West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Newsletter February 24, 2016
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Next Week!
80% Sold out 


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

West Vancouver Yacht Club 
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Moderator: Maggie Pappas
It’s no secret Mayor Mike Smith is solidly behind the new Waterfront Plan. “If the Grosvenor development is the jewel in Ambleside’s shiny new crown, our new Waterfront Plan is the crown itself—the structure that showcases every current and future jewel that Ambleside and Dundarave has to offer. But it's the very key to the success of our independent business community.
"I can’t think of a time in our history when it's been more important to take bold steps to move forward. For the past 40 years, every Council has chewed on various waterfront plans, but so far, not one has had the courage to pass them. Now's the time to find that courage.”

Mayor Mike, Unplugged is never politics as usual. It’s your opportunity to hear what our future is really about, unvarnished—with great wine, great food, in great company. Be there. Bring your questions. You’ll get the whole truth and nothing but.

Presenting Sponsor: Maison Senior Living
Gold Sponsor: West Vancouver Community Foundation
Media Sponsor: North Shore News


Vancity Luncheon
Wednesday, March 8, 2016
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Hollyburn Country Club - Creekside room

The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend a special luncheon featuring guest speaker Linda Morris, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Member and Community Engagement at Vancity, Canada's largest community credit union.

Topic: How global trends impact local business
Trends like digital disruption, the sharing economy, and access over ownership are impacting the world around us, and businesses need to adapt to stay relevant and successful. 
You're invited to hear Linda Morris talk about Vancity's trend watching practice, current socioeconomic and technology trends, and what global trends mean for local business.


Registration: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Presentation, Q & A: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Members: $30.00 +GST • Non-members $40.00 + GST

Linda Morris

About our Guest Speaker

As senior vice president of Business Development, Member and Community Engagement at Vancity, Linda is responsible for engaging and growing the credit union’s membership through its member experience, products and services, and commitment to communities.

She and her team developed and executed the organization’s “Make Good Money” branding strategy and campaign about values-based banking, which earned Vancity the 2013 Marketer of the Year award from the British Columbia chapter of the American Marketing Association.

Under Linda’s leadership, Vancity also developed the industry’s first purpose-built alternative to payday loans. The Vancity Fair & Fast Loan™ reduces costs for borrowers and helps them break the cycle of debt.

Previously Linda was the CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon; prior to this was Deputy Minister in the Public Affairs Bureau for the Government of BC, Vice President, Communications & Community Engagement for Vancouver Coastal Health, and Director of Public Affairs for the Vancouver Port Authority.

Linda received her MBA from Royal Roads University, MA in Canadian History from University of Toronto, and BA (Honours) in Canadian History from McGill. She also holds certificates in Executive Management, Public Administration, and Public Relations from U of T, Ryerson and York University respectively.

Sponsored by



Breakfast with
MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones 

Liberal MP for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country (B.C.)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Thursday, March 31, 2016
7:00 am to 9:00 am
Hollyburn Country Club - Creekside room

The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce invites you to breakfast with

MP Pam Goldsmith-Jones
Liberal MP for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country (B.C.)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Registration: 7:00 am - 7:15 am 
Coffee/networking: 7:15 am - 7:30 am
Call to Breakfast: 7:30 am
Guest Speaker Presentation: 8:00 am
Q & A 

Ticket includes coffee/tea and hot buffet breakfast

Members: $30.00 + GST • Non-members $40.00 + GST

MP Pam Goldsmith-Jones was elected in October as the Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country and currently acts as Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs. With her BA and MA in political science from UBC, she recently completed her MBA at SFU in Aboriginal Business and Leadership.

She is the former mayor of West Vancouver, and has run undefeated four times at the local level. She is passionate about open, accessible and fair decision making that includes us all. She’s presented at the UN on West Vancouver’s climate change plan, she’s protested the destruction of Eagleridge Bluffs including posing in a nude calendar, she was mayor during the Olympics. Pam home-schooled her three kids for six years before they went to high school and university. She’s been married to Geoff for 30 years.




Call for Nominations! West Van Chamber Excellence Awards.

The Chamber's annual President's Dinner & Excellence Awards will take place on Tuesday, April 26th at the Hollyburn Country Club. Nominations are now open! Any North Shore and Bowen Island resident may nominate a Business or Person. Business Owners and Managers may nominate themselves.

Nominations OPEN Wednesday February 10, 2016
Nominations CLOSE Wednesday March 2, 2016, 5:00pm
Deadline for questionnaire submissions and supporting material is Monday March 7th 2016, 5:00 pm

Click here for a Nomination form.

Recipients will be chosen by a selection committee.  There will be THREE finalists in each category, which will be notified and announced on Tuesday March 15, 2016 in the Chamber e-newsletter and social media

Awards will be presented in the following categories:
  • Business Person of the Year
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • New Business of the Year
  • Small Business of the Year
  • Medium Business of the Year
  • Big Business of the Year
The WINNERS of the Excellence Awards will be announced LIVE at the President’s Dinner and Excellence Awards on Tuesday April 26, 2016 at the Hollyburn Country Club. 

We welcome your input with our survey regarding Municipal Business License Programs

The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is working with other Lower Mainland Chambers/Boards to urge the Municipal Councils to unite the four Inter-Municipal Business License programs (Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver West, Tri-Cities and the North Shore) into one application that would cover all municipalities in the region from Hope to West Vancouver.

In order to build a business case for the proposed expanded program, we need your input. Please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey to ensure your concerns or comments are considered in our presentations. If you are a Mobile Business we would appreciate receiving your input whether or not you are currently utilizing any of the Inter-Municipal Business License Programs.Click here for SURVEY

The West Vancouver Memorial Library is excited to announce the launch of, a powerful learning tool that's free for anyone with a West Vancouver library card.

Thousands of self-directed online training courses are now available for anyone looking to learn computer and software skills, business and management, presentation skills, design…and much more.
With, users have free access to high quality online courses delivered by expert instructors in a variety of fields. For those who are interested, credentials for completed courses can be posted on their LinkedIn profiles as a showcase for prospective employers.
To get started with Lynda, grab your library card, head to the library's Online Courses webpage, and let the learning begin! If you need a card, stop by the library any time to sign up.

Chamber member Daily Life Mastery offers free webinar

Are You Ready to Be the Best You Can Be? Join this FREE webinar! Nix non-productive busyness from your life to make room for how you crave to feel daily. Learn how to work on vs in your life and business to prosper. Establish commitments to witness life changes for the better this year. Start with your Why (GPS). Simplify where you place your energy, why and with whom. Increase revenue, free time and energy with rewards. Space is limited. For further information

AMICA West Vancouver offers workshops on chronic pain

Chamber member Amica at West Vancouver is hosting six complimentary workshops on chronic pain: six Tuesdays, starting Tuesday March 1 and running to April 6, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. This workshop is for Adults with any kind of ongoing pain. Space is limited. Register at Concierge Desk. 



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! 
For further information contact: Jason Weinstein, CFP® Benefits Specialist
P: 604-637-1137
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 for further information. 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. Access Chamber benefits only available to members. 

Membership pays for itself…

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