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Tri-Cities Chamber Economic Summit engages members on key issues facing business

(COQUITLAM) May 22, 2024 — The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce hosted its Economic Summit last week in Coquitlam, with 100 business and community leaders in attendance posing questions to the guest speakers.

Central 1 AVP and Chief Economist Bryan Yu with Tri-Cities Chamber CEO Leslie Courchesne at Chamber's Economic Summit, May 14, 2024, Coquitlam, BC.

The event featured keynotes from Canada's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault, and Central 1 AVP and Chief Economist Bryan Yu. A speaker panel moderated by Hayley Woodin-Hastings, Editor-in-Chief, Business in Vancouver tackled issues facing the future of the Tri-Cities with speakers Raul Allueva, City Manager, City of Coquitlam, Jacquie Griffiths, President, Invest Vancouver, and Trevor Koot, CEO, BC Real Estate Association.

"The Tri-Cities Chamber is pleased to provide the forum to host key decision-makers, thought leaders, and experts to engage our members and help them best prepare their businesses for the opportunities and challenges ahead," said Leslie Courchesne, CEO, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce. "I extend my sincere appreciation to our speakers, sponsors, and attendees for their participation in the robust and informative discussion."

Read the news story "Lack of certainty is the 'death of business': Coquitlam manager" at Business in Vancouver / TriCity News.

Speaker panel at the Tri-Cities Chamber Economic Summit, May 14, 2024, Coquitlam BC.

Ron McKinnon, MP for Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam, provided opening remarks. Other elected official attending included Bonita Zarrillo, MP for Port Moody-Coquitlam, Anmore Mayor and Metro Vancouver Vice Chair John McEwan, Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart, as well as several city councillors and school trustees.

Presented by Rise CPA, the Tri-Cities Chamber Economic Summit sponsors also included Coquitlam Continuing Education, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Butter Studios, TriCity News, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, and Dusk2Dawn Productions. The event was held at the Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club.

View the event photo gallery here.

Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault fields question from Chamber Board Director Adel Gamar on Pileated Woodpecker regulation that delayed construction of Burke Mountain schools, during Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit in Coquitlam, BC, May 14, 2024.


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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