May 2021 | Newsletter
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The Lens: Perspectives on economic resilience in Vancouver

Celebrating 24 community champions of Asian descent in Metro Vancouver 

As May draws to a close, so too does Asian Heritage Month, which celebrates and recognizes the vibrant social, economic, cultural, political, research and other significant contributions by people of Asian descent.

Of the innumerable people who have helped build a vibrant economy, we have taken the opportunity to feature 24 remarkable professionals whose work has in some way exemplified or contributed to economic transformation and resilience. Many of them could be considered hidden gems in our economic development ecosystem – people whose profiles may not extend far beyond their respective spheres of influence.

It is by no means an exhaustive list and we look forward to spotlighting many others in the future.

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NEW: VEC Publication on Financing Resilience

As Vancouver moves forward with developing the first climate-focused building retrofit regulation in Canada the opportunities are only going to grow. One of the core challenges in doing so, however, has always been the question of how to pay for it. Read the study.

What we’re reading: the fate of small business in Metro Vancouver

We examine three recent research reports that provide a clear picture of current and ongoing issues, and potential solutions, to the difficulties facing small business in Metro Vancouver. Learn more.

Accelerating Innovative Energy Solutions: An Interview with FortisBC

FortisBC's first Project Greenlight challenge tasks innovators to propose solutions that employ technologies such as drones, AR/VR, machine learning/AI and EV charging. We caught up with Mark Warren, director of business innovation at FortisBC, to learn more about this challenge.

BC needs an affordable supply of high-performance heat pumps.

To smooth the pathway to a fully electrified built environment, VEC is seeking a multidisciplinary consulting team to undertake research, consultation, and strategy development to create a process for attracting more high-performance heat pump manufacturers to do business in British Columbia. Deadline: June 15th, 2021.

Learn more and apply.

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