West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Newsletter October 21, 2015
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Business After 5


Tuesday October 27, 2015
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Caffe Al Mercato, 2215 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Guest Speaker Nina Leemhuis, CAO, District of West Vancouver

Topic: Our Competitive Identity: A Discussion with District of West Vancouver CAO Nina Leemhuis and Chamber President Gabrielle Loren

Recent reports commissioned by the District of West Vancouver identify emerging trends in our population demographics, income levels and housing, and a shift in the economics of our local business community.

You are invited - Tuesday, October 27,  to a presentation by District of West Vancouver Chief Administrative Officer Nina Leemhuis,  who will provide a summary of the recently completed Resonance Report on the Competitive Identity of West Vancouver and facilitate a discussion on how our business community can use this information to encourage locals to shop and stay local.

Ms. Leemhuis will be joined by new Chamber President, Gabrielle Loren, who will discuss how the Chamber has changed to be relevant and how we continue to support our members. Guests will have the opportunity to join in the discussion. 

Admission is FREE for WV Chamber Members but RSVP is required as space is limited!  Email your RSVP to:

/ Future Members $15
Includes appetizers and cash bar

Register or Learn More 


Member Profile


Bluffs on Bowen B&B is an private studio apartment in a custom designed, contemporary west coast home perched high on Evergreen Ridge, west side of Bowen Island.

Surrounded by mossy bluffs smothered in foxgloves in the summer and nestled in among gnarly firs and pines, it offers a spectacular experience of the best of the west coast - coastal scenery, panoramic sunsets, lush rain forest and windswept bluffs. We are within a park with forest trails/hiking. One of Bowen's best swimming beaches is a short walk away.

Do you appreciate wild nature and harmonious gardens, forest walks, hiking and the beach and enjoy spectacular natural beauty in quiet, serene and comfortable surroundings? Are you a creative person wanting an inspiring place to write, paint or photograph or a busy person feeling the stress of a busy lifestyle and needing to rest? Looking for a memorable place to spend time or celebrate a special occasion? Or, if you just want to visit your island family or explore the island, the Bluffs may be just what you are looking for.

Visit our website for further details: 
Contact Wynn Nielsen:
604 838-7271 (call or textmsg) or 604 947-0191



Chamber Christmas Dinner - Save the Date!

The Chamber's annual gala Christmas Dinner will take place on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the Capilano Golf & Country Club.  Tickets will be available early November.  We are looking for auction items - a great opportunity to showcase your business! A list of donors will be included in the program guide on each guest table.  If you would like to donate an item call Debbie at the Chamber office (604-926-6614) or email

Zero Waste Conference October 29, 2015

The circular economy and zero waste principles promise to remake the way we do business. This shift is already underway. In resource extraction, manufacturing, retail, waste management – forward-thinking companies have begun taking advantage of the potential to profit.  

There are ways to turn this big change into big wins. But, understanding the impacts and opportunities in your industry is an essential step...

WV Chamber members: Be the first to email and win one ticket to the ZWC 2015 Conference! (click graphic for link)


West Vancouver Holiday Happenings Guide - Advertising

Deadline this Friday, October 23, 4:30pm 

The District of West Vancouver’s Holiday Happenings guide is a web-based publication packed with special events, activities, camps, programs, workshops and festivities in the community during the 2015/16 holiday season.
As an advertiser, your ad will be featured in full colour on the Holiday Happenings website, with a link to the website sent electronically to over 12,000 email accounts and promoted in local newspapers, local bus shelters and more. For further information see the Advertising Fact Sheet


Belgian Economic Mission offers Seminar for the Agro-Food Sector Tuesday Oct 27 9:30-11:00 AM

You are invited to “The Agro-food sector in Belgium: Together strong in quality & innovation” presented by Wallonia Export & Investment; Flanders Investment & Trade and Brussels Invest & Export
In collaboration with Boerenbond, (Belgianfarmers’ Union), FEVIA, (Belgian Food and Drink Federation), VBT, (Association of Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives) Wagralim, Walloon-Belgian Agro-industry Cluster, seminar topics will include the Belgian agricultural, food and drink sector and agro-food companies.  There will be time for B2B sessions after the seminar.
The seminar will be opened in the presence of HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium, Representative of His Majesty the King and ministers of the Belgian delegation.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver -  900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. RSVP by Monday, October 26, 2015 to: BelgianAgroFoodSeminar@shaw
(Note: This seminar will be of interest to the food sector business members of the West Vancouver Chamber)

For further seminar information contact:
Alex Elanko, Canadian Representative, Embassy of Belgium
514 448 0476 Ext. 202 or email address above.

Business Transition Forum 

The Business Transition forum (BTF) will help you maximize the value of your business and avoid transition pitfalls. Whether you’re planning to sell your business in a year or a decade, you need to know what your options are years in advance. You’ll learn winning strategies that will successfully transition your business and put more money in your pocket when the time is right to sell.

West Vancouver Chamber Members receive a 20% discount on registration. Use code WVCHAMBER20

Offer expires October 28, 2015. (Click graphic for link)


Best Burger Challenge: 

Chamber member, The Appleback Grill  at Gleneagles Golf Club, is participating in the Vancouver Foodsters, Best Burger Challenge. Check it out:



The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan is the # 1 plan in Canada!
For employee benefits, covering over 25,000 small businesses across the country. ALL types of businesses are eligible for the program - no industry exclusions! 
West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce has partnered with First Data Canada to provide members with lower transaction costs, a robust user-friendly on-line reporting tool and the latest electronic-payment technology for business. 

Visa®  1.49%
MasterCard®  1.49%
Interac® Debit  $0.05

Please contact Honey Martin, your local First Data account executive.
Tel: 604-505-2430

Grow your client base and earn more money!

By attending our networking events you can develop valuable connections that lead to business growth and personal success.

Membership pays for itself…

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