The BCBC appoints a new president and CEO

The new leader brings 20 years of industry experience.

Credit: BCBC. Laura Jones

The new leader brings 20 years of industry experience

The Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC) is hitting the accelerator on change. Laura Jones, chief strategic officer and executive VP of national nonprofit Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), is taking over as its president and CEO after Greg D’Avignon (who served in the role for 12 years) transitioned to the Canadian Strategy Group in January.  

Jones’ 20-year experience across advocacy, research, communications and IT makes her seasoned leader to steer the business organization forward. In her role at the CFIB (which advocates for 97,000 independent businesses in Canada), Jones has led strategic communications, guided marketing partnerships, authored various research reports and policy briefings, and more. 

“I’m delighted to be joining an organization and a team that I have long admired for its dedication to bringing people together to lift the prosperity of the province and those who live here. A strong economy is the foundation that affords us the resources to do so many important things from providing for families to looking after the vulnerable and protecting the environment,” Jones said in a release. 

“We are excited that Laura Jones will be leading the Business Council of British Columbia,” added BCBC board chair Susannah Pierce. “She brings passion, energy, and decades of policy experience to our organization. Laura is committed to working with our members and bringing partners together to advance BCBC’s mission of enhancing prosperity for British Columbians through a competitive economy informed by exceptional research and advice.”