Every day we are bombarded by media, whether television, radio, or print, with negative events in the world, in our country, and in our communities. For many of us that becomes the expected or the norm as we go about our busy lives. I think that most people would view me as a positive person but I must admit that the day-to-day negativity that surrounds us does sometimes affect my outlook.
There is an annual event on Vancouver Island that significantly pumps up the positivity in me and that is the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance ‘Economic Summit’. The 10th annual Summit was held October 26th and 27th at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in beautiful Nanaimo and is a unique event in British Columbia.
This summit brings together industry, government, First Nations, non-profits, and entrepreneurs to learn what is happening on Vancouver Island, attend seminars and workshops on current initiatives, and network with folk from all corners of the island. In addition, there are keynote addresses by leaders in their field on current topics. A focus this year was climate change and mitigation.
For me, the most valuable part of the Summit is the ability to network with those in attendance who come from a broad variety of industries and occupations. Their stories of the positive things that are happening in their communities is inspiring, encouraging, and educational.
If you are in business or do business on Vancouver Island this event is a must! All 600 in attendance received a copy of the ‘State of the Island Economic Report 2016’ prepared by MNP and published by VIEA.
Through VIEA, there is a collaborative approach to the economic viability of our island. Together we can accomplish so much more. For more on the Summit and the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance, visit www.viea.ca
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