2017 AWF Economic Update

November 29, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Sponsored by RBC Dominion Securities

RBC Wealth Mgt Scholarship Partner 2014 Peak


Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Hotel Georgia
Spanish Ballroom, 2nd Floor
801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC


11:45 am - 12:00 pm      Registration and Networking 

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm        Panel Discussion and Luncheon 


Individual tickets -- $80

Hosted table of 10 (including signage and preferred seating) -- $750


JFPhoto2017.jpgJock Finlayson

Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer 

Business Council of British Columbia

Jock Finlayson is Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer at the Business Council of British Columbia, an organization representing 260 large and mid-size BC companies and affiliated industry associations that together account for approximately one-quarter of all jobs in the province. He directs the Business Council’s work on economic, fiscal, tax, environmental, regulatory and human capital issues of interest to the province’s business community. He manages the Council’s policy and research staff and oversees the organization’s publications, presentations and other outputs. Mr. Finlayson previously served as Vice President of Research at Canadian Council of Chief Executives, a leading business association in Ottawa. Prior to that he worked in the market research field and gained experience at two Canadian consulting firms.

Mr. Finlayson holds a master’s degree in business from Yale University, undergraduate and M.A. degrees from UBC, and a post-graduate diploma in economics from the University of London. He received an honorary doctorate of laws from Royal Roads University in 2014. He is the author/co-author of two books and more than 50 published articles, book chapters and monographs. A frequent commentator on economic, business, and public policy issues, Mr. Finlayson writes regularly for the Vancouver Sun, Troy Media, and a number of other media outlets, and for several years he was a regular business panelist on CBC Radio’s “Early Edition” program.  

From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Finlayson was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada, where he chaired the Corporate Governance Committee and the Fellowship Nomination Committee and also sat on the Board’s Human Resources Committee. He is currently a member of the National Statistics Council, the principal advisory body to the Chief Statistician of Canada, and serves on the Boards of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, and Genome BC. He is also a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s National Council. Since 2014, Mr. Finlayson has been part of the Nominating Committee for the B.C. Business Laureates Hall of Fame.

Mr. Finlayson is a Fellow of Royal Roads University. He past president of both the Association of Professional Economists of BC and the Ottawa Economics Association. He resides in West Vancouver with his wife Marlene.

JAPhoto2017.jpgJim Allworth

Co-Chair, Global Portfolio, Advisory Committee 

RBC Wealth Management Investment Strategist

RBC Dominion Securities

Raised in Toronto, Jim has resided in Vancouver with his wife Rojeanne since 1975. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University (Econ).

Jim has been in the investment business for 49 years, as both a research analyst and portfolio strategist. Through more than four decades at RBC Dominion Securities (and predecessor Pemberton), Jim has developed investment policy for the firm and translated that into solutions for individual clients. He is the RBC Dominion Securities investment strategist and Co-Chair of the Global Portfolio Advisory Committee.



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