Ray Ivany and Michelin Canada To Speak At Economic Summit

Ray Ivany and Michelin Canada To Speak At Economic Summit

By Lori Cox, VBLI Manager | info@vbli.ca
The state of our economy, what we need to improve, and how and w hen we’ll do it are key messages that will be presented during the Valley Business Leaders’ Initiative’s Economic Summit taking place on April 3 at the Old Orchard Inn in Wolfville. This one of a kind event will bring together business owners from across the Annapolis Valley who are passionate about growing the Annapolis Valley economy.

The summit will feature guest speaker Ray Ivany, President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia University, who is well respected and well-known for the “Now or Never” report that outlines the need for change in order to improve the state of our economy.

With Michelin operating plants around the world and several facilities in Nova Scotia, Jeff MacLean, President, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. will share insights on why Michelin is here and why it considers “going local” a competitive advantage for the future.

Businesses, entrepreneurs, economic development organizations, and municipal staff are just some of the people who will be in attendance. Not just another “talk and walk away” event, the Summit will be a productive day for attendees. In addition to speaker presentations, action items will be prioritized and given timelines and accountability.

The Valley Business Leaders’ Initiative (VBLI) was established by a group of local business owners as a non-profit society in July 2016. Its mission is to help stimulate economic growth by attracting people to live, work and invest in the Annapolis Valley. The VBLI’s first undertaking last July was the Live, Work, Grow Initiative, which has garnered interest from people living in other parts of Canada, the US, and around the world, who have an interest in living and investing in the Annapolis Valley.

The VBLI founders believe it’s up to all of us to take action to grow our economy. Their objective is to take action to drive interest and activity from outside Nova Scotia while also changing the local Annapolis Valley conversation to one that is more positive and focused on what can be done. The Summit will help accomplish this goal. The VBLI Economic Summit will take place Monday, April 3, 2017 at the Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville, NS.

Thank you to our sponsors Michelin North America (Canada), Inc., Nova Scotia Business Inc., and Green Diamond Equipment.