BUSINESS TRACK: President’s message, March 2013

Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce President Elyssa Lockhart shares her thoughts

By Elyssa Lockhart


A year already, where has it gone? On March 21, I will hand over the reins of our Chamber to a new president and at the same time, round out the final year of our highly successful three-year strategic plan. It has been quite a ride and I am proud of all that we have achieved together.

Ours is a dynamic Chamber. Just this month alone, I have chaired a task force to revamp the Business Excellence Awards to ensure they remain relevant to the Mission business community; welcomed new organizational policy that will bring value and give direction to our committees and task forces; and presented a provincial government lobby kit on tax initiative implementation practices to other Fraser Valley Chambers of Commerce.

I thank the Board of Directors for working diligently to be innovative and collaborative, in order to best serve our members and the local business community at large. With programs like Pay It Forward… Shop Local and our recent focus on connecting members at speed networking events, I am sure the MRCC will continue to grow and flourish. I look forward to the ongoing collaboration between the MRCC and Mission Public Schools, building job skills and opportunities for our youth. Additionally, I am excited to learn what comes next, as the board develops a new multi-year strategic plan with member input.

So again, thank you for allowing me to be at the helm of such a successful organization!