Thank you to all the 2024 sponsors!

Program Outline 

Sunday April 28

2:30 - 6:00 p.m.     Registration Open (lobby of Delta hotel)

5:30 - 6:00 p.m.     Newcomers Welcome Reception

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.     Opening Reception - Stills & Co. 501 Lansdowne Street (2 mins walk from Delta)
Start your 2024 conference off with mixing and mingling, finger foods and entertainment by local artist Jeremy Kneeshaw at Stills & Co  - beside the Delta hotel. 


Monday April 29 

7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.     Registration Open (lobby of Delta hotel)

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.     Breakfast and Networking

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.     Opening Remarks & Welcome 

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.     Opening Keynote - Confluence: Healing and Prosperity

Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir, Chief of Tk╩╝emlúps te Secwépemc Discover the inspiring journey of Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir and Tk’emlups te Secwepemc and hear how she is helping lead their community to economic growth and prosperity. Kukpi7 Casimir will share her transformative approach to overcoming multigenerational adversity and colonization through unity and collaborative progress. Her community’s vision of integrating Indigenous wisdom with modern practices offers a roadmap for building resilient, inclusive communities. This keynote is a testament to the power of healing and cooperation in shaping a prosperous future. Join us for an unforgettable experience of learning and empowerment.

9:20 - 10:30 a.m.     Plenary Session - Looking for a New Way...Restorative Justice (Safety, Leadership) details

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.    Networking Break & Tradeshow

10:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.     Mobile Tour - Pathway to Understanding: The Residential School Legacy Tour (see more)

10:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.     Breakout Sessions (details)

  1. Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (Safety)
  2. The Costs of Doing Business: A City of Vancouver Case Study (Leadership, Ec. Dev.)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.     Lunch & Keynote Session - Strategic Partnerships: Becoming the Friend Your City Never Knew it Needed (Leadership) (details)

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.     Mobile Tour - North Shore Economic Development Revitalization Tour (see more)

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.     Plenary Session - Strategic Engagement & Communication (Mktg-Comms)  (details)

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.     Networking Break & Tradeshow

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.     Breakout Sessions (details)

  1. Empower, Engage, Impact: Marketing Today for Non-Profits (Mktg & Events)
  2. BIAs and Strategic Plans – realistic tactics for smaller organizations (Leadership)

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.     Tradeshow Reception

6:00 p.m.     Dine Around Groups depart from lobby of Delta hotel


Tuesday April 30

7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.     Registration Open (lobby of Delta hotel)

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.     Breakfast and Networking

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.     Remarks

8:15 - 9:15 a.m.     Keynote The Reality of Everyday Economics (Ec. Dev)

The forces of global, national and regional economics impact us all in our communities. In this keynote, our speakers will connect the often blurry lines of cause and effect, to the realities we experience everyday; from supply chains to the cost of housing, connecting the economic power of global markets to our operational realities shifts perspectives and encourages us to view our challenges through a different lens.

Andrew Ramlo, Vice President - Advisory, rennie group
Brock Dickinson, Assistant Director of the Economic Development Program, University of Waterloo

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.     Break

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.     Keynote Breaking Boundaries: Boxes, Pancakes, and Pivoting (EDI, Leadership)

Join us for an exhilarating exploration with Brandi into the intersectionality of diversity, resilience, and entrepreneurship within the disability community. Brandi flips the script on traditional notions, turning boxes into springboards and pancakes into power moves. With a sprinkle of humor and a dash of inspiration, she invites us to navigate through the challenges of bias, stereotypes, and the ever-evolving landscape of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility.

Embark on this journey as Brandi guides us through the obstacles faced by individuals with disabilities, presenting an opportunity to move from equal opportunity and embrace equitable partnerships. Get ready to embark on a journey of reflection, dialogue, and action as we challenge norms and pave the way for a more equitable communities.

Brandi Butts, Project Manager for the Community Futures British Columbia (CFBC) Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP)

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.    Networking Break & Tradeshow

10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.     Breakout Sessions (details)

  1. Panel & roundtable session: Economic Development in Your BIA (Ec. Dev)
  2. To be announced (EDI)

12:05 - 1:15 p.m.     Best in the West Awards Luncheon

1:10 - 2:55 p.m.     Mobile Tours

  • Pathway to Understanding: The Residential School Legacy Tour (see more)
  • Back Alley Art Gallery Tour (see more)

1:20 - 2:35 p.m.     Breakout Sessions (details)

  1. From Spaces to Stories: The Power of Narrative in Placemaking and Branding (Placemaking, Ec. Dev.)
  2. Streamlining the Renewal Process (Leadership)

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.     Mobile Tour - Brews and Friends Tour (see more)

2:35 - 3:00 p.m.     Networking Break & Tradeshow

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.     Breakout Sessions (details)

  1. Authenticity and Authority in Today's Digital World (Mktg & Communications)
  2. Synergy in Motion: Unleashing the Potential of Collaborative Destination Development

4:15 - 6:00 p.m.     Free Time


Wednesday May 1

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.     Breakfast and Networking

8:00 - 8:25 a.m.     BIABC 2024 AGM

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.     Keynote Session - Save Our Streets: Safe Communities for All (Safety)

Crime and safety issues continue to threaten the health and vibrancy of our communities across B.C. The significant financial and emotional burden associated with increased property and violent crime is impacting both businesses and families. While governments at all levels have responded to the issues in various ways, the overarching sentiment from business leaders and community groups is that it is not working, and conditions have worsened. The Save Our Streets (SOS) Coalition, formed in 2023, represents more than 70 groups from large retailers to various business organizations to BIAs and is poised to make these issues a priority with the upcoming election and election cycle. Hear from Tony Hunt, General Manager of Loss Prevention at London Drugs, on the work he is doing on behalf of the SOS Coalition to help quantify the costs of crime and their impact to the public, business community and government.

Tony Hunt, Chair of SOS Research Committee & General Manager Loss Prevention at London Drugs

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.     Break

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.     Plenary Session - Community Safety within Current Response Models: what is and isn't working (Safety)

Communities across the province continue to be impacted by issues surrounding increasing homelessness, drug addiction, mental health and crime. This is diminishing the health and vitality of our communities, and is negatively affecting the conditions for which businesses can succeed in. The current array of legislation and services options will be discussed, and this panel will address the state of our current framework, our opportunities for change and will explore your questions and answers around public safety.

Ken Uzelok, Director of Community Services, City of Kamloops
Will Beatty, Manager of Community Services, City of Kamloops
Inspector Jeff Pelley, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Tony Hunt, Chair of SOS Research Committee & General Manager Loss Prevention at London Drugs


10:15 - 10:40 a.m.     Networking Break + hotel check out

10:40 - 11:30 a.m.     Closing Keynote Session - How to Make AI Your Unfair Business Advantage
Peter Pilarski, President, CIPR Communications

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, artificial intelligence (AI) is often hailed as the "future of business" and the "next big thing." With countless blogs, emails, and articles discussing AI's transformative potential, it can be challenging to discern its genuine impact on individual businesses.

This keynote will address the pivotal question: "What does AI mean for MY business?" It delves deeper than just recognizing AI's transformative nature, focusing on understanding its implications for business strategies and uncovering hidden opportunities.

You'll leave with these key takeaways:
1. Understand the real-world implications of AI for individual businesses.
2. Discover strategies to harness AI's potential for your business advantage.
3. Learn from real-life examples and case studies on AI's transformative impact

11:30 - 11:35 a.m.     Closing Remarks

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