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Second Invest New West economic forum returns in October

Colin and Dale Bosa of Bosa Properties will be the keynote speakers at the Invest New West forum in October. - Contributed photos
Colin and Dale Bosa of Bosa Properties will be the keynote speakers at the Invest New West forum in October.
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Bosa Properties brothers Colin and Dale Bosa will headline New Westminster's second economic forum.

The 2014 Invest New West will be held in the new Anvil Centre's conference centre Oct. 2. The Bosas, who run Bosa Properties and BlueSky Properties, will be the keynote speakers who will do a question and answer session with co-chair Gary Pooni.

Bosa Properties currently has a two-tower project proposal before city council for 1000 Quayside Drive, the parking lot in front of Inn at the Quay. If approved it will connect to Downtown via the McInnes Overpass. BlueSky is nearing completion of Viceroy in Uptown New Westminster.

Realtor Bob Rennie was the keynote speaker at the first economic forum held in November 2012.

The opening speaker in October will be Andrew Ramlo, executive director of Urban Futures which does urban economic analysis. He will be followed by a panel discussion with New Westminster city manager Lisa Spitale, Merchant Square office tower co-owner Suki Sekhon and Overwaitea Food Group president Darrell Jones.

Pooni, president of Brook Pooni Associates, said attendees will get key insights into why New Westminster is a strategic location for business opportunity and growth.

Invest New West is being put on by the City of New Westminster and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce. It will be the first civic event to be held at the new Anvil Centre. The previous forum was a sold-out event of 300 and was held at the River Market. Co-chair Bill Harper said just under 400 is expected to attend this time.

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