March 17, 2016 Chamber E-Newsletter

A incredibly busy Chamber Lunch yesterday, the 2016 Board of Directors was elected and our Rising Stars Program had it's wrap up graduation ceremony. We also had an excellent presentation from Tessa Gill and Pacific Northwest LNG. 
Message from the President

It is my pleasure to welcome all of the members of the Board of Directors who were elected during yesterday's Chamber Lunch. 

Your 2016/2016 Board of Directors will be:

President  Keith Lambourne

Vice President Herb Pond

1 year Directors
Andrew Darby
Chris Armstrong
Dave McKeever
Derek Baker
Mike Pucci
Sharon Rothwell
2 year Directors
Crystal Lorette
Frances Riley
Leah Jowe
Michelle Bryant-Gravelle
Rob Gruber
Shannon Bahm

Rosa Miller
Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce

Is there information you would like to see or something you would like to learn about? Please drop me an email. 
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Rising Stars Graduation

Congratulations to the 10 students who completed the program this year:
Yong Jing Fan, Titan McMaster, Ariel McKenzie, Chelsea Jesser, Jadda Wright, Angie Henry, Eric Martello, Barb Lippke, Jenny Huynh and McGhee Tomlinson!

An amazing group of students and mentors, the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce is immensely proud to be able to offer this program in our community. 

Thank you to our program sponsors who make it possible for us to offer this opportunity to students:

Upcoming Chamber Events 
April Chamber Lunch

Presentation: Annual General Meeting

Date: April 20, 2016
Time: 11:45am - 1pm
Location: Crest Hotel - BC Room

Spaces will go soon, book soon to avoid missing out!

Sponsorship Opportunity Available 
Contact Simone for more info

Chamber Golf Scramble
Join us for a great day of golf. 
Support the golf course. 

Team reservation includes 5 players 18 holes with cart, and seats to the dinner and dance after party. $750 per team. Have a spouse or friend who wants to celebrate your success on the green? They can join you for the dinner & dancewith music provided by Silver Shadow. Tickets $75 

Get your business in front of more than 180  professionals and golf enthusiasts. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this exciting event. 

Member Hot Deals
Check out our current Member Hot Deals:

Outer Coast Outfitters

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NCWIB Luncheon with Guest Speaker: Rosa Miller
The North Coast Women in Business host their monthly luncheon Wednesday March 23rd with Guest Speaker Rosa Miller, President of the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce. 

Date: March 23, 2016
Time: 11:45AM - 1:00PM
Venue: North Coast Convention Centre

RSVP by e-mail to

NCWIB Seeks New Committee Members
North Coast Women in Business provides a positive networking environment for North Coast women to explore business issues, showcase their businesses, and participate in professional development.
Currently they are seeking individuals interested in joining the organizing committee.

BC Government Supports Roundtable Looking at First Nations Employment
The B.C. government is providing funding for the Tsimshian Roundtable, a unique partnership of the six Tsimshian First Nations and LNG proponents in northwest B.C., to develop solutions to historic employment barriers for First Nations.

The B.C. government is committing $9 million over three years through an agreement with Roundtable members to implement an innovative new framework that focuses on skills training and the socio-economic well-being of Tsimshian members as a critical path to employment and career success.

BC Chamber Calls for a Solution to Tax Rates that Penalize Growth
The BC Chamber is  calling for  solutions to a tax system that penalizes B.C. businesses with a giant tax hike when they hit a certain size.
"The current system penalizes growth," BC Chamber president and CEO Jon Garson told the 
Vancouver Sun.
Garson noted that it is worrisome that 98% of B.C.'s businesses are still small businesses.
"Small businesses are great because entrepreneurism should always be encouraged," he said. "But the number of them should be much smaller. It means too many have not grown the way they should."
Upcoming Member Events

Calling All 3 Year Olds
Come out for a day to meet the people who are in community for you and your family. Vision, motor skills, The Friendship House, North Coast Community Services, The Berry Patch, Prince Rupert Early Years, Success by 6 , Westview Child Care Centre

Date: March 19, 2016
Registration: 10AM-3PM
Ecole Roosevelt Community School 

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Garden Series Talk: Invasive Plants
Transition Prince Rupert Society and the Prince Rupert Garden Club will be hosting their Invasive Plants Talk with Alora Griffin. Click the link to find out more about the talks and workshops in this series. 

Date: April 6, 2016
Registration: 7PM - 8:30PM
Northwest Community College Room 155

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Spring Break Outdoor Youth Programs
Hosted by Outer Coast Outfitters. Spring break adventures to keep the kids active and engaged while school is out! This is a great time of year to watch new life taking hold, enjoy the warming weather and maybe even taste the season's first berries! We have a 4-day program as well as a single-day program for Easter Monday. Both are open to children ages 7-10. 

Dates: March 21st - 24th
Times: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Cost: $240 / 4 day

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2016 Loaded Throwdown
It's the 2016 Loaded Throwdown!
Freestyle Contest happening April 2nd at Shames Mountain. Registration happens from 10-11am
Loads of prizes available and the best trick wins a snowboard!!
Ski and Snowboard
youth and gender categories
Novice 16+, Open 16+, Dinosaurs 30+

Date: April 2, 2016
Registration: 10-11AM
Shames Mountain

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Free Community Easter Egg Hunt
The Rotary Club of Prince Rupert is pleased to once again host the FREE Community Easter Egg Hunt. Join the fun at Mariners Park Saturday, March 26 beginning exactly at 11am.
Rain or Shine its fun for all ages!

Date: March 26, 2016
Registration: 11AM Sharp!
Mariners Park

Northwest Innovation Challenge
Got a great idea brewing in your brain?
Enter the Third Annual Northwest Innovation Challenge to win cash prizes for great ideas! This competition is open to everyone in the Northwest!
More information and applications are available at

Submission Deadline: April 18, 2016
Final Judging:May 13th @ Elks Lodge in Terrace.

More Info
Upcoming Community Events
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March 21-24
March 26
March 30
April 2
April 7,8,9
April 8

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Simone Clark
Prince Rupert Chamber of Commerce
(250) 624-2296