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Abbotsford Chamber expands team with new Business Engagement Hire

News Releases | Nov 1, 2022

ABBOTSFORD, Nov 1, 2022 – The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hire of Jessica Levesque as Business Engagement Manager who started Tuesday, October 25th last week at the Chamber.

“On behalf of the Chamber, I’m thrilled to welcome Jessica Levesque as a member of our team.  Jessica will be an impactful addition to our organization as she has considerable experience in our community and an entrepreneurial skills set that will allow her to amplify the Chamber’s work in engaging and supporting our members, said Abbotsford Chamber CEO Katerina Anastasiadis. “Jessica brings new energy and ideas, a passion for the work of the Chamber and is eager to build solid relationships with businesses across our community. I know she will work well with our wider staff team to expand the Chamber’s reach.”

Levesque joins the Abbotsford Chamber following her past roles as the President of the Student Union Society at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), and as the Manager of UFV’s Programs and Services Department.  She also brings an understanding of small business and advocacy, having operated her own small business for a number of years, and recently serving as the campaign manager and marketing and communications chair for a group of political candidates during the 2022 municipal elections in Abbotsford.

Jessica will be responsible for building long term and meaningful relationships with existing and new members, ensuring optimal engagement with local businesses to achieve their goals. This comes as the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce has continued to amplify its reach in the community through supporting flood recovery through the Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund, as well as supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs through continuing to invest in the Company of Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs Program (CYPE). More information on the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce (ACOC) can be found at:

https://www.abbotsfordchamber.com/

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Media Contacts:

Katerina Anastasiadis, CEO, Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, katerina@abbotsfordchamber.com

Alexandria Mitchell, H+K Strategies, alex.mitchell@hkstrategies.ca +1 236 622-2530

 

Background – Jessica Levesque Bio

Jessica Levesque is the incoming Business Engagement Manager for the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this, she served as the Campaign Manager and Marketing & Communications Chair for a group of political candidates during the 2022 Municipal Elections.

Jessica has experience with small business, having launched her own carpentry company in 2017.  Here she became a member of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, connected with other businesses, and expanded her company, ultimately operating it full-time for 2 years while continuing complete her education. She was then hired at the UFV Student Union Society (UFVSUS) where she served the UFV community for 4.5 years in a variety of roles beginning as the Events Coordinator, then as President from 2020-2021, and lastly as Manager of the Programs and Services department.

Jessica graduated with her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) with a major in Marketing where she also completed an 8-month co-op within the Marketing and Communications department of the Vancouver International Airport. During this time, she completed ample amounts of professional development and training with a focus on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within the workplace which sparked her continued interest in supporting healthy workplaces.

Through these unique experiences, Jessica has solidified her passion for entrepreneurial ventures, and gained valuable experience working within the not-for-profit sector to build relationships across the community. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys the beautiful outdoors of British Columbia, drinking coffee, spending time with her family and pets, and working on her innovative affordable housing project.