HQ Vancouver Conversation Series

HQ Vancouver and SFU Beedie School of Business’ Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies share a common purpose – to ensure that Vancouver is positioned as both a global centre for high impact investment and the gateway for Asian Pacific trade and business. The goal of HQ Vancouver is to attract companies from Asia and around the world to locate their regional head offices in the Province.

Together, we are hosting a HQ Conversation Series over the coming year. Our first session discussed the global trend towards urbanization and the associated issues for the location of business activity. We will continue the series with a moderated discussions and dialogues that examine the position of Vancouver as a potential host to these activities. Our intention is to organize these lectures according to the different types of high impact activities that in combination will make Vancouver a global attractive location for these activities, and in particular one that serves as the North American gateway to the Asia Pacific.

To sign up for the series, please register here.

Find video recordings, articles and photos from the past sessions of the HQ Conversation Series:

BC as a home for Global Business

Date: May 26, 2015

The launch of the Conversation Series focused on trends in international HQ movement and opportunities for British Columbia to capture the expansion of Asian companies into the Americas. We also learned firsthand about the European HQ Initiative and the lessons learned from attracting European HQ’s into the UK.

Part 1: Introduction to HQ Vancouver
Part 2: Colm Reilly, PA Management Group (UK)
Part 3: David Slater, London & Partners
Part 4: Panel Discussion

A Hub for Global Business Services

Date: November 2, 2015

Mr. Yuen Pau Woo, President of HQ Vancouver provided an overview of the strong corporate services sector in British Columbia which is evolving to meet this increased demand; and, Dr. Miklós Dietz of McKinsey & Company, the newest entrant into Vancouver’s business services sector provided insight on their recent decision to establish an office here.

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Shannon Baskerville, Province of British Columbia
Part 3: Miklos Dietz, McKinsey & Company
Part 4: Panel Discussion

Article on Beedie Newsroom

Premium and Performance Apparel in B.C.: Growing a Global Hub

Date: January 15, 2016

B.C. is home to globally recognized and innovative brands in premium and performance apparel. What makes the exponential success of companies with PPA headquarters in B.C. possible? What can we do to support continued growth of HQ functions in this sector locally?

Marcus Ewert-Johns, Vice President of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (BC) will provide an overview of this highly successful cluster of the world-leading PPA companies headquartered in British Columbia. Following this, we will hear presentations from Susan Gelinas, Vice President Health, Wealth & Mobility, lululemon athletica, and John Hoerauf, Vice President Global Commercial, Arc’teryx, who will share their experiences of growing state-of-the-art brands and the elements of the B.C. business ecosystem that support their continued success.

Part 1: Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Part 2: lululemon athletica
Part 3: Arc’teryx
Part 4: Panel Discussion

Photos on Flickr
Article on Beedie Newsroom

Information & Communications Technology in B.C.: Attracting and Growing Global Companies

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016

B.C. is attracting the attention of global ICT firms and high profile companies have recently arrived in Vancouver. At the same time, homegrown companies are choosing to deepen their roots and grow right here. What are the factors underpinning these companies’ decisions to build their presence in Vancouver? What are the possibilities of advancing this vibrant ICT cluster? What can we do to support continued growth of HQ opportunities in this sector locally?

Greg Caws, President & CEO, BC Innovation Council (BCIC)
Edoardo De Martin, Director, Microsoft Canada Center of Excellence
Kirsten Sutton, VP and Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada
Laurie Schultz, President and CEO, ACL

Part 1: Presentations
Part 2: Panel Discussion

Article on Beedie Newsroom

B.C.’s Got Game: Major Players Call Vancouver Home

Date: Monday, June 27, 2016

B.C. is home to one of the top video game clusters in the world. Local and international gaming companies have found a fertile ground for growth and innovation in our province. What are the factors underpinning these companies’ decisions to build their presence in Vancouver? Join us for a casual evening of discovery to find out why gaming companies are launching their global products from BC. The evening will feature a panel of gaming gurus and offer a sampling of local food.

Justin Dowdeswell, General Manager, Relic Entertainment
Josh Nilson, CEO & Co-Founder, East Side Games
Jon Lutz, VP, Financial Planning & Strategy, Electronic Arts

Part 1: Presentations
Part 2: Panel Discussion