Squamish Chamber Board Election

The Nominees for the Squamish Chamber Board of Director Election are:

Dana Schoahs

With a passion and affinity for tourism, Dana draws on 18 years in marketing and sales to develop inspiring strategies and programs for her clients. Beginning with her degree in Tourism Management, she has worked for several international airlines, high‐end hotels, Destination Marketing Organizations, as well as major tour operators. She has managed numerous sales, marketing, research and production projects at a variety of companies, including Aboriginal Tourism BC, Tourism Squamish, Tourism Whistler, Blue Ice Communications and SNV International. Her company, ShowUs Marketing, specializes in tourism product development and marketing tourism experiences in British Columbia.

Christine Campbell

Christine Campbell is a local businesswoman who owns and operates C Campbell Agency, a company that offers bookkeeping and business development support. For many community members, Christine is the go-to person for assistance on a variety of levels -be it project management, social media marketing, systems troubleshooting or accounts management and bookkeeping.

Born in Squamish, Christine is known as a steadfast volunteer for many local events, including the Test of Metal Group of Events and Relay for Life. She and her husband were married at the Squamish Golf Course, and her two, now grown, daughters graduated from Howe Sound Secondary.

Christine is an avid and participant community member well known to the many people and businesses she has worked with over the years. She has years of experience working on Executive Boards and was the Executive Director of the DSBIA for 4 years before stepping down to pursue her own business development more fully. Christine's common sense will bring to the Squamish Chamber a sense of non-partisan clarity, her years of experience working and living in Squamish will contribute to the board's consistency and her personable nature will keep people smiling.

Lorna Van Straaten

Lorna Van Straaten is a Squamish Business woman whose slogan is "I Connect Entrepreneurs with Opportunity'. An entrepreneur, non-profit lover, consultant and trainer, she specializes in networking, marketing and social media. She blogs for Small Business BC.

Lorna distributes a patented anti-aging skin-care line that is providing home based business owners with freedom and this Global business now operates in multiple countries. With small business a life-long passion, Lorna offers multiple skill sets and a creative approach to helping small business succeed.  Lorna is also the President of the Squamish Foodbank Society and a Director on the board of Squamish Helping Hands.

Rob Weys

Rob Weys has lived in Squamish for over a decade with his wife Jill and their three children.  Rob’s college education focused on business and political science.  After spending many years abroad, Rob and his wife decided to live and raise a family in Squamish for its affordability, nature, activities, and proximity to Vancouver and Whistler.  His business experience includes working for Danone, Canadian Springs, Yellow Media, and the Freundenberg Group.  He has also worked with FATD Canada promoting business abroad.  As well as starting and running a local business in Squamish – Haymack Autoglass.  Through these roles, Rob has gained extensive experience in business development, management, operations, and marketing.

He has worked closely with federal agencies, provincial ministries, municipalities, foundations, charities, First Nations, and numerous Chamber of Commerce Groups throughout the province.  He is currently a Director with the Squamish Youth Soccer Association, Tantalus Wellspring Society, and a member of the Squamish Breakfast Club - these groups promote and support youth programs within Squamish.

Rob Weys has lobbied for lower tax rates, lower utility rates, opposed the youth field user fees.  Promoted local and regional transit expansion, additional community amenities, pushed for more transparency of the Squamish Oceanfront Development Corporation, and supported the Sea to Sky Gondola Project.

Anthony Lamb, Sandman Hotel Squamish

Corporate UK Hotel Manager and founding owner of tourism lodge in New Zealand. Presently Acting General Manager of Sandman Hotel Squamish. Moved to Squamish in May with young family. Planning to stay long term in Squamish and contribute to both the business and family community.

Amy Remark, Remarkable Clean – Bio to come.

Ian Davis

Ian Davis has been a local corridor lawyer for 25 years, 20 of which spent working for local businesses as a significant part of his practice.   He served many years on the Whistler Chamber of Commerce board of directors, including 2 years as the Chairman of the Board.  

Ian is a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Squamish. He served a 3 year term on the board of the Squamish Community Foundation, where he was President during the year the Foundation produced 2011 Vital Signs, of which he was the Chair of the Vital Signs Committee.  Additionally, Ian was instrumental in assisting the Community foundation with the 2014 Vital Signs report.  Ian was voted Citizen of the Year for work done in 2013 at the spring celebration of Squamish Business Excellence Awards.

Denise Evans

Denise has worked as a clinical counselor and educator in Squamish for nearly 30 years. Her work with families and individuals started in 1987 as a hospice volunteer, helping people and their families who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. At the same time, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus upon developmental psychology and personality theory.  Having completed all of the course work and the practicum for her Masters, she started working in Private Practice in 1999 in the Garibaldi Highlands, seeing individuals of all ages, couples and families. She studied with Randy Frost, the clinical director of Living Systems, to further develop her expertise in couples and family therapy for the next 6 years.

In 2003 she accepted a full time position at Sea to Sky Community Services as an addictions clinician. Denise is Chair on the Board of the Helping Hands Society, the Squamish Hospital Foundation, and the Tantalus Wellspring Association.  She is currently Chair of the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She loves her family and her work and is grateful for the opportunities that she has created and been given in this breathtaking community.

Mike Quesnel

"I am excited to be a director on the board of the 2015 Squamish Chamber of commerce.  I look forward to promoting the interests of business through Advocacy, networking and education. Thank you for your support, let’s all work together for Economic Growth and the Prosperity of Squamish, our Home."

 

Eric Andersen

Eric Andersen is a research & communications consultant and translator (from several languages) who has worked in the forestry, wood products and transportation industries around B.C. and internationally. He is a representative of Chamber member and local umbrella organization Squamish & District Forestry Association.

Eric is also involved in two local tourism ventures. “I love to host visitors and tour groups to Squamish – showing people around and not least out on the water.”  No stranger to the Chamber, Eric has in past years served on four working committees. “I’m ready again to roll up my sleeves with others and work on behalf of Chamber members and the business community of Squamish.”

A long-time resident, Eric has been a busy volunteer in a number of community organizations and projects – in environmental, cultural, recreational and other areas, from Streamkeepers, Squamish CAN to Curling Club and Arts Council.  Eric is committed to fostering an inclusive, integrated vision of the community and local economy – existing and new; Industry, Tourism & the ‘Experience Economy’, and a thriving small business Services and Retail sector.

 

Voting ends Friday December 5th, 2014!  Click here to vote!

If you have any questions at any time about the Squamish Chamber Board of Directors Election, please call 604-815-4990 or email grace@squamishchamber.com

 

Squamish Municipal All-Candidates Forum

Thank you Squamish citizens, School Trustees, and Municipal Election Candidates for coming out to the All Candidates Forum brought to you by the Squamish Chamber and the Sea to Sky Community Services Society! 

Thank you also to the Squamish Lions and Squamish Rotary club for your support of our event!  Thank you also to our great Squamish Secondary School Students and Quest University Student for volunteering your time to help us run this event!

If you missed the November 5th All Candidates Meeting, click here for video footage of the event!

Mayoral candidates video, click here!

Trustee candidates vidoe, click here!

You also have one more opportunity to listen to the Candidates at the November 12th 7-9pm at the Tourism and the Arts All Candidates forum to be held at Quest University Canada!

Chamber Advocacy

The August 6th, 2014 Chamber Luncheon with The Honourable Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P. was a great success!

Thank you to the Minister's office, the office of MP John Weston, the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, and guests.  As well, a thank you to the Cheakamus Centre for an outstanding lunch.

Together Minister Kenney and MP Weston have worked in partnership on several initiatives including work permits issued leading to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games; immigration issues in John's 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.

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