Richmond, BC, June 16, 2016 – The BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) announced the winners of the 2016 BC Economic Development Awards at the BC Economic Summit Awards Banquet held Tuesday, June 14th, in Richmond, BC.

This year’s Stan Rogers Memorial Award goes to:

Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation – Canada Education Park
In recognition for a project (private or public) making the most significant economic impact in a community.


In 1998, the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) closed its 400-acre site in Chilliwack. During its lifetime the Base was the area’s second highest employer and also provided vital support to the local communities in times of crisis or difficulties.

In 2003, the City of Chilliwack, the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO), Canada Lands Company, and additional partners signed a memorandum of understanding to officially launch the Canada Education Park project. Over the last 13 years, the Park has unfolded on 200-acres of the former Canadian Forces Base, adjacent to the Vedder River (400 acres total of institutional, commercial and residential development, including Garrison Crossing).

The Canada Education Park is a multi-agency educational partnership that brings together some of the nation’s most respected education, training and research facilities including the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pacific Region Training Centre (RCMP PRTC), the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the City of Chilliwack, Canada Lands Company and the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation.

The redevelopment of Canada Education Park has resulted in state-of-the-art training facilities for all of the partners involved, including the University of the Fraser Valley campus, the RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre, Canada Border Services Agency and the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

  • RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre: 225 employees/6,000 officers and employees trained per year, as well as 2,500 officers receiving annual qualification
  • University of the Fraser Valley: 198 employees/students – ft: 2447, pt: 1634
  • Canada Border Services Agency: 26 employees/ 64 officers per week or 3,328 per year
  • Justice Institute of British Columbia: 23 employees/300 students

The BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) is the leading professional association of economic development practitioners in the Province of BC. BCEDA currently has over 450 members from communities throughout the province. BCEDA provides services that help member communities grow and expand new and existing businesses, attract new business investments, and work towards strategic infrastructure investment, land use planning, and community enhancement.

BCEDA services include an annual summit and networking event, educational and professional development opportunities, public relations, advisory services and resources and partnering with communities and the Province of BC to market British Columbia for business investment.