Focusing Forward: Tri-Cities Chamber Endorses BC Chamber’s Newly Released Policies and Positions Manual for 2022-2023

Focusing Forward: Tri-Cities Chamber Endorses BC Chamber’s Newly Released Policies and Positions Manual for 2022-2023

(TRI-CITIES) August 2, 2022 — Last week, the BC Chamber of Commerce released its Focusing Forward:  2022-2023 Policy & Positions Manual. The document contains 55 policy statements and positions approved by members, including the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, at the provincial association’s 70th Annual General Meeting and Conference held June 7-9, 2022, in Prince George.

“Strong advocacy to ensure our local businesses survive and thrive is such an important focus for the work that our Chamber does, and I was pleased to represent Tri-Cities businesses at the BC Chamber conference to advocate for and vote on these policies,” said Leslie Courchesne, CEO, Tri-Cities Chamber. “When Chambers and Boards of Trade work together to leverage the power of our collective voice with all levels of government, we can affect significant change that make our businesses and communities stronger.”

Focusing Forward reflects what our members see as the important issues facing businesses in British Columbia and sets out detailed policy recommendations on how to address them,” said Fiona Famulak, President and CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce. “Collectively, the policies call on governments to foster an environment where businesses can thrive and communities are healthy, and an economy that rewards innovation, and ensures that resilient infrastructure is in place across the province.”

The Tri-Cities Chamber endorses the broad spectrum of policies adopted in this year’s policy manual, including indigenous reconciliation, sustainable transportation, taxation issues, and amending paid sick leave.

The policies contained in the manual are directed towards the provincial and federal governments, and will guide the Tri-Cities Chamber’s advocacy work for the coming year.

Courchesne will also represent the Tri-Cities Chamber’s policy interests on the national level at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM and Convention on October 14-15, in Ottawa.

View the full Focusing Forward: 2022-2023 Policy & Positions Manual from the BC Chamber of Commerce.

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Since 1971, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce has been the largest business association serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, and Belcarra, now representing 800+ businesses from every sector. The Chamber works to foster economic development, provide connections and benefits, and influence public policy at all levels of government to ensure strong business and strong community. The Tri-Cities Chamber is an active member of the BC and Canadian Chambers of Commerce.

For more information, contact:

Leslie Courchesne, Chief Executive Officer
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

604.468.6870

Tri-Cities Chamber Supports Vital Policies to Help Businesses Succeed

Tri-Cities Chamber Supports Vital Policies to Help Businesses Succeed: BC Chamber AGM and Conference, Prince George

(TRI-CITIES) June 17, 2022 — Last week, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce CEO Leslie Courchesne attended the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Conference in Prince George. Representatives from Chambers and Boards of Trade across the province met to deliberate on policies covering a broad spectrum of provincial and federal issues critical to the success of the business community. In total, 53 policy resolutions were approved, on topics including indigenous reconciliation, amending paid sick leave, support and collaboration with the wedding and events industry, and taxation.

“Strong advocacy to ensure our local businesses survive and thrive is such an important focus for the work that our Chamber does, and I was pleased to represent Tri-Cities businesses at the B.C. Chamber conference,” said Courchesne. “When Chambers and Boards of Trade work together to leverage the power of our collective voice with all levels of government, we can affect significant change that make our businesses and communities stronger. If you are involved in business and haven’t found a reason yet to join your local Chamber, this is it — we need you to be part of strengthening that voice.”

“Our goal for this year’s conference was to inspire, to challenge delegates to think outside-the-box, and to find ways to leverage B.C.’s strong foundation as a springboard to a future where businesses are successful, families thrive and communities flourish,” said Fiona Famulak, President and CEO, B.C. Chamber of Commerce.

Presented by Chamber Group Insurance Plan, the conference included sessions on a wide variety of economic issues and trends, including a virtual address from B.C. Finance Minister and Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA Selina Robinson. The B.C. Chamber of Commerce appointed Dr. Greg Thomas as its 2022-23 Chair of the Board of Directors.

The full set of approved policy resolutions will be published by the B.C. Chamber in the coming weeks.

 

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Since 1971, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce has been the largest business association serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, and Belcarra, now representing 800+ businesses from every sector. The Chamber works to foster economic development, provide connections and benefits, and influence public policy at all levels of government to ensure strong business and strong community. The Tri-Cities Chamber is an active member of the BC and Canadian Chambers of Commerce.

 

For more information, contact:

Leslie Courchesne, Chief Executive Officer
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

604.468.6870

Mobile Business Licensing Approved

(TRI-CITIES) December 12 – After years of discussion, countless man-hours and cooperation between the cities of Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the Mobile Business Licence has been approved in the Tri-Cities.  Today, Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Small Business, along with Tri-Cities Mayors Mike Clay, Greg Moore and Richard Stewart, made the announcement during a press conference at Canstar Restorations in Coquitlam.

The Mobile Business License is an important step in making operations easier for Tri-Cities businesses.  As Minister Yamamoto stated, “It allows mobile businesses to operate in several municipalities with only one licence – so business owners can spend less time doing paperwork and more time on making their businesses a success.”

Chamber representatives Executive Director Michael Hind, Chair Davide Fantillo, Future Chair Peggy Hunt, Director Mark Pettie and Director Rick Pasin attended to show their support for the new bylaw.  Chair Davide Fantillo spoke to the press conference attendees, expressing his satisfaction with the way staff, city councillors and the Chamber of Commerce came together to bring the Mobile Business Licence to fruition.

The Chamber is proud to have worked with dedicated staff members from all three cities on this proposal.  Special thanks goes out to city councillors Craig Hodge of Coquitlam, Mike Forrest of Port Coquitlam, and Diana Dilworth of Port Moody, who brought the Tri-Cities together in order to make the Mobile Business Licence a reality.

We encourage all appropriate businesses to take advantage of the Mobile Business Licence and contact their local city hall for more information.

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The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is a proactive network of business-minded individuals that are committed to acting as an accessible, visible, supportive and reciprocal resource to our members and the Tri-Cities at large, communicating their collective voice to help shape a prosperous business community.

Michael Hind, Executive Director 
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
604-464-2716