The 2017 -18 New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Dae San Oh, Quinn Waddington,(Councillor Mary Trentadue )Stan Weissmiller, Karima Jivraj, Brett Pavan, Patti Goss, Rnold Smith, Angela Falbo, James Woods, Peter Baetsen, Scott McAlpine
Absent: Lara Graham, Al Hyland, Franko Borri,
“A Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization established to promote civic, commercial and industrial progress in the community it serves, and to work for sound legislation and efficient administration of the community and at all levels of government.”
A Chamber of Commerce provides an avenue for the business people in the community to create a positive business environment. It also provides the local business sector with a vehicle to promote their community to the outside the world – either for tourism or business investment purposes – and helps people find their way when they arrive.
The Chamber provides opportunity for those people who create local jobs and drive the local economy, to work with government and the public to build an even better community.
It works closely with its local government. The provincial Chamber acts as an umbrella organization to lobby the provincial government on issues of mutual concern to all Chambers in the province, and the Canadian Chamber serves a similar role at the national level.
The Chamber speaks for the business community at public hearings, to the media and behind closed doors. It is the recognized voice of business.
When a business joins the Chamber of Commerce it can learn about rising issues with government that affect business, and add their voice to the Chamber’s efforts to address those issues. Equally important is that the Chamber can then support the business person on the issues that affect his or her business.
When a business joins the Chamber, it helps make the community – and the business – healthy and prosperous.
There are excellent networking opportunities and special events.
A Chamber provides businesspeople the opportunity to get to know their peers in the local community.
They can interact with them, make contacts, and give their business greater exposure to those who are its likely clientele.
In the long run, however, whether you join to have an impact in the community or to gain more direct benefits, it seems that belonging to the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is simply good business.
New Westminster Chamber of Commerce
Chief Executive Officer
The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce strives to bring value, leadership and relevance to the local business community. We are a catalyst for business people to work together to create a strong and vibrant economy and enhance the quality of life in our community. The Chamber reduces barriers to business, opens new markets for business, provides a cohesive business network and provides programs and services which have a positive impact on your bottom line.
The Chamber actively promotes a positive business climate that facilitates and nurtures a prosperous community.