Economic forum will build buzz
There's a buzz about New Westminster, and it's bound to get louder at the New New West Economic Forum to be hosted Nov. 8 by the city and the Chamber of Commerce.
The forum will bring together leaders in retail, health care, education, real estate and demographics to discuss key issues and trends that will influence the city and region's economy, said Mayor Wayne Wright. "New Westminster's position and economic advantages will be a key focus of the event."
Compared to the rest of Metro Vancouver, New Westminster issued the greatest value of building permits per square kilometer in 2011- $15,120,960. By 2031, the city's population is expected to surpass 90,000 residents.
"New Westminster has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade and this is a great opportunity to hear from some of the key players behind the success," said Chamber of Commerce president Andrew Hopkins.
One of those players is Bob Rennie, the principal of Rennie Marketing Systems, who will give the keynote address. Other speakers include Andrew Ramlo, the director of Urban Futures Institute, Dr. Nigel Murray, the CEO of Fraser Health Authority and Gino Nonni, the past president of Wesgroup Properties which is currently building the $600 million Brewery District development in Sapperton.
To register for the forum, which will be held at the La Perla ballroom at the River Market, go to www.investnewwest.ca.