Less than a year after initiating merger discussions, the new Sunshine Coast Chamber of Commerce held its inaugural general meeting in Roberts Creek on May 28, 2024. The event, which took place at the picturesque Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club, brought together returning and new Chamber members for a social luncheon, setting the stage for a collaborative future.

Mayor of Gibsons, Silas White, was our guest speaker and addressed key points of interest to the business community. He emphasized that a crucial function of the Chamber movement is to provide business owners with access to local leaders. This connection enables business owners to bring important issues to the attention of government officials at all levels, ensuring their voices are heard. The candid question and answer session following Mayor White’s speech was a highlight of the event, with members appreciating the open dialogue and opportunity to engage directly with a key local leader.

With provincial and federal elections on the horizon, Chamber members are eagerly anticipating all-candidates meetings. These events are a valuable opportunity for the business community to compare political platforms, ask pertinent questions, and hear directly from candidates. This engagement ensures that the interests and concerns of the Sunshine Coast business community are well-represented in upcoming elections.

The formal portion of the inaugural meeting included the adoption of the Chamber’s bylaws, a significant step in establishing the governance framework of the new organization. Additionally, the Chamber welcomed the acclamation of six continuing Directors and four new Directors, marking a blend of experienced and fresh leadership.

A traditional oath of office is often formal and lengthy. However, in a move that reflects the Chamber’s modern and dynamic approach, the Chair introduced a contemporary twist. All Directors were invited to stand and say, “I promise to do a great job for the Sunshine Coast Chamber of Commerce!” This five-second oath was met with enthusiastic cheers from the crowd, adding a lively and engaging conclusion to the event.

We are pleased to introduce the 2024-2025 Directors of the Sunshine Coast Chamber of Commerce:

  • Gaetan Royer, Chair
  • Rory Gowler, Vice Chair
  • Rasie Bamigbade, Secretary
  • David Blaiklock, Treasurer
  • Arthur Cullinan, Board Director
  • Taya Docksteader, Board Director
  • Ellen Eaton, Board Director
  • Jessica Hemingway, Board Director
  • Archie MacLean, Board Director
  • Laurie Reid, Board Director

Each of these individuals brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to advancing the interests of our business community. You can get to know the board members better by reading their bios on our Board & Staff page. Their diverse backgrounds and expertise will be invaluable as we work together to foster a vibrant and supportive business environment on the Sunshine Coast.

In addition to the formal proceedings, the meeting provided ample opportunities for networking and community building. Members enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making new connections, reinforcing the Chamber’s role as a hub for local business networking and collaboration.

Get Involved

If you are a business owner on the Sunshine Coast and not yet a member, now is a great time to join the Sunshine Coast Chamber of Commerce. Membership offers numerous benefits, including access to exclusive events, resources, and a platform to voice your concerns to local leaders, plus a private member hub. Visit our Membership page to learn more and sign up.

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Sunshine Coast Chamber of Commerce board members and Gibsons and Sechelt Mayors

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