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Inaugural Fraser Valley Economic Summit deemed a success

Event at UFV’s Evered Hall saw 200 local business leaders gather to discuss the region
Panel II at the Fraser Valley Economic Summit featured local mayors (left to right) Eric Woodward (Langley), Paul Horn (Mission), Ross Siemens (Abbotsford) and Ken Popove (Chilliwack). (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News).

The inaugural Fraser Valley Economic Summit saw over 200 business leaders gather for a full day of discussions and advocacy on regional economic opportunities, emerging sectors, and pro-growth policies in the region.

The event, which occurred on May 21 at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Evered Hall, was organized by the Fraser Valley Business Coalition, a new alliance of the Greater Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Mission regional chambers of commerce, representing thousands of local businesses across the region.

Organizers stated the event was successful and hinted that it’s likely this will become an annual event.

“The summit was a tremendous success, bringing together the leaders of our regional economy to map out a bold economic vision for the future of the Fraser Valley,” stated Alex Mitchell, CEO, Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. “It’s time for the Fraser Valley to get its fair share - our region’s success is key to the economic success of all of British Columbia, and the FV Business Coalition is committed to driving that message forward.”

The inaugural summit featured a keynote economic update from Ken Peacock of the BC Business Council, who provided a comprehensive overview of the economic realities for both B.C. and the Fraser Valley region.

The Summit also included thought-provoking panel discussions featuring local professionals and thought-leaders tackling the Valley’s critical infrastructure needs, food security and agriculture, and workforce development, as well as a free-wheeling discussion on the strengths and needs of the region with the four regional mayors and chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District.

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There was also a lunch address from B.C. Premier David Eby, who spoke about issues facing the region and his vision for the future.

“This event highlights the immense potential of our region,” stated Cory Redekop, CEO of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce. “By bringing attention to the opportunities and challenges facing the Valley, we are paving the way for a more prosperous future.”

“The level of engagement and the quality of discussions were outstanding. The insights gained here will help influence our regional opportunities,” stated Leanna Kemp, Executive Director of the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce.

Miriam Bozman, Executive Director of the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce added, “The summit underscored the importance of regional collaboration and proactive planning. The ideas and connections made today will help us drive economic growth and innovation.”

The FVBC announced its formation on March 7 and the Summit was the first undertaking from that group.

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