New plans, renewed efforts

New plans, renewed efforts

< Back to Articles | Topics: From the President | Contributors: Patrick Sullivan | Published: May 1, 2024

With spring in swing and the promise of summer in sight, the Chamber is focused on moving things forward in 2024. We are welcoming new members to our Board of Directors, which will be headed by a new Chair, and we are renewing our efforts to advocate for you and your business.

Our pre-budget submissions had measurable impact in both the municipal and provincial governments. It was exciting to see our (and other Chambers’) provincial submissions recognized in writing by the Premier as having had a positive impact on the budget. It was even better to see two of our three recommendations—reduced taxation from fixing bracket creep and funding for the MOST program—addressed positively in the budget.

On the municipal side, the Chamber was able to consult and collaborate with Mayor Mike Savage and the new CAO, leading to us making multiple changes to our pre-budget approach and recommendations. These changes found the middle ground between the revenue realities faced by the city and the business interests and abilities of our members.

We will soon be rolling out the Chamber’s new strategic plan and putting it into action. With new goals and focus areas, the strategic plan will continue to guide the Chamber in being the successful and impactful voice our business community has come to rely on. Thank you to our Board of Directors and our outgoing Chair, Chris Cowper-Smith, for helping us to build this strategy over the past year.

Thank you also to everyone that has stepped up to join our Board of Directors for this coming year, and thank you to Ann Divine for taking the lead as Chair. We appreciate the board’s enthusiasm, expertise, and advocacy. Their contributions strengthen our business community and help to bring prosperity to our members. Learn more about our new board by visiting

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