Editorial | A Year of Growth & Engagement

It’s that time of the year again when we look ahead to the festive season while reflecting on previous months. We started the year committed to our vision, to shape the future of business and our community, and with clear objectives established and committees in place, we started the year strong. As we head towards the end of the year, we see that 2018 has been a year of achieving objectives and growth at the Tri-Cities Chamber of Chamber.

Three overarching objectives direct our path: to maximize our value, to strengthen and clarify our brand, and to promote the Tri-Cities as the best place to live, work, and play. We continue to work towards these goals by way of our three pillars: connect, educate, and advocate. With these objectives in mind, we’ve launched several new initiatives including two new programs, a membership referral bonus, an increase in our advocacy efforts and we’ve breathed new life into our signature events.

Two exciting programs were introduced earlier this year: the Tri-Cities Young Professionals and the Women in Business. We continue to provide new and exciting opportunities for our members to connect – our first pillar. By the year’s end, we’ll have hosted over 85 events for our members to network with like-minded businesses. From welcoming our new Chamber members at our casual KICKSTART to honouring outstanding businesses at the formal Business Excellence Awards Gala, there is a networking event for everyone.

Providing our members with educational tools and information to run a successful business is our second pillar. We host a number of events each year specifically to educate our members with key information. At the Economic Summit, the future of blockchain and cannabis and its effects on business were explored.

Our third and final pillar is advocacy. Guided by our Policy Committee, we have been more active than ever, ensuring the collective voice of the Tri-Cities business community is heard. We continue to tackle the key issues important to our members and our community.

It has been an honour to serve as your Board Chair this past year. I would like to acknowledge the active involvement and engagement of our Chamber Board along with Michael Hind and the Chamber team. I would like to thank each of them for their ongoing commitment to ensuring we meet our common goals. Looking ahead, I’m confident our Chamber will continue its strong upward trajectory with incoming Chair Randy Webster.

Thank you for your support in 2018. It’s been a great year!

Catherine Ackerman, Chair