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BLOG: Mark Milke on Asian markets, Proposed Energy Projects and Native Land Claim issues at CanaData West

Mark Milke, a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute, was the keynote speaker for the Canadata West conference held Oct. 23 in Vancouver. Milke, who has a PhD in political philosophy and international relations, said that numbers are an accurate reflection of what's happening on the ground, and also ...

BLOG: High-tech presence in B.C. and infrastructure outlook with Mark Betteridge at CanaData West

Mark Betteridge, the CEO of Discovery Parks, gave an overview of B.C.’s high-tech landscape and infrastructure challenges at the Canadata West Conference held in Vancouver on Oct. 23. Betteridge began by saying high-tech is the biggest growing sector of B.C.'s economy and the second highest creator ...

CanaData West Blog: The future of B.C.’s Demography and What it Means for our Labour Market by Ryan Berlin

Ryan Berlin, the demographer and director of Urban Futures Inc., was on hand at the Canadata West conference in Vancouver on Oct. 23 with a talk entitled: The future of B.C.’s Demography and What it Means for our Labour Market Back in 2006-2007, labour was "hot," Berlin said, and he co-authored a re...

BLOG: Cameron Muir’s B.C. Economy overview and real estate outlook at CanaData West

Cameron Muir, the chief economist of the British Columbia Real Estate Association, addressed the delegates of the inaugural Canadata West conference with a talk about the B.C. economy and a look at current real estate trends. Muir said a falling dollar helps exports, but he also sees more demand for...

BLOG: Alex Carrick at Canadata West : Canada, I Barely Recognize You

Alex Carrick, the chief economist for CanaData, was the first speaker at the Canadata West conference, held in Vancouver on Oct. 23. His presentation,  Canada, I Barely Recognize You, was an overview and construction forecast of the Canadian economy. Carrick began by speaking about the world, U.S. ...

SNC-Lavalin secures Dubai cooling contract

SNC-Lavalin Gulf Contractors (SLGC) has been awarded a $37-million contract to provide district cooling facilities for the Meraasland Themed Entertainment Resort in Dubai, according to SNC-Lavalin. The contract was awarded by Tabreed Parking Investment LLC, subsidary of National Central Cooling Com...

B.C. government plans a 3.5 per cent income tax on LNG

The British Columbia government has climbed down from its proposed goal of a seven per cent income tax on the province's liquefied natural gas industry, and instead cut the rate in half to 3.5 per cent for the next two decades. Finance Minister Mike De Jong said Bill 6, the Liquefied Natural Gas Inc...

Job grant to relieve skills shortage

Alberta employers facing skills shortage challenges may soon get some relief thanks to a new Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) program. Post-secondary institution SAIT Polytechnic is ready to provide training in a number of high-demand sectors, a statement reads. The CAJG program recently announced s...

Decision makers, dissenters set sights on Site C project price tag

With provincial and federal environmental certificates now in hand, BC Hydro faces a much tougher hurdle for its massive Site C hydroelectric project - the bottom line. The Crown agency estimates it will cost $7.9 billion to build the dam on the Peace River, making it the largest provincial public e...

BLOG: BC Construction Roundtable on development in B.C.'s north

The B.C. Construction Roundtable, held October 16 in Vancouver, examined opportunities and challenges for construction in British Columbia's northern region. The first speaker was Janine North, the CEO of the Northern Development Initiative, who looked at the projects currently underway and proposed...

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