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6 Days in September

Vancouver Island Tourism Conference and AGM when: September 9-11 where: The Beach Club Resort and Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, Parksville Hit hard by a drop in conferences following the U.S. recession and passport requirements for American visitors, Vancouver Island’s tourism authority is increasingly focusing its efforts on local markets. Its slogan? “Everyone needs a little island time” ($439; $389, association members; Municipalities Convention WHEN: September 22-26 WHERE: Whistler Convention Centre November’s municipal elections will be the elephant in the room at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities’ annual conference. Connect with elected officials and discuss issues and policies that affect B.C.’s towns and cities ($655; $455, local government; $150, provincial;

BCBusiness International Business Outlook Breakfast

WHEN: September 17 WHERE: Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver B.C.’s trade ambitions may lie in Asia, but its goals are far from being achieved, according to BCBusiness’s inaugural reader survey on international business. Join BCBusiness and a panel of experts, including HSBC Bank Canda Chief Economist David Watt, as we discuss the successes and shortcomings of Canadian companies abroad at a breakfast sponsored by HSBC ($30; CEO Gregg Saretsky KeynoteWHEN: September 16 WHERE: Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver Between high-profile marketing stunts and enduringly high levels of customer satisfaction, WestJet has succeeded in courting the most demanding kind of patron: the airline passenger. Hear WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky talk shop at his second keynote address hosted by the Vancouver Board of Trade ($79, members; $158, non-members; Volunteer B.C. Conference when: September 25-26 where: Executive Airport Plaza Hotel, Richmond If giving back to the community is important to your business, Volunteer Futures 2014 is a good opportunity to connect with non-profits and worthy organizations in search of donors and board members ($250, non-members; $150, members; 2014 when: September 29-30 where: Vancouver Convention Centre Will wireless sensors, health-care analytics and wearable tech change the way we interact with doctors? Sponsored by Sanotron, a B.C. organization that promotes digital health-and-wellness businesses, Interface 2014 will look at the future of health—and the opportunities in it ($495;