President and CEO of the Business Council of B.C. speaks with top-tier business leaders at breakfast fundraiser

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is pleased to announce that Greg D’Avignon, President and CEO of the Business Council of B.C., will be the keynote speaker at the Society’s annual Breakfast to Remember, March 5 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This signature fundraising event brings leaders from the business community together to help spark the change needed to move the needle on dementia care and research. At Breakfast to Remember, Greg will offer insight into his personal connection to dementia and the action leaders in Vancouver can take to change the future of dementia in B.C.

The Business Council of B.C. is a policy and advocacy organization comprised of the province’s leading and largest businesses in every sector of the provincial economy, as well as the province's post-secondary institutions that combined employ 25 per cent of the labour force in B.C. 

Greg believes there is a strong role for business and policy leaders to play in not only building the economy, buy enabling the greater prosperity of the people and the province, including the and health of individuals and communities.  

“We have a responsibility to talk about how we can support and improve the quality of life of our employees, and the health of the people of B.C.,” Greg says. “One significant and growing public health challenge is dementia, which requires more attention, more innovation and better approaches that build integrated systems for people facing the disease and those caring for them.”

A fourth-generation British Columbian, Greg has held senior private and public sector leadership positions over the last 25 years, including serving the Prime Minister of Canada. He is a frequent contributor, facilitator and commentator on business and public policy issues that influence the economy and prosperity of Canada and British Columbia and was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Greg has been named one of Vancouver’s Power 50 list of influencers and has been honoured to serve in a number of roles within the charitable sector, including as Chair of the BC Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, Co-Chair of the YMCA What Really Matters capital campaig and Board member of the Premier’s Indigenous Business Investment Council. He is also a past Board member of the BC Academic Health Science Network and several private sector boards.

Greg will be joined by guest speaker Dr. Heather Palmer, National Director of Cognitive Well-Being at Amica Senior Lifestyles at the event, which will be held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from 7 – 9 a.m. on March 5. Dr. Palmer will share her expert knowledge of dementia, her personal experience with the disease, the latest methods of providing the best memory care possible and simple actions members of the business sector can take to make their businesses more dementia friendly. Breakfast to Remember is an opportunity for local business and community leaders to network while raising funds to help the Alzheimer Society of B.C. support people affected by dementia.

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Last Updated: 02/13/2020