Squamish Chamber Seeking Executive Director

With a number of economic development initiatives currently underway, Squamish is fast becoming known as a destination for individuals and families who want to live and work where they play. Squamish is attracting more burgeoning entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners and is poised to be recognized province wide as a community of innovation in many sectors.

The Squamish Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber), with over 500 members, is the leading business association in Squamish, a respected partner within the District of Squamish, and an effective, thoughtful member advocate within the provincial and national chamber networks.

The Chamber is seeking a talented, forward-thinking Executive Director (ED) with a track record of providing vision and strategic leadership within a complex, multi-stakeholder organization.  Member, partner, government and media relations are fundamental to the achievement of the organization’s strategic objectives which include providing value to its members and supporting the growth of local economy.

Through the Chair, the ED is accountable to a Board of Directors comprised of 11 elected individuals. Working with the Board, the ED will participate in annual strategic planning and be responsible for developing the business plan, objectives, strategies, key performance indicators, and operating budget to meet annual goals. In fulfilling this mandate, the ED, who believes strongly in performance management will provide leadership to a team of staff and develop strong and effective relationships with key stakeholders.

A consummate professional and relationship builder, the ideal candidate understands the respective roles of a governance board and the ED, has the presence and stature to command a room, and knows how to build and maintain partnerships and alliances while delivering the intended message.

Candidate Experience:  

·         5+ years experience in a leadership role

·         Experience working in an enterprising non-profit environment an asset

·         A comprehensive understanding of what it takes to move a strategy forward

·         Past experience delivering financial reporting and budgeting an asset.

·         The ability to deliver on strategic and operational objectives

·         A strong customer service focus vis-à-vis the chamber membership


·         The competencies for this position would typically be acquired through an undergraduate degree in a related discipline.

The Executive Director’ job description is available at:


For access to the Squamish Chamber of Commerce strategic plan, please click here!

All interested applicants are asked to forward a resume outlining salary expectations in complete confidence via email to careers@squamishchamber.com.  Thank you to all those who apply.  Only those who are short-listed will be contacted.


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.


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 - admin@squamishchamber.com, (604)815-4991


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