Trade will be the focus of the Fraser River Discovery Centre’s next Fraser River Dialogue.
“The Fraser River is as economically important to Canada as the St. Lawrence Seaway on our east coast,” said Stephen Bruyneel, external relations and development director for the Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRDC). “It provides over $2 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) each year and 40,000 jobs because of the trade and transportation of goods.”
Despite these kinds of numbers, the river often gets overlooked or taken for granted by many of us, even though we benefit from it every day, according to a press release.
“If you drive a car, chances are it came to Canada through the Fraser River,” added Bruyneel. “That’s because every car from Asia destined for sale in our country comes through here. The same can be said for many of the aggregate materials – sand, gravel and crushed stone – used in the construction of the houses and buildings we live and work in.”
Given the economic importance of the Fraser River, the FRDC is focusing its next Fraser River Dialogue on Fraser River Trade. Joining Bruyneel for the discussion will be Doug Mills from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.
The Fraser River Dialogue on Fraser River Trade will be on Tuesday, April 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the FRDC on New Westminster’s waterfront. Tickets cost $25, which includes a networking reception, the opportunity to view the FRDC’s many exhibits, and a seat at the dialogue itself. Tickets can be purchased online.