Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce launches on January 18th, 2017
Bow Valley’s Business Champion
The Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce incorporated as a not-for-profit society on November 8th, 2016 and will launch as a membership-based business community on January 18th 2017.
The new Chamber will provide a meaningful voice for local, provincial and federal advocacy and representation on issues impacting member businesses across the communities of Lake Louise, Banff, Canmore, Deadman’s Flats, Exshaw, and Kananaskis — all the way to the western boundary of the Cochrane Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber will be the Bow Valley’s business champion: an organization for local entrepreneurs and business owners to grow, connect, finding the support and programs needed to thrive and prosper. It is established to create and promote an inclusive, visionary, balanced and sustainable business environment, with subsequent development of vibrant, effective networks and responsible leadership across all economic sectors in the Bow Valley. Whenever possible, partnerships will be established with key local organizations to collaborate on mutually relevant issues and to avoid redundancy and the duplication of resources.
Additionally, the Chamber will offer its members a portfolio of cost-effective Canadian Chamber of Commerce group insurance and health and dental benefits programs, discounted affinity programs, multiple events and networking opportunities, a member business directory, and a community and chamber events calendar.
The Chamber has been formed with the support and guidance of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce who recommended the broad geographic coverage with an initial membership launch in the larger business community of Canmore, and a goal to engage membership from all the communities in due course.
The six Founding Members of the new Chamber currently form the volunteer Founding Board, acting as an executive committee, to effect all the statutory and administrative responsibilities required to successfully launch a Chamber of Commerce in Alberta. They come from various sectors of the local business community with professional backgrounds in business performance optimization, governance, marketing, sales, social media, accountancy and administration. Additionally, they have over 20 years of collective experience as board members with various long-standing, not-for-profit societies in the Bow Valley.
The Founding Board members are currently serving an initial six-month term of office, after which they will, in the normal course of events, step down for the new membership to elect a representative board of directors by way of standard Chamber of Commerce election protocols.
Find out more about the Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce at the official launch on January 18th, 2017 at artsPlace during a Business After Hours event, supported by Bow Valley Moving Company.