Vancouver Logo

The Greater Vancouver Board Of Trade is West-Coast Canada's leading business association. Engaging members to impact public policy at all levels of government.

The Greater Vancouver Board Of Trade

President and CEO

Bridgitte Anderson


Bridgitte Anderson is the President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Her expertise spans a broad spectrum of disciplines including business, communications, government and public policy. She replaced Iain Black, former President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, who started as one of the seven CEOs sitting on the CGCC to represent regional businesses on a national level. Today, Anderson is joined by Presidents and CEOs from Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Montreal and Brampton.

Anderson acts as a spokesperson on behalf of Vancouver businesses locally, regionally, and on cross-provincial issues. She meets with key stakeholders, partners with organizations from across Canada, and listens to the businesses in her region and the challenges they face, from big to small.

“Easing trade barriers will be very beneficial for SMEs,” says Bridgitte Anderson, President & CEO of Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. “These businesses typically have fewer resources, which puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to navigating interprovincial trade barriers.”

Bridgitte Anderson is President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade


Since its inception in 1887, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has been recognized as Pacific Canada's leading business association. The Board engages members to impact public policy at all levels of government and to succeed and prosper in the global economy. The Board leverages the collective strength of their membership, a group of businesses whose employees comprise one-third of B.C.'s workforce.

To support this community, the Board facilitates networking opportunities, and provides professional development through four unique Signature Programs. When in-person events are in full swing, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade boasts the largest events programs in the country, providing a platform for national and international thought leaders to inform B.C.'s business leaders.


The Canadian international airport policy, with the view of “increasing global connectivity, economic value through Canada’s international airports” was the first CGCC advocacy initiative of which Vancouver was a participant. On December 8, 2016, the seven members launched a policy recommendation for the future of international airports. Why? Each city understood their need to be global cities in order to remain competitive in an increasingly connected world. Each member city supported government influences on improving Canadian international airports to facilitate significant economic benefits for tourism. For Vancouver, as the doorway to the Eastern parts of the world, airports also offer vital access to high growth asian markets.

Two years later, Vancouver developed a new report on Canadian infrastructure delivery with the Canadian Global Cities Council. Released on February 13 2018, the policy recommendation “Planning for an Urban Future: Our Call for a National Urban Strategy for Canada” proposes a shift from the status quo. Instead of federal investments in major urban markets that are ad hoc and project-based, Vancouver supported investments that align with regional priorities considering overall growth and competitiveness.

recent initiatives

There are many ways to help our cause

Inter-provincial Trade Barriers

Canada is a trading nation. We have what the world needs. The CGCC advocates removing inter-provincial and international trade barriers that are hurting Canadian businesses.

Airport Infrastructure

The CGCC promotes national policies for competitive and sustainable urban economies. Canada’s air transport sector plays an essential role in connecting our country and growing our economy.

Urban Strategy

There is a need for investment in a national urban strategy to enable government at all levels to align with regional priorities and work with the private sector to maximize benefits for Canadians and our businesses.

Business Advocacy

To ensure that our cities continue to be the best places to live, operate and invest, the CGCC calls on the government to create the right conditions for the future prosperity of Canadian businesses.


Why become a member? The Greater Vancouver Board Of Trade propels your organizational objectives by providing connections to senior leaders, professional development to grow your business and your skills. You also receive exclusive member savings, and the GVBOT advocates on your behalf by working with all three levels of government to bring your voice to key policy decisions. Join today.


Canadian Global Cities Council is the voice of more than half of Canada's business owners. Our views are well-researched and analyzed, sought after and respected by government, business leaders and the media.