• CSAE BC MLA Panel: Government Relations during the COVID-19 Ages

    Successfully navigating the government relations landscape is challenging at any time. Introducing a Government Relations program or advancing your existing government relations strategy during COVID-19 may seem impossible. 

    Recognizing that the government relations game is even more essential now, this session will provide association leaders with practical tips on effectively navigating their way through the government environment and influencing government policy decisions at the provincial level during these challenging times.


    Fri. March 19, 2021 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm PST


    Janet Routledge, MLA Burnaby North, Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

    Janet Routledge was first elected as the MLA for Burnaby North in 2017 and was re-elected in 2020.  She serves as the Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. She also chairs the Government Women’s Caucus and represents British Columbia on the Steering Committee of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, Canadian Region. Janet sits on the Government Caucus Committee on the Economy.

    Prior to running for public office, Janet worked in the labour movement. She started her career in the Public Service Alliance of Canada in the late ‘70’s. She organized members to solve workplace problems, win better wages and improve working conditions. More recently she served the BC Federation of Labour as their Director of Political Action. In addition, she represented workers on the federal Employment Insurance Appeals Board. She was granted commenter status in the National Energy Board hearings on the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

    Mr. Blair L Qualey, President & CEO, New Car Dealers Association of BC

    20191002 – Vancouver, BC Chung Chow photo For Frank O’Brien Blair Qualey, president and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC. Promo for 100th Anniversary of Vancouver International Auto Show in 2020 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. Qualey next to a red 1920 Auburn.

    Blair Qualey has served for over 11 years as the President and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA), which represents more than 390 New Car Dealers throughout the province. BC’s New Car Dealers generate over $16 Billion in economic activity, pump $1.8 Billion net GDP directly into BC’s economy, and provide more than 30,000 family supporting jobs in over 55 communities.

    Damian Stathonikos, CAE, President, Building Owners & Managers Association – British Columbia

    Damian is the President of the Building Owners and Managers Association of BC (BOMA BC), the largest commercial real estate industry association in British Columbia. He provides leadership for the Association, representing an industry that contributes $3.5 billion annually to the provincial economy. Prior to joining BOMA BC, Damian was a senior association leader and worked as a public relations and government affairs professional. He is also a Certified Association Executive. Damian has lived and worked in Asia and Europe and calls East Vancouver home where he lives with his wife and two children.

    Mark Jiles, Principal, The Bluestone Consulting Group

    Mark has over 20 years’ experience in helping organizations achieve their strategic communications, government relations and sports marketing goals and objectives.

    Mark has built a reputation as an effective government relation, sports and entertainment consultant. His unique background in these diverse specialties has made Mark a trusted advisor to some of Canada’s top companies, professional sports teams, film and entertainment, and not-for-profit organizations.


    CSAE Members – $25 + tax
    Non-members – $37.5 + tax