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UBC President Arvind Gupta Talks BusinessWHEN: October 1 WHERE: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Close ties between UBC and business benefit the province as a whole—that’s the argument of newly appointed UBC president Arvind Gupta. A month into his first school year, Gupta will outline his vision for a more business-friendly UBC in his inaugural address to the Vancouver Board of Trade ($79, members; $158, non-members; New West Economic Forum when: October 2 where: Anvil Centre, New Westminster The Royal City approved more than $323 million in permits in 2012 yet it also has the highest population density in the Greater Vancouver area. This year’s event features joint keynote speakers (and brothers) Colin Bosa, CEO of Bosa Properties Inc., and Dale Bosa, president of Bluesky Properties ($175; Waste International Conference WHEN: October 2 WHERE: Coast Bastion Hotel/Christ Community Church, Nanaimo Canadians are, on a per capita basis, the most wasteful people in the industrialized world, according to a 2013 report by the Conference Board of Canada. Developing a global circular economy might be a way to reverse that trend, or so believe the organizers of Zero Waste 2014 ($160;, Miners & Explorers Workshop: Collaborations in Training when: October 6 where: Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport More than 10,000 mining industry jobs need to be filled in the next decade, according to the B.C. Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. The Mineral Exploration and Mining Industry Shortage Task Force has been busy developing and implementing creative pilot programs to help fill the looming labour shortfall (free;

Fraser Institute Tribute Dinner

WHEN: October 23 WHERE: Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver After his fallout with Lululemon’s board of directors, Chip Wilson is in need of some love. The Fraser Institute will honour the Lululemon Athletica founder with the T. Patrick Boyle Founder’s Award, in recognition of his achievements “in entrepreneurship and dedication to competitive markets” ($5,000 for a table of 10; Economic Forum: Women as a Catalyst for Growth when: October 24 where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, BC Ballroom Only four per cent of workers in construction trades are female. Women are B.C.’s most promising untapped resource, argues Shirley Bond, minister of jobs, tourism and skills training. Bond will join Naomi Yamamoto, minister of state for tourism and small business, as keynote speaker ($69, members; $139, non-members; 2014 State of the Island Economic Summit when: October 29-30 where: Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo “Island time” may work for tourists, but it’s a stigma for business. Jason Kenney, federal employment minister, will speak along with Sophie Pierre, head of the B.C. Treaty Commission, at the eighth annual island economic summit ($353, members; $399, non-members; ■