It’s been a month since I’ve been hired as the Chamber’s public policy advisor and what a month it’s been. We’ve been on the forefront of building and fostering relationships with local leaders and decision-makers in order to put ourselves in a position to better advocate on behalf of business.

One of these relationships we are strengthening is our connection to the BC Chamber of Commerce. The BC Chamberhas been an effective advocate for BC business and works collaboratively with the provincial government to ensure that business interests are heard at a legislative level. Over the past month, I have put together a policy recommendation to be presented at the BC Chamber AGM on the connection between investment in mental health services and its effects on business. Indirectly, we hope this will provide support for the development of Riverview into a regional economic driver, bringing high-paying health-related jobs in addition to research positions to the Tri-Cities. This policy is also part of a larger effort to make sure TriCities businesses have a voice in the development in the Riverview lands.

But we aren’t just stopping with policy proposals. We are looking to instill a deeper connection to the BC Chamber by nominating past chair Dennis Marsden to serve on the BC Chamber Board of Directors. Through his nomination and (hopefully) election to the BC Chamber Board, we can even more effectively advocate for Tri-Cities business.

While we do our part to develop these stronger connections to advocate on your behalf, we also need your input. We are looking for policy issues to pursue in order to strength the business climate in the Tri-Cities. There are a number of ways you can bring forward your issues. We are currently looking to expand the membership of our Public Policy Committee. If this interests you, please contact Bryan Hyndman, our Policy Chair to discuss a seat on the committee. If committee work doesn’t interest you or you just want to chat about concerns in the community, I also have an open door! Send me an e-mail at outlining your issue and I would be happy discuss them with you.

Aaron Robinson
Public Policy Advisor