"One of the highlights at this year's Economic Summit will be the 'What We Heard' document," states Cori Lynn Germiquet. One of the most pressing priorities that has emerged on Vancouver Island is creating awareness of the role that regional collaboration plays in strategic economic development.
"We get to make our own choices. We get to make our own future. We just have to have the vision to imagine, and the tenacity to pursue it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it," stated Premier Gordon Campbell.
"From all corners of Vancouver Island and in all sectors, leaders are wanting opportunities to collaborate, communicate and share best practices, resources and information. The general consensus is that there is unnecessary comnpetition and that everyone on the Island would benefit from more collaboration and sharing on all levels," statged Eric Bonham.
"The phrase water for life and livelihoods conveys the fundamental principles of sustainability of natural systems in their own right and in relation to the health and wellbeing of people who benefit from the use of water for basic life needs and economic activity," states John Finnie, CAVI Chair.
"Sustainability ranks high on the legislative agendas of most governments, media coverage of the topic is widespread and sustainability issues are on the tops of minds of many Vancouver Islanders," states Iain Cuthbert. "What is less known are the business implications and opportunities related to sustainability on Vancouver Island. What are businesses doing now to capitalize on sustainability driven agendas and to participate in the 'Green Economy'?"
Bruce Sampson spent much of his early career in the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Finance in Victoria. The latter part of his career was spent at BC Hydro where he had several positions, including Vice President of Strategic Planning and finally Vice President of Sustainability.