Western Business Outlook 2018: Nanaimo

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Date & Time

April 11, 2018
All Day


Please join AdvantageBC at the Conference Board of Canada’s event Western Business Outlook 2018: Nanaimo taking place April 11, 2018. Get your tickets online here. Use the priority code WBOADVBC  

Nanaimo has enjoyed solid economic growth since 2015, and employment growth has averaged more than 1 per cent annually since 2009. But there are clouds on the horizon, both domestic and international, and British Columbia’s economy is expected to grow at a slower pace than in recent years.

Real estate has been a source of wealth throughout British Columbia for a number of years, but housing starts province-wide are expected to decline. The slump in housing activity will have repercussions for employment, income, and household spending. The provincial forestry industry will also struggle, dragged down in part by the U.S. decision to impose duties on softwood lumber. B.C.’s liquid natural gas (LNG) sector is also undergoing uncertainty.

Get the most detailed and up-to-date analysis of the economic outlook for Nanaimo, Vancouver Island and British Columbia, all set within a national and international context, at the Western Business Outlook 2018: Nanaimo.

This in-depth and detailed economic analysis is accompanied by a keynote address and a lively panel discussion with some of the region’s leading business people and policy-makers.

The Western Business Outlook in Nanaimo promises to be the premier economic forecasting event on the island this year.

List of speakers:

Pedro Antunes
Executive Director, Economic Outlook and Analysis, and Deputy Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada


Marie-Christine Bernard
Director, Provincial Forecast
The Conference Board of Canada


Ralph Nilson
President and Vice-Chancellor
Vancouver Island University


Kim Smythe
Chief Executive Officer
Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce


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Ready to register? Use the priority code WBOADVBC and register for $249.

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