Innovate 2030 Economic Development Master Plan

November 26th, 2019 – CVRD Committee of the Whole

On Tuesday November 26 the Innovate 2030 Economic Development Master Plan presentation was given to the CVRD Committee of the Whole by the Innovate 2030 Consulting Team of Paul Blais, MDB Insight, Ruth and Keith Salmon, Salmon Communications, and Graham Truax, Innovation Island Technology Association. If you are interested in the viewing the presentation, please click the link below.

Please click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.

Documents from Past Engagement and Consultation Opportunities:

Innovate 2030 News


Public Open House Overview

Two community open house sessions were held to allow for members of the general public and business community to hear about the Innovate 2030 project, understand where the project is in its overall life-cycle and share comments and thoughts on key questions being asked of them.

The first open house was on Monday, April 8, 2019, Courtenay Museum, it was exploratory and designed to inform the general public about the nature of the project, key milestones, and ask a few general questions.

The second open house was on Thursday, May 23, 2019, Florence Filberg Centre, with the Project Team participating in a panel discussion, and the general public invited to ask additional questions of the Project Team while reviewing a series of boards and stations with preliminary information and findings.

Innovate 2030 Overview

The Innovate 2030 plan is a contracted item within the Comox Valley Economic Development Society’s (CVEDS) funding agreement with the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD). Guided by input from an Innovate 2030 Advisory Committee, comprised of leading companies and industry associations representing a wide range of sectors and small businesses, Innovate 2030 will build a new regional economic development strategy for the Comox Valley that helps drive long-term technology and innovation initiatives within the area.

Key components of Innovate 2030 strategy will include:

  • Community Economic Development (including)
    • Situational Analysis
    • Community Site Selection Profile, Research and Trend Analysis
    • Review and Analysis of Local Bylaws, Policies, Processes and Regulations Relating to Economic Growth
    • Sector Specific Gap Analysis and Needs Assessment Including Retail
    • Business Retention and Expansion Strategy
    • Labour Force Development Strategy
  • Agrifood/Seafood Sector Innovation
    • Research and Trend Analysis
    • Regulatory, Trade and Supply Management SWOT
    • Review of Changing Purchasing Patterns and Methods
    • Development of an Agri-Innovation Map – Pathway for Future Growth
  • Technology and Innovation Growth
    • Asset Mapping
    • Innovation Paths
    • Targeted technology industry network player identification
    • Retention and recruitment strategies for technology industry
    • Strategic leveraging of technology in target sectors
    • Labour force considerations in technology industry
    • Technology attraction strategy

Scope of Engagement and Consultation

Extensive engagement opportunities are a fundamental component to informing all three strategies by refining understandings of strengths, opportunities, aspirations, risks and results, garnering intelligence that builds a strong evidence based business case for necessary improvements to the regions infrastructure and business service delivery, while also identifying strategies that will lead to improved business satisfaction.

people sitting around tables attending a session at the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre

In addition to the input from the Innovate 2030 Advisory Committee, there will be numerous opportunities for businesses, industry & sector groups and the general public to provide important input including Business Surveys, Open Houses, in-person engagement Focus Groups and the Innovate 2030 Forum, with an in-person progress updates being provided at Open Houses April 8, May 23 and in local government presentations in the fall of 2019.