Economic Summit 2018

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Name: Economic Summit 2018
Date: May 8, 2018
Time: 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT
Event Description:
The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is excited to host its 4th annual Economic Summit. 2018's event will feature a keynote address from Neils Veldhuis, President of The Fraser Institute and two panels made up of industry experts, all over breakfast. You will have the opportunity to hear from leaders in Blockchain Technology and to discuss the economic impacts of the legalization of cannabis.

This is an interactive event where you can ask your questions in real-time! Join the conversation at Just enter the event code #TCCSummit2018, select your desired panel, and enter your question or vote for others’ questions.


7:15 AM – Registration & Breakfast Buffet Opens
8:00 AM – Opening Remarks
8:15 AM – Keynote Presentation
9:00 AM – Blockchain Technology Overview
9:10 AM – Blockchain Panel Begins
10:00 AM – Networking Break
10:10 AM – Cannabis Panel Begins
11:00 AM – Closing Remarks


Neils Veldhuis, President of The Fraser Institute

While the Canadian economy fared relatively well during the great global economic upheaval of 2008 and its aftermath, Canada currently faces serious economic challenges. Business investment ranks second-lowest among advanced economies. And according to forecasts, we can expect weak economic growth going forward. Unfortunately, Canadians have seemingly been lulled into a sense of complacency about Canada’s economic competitiveness—and this federal government and many provinces have not pursued sound economic policies. Crucially, this comes at a time when the U.S. has made itself significantly more attractive to investment thanks to a series of policies including sweeping tax reform.

So what is the outlook for the Canadian and British Columbian economy? What proven pro-growth economic policies will re-establish Canadian and British Columbian competitiveness? Join Niels Veldhuis for a thoughtful presentation on Canadian Competitiveness at a Crossroads.


Blockchain Panel

The Future of Currencies
The future of currencies is upon us. How will digital currencies affect banks, businesses, and the overall economy? Join expert panelists to expand your knowledge of Blockchain technology and the wide variety of cryptocurrencies.
  • Chris Jensen, Co-Founder & COO of RightMesh
  • Frans Tjallingii, Co-Founder & CEO of First Coin Capital Corp.
  • Peter Chow-White, Professor at Simon Fraser University
  • Moderated by: Barinder Rasode, President & CEO of NICHE Canada

Cannabis Panel

Economic Impact of Legalization
How will the legalization of cannabis affect BC’s economy and impact business? Gain some perspective on the topic by hearing from a retailer, a grower, and a cannabis expert. These experts will create a conversation around how this legalization will affect you and your business.
  • Allan Lingwood, CCO of FARM – The Original Farmacy
  • David Martyn, President of Compass Cannabis Clinics
  • Matt Christopherson, VP, Business Development for Keirton Inc.
  • Moderated by: Kevin Rathbun, CFA of Rise CPA
Event Sponsors:





The Molson Canadian Theatre
@ the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver 
2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam
Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, May 8th, 2018
7:30 AM - 11:30AM
Contact Information:
Stephanie Mah, Events Manager
Breakfast Included in Ticket Price!

Members: $95 
Members Table of 8: $710 
Non-Members: $125 
Non-Members Table of 8: $975
*All prices subject to GST

Cancelation Policy: All tickets are non refundable within 14 days of the event. 
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