Welcome Bienvenue to The Chamber
2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year as we continue to support our membership within the Saint John region. We strive to support business development through our advocacy efforts, networking opportunities, business exposure and cost-savings benefits, just to name a few.
2019 was a milestone year for The Chamber. We celebrated 200 years of being Champions for business in the Saint John Region. In compliment to this milestone, we welcomed 400 delegates to our beautiful city for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's AGM, a four day event where delegates from across Canada were able to come and see the best of Saint John. Other highlights include:
- This past year we welcomed approximately 4,500 members and guests to our monthly business networking mixers, annual Golf Tournament, two receptions and annual Outstanding Business Awards (OBA’s), where 7 award winners were recognized for their achievements in business and contributions to the Greater Saint John community.
- The Saint John Region Chamber was pleased to host the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 AGM here in Saint John, NB.
- Hospitality Saint John recognized the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 AGM hosted by The Saint John Region Chamber as the large meeting and convention of the year.
- Numerous information sessions held providing members with valuable information pertaining to a wide range of topical issues including cyber security and complying with new health and safety regulations among many others.
- Hosted “Meet the Candidates” as part of the 2019 Federal election.
- Once again partnered with Civilized in hosting the 2019 World Cannabis Congress held here in Saint John, NB.
- Lobbied regional municipal governments in favor of regional cooperation.
- Welcomed Premier of Alberta Jason Kenny in discussing responsible development of natural resources.
- Lobbied aggressively against the federal carbon plan favor of a “Made in New Brunswick” plan.
- Lobbied federal government against automatic escalating excise tax on alcohol in Canada.
- Hosted consul generals of Canada and the United States Mr. David Alward and Mr. Kevin Skillin as part of promoting trade relations and opportunities between New Brunswick and Maine.
- Once again hosted The Chamber’s annual State of the City Address with Mayor Don Darling.
- We were pleased to have welcomed Leader of the Official Opposition, Kevin Vickers; Auditor General for the Province of New Brunswick, Kim MacPherson; Premier Blaine Higgs, among many others, as part of our Distinguished Speaker Series and other promotional events.
Business has survived in our region for over 200 years, and we continue to pay government’s bills as we always have. But business is not an unlimited trough and we cannot continue to be viewed as such. Moving forward we will continue to advocate for change. We will advocate for municipal reform and an overall taxation review. And we need to continue to look for new opportunities to support our locally owned businesses allowing them to expand and hire more people.
Our chamber is fiscally strong. This is because of the extraordinary support of our members and the business community. I am grateful for the trust you have put in us and look forward to continuing to represent your interests.
David Duplisea, CEO