Both the federal and BC governments tabled their 2021 budgets last week, laying out their respective plans for post-COVID-19 economic recovery. ULI BC is delighted to offer a series of discussions on what these two budgets mean for British Columbia.
As we begin to shift our attention to "post-COVID" city building and economic recovery, we are pleased to have Hon. Ravi Kahlon, BC's Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation join in the discussions with our members.
During this virtual event, we will hear from Minister Kahlon regarding the Province's focus on economic recovery and what role cities and related sectors may play, along with insight and goals on the role 'Mass Timber' can play in both economic recovery and tackling climate action. Specifically, he will highlight the Province's 'Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program', which provides fully-funded provincial grants to support economic resilience, tourism, heritage, and urban and rural economic development projects in communities impacted by COVID-19. He will also share an update on his goal of providing new opportunities and jobs with respect to mass timber, the key to diversifying and creating a more resilient forest sector in our Province.
ULI BC is pleased to continue conversations around BC’s budget along with embodied carbon and mass timber specifically.
Following the moderated discussion, we will open it up to Q&A from the audience.
Honourable Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation
Patti Glass, Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications, Grosvenor Americas (Moderator)
Ravi Kahlon was first elected as the MLA for Delta North in May 2017. He previously served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, where he championed the use of mass timber and innovation in the forest sector. As Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism, he helped restore the BC Human Rights Commission and travelled the province to build an anti-racism strategy. Born and raised in Victoria, Ravi was introduced to Field Hockey by his father and grandfather. He is a two-time Olympian in the sport for Team Canada and has been inducted into the Delta Sports Hall of Fame. Before he was elected an MLA, Ravi worked in banking for seven years. He has been active in the North Delta community for many years as a volunteer on the boards of the Delta Parks and Recreation Committee and Men’s High-Performance Field Hockey BC. He is also a certified coach and mentor to many young people in North Delta and spends time coaching field hockey and soccer.
Part of Grosvenor's international marketing communications team, Patti plays a key role helping to build the Company’s brand as an active and enduring real estate investor in the US and Canada.