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  • Presidents Report

  • June 2019

    Last week, Vice President Brad Kiendl, Executive Director, Colleen Clark, Community Director for North Langley Frank Bucholtz, Past President Scott Johnston and myself, had the pleasure of attending the BC Chamber AGM in Burnaby where we introduced 6 policy resolutions at the AGM policy sessions.

    • - Enabling A Sustainable Rental Housing Market.
    • - Maximizing Taxpayer Dollars on Public Infrastructure Projects and Defending the Rights of BC companies and workers.
    • - Protection of Industrial Lands for Future Prosperity.
    • - Supporting BC’s Land-Based Wineries, Cideries and Distilleries.
    • - The Need for an Innovative Approach to Transportation for an Increasingly Urban Province.
    • - Credit Card Merchant Fees.
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    We are very proud to say that all 6 have passed and they are now available on our website for more details. This process is one step in our process for initiating change for business. With the support of the BC Chamber network we can now lobby the provincial and federal government on these, and 67 other issues, to assist in reducing red tape and making it easier for business to succeed.

    This past week at the BC Chamber AGM our Past President from 2013- 2015, Kristine Simpson was inducted as the Chair of the Board of the BC Chamber of Commerce. We at the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce look forward to working with her and her board on Provincial issues over the next year.  Our former Executive Director, Lynn Whitehouse was presented a BC Chamber of Commerce Fellow. The BC Chamber recognizes those individuals who have given exemplary and outstanding service to the chamber of commerce movement in British Columbia, whether to the Chamber, Member Chambers or other Members. Lynn was a mentor in the network for 30 years and we are so pleased that she was given this honour.

    On June 18th, join us at our June Dinner meeting where we will be hosting a panel discussion on Community Benefit Agreements and how they will affect the cost of major infrastructure projects in BC. Our Chamber is hosting our final Community Networking Open House of the season in the City of Langley. Come out and meet several of our Board members and members at Match Eatery and Public House.

    Would you like to have a voice and an opportunity to make a difference on key issues that impact your business and community? If yes, please join the BC Chamber MindReader platform. This cloud-based platform will assist us and the BC Chamber in knowing what is on BC’s mind, as well as strengthening the power of our network. You can access the platform directly from the Greater Langley Chamber website at www.langleychamber.com.

    I would like to remind our members that our 88th Annual General Meeting will take place in September this year. Board nomination information will be available from our Executive Director, Colleen Clark, in July!

    Jack Nicholson, President