Minister's Luncheon at the Cheakamus Centre

The Squamish and Whistler Chambers of Commerce in partnership with MP John Weston invite you to

Join us for lunch and a lively discussion as we welcome The Honourable Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P.

Date: Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Time: Noon – 1:15, Registration Opens at 11:30

Location: Cheakamus Centre, 2170 Paradise Valley Road, Squamish, BC

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Join us for lunch as we welcome The Honourable Jason Kenney, to Squamish.  The Whistler and Squamish Chambers of Commerce are pleased to co-host this event with John Weston, MP, West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country.

Together Minister Kenney and MP Weston have worked in partnership on several initiatives including work permit issued leading the to 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games; immigration issues in John role as a member of the House of Commons Immigration Committee; human rights; multiculturalism and other issues relevant to our riding.

In his new position as Minister of Employment, Social Development and Multiculturalism, Minister Kenney continues to promote jobs and economic growth for all Canadians.

Jason Kenney was born in Ontario and raised in Saskatchewan, where he graduated from Notre Dame College. He did undergraduate studies in philosophy at the University of San Francisco.

Mr. Kenney served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, prior to his election to the House of Commons in 1997 as Member of Parliament for Calgary Southeast.

He has been re-elected five times, most recently with 76% of the vote.

He is a former Chairman of the House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights, and served in several positions in Opposition, including as Finance Critic and Deputy House Leader.  Mr. Kenney became Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Harper in 2006, and Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity in 2007.

As Canada’s longest-serving Minister of Citizenship and Immigration from 2008 to 2013, Mr. Kenney implemented comprehensive reforms to Canada’s immigration, refugee and citizenship programs, leading the National Post to call him “perhaps Canada’s best immigration minister ever.” In July, 2013 he was appointed Minister of Employment and Social Development, with a mandate to ensure that Canadians are well-prepared to participate fully in the labour market of the future. He chairs the Cabinet Committee on Operations, is the Regional Minister for Southern Alberta, and sits on the Cabinet Committees for Social Affairs and Planning and Priorities.

Mr. Kenney has been voted the “best overall” and “hardest working” MP by his colleagues in Maclean’s Magazine’s annual survey of parliamentarians.

Be Seen in the Squamish Valley     

Music Festival App!

Get people through your doors during the Festival! Have your business and special offer or extended hours listed on the SVMF Smart Phone App that will be seen by Festival Goers! 

Are you a Squamish Chamber or Tourism Squamish Member and would like to provided special offers, services, or extended hours? 

Attention restaurants, hotels, shops, tour operators, camp grounds and any other service providers.

Festival goers will need services and things to do:

 - 9am to 3pm (should they go river rafting, paddle boarding, take a tour by air...?)

 - After Midnight (will there be a pizza place open, is there a pub with specials) 

Send details of your special offer of extended hours to Ken at the Squamish Chamber at 604-815-4992 or by email at


Squamish Chamber of Commerce charts a path

towards new horizons

SQUAMISH, July 15, 2014 – Squamish Chamber of Commerce

The Squamish Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to the road ahead as it parts ways with Executive Director Elliot Moses. With significant work on governance structure and strategic goals completed over the last two years, the search for a new operational leader ready to propel the next phase of the Chamber’s development is underway.

 “The last couple of years have marked a lot of change at the Squamish Chamber of Commerce and our organization has worked very hard to transition to current best-practice operations and governance,” noted Chris Pettingill, the Chair of the organization, and continued: “These changes have meant that the skills required to fill the position of our operational lead have changed significantly. Elliot’s dedication and commitment have helped the Chamber reach this phase and we much appreciate that.”

The Board of the Chamber is focused on achieving its strategic objectives aligned to the priority needs of the members.  This includes supporting operations to effectively and efficiently meet those goals. Importantly, the Board is committed to full accountability via objectively measuring the performance of the organization. Speaking on behalf of the board Chris Pettingill knows the membership joins the Board in wishing Elliot well as he transitions to the next chapter in his career. “Elliot has been a well-liked and respected member of our team and many will miss his good humour,” noted Chris.

The Board’s goal is to have a new Executive Director in place by fall, and will continue to communicate with its membership on its progress.

SQUAMISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is celebrating 80 years of dedication to enhancing the quality of life in the community by actively supporting business, economic growth and diversification. As the voice of local business community the Chamber delivers business resources, advocacy and networking opportunities to a membership base of over 500 members representing a wide diversity of sectors.

For inquiries, please contact:

Chris Pettingill, Chair, Board of Directors -, (604)815-4991


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