Monday, May 2, 2022

7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Registration Open
7:00 - 8:00 a.m.          Breakfast
8:00 - 8:10 a.m.           Welcomes 
8:10 - 8:20 a.m.          Opening Blessing 
8:20  - 9:00 a.m.         Keynote Session 

Building Partnerships & Community
Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Finance

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.     Networking Break

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.    Breakout Sessions

         1. Effective Networking (OM)

Learn the tricks of the trade with Elizabeth Model, CEO,Downtown Surrey BIA. She will share her effective networking techniques that help her make connections that lead to great partnerships.

Elizabeth Model, CEO, Downtown Surrey BIA

         2. Community Wellness - Action Plans (Safety)

Community Wellness has become an important issue with BIAs. Especially during the pandemic. We will hear from the Northshore BIA, Downtown Vancouver BIA, Hastings North BIA and the Community Connected Resource Network (CCRN).  They will discuss their Community Wellness Action Plans.

Nolan Marshall III, President & CEO, Downtown Vancouver BIA

Steve Johnston, Community Connected Resource Network

Jeremy Heighton, Executive Director, Kamloops North Shore BIA

Patricia Barnes, Executive Director, Hastings North BIA (moderator)


         3. Re-imaging Downtowns: Partnerships, Places and People (EC)

Now, more than ever, there is an urgency and opportunity for local leaders to embrace and advance place-led development in an effort to produce better economic outcomes for more people in more places. As placemakers, BIAs know that by strengthening the connection between people and places we can better shape our places and maximize the shared value for business, citizens and visitors. Join this session to hear from two vastly different communities who, with the support of Resonance Consultancy, capitalized on the local community’s assets, inspiration and potential with the intention of using space to promote people’s health, happiness and well-being. Downtown Prince George partnered with the City of Prince George to create a Downtown Strategy for Marketing and Placemaking that will bring tangible marketing tools and placemaking concepts to their downtown

Christina Doll  Ec.D., Workforce Development Officer, Economic Development, City of Prince George

Gavin Duffus, Economic Development Manager, Downtown Vancouver BIA

Chris Fair, President, Resonance

Colleen Van Mook, Executive Director, Prince George BIA

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.    Tradeshow & Networking Break 

10:30 - 12:00 p.m.    Mobile Tours

          1. Coquitlam City Centre Area Tour

          2. Austin Heights Tour

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    Breakout Sessions

         1. BIAs role in Climate Change (Sus)

BIAs role in Climate Change - What actions can be taken and what has the City of Port Moody included in their recently passed Climate Change Action Plan.  Jeremy Stone from SFU and BCEM will inform us of the importance in advance planning for climate changes (i.e fires and floods).  There are products out there that can help our businesses and Cody from ShareWares will discuss shareable products.  BIA’s do have a role, learn how you can be a part of the solution.

Jeremy Stone, former Director of the Community Economic Development program at Simon Fraser University

Cody Irwin, CEO, ShareWares

Laura Sampliner, City of Port Moody

         2. Engaging and Consulting: How do BIAs engage with the Government, residents and developers (EC) 

This session will cover how Fleetwood BIA contributed to the consultations in their area’s transportation and development plan.

Development Impacts on a Community

The historical Hollywood Theatre was saved by the efforts of the local community and businesses. Learn how the developer and architect worked with the BIA and community in the design of the new development adjacent to the theatre.

The Broadway Line has a major impact in the Mt Pleasant area and Neil Wyles the Executive Director will focus on traffic.

Dean Barbour, Executive Director, Fleetwood BIA

Michelle Barile, Executive Director, West Broadway BIA

Neil Wyles, Executive Director, Mt Pleasant BIA


        3.  Summer Student Programs (Org Development)

Since 2005, the Downtown Surrey BIA has had over 150 university interns and 25 high school interns.  In 2021 alone, they had 29 interns of which 28 were at least partially funded. What do they do to get funding? How do they get great students? How do students fit into their government relations, community collaboration and relationship building plans? Bonnie Burnside, operations manager of the DSBIA will tell you her secrets and she is bringing along a few of her students (Bhav Bansi, Hussein Elhagehassan and Sophia Sato) to tell you the type of work they accomplished  and what the experience has meant to them.

Bonnie Burnside, Operations Manager, Downtown Surrey BIA


12:00 - 12:30 p.m.    Lunch

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.    Discussion Round Tables

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.    Tradeshow Open

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.    Mobile Tours

          1. Coquitlam in Bloom Tour

          2. Tri-Cities Brewery Tour

1:05 - 2:20 p.m.    Breakout Sessions

         1. Succession and Transition (OM)

A succession strategy and transition plan are vitally important to any organization. This workshop will outline what needs to be in place for a seamless transition in the leadership of your organization. This interactive session led by two long-serving BIA leaders will highlight best practices in Board recruitment, orientation, retention, succession and exiting; recruitment and retention of staff; and, recruiting and on-boarding a new executive director. Come prepared to learn and share!  

Gay Pooler & Charles Gauthier

Patios, Plazas and Parklets (PL)

Find out how Montreal, Vancouver and North Vancouver patio programs work with their BIAs and Main Street.  Where can we improve and effectively work with our municipalities?  Followed by a presentation from City Blocks to announce their new parklet designs.

Ivy Haisell, Executive Director, South Granville BIA

Leah Herman, Community Development and Placemaking, City of North Vancouver

Chris Jerome, CEO, CityBlocks / Hawkers


2:20 - 2:40 p.m.    Networking Break/Tradeshow

2:40 - 3:55 p.m.    Breakout Sessions

         1. Graffiti Art or Eye Sore:  Community Impact and Strategies to Prevention (Safety)

Since the onset of Covid-19, graffiti in most communities has increased between 70-80% and is showing no signs of slowing down. This presentation is a focused look at the world of graffiti, its impact on communities and methods of graffiti prevention. Hosted by Todd Williams, a graffiti specialist involved in the many facets of graffiti for over 20 years, this workshop is an in depth look at graffiti, why it happens and what communities can do to prevent it. This will be a lively discussion on defining the graffiti that is impacting our communities, understanding why there has been such a drastic increase, who are the main offenders and strategies we can use to prevent graffiti including the use of public art, technology, removal practices and community accountability.
Todd Polich, Guardian Graffiti Solutions

         2. Advocating for a fairer property taxation (Advocacy)

The Taxation Advocacy Committee has developed a few strategies for our members and BIAs to help advocate for a fairer property taxation.  Hear how a business and BIA went to great lengths to save their business and went to the media to bring the inequity to the public. 

Neil Wyles, Executive Director, Mt Pleasant BIA

Cory Redekop, Policy Manager, Burnaby Board of Trade


4:00 - 5:00 p.m.     Tradeshow Cocktail Reception

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.     Group Dinner at John B Pub


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