“I recently had the privilege of attending the BC Chamber AGM on May 25th to 27th in Victoria. It was an eye-opener as to the workings of our BC Chamber and the involvement available to us as a local chamber to be part of the policy setting process that happens at this event. There was over 60 policies to vote on, many of which were successful. Those successful policies are now slated to go forward from the BC Chamber with the backing of the majority of the individual Chambers to various departments in the Provincial and Federal Government. Of note was a policy asking for a new approach for remediation of contaminated sites offering more than one approach to approving contaminated sites dependant on the future uses and the threats to the general public.
We were able to attend a variety of key note speaker presentations and forums with industry leaders. I was very intrigued by a presentation by an architect out of Vancouver who had some interesting ideas for waterfront swimming platforms as well as more resident friendly laneways.
Last but not least was the amazing opportunity to network with other Chambers from all over the province. I was able to spend time with other Presidents, Executive Directors and Directors at large. All provided valuable insights for taking the Ladysmith Chamber forward as we get more involved in this aspect of Chamber business.
Our Board made a commitment at our strategic planning session held at the beginning of July to make the BC Chamber AGM and policy setting event a part of our annual activities as we feel it will bring benefit to our community to be involved with these policies as they develop and go through their stages and processes. The theme of the BC Chamber AGM was “Part of the People who Power BC” and I felt that I was very much surrounded by those people.”
Tammy Leslie, CPA, CGA, CA
Palmer Leslie, Chartered Professional Accountants