On April 16-17th, Metal Tech Alley was paid a visit by four members of BC’s Emerging Economy Task Force (EETF).
The 14-member task force is a new Provincial initiative composed of experts with a range of knowledge and experience, from industry, business and academia. It has been established to provide a better understanding of how global conditions and emerging technological advancements will shape the future of B.C.’s economy. Its goal is to gather input from industry leaders to assess and determine the changing nature of business and the economy in the years ahead, and recommend how our government can best anticipate change. The EETF will define what an emerging economy in B.C. looks like, and what factors will affect economic growth in the next five, 10 and 25 years.
This process will involve the collaboration with communities to deliver advice and recommendations to the government that will help shape policy and provide made-in-B.C. solutions to support an innovative and diverse economy. The EETF will explore and propose options for innovative and cutting-edge government policies in response to these changes, to ensure B.C. stays at the forefront of emerging economic developments.
The Government of BC envisions a provincial thriving economy, one where every British Columbian has the potential and opportunity to participate and benefit in sustainable and shared prosperity. It is committed to enacting programs and policies that make life better for all British Columbians, and respond effectively to our changing world. Understanding our emerging economy will enable B.C. to maintain its strong economic position – both to embrace opportunities and prepare for challenges.
The members of the Task Force who visited us included: Kathy Kinloch, President of BCIT; Peter Elkins, an associate faculty member at Royal Roads University; Iglika Ivanova, Senior Economist at the CCPA; and Eric Werker, Professor at the Beedie School of Business, SFU.
During their visit the Task Force members visited nine local companies and organizations including i4C Innovation Centre, MIDAS, the CBT, Fenix Advanced Materials, ABC3D, SMRT1 Technologies, Austin Engineering, KAST and ATCO Wood Products. Meeting representatives of these companies gave our visitors insight into the variety of expertise in this region. This was an excellent opportunity to showcase Metal Tech Alley companies and partners to demonstrate the exciting and innovative projects that are happening here!
To read more about the Emerging Economy Task Force click here.