Vern May

Vern May

Economic Development Manager, City of Abbotsford

Vern relocated to British Columbia in July 2019 to join Abbotsford’s economic development team. Prior to his arrival in the Fraser Valley he spent six years in the economic development field in Manitoba, where he was heavily immersed in a variety of projects from foreign direct investment, major capital projects and tourism development.

Most notably, he has been credited with confirming in excess of $500 Million in new investment for the City of Portage la Prairie (a community of 13,000) within a two year time frame, primarily in the agri-food sector.



Sessions with this Speaker

Spotlight: Clean Economy Opportunities in BC’s Fraser Valley

Located immediately adjacent to Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley is British Columbia’s third largest metropolitan region. In 2018, the Fraser Valley’s clean economy was valued at $1.17 billion, underpinned by an agriculture sector that is one of the most productive and diversified in Canada.

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Vern May Economic Development Manager, City of Abbotsford
Stacey Crawford Economic Development Officer, District of Mission
Raymond Szabada President and Chief Executive Officer, i-Open Group and Chairman of the Board, XLRator
Lenore Newman Director of the Food and Agriculture Institute, University of the Fraser Valley
Alison Stewart Manager of Strategic Planning, Fraser Valley Regional District
Jason Lum Chair, Fraser Valley Regional District
Greg Cross Director of Public Works, Housing and Custodial, Seabird Island Band