A Future-Defining Conference

November 15-17, 2022

The past few years have been times of confusion and discord as we struggle to make sense of massive economic and social shifts, from a global health crisis to climate change, economic disruptions, labour shortages, the housing crunch and more.

We need clarity — and that’s what Rising Economy Week 2022 is about. 

Join local and global thought leaders for the 3rd Annual Rising Economy conference, an in-person and virtual event designed to help us rediscover collaboration and cut through the noise to define a clearer path to our future.

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Thought leadership. Bold ideas. Impactful discussions. Networking opportunities. Trend insights.

If you want to help define the future of Greater Victoria, join the conversation at #REW2021. From entrepreneurs and small business owners to CEOs and civic leaders, this free conference is for you.

At last year’s event, we explored what recovery looked like as we grappled with the pandemic. This year, we look to the future. What are our opportunities? How do we RISE to the challenge of creating a more Resilient, Innovative, Sustainable and Equitable economy? Are we prepared for the post-COVID world?

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“Rising Economy Week 2021 is about sparking momentum to meet the challenges of the 21st century with confidence, clarity and a mindset of innovation.”

– Emilie de Rosenroll, CEO
South Island Prosperity Partnership

Your Rising Economy event experience includes:

  • A focus on local and global thought leadership with an In-Person and Virtual program featuring exciting keynotes, topical forums, roundtables, fireside chats and more.
  • A high-energy, multi-channel experience with live and interactive content.
  • Exclusive sessions with leading thinkers in economies, city-building, entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainability, diversity, wellbeing, education and more.
  • An action-focused agenda with roundtables for idea sharing, visioning and networking around our economic future.

Your Week at a Glance

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Day 1

Local Leadership Day
This satellite working session is for community leaders, municipal staff and elected officials to explore issues related to economic development. Attendance is reserved.

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Day 2

Explore the rising tide of innovation driving our Pacific ocean economy; learn about the power and impact of the Indigenous economy; find out how cross-border trends — from talent mobility to cluster development — will shape the Pacific NorthWest. Don’t miss the in-person keynote and roundtable with Jennifer Keesmaat, one of the most outspoken voices on making Canadian cities affordable again.

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Day 3

Entrepreneur and National Geographic explorer Julie Angus takes the virtual stage for an exciting presentation on leveraging grit, vision and drive to realize big goals for ourselves and our region. Then we delve into B.C.’s intense war for talent and explore why organizations hoping to attract and retain the best people must put employee wellbeing first.

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Day 4

Discover what B.C.’s new  X-Factor means for all of us; join climate experts for a mission-critical look at the race to net zero; follow the money trail to find out why local capital matters. Don’t miss global innovation expert Dan Breznitz’s mind-shifting keynote and roundtable on building our innovation strategy without copying Silicon Valley followed by Cocktail Reception at Delta Ocean Pointe!

Meet Our 2021 Keynote Speakers

Dan Breznitz

Innovation in Real Places

Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World

Dan Breznitz is the author of Innovation in Real Places and The Third Globalization. He is the Munk Chair of Innovation Studies at the University of Toronto, where he also co-directs the Innovation Policy Lab. Professor Breznitz is known worldwide as an expert on innovation.

Jennifer Keesmaat

Making Canadian Cities Affordable Again

Jennifer Keesmaat is passionate about creating places where people flourish. Named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Maclean’s, she spent five years as Toronto’s Chief City Planner, where she was celebrated for her forward-thinking approach. Jennifer is a Distinguished Visitor in Residence Emeritus at the University of Toronto.

Julie Angus

Dream, Dare, Do

Becoming Global Leaders in the Blue Economy

Julie Angus is CEO of Open Ocean Robotics, a company that develops autonomous energy-harvesting boats to collect information from our oceans and instantly relay it. The goal is to protect our oceans, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build an Internet of Things for the ocean. Julie is a founding board member of the Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST) and a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.

Thought-Provoking Panels

Impactful conversations are vital for meeting the transformation challenges of the 21st century. Participate in live panel discussions dealing with big challenges and big ideas in a format designed for high engagement. All panels are free and are provided virtually through our Whova platform.

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