Members are encouraged to bring forward issues of concern or interest through our Committees which meet either monthly or quarterly over lunch or before work to deal with issues and initiatives.
If you are interested in becoming a Voting Member on one of our standing committees, you are invited to put forward your name to the Chair of the committee, for consideration and appointment by the Board of Directors. Committee members are appointed in the late Fall to serve for a calendar year on a committee.
All members of the Chamber are welcome to attend committee meetings to remain informed or to provide input, however in order to vote, a Board appointment is required.
To determine if you want to become involved and serve on a Chamber Committee please refer to the brief outlines of each Committee below. Members are welcome to visit more than one committee and to participate on as many committees as they wish.
- Membership Services
- Business Excellence Awards
The Agriculture Committee is currently looking for a new chair. The Committee meets on the second Monday of each month @ 11 am in the Sevenoaks Shopping Centre Boardroom.
The purpose of the Agriculture Committee is to identify, analyze and discuss issues of importance to build, promote and protect our local agriculture sector. They make recommendations to the Board on issues that require a policy position or other action by the Chamber. They Conduct one annual event to promote the Agriculture sector in Abbotsford.
Carole Jorgensen is the Committee Coordinator for our Agriculture Committee. If you are interested in learning more about what the Agriculture Committee is working on or you would like to participate in this group, please give Carole a call at 604-859-9651 local 304.
The Government & Industry Relations Committee, Chaired by Mark Dana or Kristin van Vloten meets at 7:45 am on the first Friday of each month in the board room at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre.
The purpose of this Committee is to identify, analyze and discuss current issues affecting the Abbotsford Business Community. They make recommendations to the Board on issues that require a policy position or other action by the Chamber. They receive presentations on issues affecting the business community.
They also conduct All Candidates Meetings for Municipal Council and Mayoralty elections, Provincial MLA elections and Federal MP elections
La Vonne Bandsma is the committee coordinator for this group. If you would like to participate in some animated and interesting discussions surrounding pertinent issues of the day, please call La Vonne at 604-859-9651 local 301 and she will be happy to add you to the list of committee contacts.
Please join us as we explore the issues which affect your business on a daily basis and lobby to effetivily make Abbotsford a better place to live, work and play.
Membership Services Committee
The Membership Services Committee meets on the third Thursday of every month at 11 am in the Chamber Boardroom. Duncan D'Mello, the Chamber's Membership Development Representative is the Chair of this committee.
The purpose of this committee is to advise staff on the growth of Chamber membership by recommending recruiting initiatives, incentives, retention activities and promotional ideas. They will explore new events, programs and benefits to enhance member value. They will evaluate existing events to assess value to the members and to the Chamber. In addition, they will assist with recruitment and retention activities as needed and help to develop communication tools to enhance membership value.
Get involved with this dynamic and energetic group! Call Duncan @ 604-859-9651 local 350 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Public Policy Committee
Launching in Spring of 2016
The Public Policy Committee will consult with members, local business and other groups to identify issues of importance to the business sector. They will develop, research, and write formal policy submissions on issues either chosen by the Policy Committee or directly referred to the group by the Board. They will assist the Board to communicate with all levels of government to advance member and current issues. The Policy Committee relates to policy work specific to the BC and Canadian Chamber AGM's and is not meant to duplicate the work of the Government and Industry Relations Committee.
The Public Policy Committee Chair is to be determined. The staff liaison for this group is Allan Asaph, Executive Director. Please contact Allan at 604-859-9651 local 302 or email@example.com if you would like to participate.