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David Eby scheduled to make first Tri-Cities appearance as B.C. premier

He's penciled in for May as a keynote speaker at Economic Summit 2023 in Coquitlam.
B.C. Premier David Eby at his oath of office ceremony on Nov. 18, 2022.

It looks like David Eby will soon make his first appearance in the Tri-Cities since swearing in as B.C.'s new premier.

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) recently unveiled Eby as one of its keynote speakers for Economic Summit 2023 in Coquitlam later this spring.

The seventh annual convention is slated for May 16.

This is the first formally scheduled event in the region for Eby. It's not yet known if he'll make a visit to Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore or Belcarra in the weeks leading up to the Summit.

According to the TCCC's announcement, Economic Summit is one of the organization's "signature events" on the calendar.

"This event brings together thought leaders and experts for an engaging discussion on the state of our local, provincial, and national economy," the TCCC's website reads.

"Participants gain insight to make informed business decisions for the year ahead."

Eby was named B.C.'s 37th premier in the province's history on Nov. 18, 2022, serving as attorney general under former John Horgan before his ascent to the top seat in the Victoria legislature.

Since taking the helm, Eby has centred his focus on issues that include housing, health care, climate change and public safety. 

"If the [COVID-19] pandemic taught us anything, it's that we can't solve these problems alone," said Eby after he unveiled his cabinet on Dec. 10.

"We need to solve them together. My team of determined colleagues will use a wealth and variety of experience to continue the good work we've started and go further to deliver results people can see and feel in their communities."

Eby's résumé pre-politics included an adjunct professor of law at UBC, president of the HIV/AIDS Legal Network, executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and a stint with the Vancouver Foundation’s Health and Social Development Committee.

He's set to join Jean-François Perrault, Scotiabank's senior vice-president and chief economist, as the two keynote speakers for the TCCC's Economic Summit 2023.

The convention is scheduled for May 16 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Executive Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre (405 North Rd.).

For more information, you can visit the event's page on the TCCC's website.