Reserve your spot for FutureBiz Penticton Economic Outlook Forum Nov. 8, Lakeside Resort, Penticton

(Penticton, BC – September 12, 2018) – In today’s global business landscape, the pace of change is accelerating fast. An inaugural business summit – FutureBiz Penticton – will address emerging trends to give Okanagan businesses the insights they need to drive growth throughout 2019 and beyond.

The brainchild of the City’s Economic Development team, FutureBiz offers an innovative opportunity for the Penticton business community to hear from an expert panel and look further out on the horizon to consider emerging trends and opportunities, while strengthening local connections. All are welcome to attend the half-day event, however registrants with active Penticton business licenses will be able to access early bird prices of just $25 for the event.

“We are offering an opportunity for the business community to gain regional and international inspiration, insights and connection without having to leave town,” said Anthony Haddad, Penticton’s Director of Development Services. “Many larger communities host forums such as these, and it is our belief that Penticton deserves the same kind of access to expert market intelligence. Our community is in the midst of an exciting phase of growth and investment and this event will fuel dialogue and connections among the business community and help provide a macro-economic perspective on local issues.”

Topics covered include issues involving housing and real estate, U.S. tariffs, projected economic activity and emerging disruptive technologies. Speakers include:

  • Nikolas Badminton, renowned futurist speaker with expertise on exponential technologies
  • Jonathan Baynes, CEO of the Penticton Indian Band Development Corp.
  • Pierre Cléroux, VP of Research and Chief Economist, BDC
  • Andrew Ramlo, VP of Intelligence, Rennie Group
  • Anthony Haddad, Director of Development Services, City of Penticton
  • Jennifer Vincent, Economic Development Specialist, City of Penticton
  • And emcee & facilitator, Crystal Henrickson, Leadership Coach, Talent Collective

FutureBiz Penticton includes lunch, followed by a wine and cheese networking session, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada. The event targets those with active Penticton business licenses, offering attractive ticket prices, however those without businesses or licenses are not prevented from attending. Reserve your spot and find out more at

FutureBiz Penticton is one of several new initiatives launched by the Economic Development Department in 2018 as part of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, which was informed by the business community who prioritized facilitating access to current and local data as well as improving communication with businesses. It follows the recent launch on the online data portal which offers easy access to local economic data for businesses to make decisions to start, invest and grow in Penticton.


Event information

FutureBiz Penticton: 2019 Economic Outlook Forum

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

Event: 12 – 4:30 p.m., BDC Wine & Cheese Social: 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Lakeside Resort Conference Centre – West Wing

21 Lakeshore Dr. W, Penticton, B.C., V2A 7M5

Registration prices (includes lunch, and some refreshments at the post-forum BDC Wine & Cheese)

For current Business License Holders:  $25 early bird, $35 regular (lunch included)

For Non-Business License holders: $50



Anthony Haddad

Director of Development Services

City of Penticton



Philip Cooper

Communications Manager

City of Penticton