For Immediate Release
April 18, 2019

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s board of directors learned this morning that President and CEO Iain Black plans to leave the organization to commence the next chapter of his career.

For the past seven and a half years, Black has led the Board of Trade through a process of reinvention, renewal, and financial restoration. Under his steadfast leadership, the organization has materially grown its membership base, increased its public policy and advocacy impact, expanded its four Signature Programs to promote lifelong professional development, and delivered more than 1,000 events — including hosting some of the most sought-after speakers in the world.

“It is with very mixed emotions that we announce Iain’s departure in the coming months,” said Lori Mathison, 2018-19 Chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. “Iain’s unwavering leadership, vision, and drive have propelled this organization to reach new heights over the past seven and a half years. He leaves the organization in an extremely strong position for the future, and we thank him sincerely for his contributions. Iain will be deeply missed around the board table and by his dedicated team at 999 Canada Place.”

Black has accepted a CEO role in the technology and new economies sector, returning to the industry where has spent most of his career.

“Leaving a role you love is always difficult,” said Hon. Iain Black, President and CEO. “It is harder still when your colleagues both at the board table and at the office have been so dedicated, so talented and, as a result, so very successful.” Black continued, “I am so proud of what these extraordinary people have achieved together, and will always consider it a great privilege to have served in this role.”

Earlier today the board of directors formalized the creation of a CEO Search Committee to be chaired by board chair Lori Mathison, tasked with recruiting a replacement in the coming months. Black will continue to serve in his role during the transition.

As a first step in the process, potential candidates can indicate their interest by emailing .  


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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