February 16, 2017 Chamber E-Newsletter

Happy All Native Basketball Tournament! Did you know we are giving away a set of four weekend passes on our facebook page? Draw is at noon today - if you are quick you can still get in ENTER HERE
Message from the President
Yesterday Scott Farwell of Tourism Prince Rupert shared an update about our local Tourism Industry. A few interesting facts I took away, in 2016 we saw 400,000 travelers come in via BC Ferries and 15,000 travelers from the Alaska Marine Highway System. Cruise has been on the upswing and we are expecting the greatest number of calls this year that we have seen in recent years. Some great news sport fishing continues to be a strong component for local tourism as does the Totem Circle Tour that takes travelers from Vancouver up to Prince George, West to Prince Rupert and then back down to Port Hardy and through Vancouver Island.

Scott also had a Call to Action for all of us. Let's make our downtown an inviting and attractive place for visitors and residents alike. What can we do as a community to improve downtown and support all of the businesses working hard to build a vibrant community? Have an idea? Want to be a part of improving the downtown core? Get in touch with our office by email [email protected] to let us know you want to be a part!


Keith Lambourne
Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce
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Upcoming Chamber Events 
March Chamber Lunch

Speaker: Don Krusel, Port of Prince Rupert

Business: Chamber Elections and Rising Stars Finale

Join the Chamber of Commerce for a presentation fro Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert as well as the elections for the Board of Directors and the Rising Stars Finale as we celebrate the successes of the students over the past year.

Seats Limited - reserve now to avoid missing out on your seat.

Date: March 15th
Time: 11: 45AM  - 1: 30PM
Venue: Crest Hotel, BC Room

Sponsored by:  Rupert Square Mall

Get your tickets for the March 4th Awards Night at the Lester Centre where the winners will be announced in the 2016/2017 Business Excellence Awards. 
Tickets $30 each available online or through our office

Check out the Category Finalists on our Website or Facebook

Thank you to our event partners:
Diamond Sponsor

Diamond Media Sponsor

Nominees Reception Sponsors

Social Media Sponsor

Broadcast Sponsor

Music Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors
BDC - Business Development Bank of Canada
Success by 6 North Coast/Prince Rupert Early Years
DP World Prince Rupert
TD Bank
Haida Jaada's Suds N Stuff
Prince Rupert Grain
Northern Savings Credit Union
Prince Rupert LNG
TransCanada Prince Rupert Gas Transmission

Corporate Sponsor
Aluma Systems

Red Carpet Sponsor
Rupert Cleaners & Laundry

Silver Sponsors
Stuck On Designs

Community Futures PNW

Prince Rupert Economic Development Office

Door Prize Sponsor
First PAC West

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Members are invited to attend committee meetings of interest to provide input, ideas and get involved in shaping the direction of Chamber initiatives. 

No meetings scheduled at this time. 
Member Hot Deals
Have a discount, special offer or Member 2 Member Discount you want featured here? 

See all current  Member 2 Member and Hot Deals on our website

Want your Hot Deal promoted here? Log In to your member area to post a Hot Deal or Member to Member exclusive promotion. Change it anytime and let us help you promote your great offers. Contact Simone with any questions or for Member Login Access
Employment Opportunities

Prince Rupert Port Authority is seeking applicants for summer student positions. Application Deadline is February 28. 2017.  More Info

Want to share any opportunities to join your team? Let us know!

How to Persuade on Trade - Putting an extra "F" in NAFTA
In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, Hendrik Brakel, our Senior Director, Economic, Financial and Tax Policy, reflects on the Canada-U.S. trade partnership and how the uncertainty of the U.S.'s position on NAFTA could substantially impact employees, businesses and economies around the world. 

In an effort to advocate NAFTA and a strong trading relationship between Canada and the U.S., we reached out to allies in the U.S. business community, including U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Tom J. Donohue, who we hosted in Ottawa on February 6. ( http://chamber.ca/media/blog/170207-canadian-and-us-chambers-met-with-pm-to-talk-trade/ )

Read  5 Minutes for Business  to learn how Mr.Donohue feels about NAFTA and what's at stake for Canadian businesses. 

Construction starts on new trades centre at TRU

Ground was officially broken to mark the start of construction for the new $30-million Industrial Training and Technology Centre at Thompson Rivers University (TRU). READ MORE

Canada and B.C. invest in renewed infrastructure at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Canadians will be better equipped for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow as a result of a $22-million investment in renovations to the Spruce Building at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in Surrey. READ MORE

Province supports Canada Sevens Series men's rugby tournament

The 2017 HSBC Canada Sevens men's rugby tournament has received $220,000 in funding through the Tourism Events Program. The program supports events that raise national and international awareness of British Columbia's tourism experiences and motivate Canadians and people from other countries to travel and experience British Columbia. READ MORE
Nation 2 Nation Vancouver
The Vancouver N2N Forum is a must-attend for representatives of First Nations, governments, industry, business, communities and is
open to the public. N2N Forums are all about networking and provide a safe, respectful environment for First Nations, industry,
government and community leaders to celebrate successful First Nations businesses and examine new opportunities in resource development and major projects.

Seven Ways Your Family Can Save at Tax Time
Raising a family can be expensive, but there are many benefits, credits, and deductions that can help your family with costs during the year. They could even lower the amount you owe at tax time! However it is important to file on time if you want your credits.

Upcoming Member Events

Free Public Swim hosted by Pacific NorthWest LNG
Date: February 17, 2017
Time: 7 - 8:30PM
Venue: Earl Mah Aquatic Center

Free Public Swim hosted by Ridley Terminals Inc
Date: February 18, 2017
Time: 2-4PM
Venue: Earl Mah Aquatic Center

Shames Mountain BBQ and Fundraiser
On Feb 26, 2017 from 11am-2pm, Pacific NorthWest LNG will cover the cost of a day pass and equipment rentals for children age 12 and under. We will also be hosting a by donation BBQ with proceeds going to the Shames Mountain Co-Op. We hope to see you there!

Caribbean Beach Party
Date: February 18, 2017
Time: 6PM
Venue: Javadotcup

Dunk Rock at Wheelhouse Brewing Co
Date: February 18, 2017
Time: 9PM
Venue: Wheelhouse Brewing Co

Celebrating Literacy Event
Date: February 25, 2017
Time: 7PM
Venue: Lester Centre

Danny Nielsen is one of Canada's brightest rising tap dance talents and has emerged on to the international scene wowing audiences in North America and Europe.

Coastal Training Centre February/March Schedule
Courses include:
  • Bear Aware
  • Ground Disturbance
  • Confined Space
  • Construction Safety
  • and much more

Companion Avalanche Rescue
Date: February 17-18, 2017

Whether you just want an introduction to avalanche safety or could use a refresher, this shorter course can give you the information you need.
Instructors are fully certified with Avalanche Canada.

Celebrating Literacy Event
Date: February 25, 2017
Time: 11AM - 2:30PM
Venue: Rupert Square Mall

Northcoast Literacy Now presents the 8th Annual Celebrating Literacy Event. Everyone is welcome. There will be door prizes, free books, and performances. Author and storyteller, Michael Kusugak will also be attending. Come join the fun.

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Google My Business Workshop
Date: March 2, 2017
Time: 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Venue: Chamber of Commerce Board Room
Price: $75 (Member Price $50)

Ensure your business is accurately represented online!
Join award winning Google Trusted Photographer and Google My Business expert, Jody Wall as he covers how to take control and manage your business listing on Google Search, Maps and G+. In this 3 hour workshop, you will not only learn how to take control and manage your listing, but also how being active on your listing can dramatically increase your brand exposure on Google Search and Maps.

Upcoming Community Events
February 12-18
2017 All Native Basketball Tournament
February 17
Free Swim sponsored by PNW LNG
February 17
Feel The Love Squash Tournament
February 17
Cynthia Pyde & Ray Leonard @ Cargo Kitchen
February 17
Companion Avalanche Rescue
February 18
Ridley Terminals Sponsored Free Swim
February 18
Dunk Rock @ Wheelhouse Brewing Co
February 18
Caribbean Beach Party @ Javadotcup
February 22
AGM for the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee
February 22
Big Gulp! Presentation on Humpback Whales
February 22
One Night in the 90's with Aaron Viktil & Justin Sampson
February 25
Celebrating Literacy Event
February 25
Earl Corliss Memorial
February 25
February 25
Spring Mini Sessions by Stefania Bowler Photography
February 26
Shames Mountain BBQ & Fundraiser
March 2
Google My Business Workshop
March 4
26th Annual Children's Fest
March 4
Business Excellence Awards 2016/2017
March 5
Community Action Planning Session
March 10
Creative Jam 2017

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