Burnaby Board of Trade Launches Business Recovery Task Force; City, Business and Community Representatives to Guide Rebuild of Local Economy

April 27 – Today, the Burnaby Board of Trade announced the launch of the ‘Business Recovery Task Force’ to guide the rebuilding of the local economy impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  The Task Force, composed of senior representatives from the City of Burnaby, major employers, small businesses, non-profits, and post-secondary institutions, will identify actions that can help businesses cope with the ongoing crisis, plan their recovery once current COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed or lifted, and ultimately rebuild the local economy for the long-term.

This initiative, led by the Burnaby Board of Trade, the City’s chamber of commerce and economic development organization, and facilitated by the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, will develop a strategy for both short-term support and long-term economic recovery following the business closures and curtailments brought on by COVID-19 and subsequent public health restrictions.

“Our business community doesn’t just need support now, it needs a roadmap to rebuild and recover from this crisis. Our local economy was strong before and with the right plan it can regain that strength again,” said Paul Holden, President & CEO of the Burnaby Board of Trade.  “Given how the business community and the community at large are intrinsically linked, it is key that we bring together a broad-based team representing business, education, government, and community groups to lead the way forward. I’m incredibly optimistic about what we can do by working together for our business community.”

The initial mandate of the Business Recovery Task Force will include 10 virtual meetings starting in the beginning of May and lasting 6-8 weeks, and during this time will work on the following actions:

  1. Mapping economic impacts and areas of need for Burnaby businesses
  2. Creating a vision and principles to guide Burnaby’s economic recovery and the work of the Task Force
  3. Identifying quick-starts that can begin immediately to fill critical needs
  4. Surfacing potential strategies that can support the current stabilization, short-term recovery and longer term rebuilding of Burnaby’s economy
  5. Developing an action plan and next steps, including the Task Force’s role going-forward


Cory Redekop
Director of Policy & Stakeholder Relations
Burnaby Board of Trade
cory@bbot.ca  /  604 318 0420

About the Burnaby Board of Trade:

As Burnaby’s chamber of commerce and the City’s economic development partner, the Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) is one of the region’s largest and most active business associations. Working closely with the municipality, its members, and various community stakeholders, the BBOT supports the growth of business both locally and internationally, and fosters a sustainable business environment.  The Burnaby Board of Trade acts as a Catalyst for economic development in Burnaby and across the region, a Convener of business, community and political leadership and Champions for the businesses who make Burnaby their home.