BUSINESS TRACK: President’s message, April 2013

Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce manager Sean Melia shares his thoughts

By Sean Melia


The pace of change tends to catch me by surprise at times, like now for example. Your Chamber has had another year go by, but with a flurry of activity occurring. I am excited and honoured to take over as President following an excellent year under the leadership of Elyssa Lockhart and look forward to carrying on the good work that has been started.

The ongoing roles of the Chamber are to be an advocate for all business in Mission; to maintain and enhance our relevance in the community; and to provide value to the membership and the community at large.

To guide the Chamber to continue to meet our goals are several newly elected board members and one or two returning members whom I would like to welcome and acknowledge: Carol Hamilton of Envision Financial, Tricia Townsend of University of the Fraser Valley, Cal Crawford of Landmark Realty (re-elected), Christopher Roberts of Edward Jones (a former director in 2008) Corey Jong, Fraser Valley Office Supplies, and Dave Sawatzky of Nutek Sign Creations. The Board of the Mission Regional Chamber is well represented by the business community.

Our first task will be to develop a progressive and focused strategy for the next three years and put some thought into how the Chamber can facilitate and encourage greater opportunities for business to unite and have input into an entrepreneurial approach to economic development in the Mission region. This is an exciting area and one that I personally feel will enhance the value the Chamber currently provides. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

I look forward to a fantastic year at your Chamber of Commerce.