Regional District Leaders Meeting March 27 2012

Coastal Community NetworkCapital EDC Economic Development Company is pleased to be hosting elected and appointed Leaders representing 14 coastal Regional Districts in conjunction with their UBCM and Municipal Finance Association meetings in Victoria, British Columbia’s Capital City March 26 to 28. The purpose of the meeting is to determine the best business model for the Coastal Community Network serving more than 158 local and aboriginal governments.

Forest Kindergarten is a Solution

Marshall Development Up Indicator ArrowFOREST KINDERGARTEN: Is applied on Vancouver Island as “Nature Kindergarten”. Its a great program that has been around in European countries for years, new to some commonwealth countries, now engaged here in British Columbia. I wondered why as parents, when we made the decision to register for francophone immersion in grade 5, why we couldn’t pick a path for our children in an area like Resource Industry. We do so for them to play sports that they have little chance of making a life long career in. This was the missing link. Pre-school, outside in all weather is a perfect conditioning for outside work. It is the missing link. Well done to those teachers that fought for this curriculum.

Nature Kindergarten can be found here.



Resource Academy Grades 7 to 12

Marshall Development Up Indicator ArrowWORKFORCE: Instead of Golf and Lacrosse Academy’s in our public schools, lets have Resource Academy, 1 in every school district or board area for 7-12. We already have “Nature Kindergarten” that gets them oriented to conservation and natural science in K-6. Then lets give them Mind Sumo to connect their talent to employers.

Check out Mind Sumo here.


Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Executive

Coastal Community NetworkNetwork Co-Chair Tony Bennett [Area Director Port Albion, Alberni Clayoquot] and Ken Mcrae [ former Mayor Port Alberni] joined Patrick Marshall, Capital EDC as a delegation to the AVICC Executive Chaired by Joe Stanhope [Chair, Nanaimo Regional District]. The purpose of the delegation was to inform the Executive of plans to restructure the Network to serve local and aboriginal governments more effectively.

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New Leadership on the Ocean File

Ocean Initiatives British ColumbiaThe Board of Directors would like to acknowledge the outgoing Chair of OIBC Mr. David Stocks for his service last term. The new executive elected for the 2011-2012 term include:

Mr. Scott Lindsay in the role of Chair:

Mr. Paul Lacroix in the role of Vice Chair: Agent de Mer Consulting Ltd.

Mr. Patrick Marshall in the role of Corporate Secretary Treasurer: Capital EDC Economic Development Company

Mr. Scott Mclean in the role of Director at large:

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Royal Canadian Army Service Corps BadgeToday I am with my daughters and our homestay students from Maple Leaf Schools WuHan China are on the front lawn of the legislature at the Cenotaph in Victoria, British Columbia. I read an article in a local magazine about how Remembrance Day was all about celebrating war.

It made me mad, so instead of making a poster and protesting, I left a comment at Focus Magazine.

This day is very hard for me as it is the first without my dad. I posted his memorial on my site in the Origins section of this site at the bottom of the post.

On my poster I listed the old motto “Nil Sine Labore” which was supposed to mean “Nothing without labour”, but is now meant to mean, “No pain, no gain”. Another motto from our Battalions past is “Honi soit qui mal y pense” is a French phrase meaning: “Shamed be he who thinks evil of it”. These motto’s were recited by my uncles as an exclamation mark when they were conveying life lessons.

Pass the Chair at Small Business BC

Small Business British ColumbiaToday is my last Annual General Meeting at Small Business BC. I have been a Member of the CANADA British Columbia Business Service Centre Society since 2005 and I have learned a lot. I want to thank my colleagues on the Board of Directors, the staff at Small Business BC, Mr. George Hunter our CEO, the staff at Western Diversification and the Staff at the Province of British Columbia for their support.

I learned so much that I went and followed our advise and started my own small business.

Small Business people make it happen.

Week 36 at Capital EDC

Patrick Marshall's Name MarqueThis week at Capital EDC, we are:

  • Working on the Northwest Transmission Line project for COIN Pacific Technology Inc;
  • Preparing for our focus groups in Sechelt for the Sunshine Coast Community Forest Corporation;
  • Introducing a new Blog Marque to represent our “International” experience. It was a presentation from the staff of the Ishikari City Yakuba representing Patrick Marshall’s name;
  • Preparing the file for the Economic Development Strategy for the Village of Gold River, including an economic scan of the state of the business community, before we schedule focus groups with the businesses there;
  • Fitting up a new web site for the Coastal Community Network in time for it’s launch at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver;
  • Meeting with leaders from the private and public sectors on determining the new direction for the Ocean Initiatives British Columbia group;
  • Speaking with Members of the Integrated Ocean Advisory Committee of PNCIMA prior to the upcoming meeting scheduled for Prince Rupert;
  • Communicating with local governments and aboriginal governments on the planned Community-to-Community Forum scheduled for the last day of the First Nation Summit this month;
  • Consulting with the presenters for the Sustainable Shipping Conference scheduled for October in Vancouver.

We are seeking new assignments for November December so please contact us directly.



BC's Top 100 and the Pareto Principle

Bud Harbidge is a Human Resource Specialist located in Victoria BCOn one hand, the article that speculates on reasons why BC’s economy is one of the least efficient in Canada is interesting, because an economist from a Vancouver based business advocacy group representing major employers, blames inefficiency on the nature of small business:

“This is counter-intuitive to a lot of people,” explains Jock Finlayson, vice-president of policy for the Business Council of B.C., “[but] the larger the enterprise, on average, the higher the output per worker.” He explains that large companies are generally able to invest more in machinery, training and technology to max out the value created in every working hour. “This suggests that an economy that is highly weighted toward small businesses is going to have a fairly low level of productivity,” Finlayson says. “And this is what we see in B.C.”

Yet, on the other hand, 75% of economic output on this list is generated by 30% of the major employers on the  Top 100 list that are, you guessed it, major employers from the resource industry. The funny thing is that you have to hand count them because the magazine doesn’t follow standard definitions of sectors.

There is no similar list for small and medium enterprise. You can find more out about small business at the Province of British Columbia.

Here is the real definition:

Economic Accounts: The British Columbia Economic Accounts (BCEA) are the principal estimates of aggregate economic activity in the province. They translate information on income, savings, and key economic processes such as production, capital formation, and consumption into a consistent system of statistics that can be used to explain the functioning of the economy. In addition, the BCEA contain important data on price changes and the relative growth of various industries over time.

The estimates in the BCEA are based on internationally accepted principles of economic accounting developed by the United Nations. These principles are used by Statistics Canada in preparing the Canadian System of National Accounts (SNA), which includes data at both the national and provincial levels.

What’s really interesting is that few have recognized the shift in the economy. they real economic strategy is in offering existing businesses that lack succession to new self employed or people considering start up. That’s what will ultimately sustain communities outside the two Metro bubbles.

Economic Sector: A nation’s economy can be divided into various sectors to define the proportion of the population engaged in the activity sector. This categorization is seen as a continuum of distance from the natural environment. The continuum starts with the primary sector, which concerns itself with the utilization of raw materials from the earth such as agriculture and mining. From there, the distance from the raw materials of the earth increases.

Primary Sector: The primary sector of the economy extracts or harvests products from the earth. The primary sector includes the production of raw material and basic foods. Activities associated with the primary sector include agriculture (both subsistence and commercial), mining, forestry, farming, grazing, hunting and gathering, fishing, and quarrying. The packaging and processing of the raw material associated with this sector is also considered to be part of this sector. In developed and developing countries, a decreasing proportion of workers are involved in the primary sector. About 3% of the U.S. labor force is engaged in primary sector activity today, while more than two-thirds of the labor force were primary sector workers in the mid-nineteenth century.

Secondary Sector: The secondary sector of the economy manufactures finished goods. All of manufacturing, processing, and construction lies within the secondary sector. Activities associated with the secondary sector include metal working and smelting, automobile production, textile production, chemical and engineering industries, aerospace manufacturing, energy utilities, engineering, breweries and bottlers, construction, and shipbuilding.

Tertiary Sector: The tertiary sector of the economy is the service industry. This sector provides services to the general population and to businesses. Activities associated with this sector include retail and wholesale sales, transportation and distribution, entertainment (movies, television, radio, music, theater, etc.), restaurants, clerical services, media, tourism, insurance, banking, healthcare, and law. In most developed and developing countries, a growing proportion of workers are devoted to the tertiary sector. In the U.S., more than 80% of the labor force are tertiary workers.

Quaternary Sector: The quaternary sector of the economy consists of intellectual activities. Activities associated with this sector include government, culture, libraries, scientific research, education, and information technology.

Quinary Sector: Some consider there to be a branch of the quaternary sector called the quinary sector, which includes the highest levels of decision making in a society or economy. This sector would include the top executives or officials in such fields as government, science, universities, nonprofit, healthcare, culture, and the media. An Australian source relates that the quinary sector in Australia refers to domestic activities such as those performed by stay-at-home parents or homemakers. These activities are typically not measured by monetary amounts but it is important to recognize these activities in contribution to the economy.

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