Economic Summit

The Economic Summit is a gathering of world-renowned business leaders and visionaries, bringing together some of the best minds in Canadian business to one venue.

2022 | Economic Summit

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 11AM

Location: Executive Plaza Hotel


  • Vaughn Palmer, Journalist & Vancouver Sun’s Provincial Political Columnist
  • Brendon Ogmundson, Chief Economist, BC Real Estate Association

Panellists: TBA


2019 | Economic Summit: The Future is 2020

Keynote Addresses

Economist: Dawn Desjardins, Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist, RBC Royal Bank

Futurist: Ryan Peterson, CEO & Co-Founder, Finger Food

Future Talks (15 min. presentations from industry experts)

  • Connectivity: Osman Naeem, Telus
  • Urban Growth: Gaetan Royer, CEO, CityState Consulting Services
  • Transportation: Andrew McCurran, Translink
  • Communication: Darian Kovacs, Jelly Marketing
  • AI: Ye Lu, AltumView


2018 | Economic Summit

Keynote: Niels Veldhuis, President, The Fraser Institute

Blockchain Panel: The Future of Currencies

    • Chris Jensen, Co-Founder & COO, RightMesh

  • Frans Tjallingii, Co-Founder & CEO, First Coin Capital
  • Dr. Peter Chow-White, Professor, Simon Fraser University
  • Moderator: Kevin Rathbun, Rise Advisors

Cannabis Panel: Economic Impact of Legalization

  • Allan Lingwood, Chief Compliance Officer, FARM
  • Dr. Anil Soni, Director, Rejuva Medispa and Laser
  • David Martyn, President, Compass Cannabis Clinic
  • Matt Chistopherson, VP of Business Development, Keirton
  • Moderator: Barinder Rasode, CEO, NICHE Canada


2017 | Economic Summit

Keynote: Dr. Sherry CooperChief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

Canada & Trump Panel:

  • Greg Timm, CEO, Pacific Custom Brokers (Canada & USA)
  • James Moore, Senior Advisor, Dentons
  • Maria Rajanayagam, Board Chair, American Chamber of Commerce in Canada

Game Changers:

  • Caren McSherry, Owner, The Gourmet Warehouse
  • John Volken, Founder, United Furniture Warehouse
  • Wim Vander Zalm, President, Art Knapp Plantland


2016 | Economic Summit 2.0

Keynote: Dr. Sherry CooperChief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

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CEO Panel:

  • Dave Lanphear, President, Envision Financial
  • Gary Mauris, CEO, Mortgage Centre Canada and President & CEO, Dominion Lending Centres
  • Rex Sheehy, President, Earth’s Own Food Division
  • Faye Wightman, Former President & CEO, Vancouver Foundation

Energy Panel:

  • Chris O’Riley, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, BC Hydro
  • Stewart Muir, Executive Director, Resource Works
  • Doug Stout, VP Market Development & External Relations, Fortis BCEconomic Summit 2016 - Tech Panel - Close Up - 2 - websize
  • Ben Themens, Director, Lonsdale Energy Corporation

Technology Panel:

  • Wilkins Chung, Co-Founder, A Thinking Ape Software
  • Michael van Hemmen, Public Policy Manager, Uber
  • Greg Malpass, CEO & Founder, Traction on Demand
  • Trent Shumay, Co-Founder & CTO, Finger Food Studios


2015 | Economic Summit

Keynote: James Moore, Minister of Industry

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CEO Panel:

  • Rod Baker, CEO, Great Canadian Gaming
  • Jean-Pierre LeBlanc, Co-Founder & Chief Wellness Officer, Saje Natural
  • Darrell Jones, CEO, Overwaitea Food Group
  • Dr. Debbie Samsom, President, Back in Motion

Tech & Innovation Panel:

  • Ryan Benn, President, Teldon Media & Alive Publishing Group Inc
  • Wade Larson, President & COO, UrtheCast
  • Ryan Peterson, CEO, Finger Food Studios
  • Thorsten Wesse, CEO, Automotive Fuel Cell CooperationEconomic Summit 2015 - Federal MP Panel

Federal MP Panel:

  • MP Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada
  • MP James Moore, Minister of Industry
  • MP Joyce Murray, Critic for National Defence and Western Diversification
  • MP Kennedy Stewart, Official Opposition Critic for Science & Technology