Author: PRDCC

BC Chamber announces 2016 – 2017 Board of Directors

VANCOUVER, June 9, 2016 – The BC Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its new chair and board of directors for 2016 – 2017. Patrick Giesbrecht, owner of Giesbrecht & Co., was sworn in as chair on Monday, May 31 at the BC Chamber AGM and Conference in Kelowna. “It’s a great honour to take on this leadership role with B.C.’s largest business organization,” Giesbrecht said. “We have tremendous opportunities before us for 2016 – 2017 and beyond. In particular, we’ll be working hard to attract and integrate more young professionals into our network to help lead the future...

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B.C.’s Chambers pass policies to tackle sharing economy issues

VANCOUVER, June 8, 2016 – B.C.’s Chambers of Commerce have passed two new policies to tackle issues in B.C.’s emerging sharing economy. “The sharing economy brings exciting new business models and opportunities to British Columbians and Chambers are keen to see this new sector succeed,” said Maureen Kirkbride, BC Chamber interim CEO. “That said, we need to integrate these new models wisely to make sure we’re providing a level playing field for our existing businesses.” The first new BC Chamber policy on the sharing economy, Taxation of Short Term Residential Rental Units, calls for Airbnb and similar sharing-economy operators...

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B.C.’s Chambers pass policy calling for PST reform, dialogue toward a made-in-B.C. value-added tax

VANCOUVER, June 6, 2016 –  B.C.’s Chambers of Commerce have passed a policy calling for a dialogue toward a made-in-B.C. value-added tax (VAT), and in the shorter term, measures to mitigate the damaging effects of PST. “Every extra day British Columbia operates under the broken and archaic PST, we do our economy, our businesses, and our residents a major disservice,” said Maureen Kirkbride, BC Chamber interim CEO. “It’s been five years since the failed HST referendum and our tax problem hasn’t gone anywhere. As British Columbians, it’s time for us to reject the PST, which is hurting our businesses and...

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Redesign Rupert Launches Community Mapping Series

Redesign Rupert launched the Community Mapping Series on Friday, May 13 at Javadotcup. The event included remarks from the City of Prince Rupert City Manager Robert Long, Community Development Institute Co-Director Marleen Morris, and Community Futures of the Pacific Northwest General Manager John Farrell (pictured above).  The Redesign Rupert Community Mapping Series is the first of many initiatives that will engage the community in thinking, talking, and taking action to shape a vibrant future for Prince Rupert. Community Mapping sessions have taken place at the Salvation Army, Prince Rupert Square Mall, Roosevelt School, Charles Hays Secondary School, Prince Rupert Middle School, the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre, Safeway, the Salmon...

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