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Letter From the President and CEO, BC Economic Development Association

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Letter From the President and CEO, BC Economic Development Association

Welcome to the official publication of the British Columbia Economic Development Association, Invest in BC 2023. Our aim is to provide you with a brief but informative overview of British Columbia, and to encourage you to invest in our diverse province. Our magazine strives to offer valuable insights into the economic regions of British Columbia, as well as the latest trends in our ever-evolving economy. We urge you to not solely rely on the information provided in this publication, but to reach out and discover more for yourself.

Having had the privilege of travelling to various areas of the province and witnessing the great work being done by local and Indigenous governments, I feel proud to say that British Columbia is a strong and diverse economy offering unparalleled opportunities. Despite global issues, our economic momentum remains intact, thanks to our talented workforce, high quality of life, openness to newcomers and our ability to be resilient in times of crisis.

Our association has grown to include over 500 members representing a range of communities, Indigenous groups, businesses, chambers of commerce, Crown corporations, tourism groups, financial institutions, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and educational institutions, all committed to building a prosperous British Columbia. We strive to bring together the right people at the right time to create valuable partnerships and promote growth.

As the leading provincial association of economic development practitioners in B.C., we offer services that help member communities expand and attract new businesses and work towards strategic infrastructure investment, landuse planning and community enhancement.

We are proud to work alongside the Province of B.C. in supporting existing businesses and highlighting B.C.’s opportunities to investors abroad. Investing in B.C. is an opportunity not to be missed.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, my staff or any of our members to discuss anything related to economic development in British Columbia.

Dale Wheeldon
President and CEO, British Columbia Economic Development Association

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