Greg D’Avignon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia, a 250-member organization which represents the provinces leading businesses in every sector of the provincial economy and more than one-quarter of all jobs in the province. Established in 1966, the Business Council is the foremost policy and business advocacy organization in the province.
A fourth generation British Columbian, Greg has played an active leadership role in business, politics and the community for over 25 years earning a reputation for results and building collaborative solutions that positively benefit companies, organizations and the lives of people that invest, live and work in BC.
During his career Mr D’Avignon has successfully led organizations and provided advice and practical policy solutions at senior levels within Canadian regulated and resource industries and within Government that have creatively addressed challenges and effectively enabled growth and efficient operations.
Michael Goldberg’s academic career spans over four decades. From January 2005 to July 2007 he was Chief Academic Officer of Universitas 21 Global in Singapore before which he was Associate Vice President International at the University of British Columbia and the HR Fullerton Professor of Urban Land Policy in the Sauder School of Business. During his three years as Associate Vice President International at UBC, he was responsible for building both academic and broader links in UBC’s focus areas of Asia and Europe. As Chief Academic Officer of Universitas 21 Global the online graduate school founded by Universitas 21 universities, he relocated to Singapore from January 2005 through March 2007, travelling extensively to visit the Universitas 21 universities in Asia, Europe and North America.
Dr. Goldberg was Dean of the Sauder School of Business (1991-1997) serving on the UBC Endowment Committee among his other roles. His research explored urban land markets, urban and regional transportation, urban housing economics and policy, the globalization of real estate markets, the rise of so-called global cities and how urban areas can plug in to the global urban marketplace.
Muir is a historian and award-winning journalist with a passion for the natural legacies of British Columbia. A graduate of Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, he was a director of The Nature Trust of British Columbia from 2006 until 2014. During a fellowship at the renowned Centre for the Study of European Expansion at Leiden University in The Netherlands, he studied economic botany and the long-term consequences of deforestation and climate change.
Muir is a contributing author to upcoming book The Sea Among Us: Life and History of The Strait of Georgia edited by Richard Beamish and Sandy McFarlane.
As lead writer of a civic-provincial review of Vancouver's 2011 Stanley Cup riot, Muir helped to frame recommendations to prevent such incidents in future.
In his work as a public historian, Stewart has shed light on incidents of racism and censorship from British Columbia's past.
While business editor and later deputy managing editor of The Vancouver Sun, Muir sought to make economic coverage compelling for a general audience. In the role of managing director, he launched Pagemasters North America, a Toronto-based enterprise producing editorial print sections of The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star newspapers.
His writing has been published in numerous publications including The Vancouver Sun, The Province, the National Post, Saturday Night magazine, The Independent (London), The Georgia Straight, The Kelowna Courier, The Asian Post, the Far Eastern Economic Review and The Bulletin (Australia).
Geoff Plant is a Counsel in the Vancouver office of the law firm Gall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP. He also works as a mediator and arbitrator in public and private law disputes. He was the Attorney General of British Columbia and Minister responsible for Treaty Negotiations from 2001 to 2005. He was first elected to the British Columbia Legislature in 1996 and from 1996 to 2001 was Opposition Justice Critic, as well as serving on a number of legislative and caucus committees. As Attorney General, Mr. Plant was the Chair of the Legislative Review Committee and the Minister responsible for the creation and oversight of the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform.
Since 2005, Mr. Plant has been appointed senior advisor to the Government of British Columbia in land and resource negotiations with the Council of Haida Nation, has undertaken more than two dozen successful mediations in a dispute between investors and a major Canadian mutual fund company, and has provided strategic advice to BC Hydro in relation to the design and implementation of its power acquisition processes. Mr. Plant has also provided advice to a number of private sector businesses on establishing effective relations with First Nations.
In 2006, Mr. Plant was appointed as a Special Advisor to the Premier and Minister of Advanced Education to lead a project called "Campus 2020: Thinking Ahead", the first comprehensive review of post-secondary education in British Columbia in over 40 years. His report, entitled Access and Excellence: The Campus 2020 Plan for British Columbia's Post-Secondary Education System, was released in April 2007. From May 2007 until February 2009, Mr. Plant served as Vancouver's Civil City Commissioner.
Mr. Plant serves on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards. He is the board chair of Providence Health Care, the BC Land Title and Survey Authority, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and Vice Chair of Covenant House Vancouver and BC Ferries.
John Turner P.Ag (ret.)
John retired from Spectra Energy in 2015, where he served as Manager, Government Relations to successfully build relationships with federal, provincial, regional and local governments across western Canada. Prior to joining the company in 1997, John held several senior positions with the province of British Columbia.
John has a unique understanding of British Columbia communities and significant experience in energy, land use and natural resources management and stakeholder relations.
A graduate of McGill University (Macdonald College), John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a professional designation from the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists.
An active member of the community, John currently serves as a government appointee to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists, and previously as Chair of the Board of Governors for the University of Northern British Columbia, Chair and Governor of the BC Chamber of Commerce, on the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the United Way of Northern British Columbia.
John is the founding Chair of the Northern Opportunities Initiative an innovative partnership with industry, educators and First Nations connecting high school students with careers in northeast British Columbia. In 2015, John was recognized with an honorary membership on the NOPs Community Learning Council.
In 2012, John was nominated by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the business community in British Columbia and Canada.
Philippa P. Wilshaw
Philippa is an Audit Partner in KPMG’s Greater Vancouver Area (GVA) Energy and Natural Resources and Industrial Markets practice. She has 20 years of experience with KPMG and started her career with KPMG UK in 1993. She joined the Toronto office in 2003 and moved to Vancouver in 2005.
Philippa’s mining experience includes the delivery of audit and advisory services to a range of Canadian and US listed companies including both operating and exploration stage enterprises.
She is a regular presenter at Mining industry events and has been a member of KPMG Vancouver’s International Financial standards Reporting (IFRS) technical team.
Within KPMG, Philippa is the Develop Leader for the GVA Audit Practice where she is responsible for driving our people development strategy and is a member of the GVA Audit Management Committee.