About the Chamber

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Strategic direction

View 2020 AGM – Highlights

 

Mission 

The Squamish Chamber is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the community by actively supporting business, economic growth and economic diversification. 

 

Vision 

The Squamish Chamber will deliver exceptional membership value by taking a leadership role in advocating for the interest of Squamish business, by providing beneficial member services and programs, and by working in partnership with other organizations. 

 

Areas of Focus 

In 2020, we will deliver value to our members through our four key areas of focus, with increased emphasis on connecting with our members and growing awareness of our programs in order to help businesses grow and demonstrate the value of Squamish Chamber membership.

Membership: we will place greater emphasis on member engagement, retention and onboarding in order to better demonstrate the value of Chamber membership and maintain a strong membership base.

Communicationsincreased focus will be placed on our communication initiatives to ensure the membership is fully aware of the existing programs and business development resources, along with the many activities that the Chamber conducts to support the business community.

Advocacy: we will place more emphasis on our presence and communication within the Squamish community to raise our profile, and to provide leadership on members’ priority issues that affect businesses and local economic development. 

Partnerships & Relations: we will develop strong, strategic partnerships to grow the local economy, and ensure participation is recognized across the Squamish community.

In everything we do, we will strive for organizational excellence, with strong, sustainable systems and processes.

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board of Directors

The Squamish Chamber is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. Read Director bios.

Mike Coyne, President

Abby Majendie, Vice President

Jack Montpelier, Secretary 

Rajan Hans

Catherine Webster

Cameron Cope

Susan Chapelle

Nolan Rivers

Jacquie Menezes

Carlos Zavarce

Clive Stanley

 

2020 Board of Directors
2020 Chamber Board of Directors
2019 Directors + ED with Val Litwin, President BC Chamber

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Chamber staff

Louise Walker, Executive Director

Louise is an experienced business professional, bringing the Chamber a wealth of knowledge and expertise, with a focus on research, strategy, marketing and business development. Louise leads operations at the Squamish Chamber and is an active participant on various committees such as the Squamish Economic Steering Group.

Drawn to the Sea to Sky in 2008, Louise spent eight years with Tourism Whistler, latterly as Vice President, Marketing and Strategy, with responsibility for marketing, research, events, communications, partnerships and whistler.com (website and sales channel). She was actively involved in economic development and sat on the board of the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, Cornucopia and the executive of Whistler Festival, Events and Animation.

Prior to Tourism Whistler, Louise was immersed in the research and consulting world, focusing on strategic marketing, from market entry and product development, to brand development and economic impact evaluation. Clients spanned a range of sectors, including government bodies such as the Scottish Government and VisitScotland, global companies such as Sony and Iceland Air, and many local small-medium sized businesses.

Louise holds a BA in Marketing Management and studied strategy through the Executive Education program at the Sauder School of Business (UBC). Louise is a prior member of the Market Research Society (MRS), the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA), the Association of Qualitative Research (AQR) and the European Society of Market Research (ESOMAR).

Johannes Bodendorfer, Membership Coordinator

Johannes is originally from Vienna, Austria. He moved to Canada 8 years ago and spent a majority of that time getting to know the incredible Squamish community. A graduate of Quest University, he has a keen interest in political science and economics. You will see him out on the trails, or reading in one of our local coffee shops.

In his role at the Squamish Chamber, Johannes coordinates membership services, operations, and office administration. He provides support to both staff and membership and can assist with any questions you may have around member benefits, updates to business listings and financial related enquiries (e.g. payments and invoicing).

Megan Ross, Member Services Assistant

Megan has a BA degree in Anthropology from UBC. Once completed, she moved up to Whistler to enjoy the mountain life. She also worked towards completing a marketing management certificate at the Whistler Adventure School. She has loved residing in the sea-to-sky community these last few years. Outside of working with the Chamber, Megan works as a freelance content writer. In her downtime she enjoys running, skiing, biking, camping, and watching movies.

Megan supports the Chamber by assisting with the development and execution of our programs, specifically with managing the grant writing support program. She also assists with marketing and communications to raise awareness of our services and programming.

Chantelle Matthews, Special Projects Coordinator

Chantelle’s diverse experience bridges innovative thinking and a Swiss army knife of skills, from design to project management. In her role at Squamish Chamber, Chantelle plans and executes specific projects to promote local business sectors. Expect enthusiasm for opportunities to be part of projects that suggest growth isn’t restricted to boardroom meetings, and relationships fostered in all settings.

Having worked with many small businesses and brands via her former roles within the European bike industry, what on earth do you think brought her to Squamish? Where best to take a sabbatical than the sea to sky, cue outdoorsy montage, and seven years later she’s still immersed in the mountain lifestyle. One of the most difficult pursuits to date being the curation of all the gear accumulated alongside new ventures.

Conversations with Chantelle highlight her passion and flare for inter-generational learning and skill sharing, whereby she relishes an opportunity to open up conversations that encourage lifelong learning through those within our local and broader community.

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