Tri-Cities Chamber Announces 2018 Economic Summit

(TRI-CITIES) March 19, 2018 – The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is hosting the fourth annual gathering of internationally acclaimed business leaders and visionaries on May 8th at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver. Bringing together some of the best minds in emerging markets under one roof, this event is set to be the business event in the region.

This year’s event focuses on radical changes happening in the marketplace. With cannabis legalization around the corner and the increased popularity in crypto-currency, the Economic Summit will provide insight into the future of the business landscape. The Economic Summit provides our members and the Metro Vancouver business community the opportunity to learn how to navigate the changes and use the new technology to their advantage.

Keynote speaker, Niels Velhuis, President of The Fraser Institute will present a thoughtful address on Canadian Competitiveness at a Crossroads. He will review the provincial and federal economic outlook and explore what pro-growth economic policies can re-establish Canadian and British Columbian competitiveness.


Blockchain Panel: The Future of Currencies

Panelists will discuss how digital currencies will affect banks, businesses, and the overall economy.

Chris Jensen, Co-Founder & COO, RightMesh
Frans Tjallingii, Co-Founder & CEO, First Coin Capital
Peter Chow-White, Professor, SFU
Moderator: Kevin Rathbun, CFA, Rise CPA


Cannabis Panel: Economic Impact of Legalization

Panelists will discuss the legalization of marijuana and its affect on the BC economy and business.

Allan Lingwood, CEC, FARM – The Original Farmacy
David Martyn, President, Compass Cannabis Clinics
Matt Christopherson, VP, Business Development, Keirton
Moderator: Barinder Rasode, President & CEO, NICHE Canada


“Businesses have recently felt an increased burden with fee and tax increases compiling,” says CEO, Michael Hind. “Neils will expand on proven pro-growth economic policies that can help re-establish BC and Canadian competitiveness and is essential for anyone in business to hear.”

The Economic Summit will take place on Tuesday, May 8th from 7:15 – 11:00 AM at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver. Tickets are available for Tri-Cities Chamber members at $95+GST and non-members at $125+GST. Tables can be purchased as well for $710+GST for members and $975+GST for non-members. For more information and to register, please visit

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is a membership based proactive network of business-minded individuals that are committed to acting as an accessible, visible, supportive and reciprocal resource to our members and the Tri-Cities at large, communicating their collective voice to help shape a prosperous business community.

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For further information, please contact:

Stephanie Rennie, Communications Manager
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
T: 604.468.6874