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Tri-Cities Chamber votes for strong policies to support business prosperity: Canadian Chamber Conference and AGM

The Hon. Anita Anand, President of Canada's Treasury Board, and The Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, at Canadian Chamber Conference and AGM, Calgary, October 2023. Photo: Walter Tychnowicz/Wiresharp Photography.

(CALGARY) October 24, 2023 — Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce CEO Leslie Courchesne and Board Director Jennifer McKinnon attended the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Convention in Calgary, October 12-14.

Nearly 400 representatives from Chambers and Boards of Trade across the country met to deliberate on policies covering a broad spectrum of federal issues critical to the success of business and our economy. In total, delegates considered more than 60 policy resolutions on topics including infrastructure, supply chain, taxation, labour market, Indigenous reconciliation, natural resources, climate change, and more. The final set of approved policy resolutions will be published by the Canadian Chamber in the coming weeks.

“Well-developed policy and effective advocacy to ensure our local businesses survive and thrive is a key focus for our Chamber, and I was pleased to represent Tri-Cities businesses together with our Board Director Jennifer McKinnon at the Canadian Chamber conference,” said Courchesne. “When Chambers and Boards of Trade work together across the nation to leverage the power of our collective voice, we can effect significant change to make business better, and communities stronger.”

"The way forward is in this room," said The Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "You all have a vital role to play in restoring Canada’s reputation, driving sustainable growth, and ensuring a bright economic future for the next generation."

L to R: Jennifer McKinnon, Tri-Cities Chamber Board Director, Leslie Courchesne, CEO, Tri-Cities Chamber, Alex McMillan, Interim Director, Policy, BC Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Greg Thomas, Board Chair, BC Chamber. Photo: Walter Tychnowicz/Wiresharp Photography.

The conference featured speakers including Anita Anand, President of the Government of Canada's Treasury Board, Rechie Valdez, federal Minister of Small Business, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith, and others on a variety of economic issues.

The conference also celebrated the Canadian Chamber's inaugural Inclusive Growth Awards, for which Courchesne served as a judge.

"It was so inspiring to read the nominations from Chambers, Boards of Trade, and member organizations across the country on their leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion," said Courchesne. "My heartfelt congratulations to all nominees and recipients of the Canadian Chamber's Inclusive Growth Awards. It was an absolute honour to be selected to serve on the judging panel."

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is an active member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Read more about the conference key takeaways and award recipients, and view photos here.

L to R: Tri-Cities Chamber Board Director Jennifer McKinnon and CEO Leslie Courchesne at Canadian Chamber of Commerce Conference and AGM, Calgary, October 2023.


Since 1971, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce has been the largest business association serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, and Belcarra, now representing 1,000+ organizations from every sector. The Chamber works to foster economic development, provide connections and benefits, and influence public policy at all levels of government to ensure strong business and strong communities. The Tri-Cities Chamber is an active member of the BC and Canadian Chambers of Commerce.

For more information, contact:
Leslie Courchesne, Chief Executive Officer
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce


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