Practical economic innovation

June 2020

BC Aviation Council Webinar

What Comes Next? BC Air Carriers and Airports Chart Recovery WEBINAR, 9th June, 2020. OEI President Rob Beynon moderated this webinar attended by 150 aviation professionals. The BCAC co-hosted the webinar with the BC Economic Development Association and the Tourism Industry Association of BC. A link to the webinar is below:


April 2019

Williams Lake, B.C.

Airport Master Plan. The City of Williams Lake’s City Council accepts and posts its new Airport Master Plan on-line, produced by Tetra Tech and OEI. It can be found at:


March 2016

Port Alberni, B.C.

Port initiates study

The Port Alberni Port Authority has undertaken a study of its economic impact in the region in an attempt to underscore the value that investment in it can generate.

“When we’re speaking with provincially elected officials and at the federal level, to have those types of real economic numbers when we talk about the larger investments we want to make helps give us legitimacy and credibility as an economic driver,” said PAPA director of public relations and business development Dave McCormick…

PAPA has contracted with Vancouver-based Operations Economic Inc. (OEI) to undertake the current study. OEI will be sending an economic survey to select regional businesses that have been identified as being economically impacted by the existence of port services and operations.

November 2015

Castlegar, B.C.

Market Analysis a Critical Next Step in Better Air Service for Castlegar

A recent survey sent out to regional businesses by Vancouver-based consultancy Operations Economics Inc.  via the Chamber of Commerce asking detailed questions about business use of local flights and airport services seems to be causing some confusion among residents as to what the city hopes to gain in the process.

The information garnered, according to city councillor Kevin Chernoff, will actually help the city in creating a solid business model to induce carriers like our current one, Air Canada, or prospective ones like West Jet, to increase the air capacity for the city – including the systems, aircraft and operators to allow for more reliable landings and take-offs.

June 2015

Port Alberni, B.C.

Alberni Valley Regional Airport Expansion Plans

A February 2015 business case by Operations Economics Inc. shows that the AVRA runway expansion project will create 34 FTEs; $1.99M in wages; $2.6M in GDP and $3.1M in economic output. New aerospace activity (conversion of military C130 aircraft into water tankers by Coulson Aviation) would create annual activity of 15 FTEs; $1.0M in wages; $1.4M in GDP and $4.3M total economic activity. Regularly scheduled service from Vancouver would create 5 FTEs; $193K in wages; $276K in GDP; and $480K in economic output.

December 2014

Prince Rupert, B.C.

Report outlines challenges facing Prince Rupert airport due to capacity of Digby Island Ferry

The Digby Island Ferry and its lack of capacity could lead to liquefied natural gas companies looking elsewhere when it comes to bringing workers to the North Coast, according to a report commissioned by the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce.

The Digby Island Ferry Capacity Analysis notes that, due in part to its inability to handle a number of larger buses, the current capacity of the ferry is 156 people per sailing.

“There are a number of probable scenarios in which 156 passengers per sailing would be a constraint on the ability of the airport to move people in and out of Prince Rupert. The ferry is, therefore, the limiting link in airport passenger capacity,” reads the report, which was produced by Operations Economics Inc. (OEI) of Vancouver, adding contractors want to move more than 156 passenger per hour due to economies of scale.