:

Greg Hoekstra
Communications Manager
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
604-640-5450 |


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