09:00 AM - 09:45 AM
Musqueam Indigenous Opening Ceremony
Location: Main Ballroom

The Musqueam Indigenous Opening Ceremony is a significant event that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Musqueam Nation. As the original stewards of Sea Island, where Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located, the Musqueam people play a vital role in shaping the cultural landscape of the region.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Keynote - Current Vancouver Industry Trends Post Covid-19
Location: Main Ballroom

Our keynote explains why most Vancouver businesses are still suffering post-pandemic. Most local businesses are struggling just to keep their heads above water, with COVID-related debt, inflation, labour shortages and the switch to delivery apps.

Join this session for a deep dive and gain insight into what can be done to overcome some of these challenges.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Vancouver Businesses Face New Challenges
Location: Main Ballroom

Speaker: Emily Boston, Policy Analyst, British Columbia at CFIB

Emily will address theft, disorder and threats forcing Vancouver businesses to shut their doors. Explore and debate what measures can be taken in our business community to circumvent these issues.

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Expert Panel - How BIAs Can Support Your Local Business
Location: Main Ballroom

Vancouver must support small businesses facing unprecedented challenges. Vancouver is home to 22 business improvement associations, or BIAs, not-for-profit organizations whose primary objective is to support, promote and advocate on behalf of more than 25,000 businesses and commercial properties throughout the different districts they serve across the city.

Join this session and hear from 4 BIAs from different districts across the city discuss how each BIA is a microcosm of a local economy, and while they have individual needs, the overarching issues and areas of common focus are seen across the city.

12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Networking Lunch
Location: Main Ballroom

Join your peers for a hot lunch buffet, visit exhibits and network with industry experts and meet new partners!

01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Meaningful Diversity & Inclusion Strategies That Will Positively Impact Your Business
Location: Main Ballroom

Embracing diversity and inclusion. Our speaker shares thought leadership on how to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all individuals, regardless of background or identity. Join us in promoting diversity and embracing different perspectives for a better future!

02:15 PM - 02:45 PM
Vancouver's Unique Influencer Marketing Landscape
Location: Main Ballroom

This session is a comprehensive guide to understanding the dynamic and ever-evolving world of influencer marketing in the vibrant city of Vancouver. Whether you are a brand looking to tap into the local market or an influencer seeking to establish your presence in this competitive landscape, our speaker will provide valuable insights, strategies, and case studies to help you navigate and succeed in Vancouver's influencer marketing scene. Explore the latest trends, best practices, and success stories that define Vancouver's unique influencer marketing landscape.

02:45 PM - 03:30 PM
Coffee Break
Location: Main Foyer

Coffee , tea and refreshments served in exhibitor area. Networking opportunity

03:45 PM - 04:30 PM
Expert Panel - Friend or Foe? Is AI a Threat or Can Local Businesses Adopt an AI Strategy to Overcome Challenges and Remain Competitive
Location: Main Ballroom

This expert panel is dedicated to providing comprehensive and practical guidance on leveraging AI technologies to drive growth and innovation in the business world. Our team of experts covers a wide range of topics, including AI adoption, implementation best practices, case studies, and industry trends. Whether you are a seasoned business leader or a budding entrepreneur, our content will help you navigate the complex landscape of AI and unlock its full potential for your organization.

04:45 PM - 05:30 PM
Closing Keynote - "Think Globally, Act Locally" Inspiring Global Change Through Local Actions. Together, We Can Make a Difference!
Location: Main Ballroom

Our expert keynote expands on importance of this phrase that urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and to take action in their own communities and cities. It is an international marketing principle that urges companies to have a consistent strategy when selling internationally while adapting their tactical approach to the local market they are targeting. The slogan has been an integral part of climate action, embodying the idea that we should implement environmentally conscious solutions into everyday decisions and actions. Together we are better!

05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Cocktail Mixer
Location: Skidmore Room

Join your industry peers and enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. We will provide top class entertainment while you connect with industry experts, like-minded professionals, and potential new partners.

Max Capacity 250 guests

08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Event Wrap Party
Location: Offsite (TBD)

Join us after dinner for more networking, entertainment and fun at our sponsored wrap party. Must have VIP pass to attend. Downtown venue