Kelowna Chamber of Commerce wins 2015 Chamber of the Year
Vancouver, May 28, 2015 – The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has been named B.C.’s 2015 Chamber of the Year by the BC Chamber of Commerce.
“The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is an innovative Chamber, with a progressive Board that is not adverse to risk taking, moving-the-dial to retain and grow members,” Rod Cox, Past Chair, BC Chamber of Commerce. ‘Caroline and her team have done a remarkable job of connecting their network and engaging their membership, especially the under 40’s in their community.”
Cox added, the Kelowna Chamber has taken prominent positions relating to controversial land use planning and has lent their voice to encourage private and public infrastructure investment which has resulted in a dramatic downtown and waterfront restoration.
“Mobilizing the under 40’s, The Kelowna Chamber has embraced this task, even written it into their strategic plan,” said Cox. The Kelowna Chamber has created four new programs that help retain youth in the community. These programs encourage youth participation and increase their involvement within the Chamber.
“When membership is engaged it leads to retention and growth. We are continually checking-in and listening to our business community to find the “Why” chamber membership benefits them and how we can address their needs through our advocacy work,” said Caroline Grover, CEO, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.
Grover added, it’s because of membership events like the Executive Leadership Series, and the Young People in Business Mixers, along with programs that address membership needs; we are able to facilitate business growth.
Awarded annually at the BC Chamber AGM & Conference, the Chamber of the Year Award recognizes a local Chamber of Commerce that has made an exceptional contribution to its business community. This Award is the most prestigious distinction that the BC Chamber can present to a local Chamber.