VISION

Collaborating to advance shared economic prosperity, livability & sustainability in Canada’s Pacific gateway.

MISSION

To attract strategic investment to the region.


Regional Economic Prosperity is a new service of Metro Vancouver organized to advance a shared prosperity in the region. This will be accomplished through a collaborative approach involving member jurisdictions of Metro Vancouver, First Nations, key regional stakeholders as well as federal and provincial ministries and agencies active in investment attraction.

Functions

The service will be structured around three functions: fostering collaboration, conducting regional data collection and research, and attracting investment.


1 Foster Collaboration

2 Regional data collection & research

3 Attract investment

  • Collaborative development of objectives, priorities, protocols and KPIs for the new entity (e.g., sector and market priorities)
  • Performance tracking and reporting to regional stakeholders
  • Facilitate communication to and among relevant parties on economic development priorities & initiatives of regional significance
  • On-going research & analysis of the regional economy for the purposes of investment attraction
  • Research & data analysis to support business cases for strategic investors
  • Development of public/partner-facing data assets/tools for the purposes of investment attraction

STRATEGIC INVESTMENT ATTRACTION

  • Identification of the region’s value proposition for strategic investors
  • Servicing of new strategic investment leads/sharing of leads to close

MARKETING & PROMOTION

  • Development of marketing & branding strategy for the region for the purposes of investment
  • Design & development of investment-related marketing materials
  • Design & execution of marketing campaigns to promote the region’s value proposition for investment

Management Board

A Management Board, composed of elected officials and community leaders, will provide guidance and strategic advice. A Regional Economic Prosperity Advisory Committee, composed of senior staff from member jurisdictions with responsibilities for economic development and long-term planning, will contribute a local perspective on economic development.

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Organizational Structure

Our Team

  • David Flaks, President

    David Flaks

    President
    Regional Economic Prosperity Service, Metro Vancouver

    David Flaks has devoted the last decade of his professional career to economic development and, more specifically, to helping build an economy that serves and strengthens all communities, and that works for and uplifts all residents.

    Most recently, David served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), Southern California’s premier economic development leadership organization. In this role, he leveraged and brought together the capabilities of the LAEDC’s mission-delivery department areas into a single powerful and collaborative force, integrating expert economic research and applied analysis teams with a highly effective “idea to export” capacity building program, along with the public policy, advocacy and message delivery systems.

    Prior to that, David held the position of LAEDC Senior Vice President (SVP) of Strategic Initiatives where he implemented the first-ever, consensus Strategic Plan for Economic Development in L.A. County, and helped shape legislation and policies on key economic development issues.

    Prior to the LAEDC, David served as Communications Director for the Democratic nominee in a US Congressional race, and previous to that, served as President of David Flaks Capital, a DC-based financial advisory services firm, which helped arrange for the placement of more than $102M in equity and debt securities for medical technology companies.

    David received a B.S. in Philosophy with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin, his J.D. from American University, Cum Laude, and graduated as Valedictorian from the George Washington University with a M.A. in Political Management.

  • Jacquie Griffiths, Vice President

    Jacquie Griffiths

    Vice President
    Regional Economic Prosperity Service

    Since 2014, Jacquie has been the Director of Regional Employers Services with Metro Vancouver. In this role, she led a team providing human resources and workforce strategy support to local governments in the Metro Vancouver region.

    She has worked in the mining, banking, education and municipal sectors and progressed through a series of roles including that of Chief Negotiator for the BC Public School Employers’ Association. In addition, Jacquie served three terms as a Referee for the Employment Insurance Commission of Canada and has been recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s “40 Under Forty”.

    Jacquie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia as well as a Master of Arts from Royal Roads University. As a volunteer, Jacquie has served on a number of not-for-profit boards and is currently a director and chairs the finance committee for the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) BC and Yukon.

  • Megan Gerryts, Advisor

    Megan Gerryts

    Advisor
    Regional Economic Prosperity Service

    Since 2016, Megan has held positions of progressive responsibility in Metro Vancouver’s CAO’s Office. In her previous role, she was responsible for leading policy development initiatives and managing corporate-wide programs with a focus on enhancing the sustainability and resilience of the organization.

    Megan has a Bachelor of Arts, as well as a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria. She brings a passion for local government and seeks to collaboratively develop solutions for tackling the issues facing the Metro Vancouver region. She has held positions at the federal, provincial and local levels of government.

  • Peyton Winslade, Corporate Project Coordinator

    Peyton Winslade

    Corporate Project Coordinator
    Regional Economic Prosperity Service

  • Silvana Mah, Office Coordinator

    Silvana Mah

    Office Coordinator
    Regional Economic Prosperity Service

  • Gregory Freeman, Senior Economist

    Gregory Freeman

    Senior Economist
    Regional Economic Prosperity Service

Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area, and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing. The regional district is governed by a Board of Directors of elected officials from each local authority.


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