January 7, 2022
Dear Chamber Members
2022 is upon us. We all look, hopefully, toward some light at the end of the tunnel. The last couple of years have caused us all to re-evaluate how we run our businesses, assess our strategies, and re-determine our source of sustainable competitive advantage. The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce is no different. We have spent a great deal of time trying to determine how to offer the best value to our members. We take our role in the community as business advocates and leaders very seriously.
Fort St. John is a unique community. Not all Chambers have the blessing, or challenge, of balancing the needs of small business with those of larger ones. The overall business ecosystem in the north is complex, especially when geographically we sit atop one of the world’s most prolific energy deposits, the Montney play. The interrelationship between all stakeholders in our region is key to unlocking the economic value for each of our businesses, no matter what the size. The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce always keeps this in our thoughts. That’s why its so very important that we continue to support each other.
Our Executive Director, Cheryl Montgomery, embodies this message. Her creativity and resourcefulness is a huge benefit to our Chamber. Her most recent program, a shop local initiative, works with students to educate them on the community benefits of shopping local. The “Shop Club” Youth Shop Local Program may well serve as the prototype for communities everywhere to get their students to actively participate in the economic process. This learning through action approach is the first of its kind. We are extremely proud to have this program born at the FSJ Chamber and extend our gratitude to Cheryl for creating it!
We are also gearing up for the return of another great event, Creating Energy – Northern Resource Conference. This symposium brings together community and business leaders for discussions on relevant issues of the day. Moreover, we’re really hoping we can do it in person and enjoy the fun and camaraderie of the BC LNG Charity Golf Tournament.
It is my privilege to serve our membership and follow in the footsteps of previous Presidents, all of them great business and community leaders in their own right. We welcome all of you and encourage you to join us throughout the year at our various events, either online or in person. The real benefit of the Chamber is when we get together and collaborate, learn from and support each other. Help us make 2022 our best year yet!
Justin McKinnon, MBA
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.