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Here it is! The most up-to-date information on the upcoming BC Economic Summit. Click here to register now  and save $50 with the Early Bird rates which end April 30th.

The BCEDA team
Speaker Spotlight: Ryan Walter

Ryan Walter played more than 1000 games over 15 seasons in the National Hockey League. Drafted second overall by the Washington Capitals in 1978, Ryan was named the youngest NHL captain in his second of 4 seasons, played 9 seasons and won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens, and returned to his home town to play his last 2 seasons for the Vancouver Canucks. He was named Team Canada Captain in the World Junior Tournament, was selected to play in the NHL All-Star game and for Team Canada in 4 World Championships, became a Vice-President of the National Hockey League Players Association, and was honoured as NHL Man of the Year. Ryan has been inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame, named to the 30 all-time Washington Capitals' Dream team, the top 50 all-time BCHL players and the top 100 Montreal Canadiens in 100 years.


Ryan has a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership/Business. He is the author of 5 books, the creator of the board game Trade Deadline Hockey, and a regular contributor to both online and print magazines and newspapers. Ryan serves on the Hockey Canada Foundation's Board of Directors and is a member of the Seton Hall Stillman School of Business Leadership Advisory Council.


Ryan won a Gold Medal as Head Coach of Canada's National Women's Hockey Team, has been an Assistant Coach of the Vancouver Canucks, co-founder and president of two start-up companies, a TV and radio hockey analyst, and a hockey adviser and actor for both television and movies. Currently the President of the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Heat, Ryan continues to inspire teams, businesses, and organizations worldwide with his masterful keynote delivery and unique interactive training style. Ryan has helped businesses from McDonald's Canada, to Wolters Kluwer, to Schindler Elevator, across North America and beyond, to become their very best. From the page, the screen, the bench, the boardroom, and the podium Ryan is on a mission to "Inspire the Hungry Spirit!"

BC Economic Development Awards
Together with BC Hydro, BCEDA recognizes the province's best economic development marketing materials; programs and partnerships with the BC Economic Development Awards. These prestigious awards honor organizations and/or individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.  Nominate your community achievements is either category, Marketing or Community Project. Two awards will be given in each category - based on population.  

Deadline for entries is April 25, 2014. Winners will be recognized at the BC Economic Summit, June 8-11, 2014 in Richmond, BC. 

Partner Profile - Accommodation
The Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel provides a unique hotel experience minutes from Vancouver International Airport. Located in beautiful Richmond, British Columbia, this newly-renovated, modern hotel is a refreshing destination for all your business and vacation adventures in Vancouver.

In addition to hosting the 2014 BC Economic Summit, the Sheraton Vancouver Airport hotel has been a long-standing partner of BCEDA, members enjoy year-round discounted rates and a portion of your stay is donated back to the Association towards the professional development fund.

Get Involved!
There are many ways to get involved with this year's Summit:
  • Purchase a trade show booth
  • Donate a silent auction item
  • Sponsor a meal
  • Add collateral to delegate bags
  • Advertise in the Summit Program
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