Sechelt & District Chamber leverages policy success into new memberships

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When the federal budget announced $2 billion to support clean tech, the Sechelt & District Chamber was thrilled to see its homegrown clean tech policy deliver a tangible win.

"It shows the power of a small Chamber," said Colleen Clark, executive director of the Chamber. "We'll be tooting our horn on this for awhile."

Colleen said that Chamber president Kim Darwin was inspired to craft the policy - the Chamber's first policy -  to galvanize more Chamber network advocacy on clean tech.

The Sechelt & District Chamber then worked through both the BC Chamber policy process and the Canadian Chamber process to deliver a policy that could be advocated to the federal government.

And Colleen added that the Chamber has been leveraging that advocacy at home to show members that it can deliver results.

"When [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau was in Paris, there was a photo on Twitter of [Canadian Chamber president and CEO] Perrin Beatty handing a book of Canadian Chamber policies to Trudeau," she said. "We grabbed that image and said, 'Our policy is in there.'"

Colleen said that message, and on-going promotion of the Chamber's policy win, has grown the Chamber's profile and resulted in new members.