Working for You | Educational Update

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about your Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Educational Programs.  I am Mary Vellani, the Chair of the Education Committee and look forward to hearing suggestions from you as to what programs you would like offered by your Chamber of Commerce in the future.

What is the Education Committee and what do we do?

The Education Committee is a standing committee of the Board, of which the majority of the voting seats are held by members of the Board. It is responsible for determining the parameters for educational content & assisting the Chamber staff in delivering educational content throughout the year.

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Education Committee hosts a number of different events each year. Ranging from luncheons, like the Cyber Security workshop at the Executive Plaza Hotel, to ongoing evening sessions such as Marketing Mondays, held at the Coquitlam Public Library, to the Coffee and Commerce’s held twice a month at the Chamber Offices.

Each year our Chamber membership responds to a survey on the training and education they would like in the coming year for themselves and their employees and the ideal timing of that training.  Based on this feedback, we select the education and information topics that are of most interest to our membership.

Marketing topics are always high on the list along with tax strategies, human resources issues and cybersecurity.

Our Coffee & Commerce sessions are held twice-monthly in our Chamber offices at #205 – 2773 Barnet Highway in Coquitlam from 8:45 to 10:15am and are facilitated by one of our members who are experts in their field or have a specialty that fits the educational/information need of our membership.  The sessions are limited to 12 participants which allows for better engagement and a learning experience that is tailored to the participants.

This year’s Coffee & Commerce sessions have covered applying for government grants, human resources – retaining talent, contracts, google reviews, and disaster planning.  The Coffee & Commerce sessions are sponsored by Cobs Bread – Sunwood Square and we are thankful for their delicious treats that our attendees enjoy.

Our Education Committee strives to provide education sessions to our membership at no cost or nominal cost to provide an added benefit of being a member of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce.

If you would like more information on the programs we offer, would like to facilitate a session or have suggestions on new program offerings, we would like to hear from you!


Mary Vellani
Education Committee