Chair’s Message

As business leaders in our communities, we were quick to recognize at the onset of the pandemic that support in recovery is different than in crisis. This has driven our unwavering advocacy efforts over the last 15 months and was reflected in the theme of our 2021 AGM: Resilience to Recovery – Big Thinking for Small Business.

The challenges of the pandemic heightened our collective risk tolerance and shifted our priorities on a personal, business, and community level. Yet we conquered the feeling of uncertainty and trepidation, by sharpening our focus on the connections that we share, our sense of community, and our duty to look out for each other, be inclusive, and stand up for what’s right.

We know that diversity of perspective leads to stronger and more robust decision-making. We have a profound opportunity through our policy process and our network to do what’s right and to address barriers that exist in our business community, and promote equality and equity. Looking forward to the year ahead and beyond, this will be critically important because the way we will do business tomorrow is fundamentally different than today. We must seek alternate partnerships, engage differently, and be open to new ideas in order to compete and innovate to respond to ongoing and future challenges.

As a powerful network of boards of trade and chambers of commerce, we have a tremendous opportunity to be leaders in the area of inclusion and diversity, and to make our advocacy efforts that much stronger and our collective voice that much louder.

Joelle Westlund

BC Chamber of Commerce Board Chair

Board of Directors

Joelle Westlund

Chair
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Lower Mainland

Dr. Greg Thomas

Vice Chair
G3 Consulting Ltd.
Lower Mainland

Aleece Laird

Immediate Past Chair
Amplify Consulting Inc.
Okanagan Shuswap

Michaela Bjorseth

Director
Enbridge
Northeast B.C.

Andrew Czornoholan

Director
Rio Tinto

Korah DeWalt-Gagnon

Director
New Gold’s New Afton Mine
Kamloops

Tanya Finley

Director
Finley’s Bar and Grill and Sage Tapas and Wine Bar
Kootenay

Nick Marach

Director, Audit Committee Chair
Deloitte
Lower Mainland

Reshma Mehta

Director
TELUS Communications
Lower Mainland

Katy Player

Director
Canfor
Lower Mainland

Cindi Pohl

Director
Goferbroke Investments Inc.
Central B.C.

Arlene Rolston

Director
Port of Nanaimo
Vancouver Island

Vivek Sharma

Director
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Kootenays

Don Sharpe

Director
Holiday Trail Resorts
Lower Mainland

Julie Ziebart

Director
MNP LLP
Northeast

Advisors

Colleen Clark

BCCE Representative
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce
Lower Mainland

Layne Hellrung

Legal Advisor
Cassels Brock LLP
  • Governors

    All past Chairs become Governors of the Chamber after serving as a Chair.
    2019 - 2020 Kristine Simpson Vancouver
    2018 - 2019 Karen Hawes Kelowna
    2016 - 2017 Patrick Giesbrecht Abbotsford
    2014 - 2015 Brant Hasanen Kamloops
    2013 - 2014 Jim Belsheim North Vancouver
    2012 - 2013 Maureen Kirkbride Vancouver
    2011 - 2012 John Turner Ft. St. John
    2010 - 2011 Mike Watson North Vancouver
    2009 - 2010 David Bodnar Surrey
    2008 - 2009 Justin Rigsby Campbell River
    2007 - 2008 Daren Hancott Burnaby
    2006 - 2007 Rob Wickson Victoria
    2005 - 2006 Mike Bradshaw Maple Ridge
    2004 - 2005 Gerry Martin Terrace
    2003 - 2004 Steve Thomson Kelowna
    2002 - 2003 Brenda Plowman Vancouver
    2001 - 2002 Doug Smith North Vancouver
    2000 - 2001 Archie Novakowski Delta
    1999 - 2000 Laurie Kerr Prince George
    1998 - 1999 Al McNair Kamloops
    1997 - 1998 Naomi Yamamoto N. Vancouver
    1996 - 1997 Darrel Smith Richmond
    1995 - 1996 Jim Thompson Vancouver
    1994 - 1995 Terry Farmer Victoria
    1993 - 1994 Dean Cooper Kelowna
    1992 - 1993 Ian MacLeod Vancouver
    1991 - 1992 David Reid Richmond
    1990 - 1991 Stuart Lang Cranbrook
    1989 - 1990 Leslie Abramson Delta
    1988 - 1989 TB Prentice Burnaby
    1987 - 1988 Colin Smith Victoria
    1986 - 1987 LK Lacey
    1985 - 1986 AJ Boersma Fernie
    1984 - 1985 JR Oberhoffner New Westminster
    1983 - 1984 GE Frederick Summerland
    1982 - 1983 Norm McLaren Campbell River
    1981 - 1982 RJ Hallam Langley
    1980 - 1981 RK Wood West Vancouver
    1979 - 1980 RA Petrick Dawson Creek
    1978 - 1979 JB Greenwood North Vancouver
    1977 - 1978 Elido Salvador Creston
    1976 - 1977 WD Stothert Vancouver
    1975 - 1976 BA Price Burnaby
    1974 - 1975 JC Broatch Vancouver
    1973 - 1974 Frank Beinder Comox
    1972 - 1973 DAL Tait Vancouver
    1971 - 1972 CW Laver Courtenay
    1970 - 1971 NS McKenchnie Vancouver
    1969 - 1970 EG Stroyan Nanaimo
    1968 - 1969 Edward Benson Vancouver