BIV Talks: Post Election


What are the implications of the October 21 election? What will be the priorities of the federal government? What will be the impact on business? Join our expert panel as it examines why the campaign yielded its result and what we can expect next from our federal parties for British Columbia.


Brittney Kerr

Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group

During her time in government, Brittney was the British Columbia adviser to the Prime Minister of Canada. In the Prime Minister’s Office, Brittney advised senior government leaders on issues and files that intersected with B.C. and led teams crossing multiple ministries and departments. She also served as liaison for the Prime Minister’s Office with stakeholders, Indigenous communities, and other levels of government in B.C.. Brittney leverages a decade of private sector, government, Indigenous community, and not-for-profit experience in her advisory work today.  For her work in politics and advocacy campaigns, Brittney was awarded the Top 30 Under 30 in 2014 by BC Business magazine and the Top 40 Under 40 by Business in Vancouver.

Mario Canseco

President, Research Co.

Mario Canseco has analyzed and conducted public opinion research since 2003, designing and managing research projects for clients across the private and public sectors, as well as non-profit organizations and associations. From 2013 to 2017, Mario established Insights West’s electoral forecasting program, issuing 23 correct predictions of democratic processes in Canada and the United States, including the 2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite, the 2015 Alberta provincial election, the 2016 United States presidential election, and the 2017 British Columbia provincial election. Throughout his career, Mario coordinated research teams for a global public opinion firm that operated in Canada, the United States and Britain.  Mario holds a Masters of Journalism from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelors in Communications.

Scott Lamb

Partner, Clark Wilson LLP and President, Conservative Party of Canada

Scott Lamb is the President of the Conservative Party of Canada, and a partner with the law firm of Clark Wilson LLP.  Scott has served on the National Policy Committee of the Party and since 2008 he has served on the Executive of the Board of Directors of the North Vancouver Electoral District Association. He has also served as the President of the North Vancouver Electoral District Association and has been active as an organizer in Provincial and Federal elections.  Scott is a strong proponent of the grass roots organization, ideas and values of the Conservative Party.  Scott obtained university degrees from the University of British Columbia and Bristol University, and is called to the Bar in Ontario and British Columbia.


Kirk LaPointe

Editor-in-Chief, Business in Vancouver & Vice-President, Editorial, Glacier Media

Kirk has led Canadian broadcast, print and media organizations for more than three decades, holding the senior editorial roles at CTV News, Southam News and The Hamilton Spectator. He is a former Ottawa Bureau Chief and General News Editor of The Canadian Press, a former host on CBC Newsworld, the founding executive editor of National Post, the former ombudsman of the CBC, and a host on Roundhouse Radio. He has been Canadian Editor for Billboard Magazine and station manager of CKLN Ryerson, an advisor to the publisher of the Toronto Star, and publisher and editor in chief at Self-Counsel Press. Kirk is currently the Editor-in-Chief at Business in Vancouver and Vice-President Editorial, Glacier Media, and he teaches Ethics and Leadership as an Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism.


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