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BC Economic Summit to push WOW factor in Penticton

The summit will bring 300 people and be the first in-person since 2020
Penticton Trade and Convention Centre will play host to the BC Economic Summit in April, 2023. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton will play host to representatives from over 60 B.C. communities and 24 First Nations over April 16 to 19.

The first in-person BC Economic Summit since 2020 will gather the representatives together at Penticton the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

“Penticton was a natural choice for the 300-person event, with abundant conference space at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre,” said British Columbia Economic Development Association president and CEO, Dale Wheeldon.

The conference’s theme is Creating the WOW Factor, and Penticton will do that by showcasing the S.S. Sicamous, the North Gateway, Penticton Ale Trail, a number of restaurants and the Lakeside Resort as additional stops for Summit delegates. BCEDA has made a dedicated effort to use local merchants for awards, printing, entertainment, and more.

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Renowned local sports event announcer Steve King will be the MC for the multi-day conference.

The 2023 BC Economic Summit will be packed with technical presentations, a solutions-focused exhibit hall, networking opportunities, and exciting activities. Keynote speakers Ross Bernstein, Jon Schallert and Dr. David Williams will discuss building buy-in, creating tourism destinations, and an economic outlook post-pandemic.

A highlight of the event is the BC Economic Development Awards presentation which is sponsored by FortisBC. The 30 nominees will be vying for the top prize in the province’s best economic development programs, partnerships, economic reconciliation, resiliency and marketing initiatives.

More information and registration for the BC Economic Summit can be found at

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