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Tri-Cities Chamber hosts roundtable and business tours with BC Minister of State for Trade

(TRI-CITIES) April 2, 2024 — The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce hosted a roundtable discussion focused on the BC economy, housing, trade, manufacturing, supply chains, regulatory challenges and related issues. The BC Minister of State for Trade Jagrup Brar, and Coquitlam-Burke Mountain MLA Fin Donnelly heard concerns and fielded questions, before visiting several Tri-Cities businesses with Chamber CEO Leslie Courchesne.

"Our government is taking strong action when it comes to the cost of living," said Minister Brar, citing that BC has one of the strongest economies in the country, and a low unemployment rate of 5.2 per cent as of February. Brar addressed the housing crisis with an overview of the Blueprint for BC and BC Build plans.

"Everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home," he said. "We are working together to make this happen."

“Governments need to cooperate to give local companies a clear path to innovate, to respond quickly to changing market demands, and to thrive," said Leslie Courchesne, Chief Executive Officer, Tri-Cities Chamber. "The path to enter new international markets, and the free flow of goods, services, and people within Canada is vital to local prosperity and a competitive national economy.

“My sincere thanks to Minister Brar and MLA Donnelly for this opportunity, and to our members who attended this robust discussion focused on specifics and solutions.”

Following the roundtable, Minister Brar, MLA Donnelly, Chamber CEO Courchesne and staff visited Tri-Cities businesses Moment Energy, Yoggu!, Spirit Bear Coffee Company, and Pasargad Restaurant to meet business owners and discuss the opportunities and challenges facing their operations.

The Tri-Cities Chamber advocates on behalf of business to all levels of government. If your business is experiencing challenges related to government policy, programs, or regulations, contact Leslie Courchesne at


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 1,300+ 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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