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Beyond GDP: Happiness and other Metrics that Matter

Leaders in BC's economic development ecosystem increasingly agree on the goal of a healthy society, in which there is prosperity for all. As with any objective, however, it’s essential to have tangible targets, benchmarks, and indicators to track progress.

It is well established that gross domestic product (GDP) has serious limitations in gauging the health and wellbeing of a community. The Beyond GDP section that debuted in the latest issue of our Vancouver Economy Report reflects a topic VEC’s research team has been investigating for years.

The Spring 2022 issue also profiles the performance apparel and artificial intelligence industries, and features quick reads on minimum and living wage, and on measuring happiness.

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Find VEC at these events:

Are you an innovator with a circular solution or technology?

Hybrid Event | Circular Reverse Pitch at GLOBE

Calling all circular innovators! GLOBE Series and VEC will host a Circular Reverse Pitch on March 30. This hybrid event features companies and institutions pitching waste, logistics and design challenges to an audience of circular solutions providers – could you be the one with the solutions they need? Register today

Hybrid Event | Leveraging the Carbon Handprint to Grow Your Business

Carbon Handprint is a new indicator that measures the positive environmental impact of a product or process throughout its lifecycle. This VEC-led GLOBE session on March 31 presents case studies and launches a competition for the first International Carbon Handprint award. Learn more (+ a code for 10% off)

Online Event | Top 5 Climate Solutions Pitch Finale

Interested in BC’s top climate solutions? Be sure to mark your calendars for April 5 and join us for the long-awaited finale to Angels for Climate Solutions! Attend to watch 5 of our ecosystem's most promising climate solutions startups will compete for $122,000. Register to find out which one takes the top prize. Get your ticket now

We’re Hiring!

Manager, Economic Transformation (Inclusive Workforce Development)

Are you passionate about justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in the workforce? Do you have experience supporting and leading project management in the local business community? We’re hiring, and you could be the newest member of our economic transformation team! 
Apply today

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