Your Chamber of Commerce

The ALBERNI VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  is the “voice of business” for the entire region. Registered under the federal Boards of Trade Act, the chamber is a membership-driven organization focused on continually improving the business climate in the community.

Our VISION

Our vision is to make the Alberni Valley a leading business-friendly community in BC.

OUR MISSION

We support and promote our business community, through advocacy, education and communication.

Accomplished through:

  •  Supporting and promoting members and the business community at large.
  •  Being the focal point for tourism and visitor services.
  • Advancing the general welfare of the community.
  • Organizing the annual Shop Local Program for the month of December known locally as: #tryhomefirst This program rewards local shoppers for supporting local businesses. In 2016 the program awarded more that $12,000.00 in gift certificates generously donated by almost 100 businesses to many local shoppers. 
  • Communication to the Member Community via Newsletters, e-blasts, social media, etc.
  • Dinner Meetings held monthly throughout the Port Alberni area designed to foster Networking opportunities while featuring guest speakers on pertinent informational topics.
  • Annual Business Excellence Awards held each April where a dozen or more Awards are given out to deserving individuals and business organizations in the community.
  • Through our various Committees such as the Civic Affairs one we monitor and comment on Local, Provincial and National matters that affect the well-being of our community.
  • Coordination of the Ambassador Program in the Alberni Valley; a program where volunteer retirees give back to the community by way of their presence on either the MV Frances Barkley, McLean Mill or on site at Cathedral Grove. Both venues see an abundance of travellers, many from other Continents, who are keen to learn of the marvels of the Alberni Valley.
  • Management of the Mobile Visitor Center - a utility trailer branded with the Destination BC Logo. The trailer is pulled by the Chamber of Commerce Company Car to various locations throughout the area to help extend the reach of visitor connections. 
  • Organizating and managing of specific events such as: The Paper Chase a 10k and possibly 15k run as part of the Vancouver Island Race Series each April. We also organize the No. 7 Challenge and/or the Tri-Conic Challenge both of which feature a running race against the local Steam Train. The latter also includes a bike race vs. the Frances Barkley and a Swim on Sproat Lake home of the Martin Mars Waterbombers. 

Chamber Committees

Membership Committee:

  • Tasked with maintaining our general membership and attracting new members to the Chamber as well as maximizing membership benefits and communications. Chair of the Committee is Director - Deb Haggard. 

Awards Committee:

  • Tasked with the annual Community Excellence Awards event. Chaired by Bill Collette with other local people involved. The Committee meets at least monthly starting in October every year. The committee itself is tasked with sourcing out nominations either through their own local observations or through business connections they may have. We are always looking for more people to be part of this committee. 

Business Committee:

  • Tasked with improving the business climate in the Alberni Valley
  • Projects on the go:
    • Shop Local - known here as 'Try Home First'
    • Chaired and managed by Bill Collette with staff support

Civic Affairs Committee:

  • Tasked with analyzing various City, Regional and Provincial documents, bylaws and overall policy, the Civic Affairs Committee is our most active and involved committee. Meeting monthly at the Chamber office (Every 2nd Tuesday at 7:30am) the CA Committee welcomes new members and input. The Committee routinely offers suggestions to City Leaders on Bylaw recommendations and through our suggestions we have seen a number of ajdustments to policy. Current members of the CA Committee include: Chair Bob Cole ( bobcole@shaw.ca ) , Bill Collette, Peter Mugleston,  Brad Minton, Cheryl McLean, Sharie Minions, Taurean Seib, Malcolm Menninga, Anita Sutherland, Julie Hunter, Kevin Wright, Bill Brown & Jan Lavertu. WE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS OF THIS ALL IMPORTANT COMMITTEE. 

Junior Achievement Committee:

  • Tasked with delivering the provincial Junior Achievement program in SD 70 schools.
  • A volunteer team of "mentors" present "business in the real world" classes to SD 70 students. Volunteers always welcome.
  • Chaired by Bill Collette.

 

THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ALSO HAS REPRESENTATIVES ON SEVERAL OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING:

  1. Waste Management Committee: Kris Patterson
  2. Transportation Committee: Bill Collette
  3. Alberni Valley Bulldogs: Bill Collette
  4. McLean Mill Society: Bill Collette - President
  5. Branding Committee: Bill Collette

 

 

Visitor Center

The Chamber also holds a fee-for-service contract with the City of Port Alberni to house and operate the Visitor Centre. This is a fully sanctioned Tourism BC information centre, offering first line, professional travel counselling and information for potential investors.

 Our mandate is to promote events, attractions and services available within the Alberni Valley and deliver first class travel counselling to visitors and locals, alike. Our Visitor Centre brochure racking services prove most valuable to businesses of all kinds in the region. We are the regional WorldHost Program delivery organization.

As the voice of business in the valley, our success is directly dependant upon membership strength. We invite you to enquire about the many benefits offered through chamber membership.

Our contact information:

Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce
2533 Port Alberni Highway
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8P2
Email: bill@albernichamber.ca
Web: www.albernichamber.ca 
Ph: 250-724-6535
Fax: 250-724-6560