Advocacy win: new tool enacted to protect BC chamber network brand

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Vancouver, August 13, 2018 – After meeting with representatives from the Richmond and BC Chambers of Commerce, Honourable Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services, acted swiftly to bolster the Chamber brand across British Columbia. 

Minister Sims has introduced a protocol effective immediately wherein any organization which wishes to register in BC under either the name “Chamber of Commerce” or “Board of Trade” will first require consent from the BC Chamber of Commerce, a practice common in many other provinces.

"We're pleased to announce this advocacy win for our Chamber network, which was championed by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce," said Val Litwin, President and CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce. "As the gatekeeper of the Chamber and Board of Trade brand, we can protect the integrity of our network and focus on our purpose: to know what's on BC's mind." 
 
At issue was the ability for organizations to register as a “Chamber of Commerce” or “Board of Trade” provincially under the Societies Act, rather than registering under the Federal Board of Trade Act. Across Canada, only one federally recognized Chamber of Commerce is permitted per district. 

Over the years, organizations that don't engage in traditional chamber activities have still incorporated as chambers proper. Many of these groups do not adhere to the non-partisan nature of the Chamber movement and are causing brand confusion in communities. 

“We’ve been serving this community for over 100 years, and we plan on continuing to serve for 100 more. I must commend Minister Sims for her swift and direct action to create some checks and balances to support the Chamber of Commerce network and brand,” said Matt Pitcairn, President & CEO of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.
 

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About the BC Chamber of Commerce 
The BC Chamber is the province’s largest and most broadly-based business organization driving insights to its partners, government and Chamber network. With 36,000 members hailing from every nook and cranny of the province, the BC Chamber knows what’s on BC’s mind.
 
Media Contact
Jessica Gares 
Director of Communications
BC Chamber of Commerce
604 638 8114 
jgares@bcchamber.org