Credit union to host online economic forum

With the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic rattling international markets and governments, and threatening businesses across the country, Sunshine Coast Credit Union is hosting an online economic forum for local businesses, non-profit, government and community members to share an in-depth assessment of what has occurred and what we may expect in the future – globally and locally. 

Dubbed Rebound, the Nov. 4. forum will feature both macro and micro economic analyses from Central 1 Credit Union’s chief economist, Helmut Pastrick.

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“We’ll share our data and insights on what the pandemic has meant to the global, Canadian and regional economy, with a magnifying glass on the Sunshine Coast economic reality and future forecast,” Pastrick said. 

Spring Activator CEO Keith Ippel will share his diverse international experience in business resiliency strategies, initiatives and outcomes across multiple industries, providing insight into the most important things organizations and entrepreneurs can be doing right now. “Fight or flight? Ride or hide? What is the best strategy for small and medium-sized organizations and entrepreneurs as we face this second wave? What are the obstacles to avoid, and the opportunities to seize? I’ll share fascinating stories from non-profits and businesses we’ve worked with since the pandemic began,” Ippel said. 

Shelley McDade, CEO of Sunshine Coast Credit Union, will share her insights and learning on how the pandemic has affected the way people feel about their financial health, and the areas of impact that resonate most to people on the Coast. “In the past seven months, we’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with community partners and meaningfully invest over $500,000 into the local social and economic recovery effort, including mental health resources, grocery deliveries to seniors and grants to help entrepreneurs refresh their business models. Sunshine Coast Credit Union members can be proud of their role in supporting their neighbours through a difficult time,” said McDade. 

The forum will take place from 9 to 10:20 a.m. on Nov. 4. Further information and registration details are available at 

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