Is your company prepared to thrive in the post-pandemic business landscape? The new reality for employers includes new business models, changing workplace structures, global supply chain challenges, as well as employee and public demands to address climate change, equity, diversity, inclusion, justice and mental health issues. Join us for the 2022 Small Business Week Summit, hear from experts with cutting-edge research and insights on the most important issues facing employers today and receive practical next steps on how small- and medium-sized companies can navigate today’s challenging business environment.
Week at a Glance:
Join us for one or all five of the virtual sessions below. Access is complimentary.
Monday, Oct. 17, 8:00 am – 9:15 am
An economic outlook in uncertain times. How to focus forward and not just survive, but thrive.
with Nathan Janzen, Assistant Chief Economist, RBC
While the pandemic has had far-reaching consequences for all businesses, it has been particularly hard on small- and medium-sized businesses, many of which have assumed significant debt to keep their doors open and people employed. Now, they face escalating costs of doing business, inflation and a likely recession. So, how can they not just survive but thrive in the post-pandemic era? Join us as we review the economy through a provincial, national and global lens, and show how businesses can plan ahead when facing uncertainty.
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 8:00 am – 9:15 am
The critical role of business in our reconciliation journey
with Keith Henry, President & CEO, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada; and Greg Hopf, Owner & Operator, Moccasin Trails Incorporated
In late 2019, the Government of B.C. made history by being the first jurisdiction in Canada to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through legislation. The provincial legislation, Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, is the framework for reconciliation in B.C. and ensures the human rights of Indigenous peoples are respected and helps create clarity and predictability for all people in British Columbia. What does it mean for business? Join us as we discuss the road ahead and how businesses can contribute in a meaningful way to our reconciliation journey.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 8:00 am – 9:15 am
Prioritizing mental health in the workplace
with Eva Stordy, Clinical Director, Arete
Millions of Canadians say their mental health deteriorated significantly during the pandemic. Today, mental health is Canada’s most significant psychological health issue, resulting in as many as 500,000 individuals unable to work each week. Join us as we review the data, understand the trends and discuss the practical steps businesses can take to prioritize mental health in the workplace.
Thursday, Oct. 20, 8:00 am – 9:15 am
Cyber risk requires cyber security. Are you safe?
with Sean Devin, National Managing Partner, MNP Digital
The pandemic required us to adopt innovative ways of doing business that included embracing new business models and workplace norms, oftentimes underpinned by heavy reliance on technology. At a time when the risk of a cyber-attack or being held hostage by ransomware is at an all-time high, businesses must take the necessary steps to ensure their technology infrastructure and data are adequately protected. What does that mean? Join us as we review the types of cyber risks businesses face on a daily basis and the steps they can take to be secure.
Friday, Oct. 21, 8:00 am – 9:15 am
Climate change readiness for small business. What you need to know.
with Melanie Mewhort, Eco Programs Coordinator, GreenStep Solutions Inc.; Lynne Williams, Program Specialist for Conservation Education and Outreach, FortisBC; and Siraz Dalmir, Community Relations Manager, FortisBC
As we navigate the post-pandemic era, defined by new business models, workplace norms, supply change challenges etc., what is very clear is our collective need to address the devastating effect of climate change and the urgent need for solutions. How can small business prepare for a phenomenon that is global in nature? Join us for a conversation on climate change readiness for small business that will inform and inspire us to take important next steps.