Chair's Message (leading up to 2017 AGM)

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In 15 years the BC Chamber had seen only two female Board Chairs, however over the next two years there will be two consecutive female Board Chairs leading our provincial network. It’s an exciting and proud moment for both myself and the incoming Vice-Chair Kristine Simpson to know that we are part of a progressively diverse and inclusive Chamber network, especially given that over 65 per cent of B.C.’s Chamber Executives are women.

In fact, I am elated to see a policy put forth this year by the Burnaby Board of Trade titled “Encouraging and Supporting More Women on Corporate Boards”, an initiative that I believe the BC Chamber network both exemplifies and can be a true champion for.

Since September, the BC Chamber has been re-positioning itself into the business of insight, with a strategic plan that actions our newly articulated purpose “To know what’s on BC’s mind”. With a stronger focus on deeper engagement with our members and pulling new audiences into the fold, particularly with policies that champion youth entrepreneurship, we continue to strengthen and evolve our province-wide network.  

Karen Hawes
Chair