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Charting BC's Economic Future

2013 Community Summit

For our second SFU Public Square Community Summit, we explored issues regarding BC's economic future. Faced with an increasingly competitive global economy, it is more important than ever that British Columbians find ways to work together on a common agenda for promoting the well-being of the province and its citizens. This Community Summit invited participation from residents across the province to discuss British Columbia’s economic future.

Summit Events

  • Idea Jam

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future

    Youth helped us design a forum for to give young BCers a voice to drive social change and shape an agenda for provincial economic policy.

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  • 100 Community Conversations – Provincial Tour

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Economy

    As part of the 100 Community Conversations, this summer, SFU Public Square and regional community partners convened dialogues across British Columbia to capture a diversity of voices.

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  • Our Future, Our Voice Youth Forum

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Economy, Democracy

    Designed by young people, this forum launched the 2013 Community Summit and treated youth as major stakeholders in a dialogue about our economic future.

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  • Connected Local Economies

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Cities, Community Building, Economy

    We had an engaging and interactive evening with economist, award-winning author Michael H. Shuman discussing local economies.

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  • Taxation and the BC Economy

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Economy

    Conversations about taxes can be polarizing. The BC tax system is complex and has a profound impact on the daily lives and decisions of the people of this province. Some of BC's best economic minds shared their perspective on the benefits and challenges of the current tax system.

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  • City Conversations: Special Edition | Charting BC's Economic Future

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Cities, Economy, Series City Conversations

    This special edition of City Conversations looked at how immigrants with advanced training have difficulty working at their skill level in their new country.

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  • An Evening with Robert Reich

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Economy, Democracy, Equity + Justice, Future of Work

    SFU Public Square, in partnership with Vancity, presented An Evening with Robert Reich.

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  • Urban Conspiracy 2

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Economy, Arts + Culture

    CBC Debaters Charlie Demers and Richard Side took on the challenge to bring BC’s traditionally polarized political landscape together for a night of comedic conversation, diabolical dialogue and high-wire hijinks as they unpack wealth creation, social equity and protection of the environment.

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We are BC

We Are BC is a crowd-sourced, user-generated video portrait on our province’s economic life edited and directed by Sarah Van Borek. Throughout the summer of 2013, BC residents submitted 30-second, unedited clips which Sarah brought together to tell a collage of stories, documenting the realities of our provincial economy from the perspective of the very people who drive it. We Are BC premiered at the Orpheum theatre on October 3, 2013 to kick off a talk by political economist Robert Reich.

Sarah Van Borek speaks with Jill Krop on CJDCTV

Reports and Resources

In the News

Canada 150/2017 Starts Now Conferences: A Feeling of Aspiration — Jackie Pichette, CBC Radio-Canada Blog (April 24, 2013)

Blog Posts

Other Community Summits

Partners and Sponsors

Exclusive Sponsor:
An Evening with Robert Reich

Media Sponsor

Our Future, Our Voice 2013 Youth Forum

Connected Local Economies with Michael H. Shuman

Taxation and the BC Economy

An Evening with Robert Reich

Urban Conspiracy 2:
It's the Economy, Stupid!