Business investment opportunities in The Elk Valley, British Columbia



Thank you for attending the adVenture Capital Conference, June 17, 2016!

Time Activity
7:30 – 8:30am Buffet Breakfast
8:30 – 10:30am Call to Order – Sharon Strom, Elk Valley Economic Initiative
A welcome to the Ktunaxa Territory
Welcome – Mayor Mary Giuliano, City of Fernie
Business Friendly BC
Provincial Tax Credits, Trade and Investment Programs, services, funding and programs to support the growth of Elk Valley businesses.
  • Gerri Brightwell – Government of British Columbia
  • Tim O’Doherty – Columbia Basin Trust
  • Sean Campbell – Community Futures East Kootenay
  • Jessica Fairhart – Imagine Kootenay
  • Facilitator – Curtis Helgesen, District of Elkford
Why Elk Valley and Why Now
Learn why NOW is the right time to launch and expand businesses in The Valley.
  • Colin Joudrie – Teck Resources
  • Andy Cohen – Fernie Alpine Resort
  • John Pumphrey – CanAus Coal
  • Facilitator – Norma McDougall, Sparwood Chamber of Commerce
10:30 – 10:45am Break
10:45 – 11:30am Opportunities in The Valley
Community leaders will talk about the new services and potential opportunities in their municipalities.
  • Jim Hendricks – City of Fernie
  • Terry Melcer – District of Sparwood
  • Curtis Helgesen – District of Elkford
  • Facilitator – Patty Vadnais, Fernie Chamber of Commerce
11:30am – 12:15pm Partnering with First Nations
Learn the in’s and out’s in forging fruitful partnerships with First Nations.
  • Rosemary Phillips – Ktunaxa Nation Council
  • Aaron Higgs – Nupqu Development Corporation
  • Hugh Moore – Tobacco Plains Indian Band
  • Facilitator – Carla Fox, City of Fernie
12:15 – 1:00pm Buffet Lunch
1:00pm Welcome Back – Mayor Dean McKerracher, District of Elkford
1:00 – 2:30pm Keynote Speaker – Chris Brogan  
Running a Global Business from Anywhere
Keynote Chris Brogan, New York Times bestselling author, will share his perspective on how to expand your business into new markets you’ve probably not considered, learn what matters most and how to get started developing a tattoo‐level obsession with serving a specific market and the rewards it can bring. Attendee’s get a signed copy of Chris’ newest book, ‘The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth’. Book Signing and Networking to follow Chris’ presentation.
  • Facilitator – Kaydia Wright, Elkford Chamber of Commerce
2:30pm Welcome Back – Mayor Cal McDougall, District of Sparwood
2:45 – 3:30pm Making it in The Valley
Hear from three local business owners that have made BC’s Elk Valley not only the place where they live, but home to their successful businesses. Learn what drives their success and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
  • Lance Edwards – Elevation Industries
  • Ian Benson – Bearspaw Contracting Inc.
  • Ron Mason – MDG Contracting Services Inc.
  • Facilitator – Jessica Fairhart, Imagine Kootenay
3:30pm Closing – Sharon Strom, Elk Valley Economic Initiative
3:30 – 5:00pm Reception
Conference guests are invited to a casual reception. Connect, network and expand your horizons.
Appetizers and bar service.
June 18th Adventure Day
Conference attendees use their $200 Adventure Pass to book a variety of activities, including:
  • Mountain Biking
  • White‐water Rafting (Adults Only)
  • Fly‐Fishing
  • Guided Interpretive Hikes
  • Golf – 9 or 18 holes
  • Arts and Culture Tour
  • Spa
  • Rock Climbing
* Adventure passes available to non‐local conference attendees only.