Future-proofing Vancouver: Transformative ideas for economic resilience

  • Friday, Mar 5th, 2021, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
  • Category: Resilience

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We know the trends that will cause the greatest changes in Vancouver’s economy.
Here’s how we prepare.

The Vancouver Economic Commission and SFU Beedie School of Business warmly invite you to join our representatives along with Regional Chief Terry Teegee, Mayor Kennedy Stewart, and speakers from the BC Assembly of First Nations and the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium for a moderated dialogue around themes of future-proofing Vancouver in anticipation of economic transformation.  

During this online event, each panelist will briefly present their transformative ideas before fielding questions from the audience.



Regional Chief Terry Teegee

Regional Chief
BC Assembly of First Nations
Area of Interest: economic reconciliation

Mayor Kennedy Stewart

City of Vancouver
Area of Interest: how to build partnerships to deliver critical housing, transportation and social infrastructure for all

Sarah Lubik

Director of Entrepreneurship
SFU Beedie School of Business
Area of Interest: the significance of entrepreneurship when building economic resilience

Mark Podlasly

BC Assembly of First Nations
Area of Interest: how combining GDP economics with Indigenous values could yield a richer collective wellbeing

JR Hammond

Executive Director
Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium
Area of Interest: the next phase of zero-emission transportation for Metro Vancouver, and how to connect people and places more efficiently with zero-emission aviation.

James Raymond

Senior Manager of Research
Vancouver Economic Commission
Area of Interest: the crucial role tracking and gathering the right data plays in measuring shared prosperity


  • 12:00 PM – Welcome and Introduction
  • 12:10 PM – Panel insights and dialogue
  • 12:30 PM – Moderated discussion and audience Q&A
  • 1:10 PM – Closing remarks

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Panelist Bios

Regional Chief Terry Teegee – Regional Chief, BC Assembly of First Nations

Terry Teegee is the elected Regional Chief of the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations and proudly serving his second term in this position. Terry’s ancestry is of Dakelh, Gitxsan and Sekani descent and he is a member of Takla Nation. As a former Registered Professional Forester, responsible for looking after the forests, forest lands and forest resources, Terry is deeply involved in natural resources development. As Regional Chief, he was an instrumental voice in the development and historic passing of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. Terry’s strong leadership, both provincially and nationally, was vital on numerous following portfolios and issues related to economic development, natural resources, and justice.

Prior to becoming the Regional Chief, Terry was the elected Tribal Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) from 2012–2017. Terry has held forestry and natural resources roles with the CSTC and Takla Nation. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources Management (Forestry) and a Natural Resources Technology Diploma.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart – Mayor, City of Vancouver

Kennedy Stewart was elected the 40th Mayor of Vancouver on October 20, 2018, and is the City’s first independent Mayor in three decades. Born in Nova Scotia, he is a long-time resident and renter in downtown Vancouver. Mayor Stewart’s priority is to work every day on building partnerships to deliver the housing we need, tackle the overdose crisis, and invest in transit to build sustainable and walkable communities. He is focused on rapidly building housing in every neighbourhood to keep our city welcoming and vibrant. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

Sarah Lubik – Director of Entrepreneurship, SFU Beedie School of Business

Dr. Sarah Lubik is an award-winning educator, entrepreneur, researcher and intrapreneur. She is the Executive Director of the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship and Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s first Director of Entrepreneurship. She has experience coordinating pan-European startup support programs focusing on key areas such as coaching, funding and clusters, is a certified expert business coach and is the co-founder and marketing director of a high-tech startup: Lungfish Dive Systems. She is on the board of organizations that span the continuum of innovation from educational charities Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad (YELL) and PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs, as well as New Ventures BC and the I-INC Foundation, supporting a national network of entrepreneurial universities. Sarah has been named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 and an Innovation Leader by the Government of Canada in 2016 and 2018.

Sarah holds a BBA (honours) from SFU and a masters and PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Mark Podlasly – Advisor, BC Assembly of First Nations

Mark Podlasly (Nlaka’pamux Nation) provides strategic advice at the intersection of Indigenous-corporate governance and infrastructure issues. He has over 20 years of extensive experience in the development of capital projects connected to energy, natural resources and community infrastructure around the world. He also serves as Director of Economic Policy and Initiatives at the First Nations Major Projects Coalition, a national 70+ Indigenous nation collective that seeks ownership of major infrastructures, and as Chair of the First Nations Limited Partnership (Pipelines), a 16-First Nations $500 million commercial partnership with Chevron’s Kitimat LNG project. Mark holds a Harvard University master’s degree and is a regular speaker at global business and governance events including the International Finance Corporation’s annual sustainability conference.

JR Hammond – Executive Director, Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium

JR Hammond is the executive director of the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM). A not-for-profit organization, CAAM’s mission is to design and implement the Advanced Air Mobility strategy nationwide. JR is also the CEO and founder of Canadian Air Mobility based in Vancouver, Canada. Canadian Air Mobility is a for-profit company mandated on activist-based investments in environmental and social ventures within the advanced air mobility ecosystem in Canada.

Moderator: James Raymond, Senior Manager of Research, Vancouver Economic Commission

James Raymond graduated from one of Europe’s Top 10 Business Schools. His educational background is augmented by more than 15 years of experience working in public, private and non-profit sectors for leading-edge organizations. He leads VEC’s economic research through monitoring trends and economic and political developments, forecasting major economic indicators, developing publication products, communicating the results of analyses, and ultimately providing the research integral to informing VEC positions on issues of economic impact and development. James has been responsible for producing many FDI proposals leading to thousands of jobs being created in Vancouver by leading multinational companies including Amazon, Fujitsu, Samsung, Intel and DNeg. He is passionate about truly sustainable economic development, and strives to establish Vancouver as a role model for other cities and regions to follow.

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