Local Issues Committee 

As a standing committee of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, this group will provide leadership in identifying and taking action on issues relating to municipal affairs in Kelowna. These issues must be of specific interest to the members of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, and of concern to the business community at large.

Chaired by a member of the Chamber Board of Directors, this group will work with Chamber staff to provide proactive leadership in the role of increasing awareness for members and providing advocacy on municipal affairs issues that impact the long-term health and vitality of the economy of Kelowna.

For more information about the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Local Issues Committee and how to get involved please contact the Chamber Angela Nagy or Shelagh Turner.

Local Issues Committee Mandate

 

Member Care Committee

As a committee of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, this group will serve in an advisory capacity to Chamber staff on activities and programs relating to the enhancement of the value of Chamber membership.

Chaired by a member of the Board of Directors, this group will provide leadership through guidance and feedback to enhance the value of Chamber membership. This is a great opportunity to volunteer and share your marketing ideas and communication skills.

For more information about the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Member Care Committee and how to get involved please contact the Chamber .

Member Care Committee Mandate

 

Ambassadors Committee

As a committee of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, this group will serve a one year term in a front line role by welcoming members to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

Chaired by a member of the Kelowna Chamber, this group will meet new members of the Chamber to enhance the connectivity of Chamber members, enhance the value of Chamber membership, and strive to have Chamber members more engaged in the Chamber and contribute their ideas in a regular report to the Member Care Committee.

For more information about the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassadors Committee and how to get involved please contact the Chamber or committee chair Shawna McCrea.

Ambassadors Committee Mandate

 

Young People in Business Committee

This committee strives to identify and take action on the key issues that relate to young people who are either fully engaged in business or just beginning to embark on their careers. These young people range from business owners and employees to undergraduates and recent grads. Moreover, this committee also seeks to foster the development of a forum for young people to meet, network and exchange ideas within the Central Okanagan community.

These objectives are pursued by working with local business owners, educational and training organizations, young employees and recent graduates to develop a well-rounded picture of the opportunities and obstacles for young people in business. This knowledge is used to formulate action plans to help young people be successful in the Central Okanagan community.

For more information about the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Young People in Business Committee and how to get involved please contact the Chamber or Committee Chair, Una Gabie.

 

Women's Leadership Network Steering Committee 

The Women’s Leadership Network of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce supports and strengthens the community of women leaders in the Central Okanagan. This pre-eminent group of women combines their resources to support and further the advancement of women in leadership in the community.

The Women's Leadership Network provides a forum for Executive women in the Central Okanagan business community to meet, network, and exchange ideas. It offers social opportunities and connections for C-suite executives to share, learn and extend peer mentoring in a trusted environment, working as Senior Executives to support Women.

For more information about the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Women's Leadership Network Steering Committee and how to get involved please contact the Chamber or Committee Chair, Martine Hickman. 

 

Provincial & Federal Policy Committee

In May 2015 the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce travelled to Prince George for the BC Chamber AGM. We brought forward five resolutions from our membership and received support from our colleagues across the Province.

The theme this year for four resolutions seemed to be the continuing fight on four separate issues where we have seen some success and support from Provincial and Federal governments, but feel that there is still room for improvement. We recognize the positive support the BC and Canadian Chamber networks receive from government on many of our resolutions and sincerely appreciate that we are their go to organization representing business.

We asked the Province to tighten the net and improve check points on BC border points. This is to ensure that no invasive mussel species enters BC’s pristine lakes on boats and devastates our infrastructure and lake dependent economies.

Another on-going issue is the shipment of private purchase wine, beer and spirits between provinces. Some provinces like Ontario are refusing to allow the free flow of quality BC product. The BC Government was asked to keep the pressure on these hold outs.

The digital media industry has become a significant economic driver in B.C. with no signs of slowing down over the next years ahead. With this growth B.C. has an opportunity to set up the infrastructure necessary for this industry to become global leaders across all its sectors and continue to strengthen B.C.’s economy.

There is an opportunity for the provincial government to work with the federal government, local governments, the academic sector and the digital industry to identify impediments to this sector’s growth.

The Chamber network continues to work with the real estate and construction associations to draw the province’s attention to the Property Transfer Tax that is counter productive to housing affordability. We are making joint recommendations to ensure tax flows to government are tied to indexing of new housing prices and ultimately we call for the elimination of the Property Transfer Tax. We have also asked to eliminate tax on title transfers of common owner, better breaks for first time home owners and higher rates for non-resident property owners.

And we rounded out our weekend of policy debates with a new resolution to consider changes to British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act to harmonize its hours of work and overtime provisions with those in Alberta’s Employment Standards Code. This is an issue with employers who have employees working in both provinces

For more information about the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Provincial and Federal Policy Committees and how to get involved please contact the Chamber or committee chair Jeff Robinson.