April 2023

Executive Director Update

2023 is off to an extraordinary start, with overnight room revenue exceeding pre-pandemic levels with a strong demand predicted for the balance of the year. With a record year for cruises, with up to 1.3 million visitors heading to metro Vancouver and the return of the meetings and event business, it will be a very busy summer.
One of our own, Marketing Manager, Catherine McCooey was recognized as one of North America’s Top 30 under 30 destination marketers, by Destinations International, the industry’s leading organization for education, research, and advocacy. Congratulations Catherine!

Bite of Burnaby, our annual food festival was a massive success this year with a whopping 51 restaurants on board, showcasing the very best of Burnaby’s culinary scene.

In other news, our Meetings & Events team has been hard at work securing some exciting new events for Burnaby. We have some amazing conferences and conventions lined up for the coming months that are sure to showcase all that our city has to offer. Be sure to check out the partner opportunities below. The Sport Burnaby team has been equally busy securing some brand-new events for 2023.

Lucy Hagos, our new Special Event Manager

Finally, our board is in the final stages of adding four new board members representing Sport, Retail, Restaurants, and Post-Secondary Education in Burnaby. We look forward to announcing our new slate at the AGM in May, and to begin the process of developing our new 5-year plan. This increased diversity and integration of more community partners will ensure that Burnaby continues to develop its reputation as a premier destination, while also serving the needs of our stakeholders and rightsholders in community.

We are thrilled to announce that we have a new addition to our team, Lucy Hagos! Lucy has joined us as our new Special Event Manager and brings a wealth of experience in planning and executing events of all sizes. She is an energetic, detail-oriented professional who is passionate about creating unforgettable experiences for our visitors. She’ll be handling the operations and partner outreach on our signature events like the Pat Quinn Classic, Bite of Burnaby and the Burnaby Halloween Festival. Additionally, she’ll be working with some of our partners like the Burnaby Drum Festival and Burnaby Pride to lend her unique expertise in the area of event production. We are excited to have her on board and look forward to the great events she will produce.

Don’t forget to join us for our new office warming party on April 20, 2023, at 4.00pm. Our address is 2006-3713 Kensington Ave, Burnaby, BC V5B 0A7. Treat yourself to our food and refreshers. See you there!

Chris Peters

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