ETSI-BC Presents Fall Webinar Series: Empowering Economic Growth in the Southern Interior

We are proud to announce a new webinar series launching this fall. These free learning opportunities are designed to support our community partners to address key challenges in our region. The sessions will provide valuable insights and tools for local governments, economic development practitioners, businesses, and community leaders.

Webinars are free to attend, but registration is required. Don’t miss these opportunities to build your toolbox which will help you strengthen and diversify your community and the region.

Introducing EDD – the Economic Dependencies Dashboard

Date: September 18, 1:30 -2:30 pm Pacific time

Discover the power of data-driven decision-making with your new best friend – EDD! EDD is a new Economic Dependencies Dashboard. Using EDD will enable users to gather a better understanding of the regional economy of the Southern Interior, at both the regional district and local levels. It is intended to provide all residents, including economic development practitioners and local governments with a tool to understand the impact of economic changes and industry transitions in their communities, to help them respond and adapt.

This webinar will showcase how to leverage this innovative tool to access economic information about your community or region. Our expert presenters will demonstrate how to use the dashboard to answer your specific economic questions and identify industry trends.

You can already use the Dashboard by clicking here . We encourage you to explore EDD and bring your questions to the webinar! Here is a link to more information including the User Guide. This webinar is open to anyone interested, so please pass this info along.


  • Laurel Douglas, CEO, ETSI-BC
  • Mike Stolte, President, Centre for Innovative & Entrepreneurial Leadership (CIEL)
  • Sasha Bogdanovic, CEO, CityViz


Regional Transportation Initiatives & Updates

Date: October 9, 2024, 1:30 -2:30 pm Pacific time

This will be an opportunity for all ETSI-BC Stakeholders to hear updates on the RTE program and to hear directly from funding recipients about the outcomes of their work through 2024. All RTE funding recipients will be featured and a select group will provide a brief overview of their projects to enhance communication and coordination around Southern Interior transportation initiatives.

  • Laurel Douglas, CEO, ETSI-BC
  • Erin Toop, Principal, Toop Consulting Ltd.
  • RTE Funding Recipients


Accessing Skilled Employees Through Immigration

Date: November 6, 1:30 -2:30 pm Pacific Time

ETSI-BC wants to help your communities and businesses to learn ways to address staffing challenges by learning how to effectively utilize federal and provincial immigration programs. This session will provide valuable information for employers in the Southern Interior region looking to hire and retain international workers. This session is open to all economic development practitioners and business owners in the Southern Interior of BC. Feel free to forward information about this session to your clients, members and businesses in your community.

Key Features:

  • Overview of provincial and federal economic immigration programs
  • BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) criteria and processes
  • Federal immigration programs, including Express Entry
  • Q&A session with government experts

Economic development practitioners, business support organizations, employers and HR professionals looking to attract talent in the following categories are welcome to attend:

  • French Speakers
  • Healthcare
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations
  • Construction
  • Agriculture and agri-food transportation
  • Childcare
  • Vet Care


  • Darcy Bromley, Outreach Officer, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Yohan Lamoly, Engagement Specialist, BC Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)


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