Nov 16–20

An immersive virtual event focused on bringing our region back stronger

Produced by

Nov 16–20

An immersive virtual event focused on bringing our region back stronger

Produced by

South Island Prosperity Partnership

“The Best Way to Impact Our Future is to Join the Conversation.”

– Emilie de Rosenroll, CEO
South Island Prosperity Partnership

Your Rising Economy Week experience includes:

  • A focus on thought leadership with a five-day Virtual Stage program featuring exciting keynotes, topical forums, fireside chats and more.
  • A multi-channel experience with live and interactive social media drop-in sessions.
  • Exclusive Q+A Interviews with leading thinkers in economic development, business, entrepreneurship, innovation, urban development, education and more.
  • A collaborative spirit with break-out sessions for idea sharing and networking.

5 days of ideas and connections

Register for an entire week of exclusive content — or choose individual sessions — from this plug and play menu that combines Virtual Mainstage keynotes, forums and workshops with social media live interviews and media spotlights from the CHEK News virtual stage.

Day 1


#REW kicks off with a thought-provoking cross-border fireside chat followed by a panel on Cascadia’s Next Economy. Then explore how we bring mainstreet back to life and why we need a skills revolution for our survival.

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Day 2


Feeling disruptive?
Day 2 features a conversation between Canada and the U.S. ambassadors, sessions on how COVID-19 killed gender diversity and shock proofing our economy against Black Swan events like the pandemic.

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Day 3


This is a day for thinking big! Which megatrends will shape our future, how will Canada come back stronger, and will Zoom Boom towns accelerate a shift away from urban centres?

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Day 4


Day 4 focuses on building our strengths. Gain insight into the Indigenous economy, explore the COVID-19’s border with the U.S. and delve into the future of leadership with lessons from the pandemic.

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Day 5

Next Economy

#REW wraps up with a focus on how Greater Victoria can become greater, plus an exploration of the emerging Blue Economy, the changing Visitor Economy and the post-pandemic survival of higher education.

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Meet our 2020 Keynote Speakers

Skills Revolution: Our Future Depends On It

John Stackhouse

Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, at RBC

Indigenomics: Opportunities in the Indigenous Economy

Carol Anne Hilton

CEO and Founder, The Indigenomics Institute

Greater Victoria Rising: The Path to Success and Resilience after Covid-19

Dr. Tim Moonen

Managing Director, The Business of Cities

Economic Megatrends for 2021

Avery Shenfeld

Chief Economist, CIBC Capital Markets

Bringing Back Mainstreet

Mary W. Rowe

President & CEO, Canadian Urban Institute

Lead, Care, Win: Leadership Lessons from the Pandemic

Dan Pontefract

Leadership Expert, Speaker, Author

Canada’s Comeback

Monique F. Leroux

Chair, Industry Strategy Council

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

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Supporting Sponsors

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