May 9, 2002: International business conference comes to Squamish

      Contact: Inge Oord or Susan Bell

      (SQUAMISH, B.C.)--The Squamish campus of Capilano College is sponsoring in partnership with the Squamish Chamber of Commerce an event to promote international business in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor.

      The International Business Conference is being held at the Squamish campus of Capilano College, 1150 Carson Place, from Wednesday, June 5 to Friday, June 7. Representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Western Economic Diversification Canada and Capilano College faculty will participate in workshops offering practical information on doing business internationally.

      "This is the launch of a series of initiatives to get members of the Sea-to-Sky community thinking globally in terms of business objectives," says Casey Dorin, Squamish campus manager. "This is especially important with Whistler holding a bid to host the 2010 Olympic Games. Businesses in the Howe Sound Corridor will benefit by attending this conference where they will learn what issues they will face if Whistler is successful. A series of panel discussions and workshops will make this a practical and hands-on learning experience."

      The conference starts Wednesday, June 5 at 5 p.m. with an opening reception. Workshops begin on Thursday, June 6 at 9 a.m. Keynote speaker, business analyst Michael Campbell, will address guests at a dinner held June 6 at the Howe Sound Inn from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The conference wraps up on Friday, June 7 with more workshops from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for the full conference, including reception and dinner is $190 and $50 for the reception and dinner only. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Squamish Chamber of Commerce.

      For more information or to register, please call 604.892.5322.

      The Squamish campus of Capilano College initially opened in 1973 to serve the Howe Sound communities of Squamish, Whistler, Mount Currie, and Pemberton. In response to the economic development of the Sea-to-Sky Corridor and changing B.C. economy, the Squamish campus serves its communities with expanded career and university transfer courses. The campus offers a variety of preparatory, general education development (GED) and upgrading courses, as well as programs in wilderness leadership, residential care (every three years), applied business technology (online), business administration, employment training, customer service, and English as a second language. Counselling, advising and Internet access are available to all members of the community.

      Michael G. Campbell

      Michael Campbell is British Columbia's most respected business analyst. He is best known as the host of Canada's top rated business show, Money Talks, heard across the country on the WIC radio network. He has been the chief business analyst for BCTV and the national Canada Tonight broadcast. He has been named business analyst for the Vancouver Sun and writes the lead business column three times a week.

      Michael is also the author of the national bestseller Cooking the Books With Mike: Michael Campbell's Favourite 50 Recipes for Instant Financial Success.