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Economic Partner Forum

As part of the new governance approach for Economic Development, the District of Squamish has formed a new Economic Partner Forum. This group will provide a collaborative framework to share expertise, knowledge and resources in an effort to fulfill on economic development strategies, plans and actions, in line with the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan goals.

The focus will include:

  • generating a net increase of employment lands and space in pace with terrestrial and marine needs by 2022;
  • increasing the number of local jobs per capita, year over year by 2022;
  • increasing the concentration of priority target sector firms, year over year by 2022;
  • supporting the District’s climate targets; to reduce community greenhouse gases by 45% by 2030, 65% by 2040 and 100% by 2050, in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C as per the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and
  • to ensure alignment and support for other areas of the strategic plan.

The Economic Partner Forum will provide a collaborative framework to share expertise, knowledge and resources in an effort to fulfill on economic development strategies, plans and actions. The group, through research and data insight exchange, will help inform new, and build on existing, strategies and action plans. The Economic Partner Forum will be integral to and aligned with the District’s annual planning cycle, identifying areas for District action, collaboration between partners, and actions to be led by partner organizations. The group will also support the Economic Leadership Team’s understanding of the local business climate, and associated opportunities and challenges.

View the full Terms of Reference here.

View the minutes from the Sept 17, 2020 meeting here.

Economic Partner Forum Members

Squamish Chamber of Commerce The Squamish Chamber is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the community by actively supporting business, economic growth and economic diversification. The Chamber advocates for the interest of Squamish business, by providing beneficial member services and programs, and by working in partnership with other organizations.  Squamish Camber of Commerce short Red
Tourism Squamish Tourism Squamish are a great resource for information about Squamish activities, events, attractions, exclusive packages & accommodation. TS logo

Squamish Nation

 The Squamish Nation is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal peoples who lived in the present-day Greater Vancouver area; Gibson’s landing and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation have occupied and governed their territory since beyond recorded history.  Logo Wordmark Positive 2Col CMYK 300

Squamish Downtown BIA

The DSBIA’s long term goal is to diversify the downtown economy by attracting new businesses and people to the downtown core. The DSBIA collectively promotes and supports downtown businesses through communications, marketing campaigns and events. DSBIA logo on gradient

Province of B.C.

The Government of B.C. is made up of ministries, agencies and Crown corporations. We have partnered with the Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development. Gov BC

WorkBC Sea to Sky

WorkBC in Squamish helps people find jobs, explore career options, and improve skills. WorkBC offers many services that make it the first stop for job seekers. Their expert staff are there to help people find all the free resources they need and to support them in their job search. WorkBCEmploymentServices H CMYK pos

Capilano University

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University enrols more than 10,000 students each year and offers 95 programs, including bachelor's degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. CapU logo horizontal rgb

Quest University

Quest University is Canada’s first independent, not-for-profit, secular liberal arts and science university, devoted entirely to excellence in undergraduate education. Quest University is accredited by the Degree Quality Assessment Board of the province of British Columbia, and is a member of the Education Quality Assurance. Quest Logo

Futurpreneur BC

Futurpreneur has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. They are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Futurpreneur logo

Spring Activator 

Spring is a global incubator, accelerator and advisory firm that helps impact entrepreneurs, investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem builders thrive. Spring acts as the driving force to help businesses with the right community, training, and mentorship programs. Spring logo

UBC Faculty of Applied Science

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching. The Faculty of Applied Science comprises a unique constellation of disciplines. Their core purpose is to discover, design, innovate, provide unwavering top-tier education, and champion a community of responsible professionals. The university ranks among the top three universities in Canada and the top 20 in the world. 9 2016 2UnitPromo AppliedScience Blue282RGB300 sm