Pat Bell to Give Luncheon Address at State of the Island Economic Summit in Nanaimo
Sep 24, 2012
(News Release) VICTORIA — Pat Bell will be the featured speaker at the networking luncheon on the second day of the 2012 State of the Island Economic Summit at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, October 15 and 16, 2012.
Minister Bell joins Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney and Premier Christy Clark in headlining an impressive list of summit presenters.
“We are delighted to have Minister Bell speaking at the Economic Summit this year,” says summit chair Rick Roberts. “His message regarding the state of the BC economy, and the Island economy in particular, will be of interest to everyone gathered.”
Pat Bell was appointed Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and the Minister Responsible for Labour on September 5, 2011. He was re-elected for a third term as MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie in 2009.
Pat has previously served as Minister of Forests, Mines and Lands, Minister of Forests and Range, Minister of Agriculture and Lands and as Minister of State for Mining.
Minister Bell has served on the Government Caucus Committee on Natural Resources and B.C. Task Force on Mining, and as chair of the Small Scale Salvage Review Committee. Pat has also served on the Legislative Select Standing Committees on Education and Crown Corporations.
Prior to becoming an MLA, Pat owned a trucking company and co-owned a logging company. He also worked in the hospitality sector as a small business owner and at the corporate level for more than 30 years and currently owns two restaurants.
VIEA is also happy to announce that Douglas Magazine will Sponsor Minister Bell’s luncheon presentation. “Douglas Magazine is delighted to sponsor the 2012 Economic Summit,” says Lise Gyorkos, President of PageOne Publishing. “Anyone who has seen the latest issue of Douglas Magazine will have read about Mark Carney, VIEA and the Summit in particular. With feature presentations this year by Minister Bell, Premier Christy Clark and Governor Carney, the Summit is a rare ‘must attend’ opportunity for anyone interested in the local, national and international economy.”
“Governor Carney needs no introduction to anyone who has been following news of the Canadian and world economy for the last several years” says Bill Benoit, Past Chair of the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance.
Governor Carney will be making his presentation in Nanaimo (opening the 2012 Summit on October 15) upon arriving back in Canada from annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Tokyo, Japan. This will be his only public address in British Columbia in 2012.
About the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance
The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance is a non-government, non-profit society providing a single, integrated voice representing all of Vancouver Island to promote a sustainable & diversified economy; promote strong communities, First Nations, and careful stewardship of our natural resources; provide regional leadership for regional business attraction, retention & expansion; and to promote regional initiatives that strengthen economic capacity.
For information about Summit registration and sponsorship opportunities visit www.viea.ca or email summit (at) viea.ca.