The Cloverdale & District Chamber of Commerce (“CDCC”) is pleased to announce that following CDCC’s discussions over the past few months, its board of directors has voted in favour of formally engaging the Vancouver Board of Trade (“VBOT”) to reach agreement on uniting the two organizations.
CDCC President Brian Young, also the Chief Operating Officer of Surrey and Delta Golf Clubs, is one of the early champions of studying a more strategic relationship that will benefit Cloverdale Chamber members. “The Vancouver Board of Trade is the quintessential business association in The Lower Mainland. They stand alone in all of Canada for their unique professional development and networking programs, their blended policy development approach, and their robust events lineup”, he said. “In addition, our future relationship between the Cloverdale & District Chamber of Commerce and The Vancouver Board of Trade will immediately deliver a much higher value, and broader mix, of financial benefits to our Members than we can offer on our own.”
The next steps involve working groups from both the CDCC and the VBOT reaching agreement on definitive terms of reference, and then presenting the result to Cloverdale Members for a vote at the October 2014 AGM.
Key priorities for both organizations include securing the significantly higher VBOT Membership value for CDCC Members, while at the same time ensuring a continued, engaged local presence in Cloverdale, including Member events and informed community/municipal advocacy efforts.
“We are delighted at the Cloverdale Chamber Board decision”, said Janet Austin, The Vancouver Board of Trade 2014-15 Board Chair. “We look forward to collaborating with the working group of the Cloverdale board to develop a stronger voice for business that will meaningfully benefit the Members of both organizations.”
Cloverdale Members interested in learning more about these discussions and the working group can contact Brian Young at 604-830-4007. Preliminary information in the form of an FAQ will be sent via email directly to CDCC Members.
About the Cloverdale & District Chamber of Commerce: The Cloverdale & District Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Cloverdale Board Of Trade) was established in 1927. Since then, local business and professional men and women have diligently donated time and expertise to promote and enhance the development of Cloverdale and make it a place to do business & commerce. The Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and professional people who join together to promote the well being of the Cloverdale district. The Chamber provides an ongoing liaison with many organizations including the City of Surrey, Surrey Board of Trade, South Surrey White Rock Chamber, BC Chamber of Commerce and many more.
About The Vancouver Board of Trade: Since its inception in 1887, The Vancouver Board of Trade has been recognized as Pacific Canada’s leading business association, engaging members to positively impact public policy at all three levels of government and to succeed and prosper in both the local and global economy. With a predominantly small business membership whose employees comprise one third of BC’s workforce, they leverage this collective strength to facilitate networking opportunities, and provide professional development through four unique Member programs. In addition, VBOT provides a well-respected speakers platform for national and international business and thought leaders to further enlighten BC’s business leaders.