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Metro Vancouver's Regional Prosperity Initiative

A growing group of important stakeholders in the Metro Vancouver region is committed to improving and expanding the prosperity of the Metro Vancouver region through the creation of a collaborative initiative bringing together businesses, local governments, academia, professional associations and civic organizations.

The Regional Prosperity Initiative Steering Committee and Advisory Group, with direction from the Metro Vancouver Regional Economy Task Force, has developed a proposal for the new collaboration, as summarized in this booklet presented at the September 15, 2017 Regional Prosperity Forum. Regional Prosperity Initiative - A new collaborative approach to prosperity for the Metro Vancouver Region.
 

The Initiative Moving Forward

The following shows our short term plan for creating a public-private collaborative prosperity organization in Metro Vancouver – what’s been accomplished so far and what’s still to come.

  1. Task force / Ad Hoc Committee

    2014 & 2015

    Two distinct but separate bodies were formed out of a recognition that the Metro Vancouver region lacks an effective mechanism to coordinate efforts to promote the region and attract the investment and talent we need to succeed in today’s complex global economy, while simultaneously preserving the social, cultural and environmental integrity of where we live. The first was Metro Vancouver’s Regional Economy Task Force, a body comprising five Metro Vancouver Board Directors / municipal Mayors. The second was what became known as the Ad Hoc Committee – a group of forward-thinking leaders, representing some of the most influential organizations in the region.

  2. Regional Prosperity Forum

    April 27, 2016

    A Regional Prosperity Forum was held to convene regional stakeholders and discuss the value of a multi-stakeholder collaboration in promoting the region’s prosperity.

    View the agenda:

    Forum Agenda


    At the end of the forum, 36 organizations signed onto a declaration stating, “We are committed to improving and expanding the prosperity of the Metro Vancouver region through the creation of a collaborative initiative bringing together businesses, local governments, academia, professional associations and civic organizations.”

    Videos from the Forum can be viewed here:

    Introduction and Keynote
    Panel 1: The Metro Vancouver Economy
    Panel 2: Investing in Metro Vancouver
    Presentation of proposed framework and responding panel

  3. Inagurural roundtable

    June 16, 2016

    Responding to the direction from the Regional Prosperity Forum, a Roundtable of interested stakeholders was convened to discuss the next steps to creating a public-private collaboration on regional prosperity for the Metro Vancouver region.

    See agenda:

    round table agenda

  4. Steering committee

    September 2016 to Mid 2017

    A Steering Committee composed of regional leaders is preparing a proposal for a new regional public-private collaboration on regional prosperity. An Advisory Group, composed of CEOs, Presidents and one Senator, has provided input into the process and lent a global perspective. The Committee’s recommendations will include details about mission, activities, three-year work plan and budget, and funding strategy.

  5. Regional Prosperity Forum II

    September 15, 2017

    Stakeholders will come together to review the recommendations of the Steering Committee and provide direction for the new collaboration.