As we embark on a new year in a new decade, we at the Chamber head into 2020 in an even stronger position thanks to the successes of the past year.
Early last year, we were fortunate to recruit Cheryl Montgomery, our new Chamber Executive Director. Cheryl immediately got started in reinvigorating our efforts to make the Chamber the primary convener, collaborator and community builder within our regional business eco-system. Cheryl has reached out to the many businesses, organizations and associations doing remarkable things in our community, initiating new ways to partner to ensure that our diverse base of industry has ample opportunity to succeed in our region. I look forward to supporting Cheryl this year as we continue to collaborate, educate, communicate and advocate on behalf of the interests of business.
The Chamber made some great strides in the economic and political landscape in 2019. We celebrated the anticipated regional economic benefits that will stem from LNG Canada’s decision to build the export facility to export Canadian natural gas to foreign markets, by hosting the inaugural “Creating Energy” and “BC LNG Hole-in-One Golf Tournament”, events that brought together industry stakeholders, municipal partners, indigenous partners and the private sector business community.
Through our renewed advocacy efforts at the 2019 BC Chamber of Commerce AGM, and through our meetings with the various Ministries with the BC government, we added our endorsement to the ongoing trials of replacing the Taylor Bridge, by introducing policy for consideration, and were influential in moving the needle towards the eventual replacement of the Taylor Bridge and the geotechnical studies on the South Taylor Hill.
The Chamber celebrated the 2019 Small Business Week by providing members with a series of business development workshops, a B2B Mega Mixer Tradeshow, and the inaugural Small Business Excellence Award Luncheon. We look forward to annually celebrating Canadian entrepreneurs and their contribution to our country’s economy.
The Chamber also continued with our highly attended monthly Speaker Luncheons and Business After 5, which remain very valuable for our members.
We are diligently working within the Chamber to encourage the enthusiastic participation of our members, so our work in developing and advocating for a healthy business climate is a success. We fully recognize that our effectiveness is not based on us telling our members what they need, but rather on our members telling us, so please engage with us. We want to hear what is important to your business and how the Chamber can help you achieve success. You all are needed, invited, and welcome to join and be part of the solution in keeping Fort St. John and the rest of the North Peace Region moving forward!
Julie Ziebart, President
Fort St John & District Chamber of Commerce
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About The Chamber
Our members are partners in the largest business organization of the Fort St. John and District area. Our “membership area” has no formal boundary. If the business environment of Fort St. John affects your business your membership in the Chamber is vital. It is a partnership that brings together positive and innovative thinkers to create an active and responsible Chamber.