Jon Tuer presented his remarks to the Board and members in attendance at last week's AGM. There was a time when we would include the AGM with the President's Dinner in February but now that we are moving towards accreditation, and preparation of the financial statements must be done externally, the date of the AGM ends up much later in the year.
The Chamber also provides special events & visitor services to the City through separate contracts. The coordination and administration of City Events & Visitor Services out of the Log Cabin is funded primarily through these contracts, though the entertainment and attractions are mostly supported by the business community through direct sponsorship. The expansion of the winter event to coordinate Hometown Hockey and the addition of Canada Day required additional support from the City resulting in higher than normal revenue from the City in 2018 countered with the additional expenses incurred. Under the Board of Trade Act, the Chamber operates as a non-profit. As past-Treasurer, Jon explained we are essentially in a break even position. Considering the nature of our organization, and this is a good place to be, given our net asset position and our financial position at the end of 2018 is as expected. If you are interested in a copy of the reviewed financial statements, please
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In terms of the Chamber itself, and our mission to "connect. represent. share." . We had more members join this year than we have in the past 5 years and non-renewals are predominantly business closures/mergers.
We supported 500+ members
We welcomed 49 new members
We shared our weekly Chamber Chat with 1789 subscribers
We held 8 Breakfasts - sharing information with more than 750 member representatives
We launched our Lunch & Learns and held 5 events
We held 12 Mingles - connecting almost 1000 people
We represented our membership at all levels of government and hosted 6 events (including pre-electoral debates and candidate meet'n'greets)
We shared incredible stories with 294 people at our President's Dinner & Cornerstone Awards event
89 golfers helped support the work we do at our Annual Golf Tournament.
Past-President Suzanne Hunt commented on the progress of our accreditation application and our quest to submit this for review in September.