Northwest Growth Conference pushed back to spring

The Northwest Growth Conference (NWGC) is no longer taking place this month, with organizers making the decision to reschedule for spring.

The Northwest Growth Conference (NWGC) is no longer taking place this month, with organizers making the decision to reschedule the conference for spring.

The conference, which is being organized by Community Futures of the Pacific Northwest and the Hecate Strait Employment Development Society, will now take place on March 6 and 7 at the North Coast Meeting and Convention Centre and in the B.C. Room of the Crest Hotel.

“One of the major take-homes from this conference is to provide … the most up-to-date information as possible. In anticipation of final investment decisions and other factors, it made sense to reschedule the conference to March,” John Farrell, Community Futures of the Pacific Northwest general manager, said.

The NWGC is open to small and medium-sized businesses, investors, industry representatives and up-and-coming entrepreneurs, providing networking opportunities and helping businesses gain knowledge in growth strategies.

“We’re just trying to prepare the foundation for the industrial growth to come and make sure [small and medium-sized businesses are] part of that picture,” Farrell said.

Registration for smaller-scale businesses, investors and decision makers is anticipated to begin at the end of November through the Hecate Strait Employment Development Society’s website.

There will also be a trades show as part of the NWGC, with parties interested in registering a booth being encouraged to contact Paul Vendittelli, Prince Rupert’s economic development officer, at 250-617-5138 or by email at

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