Editorial | Economic Summit: The Future is 2020

The world is in a constant state of evolution, especially with the drastic changes accompanying the innovation revolution. We see the economy shifting, technology rapidly changing, and business models evolving with disrupters like artificial intelligence and driverless cars entering society.

We want to support businesses in the Tri-Cities thrive by implementing new technologies. On Wednesday, May 8, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is hosting our fifth annual Economic Summit presented by Rise Advisors to provide the necessary information to do just that. This year’s theme, The Future is 2020 will explore Canada’s economic forecast, artificial intelligence, automation and hyper-connectivity. This event will provide a framework for how the Tri-Cities and Metro Vancouver will transform in the next decade. This year’s Economic Summit is the trifecta: gain insight into Canada’s economic outlook, learn tangible business skills, and be inspired by the technology of today and the future.

This morning event provides valuable insight into our provincial and national economies, global markets, and emerging industries, as well as networking opportunities with business leaders, changemakers, and visionaries from across the country.

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast as you network with some of BC’s most influential thought-leaders in the AI, transportation and communication industries. Following breakfast, enjoy keynote addresses from RBC Royal Bank’s Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist, Dawn Desjardins and Finger Food’s CEO & Co-Founder, Ryan Peterson.

Ryan’s Futurist Keynote address will lay the foundation for the Summit’s FUTURE Talks – hyper-targeted 15-minute presentations on industries that are in the midst of a technological revolution. Four innovative leaders will present on the integration of AI and automation in the fields off communication, connectivity, transportation, and urban growth.

Think the Jetsons but in real life. Well, maybe not quite, but we’re close – we’re at the forefront of technology we could only dream about just a few years ago. The Economic Summit will help you bring your business into the next decade. Join us in preparing to step into 2020.


Date: Wednesday, May 8
Breakfast: 7:00 – 8:00 AM
Program: 8:00 – 11:30 AM
Location: Executive Plaza Hotel Coquitlam

For businesses and communities to thrive, they must be able to adapt. For the most optimal outcomes, business owners, entrepreneurs, and the community at large must prepare for and integrate, these technological revolutions into their business and civic models. For more information on this event, please visit www.tricitieschamber.com.