Your Chamber of Commerce

The ALBERNI VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  is the “voice of business” for the entire region. Registered under the federal Boards of Trade Act, the chamber is a membership-driven organization focused on continually improving the business climate in the community.

Our VISION

Our vision is to make the Alberni Valley a leading business-friendly community in BC.

OUR MISSION

We support and promote our business community, through advocacy, education and communication.

Accomplished through:

  •  Supporting and promoting members and the business community at large.
  •  Being the focal point for tourism and visitor services.
  • Advancing the general welfare of the community.
  • Communication to the Member Community via Newsletters, e-blasts, social media, etc.
  • Dinner Meetings held monthly throughout the Port Alberni area designed to foster Networking opportunities while featuring guest speakers on pertinent informational topics.
  • Annual Business Excellence Awards held each April where approximately 18 Awards are given out to deserving individuals and business organizations in the community.
  • Through our various Committees such as the Civic Affairs one we monitor and comment on Local, Provincial and National matters that affect the well-being of our community.
  • Coordination of the Ambassador Program in the Alberni Valley; a program where volunteer retirees give back to the community by way of their presence at Cathedral Grove, Harbour Quay and other local venues. These locations see an abundance of travellers, many from other Continents, who are keen to learn more about the Alberni Valley.
  • Management of the Mobile Visitor Center - a combination of a branded mini-van with #ExplorePortAlberni prominently displayed along with a utility trailer that is brought to higher scale events. Its branded with the Visitor Services logo for easy identification.
  • Organizating and managing of specific events such as: The Paper Chase a 15k run as part of the Vancouver Island Race Series each March. We also organize the No. 7 Challenge and/or the Tri-Conic Challenge both of which feature a running race against the local Steam Train. These races are currently on-hold as we await for a potential return of the train. Perhaps 2020?
  • We involve ourselves in many areas that affect or could affect the well-being of the employers in the Alberni Valley. Recent projects that we've been involved with include: Development of the local Airport, Protecting local tax-payers from unnecessary purchases by local government such as a garbage truck that we felt wasn't necessary. We've also been heavily involved in the SRKW/Fraser River Chinook issues affecting the Recreational Fishing Industry throughout Vancouver Island. We're working with others through our Board of Directors on projects such as new Signage for Port Alberni, an RV Pull-out, Beautification and potential roundabouts. The Chamber has led the push with the BC Government to do 'something' about the chaos through Cathedral Grove and that is now high on the agenda for Government.
  • We have hosted two major projects through the Rural Dividends program including the Tourism Training Program of 2015 - 2017 and the Entrepreneur Training Program of 2018 - 2020.

Chamber Committees

Membership Committee:

  • Tasked with maintaining our general membership and attracting new members to the Chamber as well as maximizing membership benefits and communications. Chair of the Committee is Director - Deb Haggard. 

Awards Committee:

  • Tasked with the annual Community Excellence Awards event. Chaired by Bill Collette with other local people involved. The Committee meets at least monthly starting in October every year. The committee itself is tasked with sourcing out nominations either through their own local observations or through business connections they may have. We are always looking for more people to be part of this committee. 

Business Committee:

  • Tasked with improving the business climate in the Alberni Valley
  • Projects on the go:
    • Shop Local - known here as 'Try Home First'
    • Chaired and managed by Bill Collette with staff support

Civic Affairs Committee:

  • Tasked with analyzing various City, Regional and Provincial documents, bylaws and overall policy, the Civic Affairs Committee is our most active and involved committee. Meeting monthly at the Chamber office (Every 2nd Tuesday at 7:30am) the CA Committee welcomes new members and input. The Committee routinely offers suggestions to City Leaders on Bylaw recommendations and through our suggestions we have seen a number of ajdustments to policy. Current members of the CA Committee include: Chair Bob Cole ( bobcole@shaw.ca ) , Bill Collette, Peter Mugleston,  Brad Minton, Cheryl McLean, Sharie Minions, Taurean Seib, Malcolm Menninga, Anita Sutherland, Julie Hunter, Kevin Wright, Bill Brown & Jan Lavertu. WE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS OF THIS ALL IMPORTANT COMMITTEE. 

Junior Achievement Committee:  Currently on hold pending a restart by JA

  • Tasked with delivering the provincial Junior Achievement program in SD 70 schools.
  • A volunteer team of "mentors" present "business in the real world" classes to SD 70 students. Volunteers always welcome.
  • Chaired by Bill Collette.

 

THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ALSO HAS REPRESENTATIVES ON SEVERAL OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING:

  1. Waste Management Committee: Kris Patterson
  2. Transportation Committee: Daniel Savard
  3. Alberni Valley Bulldogs: Bob Cole
  4. Branding Committee: Bill Collette
  5. Heritage Committee - Bill Collette

Visitor Center

The Chamber also holds a fee-for-service contract with the City of Port Alberni to house and operate the Visitor Centre. This is a fully sanctioned Tourism BC information centre, offering firstline, professional travel counselling and information for potential investors.

 Our mandate is to promote events, attractions and services available within the Alberni Valley and deliver first class travel counselling to visitors and locals, alike. Our Visitor Centre brochure racking services prove most valuable to businesses of all kinds in the region.

As the voice of business in the valley, our success is directly dependant upon membership strength. We invite you to enquire about the many benefits offered through chamber membership.

Our contact information:

Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce
2533 Port Alberni Highway
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8P2
Email: bill@albernichamber.ca
Web: www.albernichamber.ca 
Ph: 250-724-6535
Fax: 250-724-6560