The BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) announced the winners of the 2016 BC Economic Development Awards at the BC Economic Summit Awards Banquet held Tuesday, June 14th, in Richmond, BC.

-The BCEDA Team

Economic Development Marketing Innovation Award
<  20,000 Population
City of Powell River – Resident Attraction Campaign
(Award accepted by Kathy Lachman, Regional Manager – North Vancouver Island/Coast, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training)
The Powell River Resident Attraction Campaign was developed mainly to lure young people and families to the community that can telecommute; are interested in starting a business; or fill local job vacancies. The campaign utilizes a number of tools including social media, video profiles, a print brochure (English and Mandarin Language) and a website ( which provides detailed information on the community.

Economic Development Marketing Innovation Award
> 20,000 Population
Community Futures Central Kootenay – Web
Launched in December 2015, the new website was a collaboration of two successful programs; Invest Kootenay and Work West Kootenay. The website provides a platform which allows 12 communities, representing approximately 100,000 people, to strengthen their ability to compete in a global marketplace.

Community Project Award < 20,000 Population
City of Quesnel – Healthcare Recruitment Red Carpet Welcome

Over the course of one year, 13 new doctors have been recruited to Quesnel, and two that left have decided to return. In early 2016, a sign went up at one of the clinics: Two doctors were accepting new patients, and more on the way. This has been a true community project. With funding from the Cariboo Chilcotin Hospital Regional District, the community hired a Healthcare Recruitment Coordinator. The number of partnerships in support of the project was critical for success and came from all aspects of the community and region.

Community Project Award > 20,000 Population
Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission – Make Digital Media Here
“Make It Here – Innovate Kelowna” is a brand owned by the COEDC and shared with multiple stakeholders to build awareness of the entrepreneurial spirit in Kelowna and the Okanagan. It was created to attract innovative businesses and the creative class to support a knowledge based economy.

Stan Rogers Memorial Award
Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation – Canada Education Park

The Canada Education Park is a multi-agency educational partnership that brings together some of the nation’s most respected education, training and research facilities including the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pacific Region Training Centre (RCMP PRTC), the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the City of Chilliwack, Canada Lands Company and the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation. The redevelopment of Canada Education Park has resulted in state-of-the-art training facilities for all of the partners involved, including the University of the Fraser Valley campus, the RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre, Canada Border Services Agency and the Justice Institute of British

BCEDA Chairman’s Award
The 2016 Chairman’s Award winner, Marilyn Hutchinson has been a part of the BCEDA since 1996. She was a member before she was even an EDO. Her career has been in both the public sector and private sector, directly related to supporting communities and indirectly supporting communities. She has been a strong supporter of the economic development profession and of the association. She has encouraged partnerships, has been quick to volunteer, and has often provided leadership while staying in the background. Marilyn exemplifies the qualities of adaptable, resilient, opportunity seeking, creative, and collaborative.