New Westminster Chamber Meets with Consulate General of Pakistan February 12, 2014

February 19, 2014                   

New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Meets with Consulate General of Pakistan

 New Westminster, BC- Earlier today, the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce President Christine Conway and Executive Director, Cori Lynn Germiquet met with Consulate General  of Pakistan, Muhammad Saqif Saeed.

The meeting provided some insight into the areas of import and export opportunities for our members and our business community.

“We learned about what imports in terms of goods and services are priority items to this marketplace of 200 million people.” says Christine Conway President, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce.   “Amongst the numerous opportunities for our business community the import of used clothing to their country caught the attention of Cori Lynn and I.  With 30%  of their population living under the poverty line, used clothing is a major import for them.”



And the Winners Are! November 22, 2013

2013 Platinum Awards – Exceeds all Expectations

The Platinum Awards are a Celebration of Business and Community Excellence in New Westminster that recognizes businesses and individuals whose achievements and contributions to the community distinguish them from their peers. Our Second annual event exceeded all expectations.

 Since May of 2013 until September 26, 2013 the New Westminster Chamber was receiving nominations from the community. At the time of the nominations deadline we had received over 70 nominations and the adjudication work was to begin.

 Every nomination was treated equitably and fairly over the two day judging process. Each nomination was read aloud and the panel of 5 judges independently scored the nominations based on the criteria.

 Thank you to the 2013 Platinum Awards Judging Committee and the Planning Committee for an outstanding job.

 Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.

 Citizen of the Year- Patrick Johnstone Junior Citizen of the Year- Keila Stark Bernie Legge Cultural Award- Katherine Freund Hainsworth

Not for Profit of the Year- Under $1 Million- Union Gospel Mission

Not for Profit of the Year – Over $1 Million- Lower Mainland Purpose Society

Customer Service Business Excellence- Family Eyecare Customer Service Individual Excellence- Francine Bouchard- The Pantry

 NEW Small Business of the Year- RE UP BBQ NEW Medium Sized Business of the Year- The Spud Shack

 Small Business of the Year- Pink Ribbon Bakery

Medium Sized Business of the Year –Artis Dental Centre

Large Business of the Year- Starlight Casino

 Marketers of the Year

The Marketing Team at Douglas College

The Team at the NewsLeader

Tej Kainth at Tourism New Westminster

 Corporate Diversity Award – Orion Health

 Corporate Community Spirit- Thrifty Foods



BC Chamber says Core Review promises “substantive” gains July 31, 2013

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Vancouver, July 31, 2013 – The BC Chamber of Commerce commends the B.C. government for advancing plans for a Core Review, which targets greater efficiency and accountability in government’s use of taxpayers’ dollars.

“We think a Core Review with this mandate and scope promises substantive gains for B.C.’s taxpayers,” said John Winter, the BC Chamber’s president and CEO. “This initiative is great news for British Columbians and aligns directly with what our 36,000 represented B.C. businesses have been calling for.”

Winter said that some of the best news coming out of the government’s just-released terms of reference for the Core Review includes the broad scope of the initiative, which includes B.C. ministries, boards, commissions, Crown agencies, schools, universities, colleges and hospitals; and  an emphasis on finding alternative, more cost-efficient service delivery models.

“We’re very pleased to see that the government is truly trying to put its house in order, including tackling areas of public concern such as B.C.’s Crown corporations,” Winter said. “We also commend the government for emphasizing alternate service delivery models, which could bring private-sector efficiency to some government operations.”

The BC Chamber also applauded the B.C. government’s plans to refine the ideas that emerge from the Core Review through consultations with industry and other stakeholders.

“All in all, we’re extremely pleased to see how this initiative is advancing and we look forward to helping find private-sector solutions to some of B.C.’s challenges,” Winter said.

The BC Chamber is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in the province. Representing more than 125 Chambers of Commerce and 36,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province, the BC Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in BC.”

Chamber of Commerce congratulates Ledcor Resources & Transportation and Mainland Sand and Gravel July 11, 2013


 New Westminster, BC The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce congratulates Ledcor Resources & Transportation and Mainland Sand and Gravel for their signing of a long-term exclusive agreement for marine transportation services.


Ledcor will haul crushed stone and aggregate from Mainland’s Cox Quarry and other riverside storage facilities to its ramps and distribution points along the Fraser River. As part of the deal, Ledcor will invest approximately $18 million dollars in equipment.


The New Westminster Chamber has long realized the tremendous economic potential of the Fraser River and recognizes that this deal will help meet regional demand for quality crushed stone and aggregate products.


“This agreement demonstrates that the movement of goods on the Fraser River makes good business sense from an economic, environmental and efficiency perspective,” says Christine Conway, president of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber also recognizes that using the river to transport the aggregate should result in a reduction in diesel use and greenhouse gas emissions.”


The Fraser River is a driving force in the regional, provincial and national economies. From its headwaters on the Pacific slope of the continental divide within Mount Robson Provincial Park, the Fraser River flows along a 1375 kilometer course to the ocean in the southwest corner of BC. The entire basin drains 13 main watersheds – one third of the area of the province – and is home to more than 2.8 million people. Output within its catchment areas account for 80% of the provincial and 10% of the national gross domestic product.